A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
Published June 22, 2013
- Author Nick Hornby
I wasn’t really expecting to enjoy this one very much - the premise is a bit worrying. Four people meet on the roof of a building they are planning on jumping from and they form an unlikely group of survivors instead. However, it’s really very well done, despite the difficult subject matter.
The relationship between the four is antagonistic and surprisingly very believable. There’s no smooshy clichés to be found, and if there are, they get called out in the next couple of sentences. Each character gets the space to tell their own story, with the point of view switching between the four, and it means we can delve into their histories, and see how they are really feeling at each stage.
I liked how self-aware the book was, that it didn’t have a soppy happy ending but came to a good and rewarding conclusion.