Genre: Adult Fiction
Publisher: Viking UK
Publication Date: September 17th 2020
Source: Times Reads
Page Count: 310
Blurb from Goodreads:
The person you are with is just like you: same background, same age, same interests. The perfect match. And it is a disaster.
Then, when and where you least expect it, you meet someone new. You seem to have nothing in common and yet, somehow, it feels totally right.
Nick Hornby’s brilliantly observed, tender but also brutally funny new novel gets to the heart of what it means to fall surprisingly and headlong in love with the best possible person – someone who is not just like you at all.
HERE’S MY REVIEW
I was curious to read Nick Hornby’s books since the existence of High Fidelity TV show on Hulu. Since Just Like You is a story about interracial relationship, I straight away requested this book out of curiosity.
The theme is mainly about the challenges of interracial relationship. In this case, how does a twenty year old age gap and their different political and economical background affects the relationship and their respective families. This romance novel with an unusual setup lays out Joseph and Lucy’s story through their conversations together during their relationship. You can observe how they don’t really have the chemistry as they have different point of views regarding politics and race in general, however they both make it through the relationship at the end.
In my point of view, I don’t think that the author explores their relationship in a convincing and reassuring way at all. For instance, I am not sure why Joseph stays with Lucy till the end because Joseph always has his doubts about dating an older women and he always thinks the possibilities of what would happen if they stay and marry each other. To be honest, I think Joseph only stays for the sex with Lucy because based on the book, they had tonnes of it. Besides, there are no definite story to their relationship. The chapters after they both meet each other are so dull that anything barely happens in the book. There is no sign of Lucy’s ex husband wanting to repair the relationship at all. Fortunately, the story does get better at the end with the meeting between Lucy and Joseph’s mother as at the beginning, Joseph is reluctant for them to meet. From start, we see awkward meet ups and conversations but at the end, both parties understood and respect each other’s decisions.
Sure, race relations are a spot on topic in 2020, but the way the author puts it that you can date a black person and still be racist makes me want to gag.
One of the good things is the Brexit commentary as it shows how people from different kinds of race and economic backgrounds act and react to referendum.
This book is not a bad book, it is just a great read for me. I expect more story behind the relationship, not just the superficial kind of relationship.
Thanks Times Reads for sending me Just Like You in exchange of an honest review.