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Juliet, Naked

Juliet, Naked - Somehow or other, I've managed to never read a Nick Hornby novel before Juliet, Naked. Now I'm scared to go back and read his older works in case I don't like them as much.::: The Plot :::Annie is an English museum curator in a small, seaside town in England. For the past fifteen years, she's been involved with Duncan, a university professor obsessed with the music and career of Tucker Crowe, an American singer-songwriter who inexplicably walked away from his music career some twenty years ago.As Duncan's obsession goes beyond the web site he runs to a trip across America visiting rumored locations of pivotal moments in Crowe's life, his relationship with Annie starts to unravel without either of them realizing it, culminating in a break-up seemingly put in motion by the release of an acoustic demo version of Crowe's most famous album, "Juliet." Both Duncan and Annie post their reactions to the album online, but Annie's nets a response from the reclusive artist himself.::: Funny Yet Heartbreaking :::Juliet, Naked is both hilarious and a tear-jerker. Tucker's character is totally believable as a former musician; the type you obsessed about back in your younger days and always wondered what happened to after his big moment in the sun. He has a very jaded way of looking at where he ended up, and the reader is just as amused as he is about the misconceptions that result from the small but rabid fanbase he has left. Anyone who has been involved in an online fan community will be in stitches laughing at some of Duncan's interactions with fellow fans, and the way things are blown out of proportion and overanalyzed to the point of insanity.Tucker's trail of ex-wives and estranged children is just as painful as Annie's childlessness, and the two seem like broken pieces of the same china pattern, both thinking they are too damaged and past their prime to be of any value. Both feel that they allowed time to sweep away the primes of their lives while they were doing nothing of any importance. The ending leaves the reader guessing, but it also allows you to come up with your own ending for Annie and Tucker.This review originally published on Epinions:

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