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  • Bittersweet

    By Buffyelton
    First fiction I've read in the past few years. I really enjoyed the very real life characters and their challenges at being a happy family. Excellent writing.
  • Poignant and funny

    By Edoc500
    Rarely do I both laugh and tear up almost simultaneously in a book. This did it for me. I really liked it and will now read more of this author
  • Stereotype

    By jscann
    It is hard to take seriously a work of fiction built around a stereotype (of the clueless male). If you want to read a great book about a quiet man read Joseph O'Neil's Netherland, not this tripe.
  • Us

    By Perky too
    Lots of ups and downs in this story. I am just the 4th reviewer and I must agree in parts with the first three. It is certainly the story of a marriage, a family struggling to be a happy family, two very different people trying to make it all come together perfectly, and of course we all know there is hardly ever any "perfect". It is also a bit of a travelogue as they go through the summer. A little more than I wanted to read about and I got a little impatient or I would have given it 5 stars.
  • Us

    By charles bowden
    What an interesting story and characters! I do love a traditional "happy ending", so this was a bit unexpected to me that I found the ending to be unconventionally happy. Thank you for this excellent read! If made into a movie, I think Hugh Grant would make an excellent Douglas!
  • Realistic but disappointing

    By Riptide93
    This novel is very well written. It flows effortlessly from beginning to end. It's entertaining, gritty, realistic. However, if you're reading for escapism & prefer a satisfying (i.e. "happy") ending, you may want to skip this one.
  • Beautiful story & well written, but did not measure up to Starter for Ten or One Day.

    By cob1331
    Received a copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I was really excited for the opportunity to read an ARC of David Nicholls' newest novel. US is a beautiful and poignant story of love, marriage, and self-discovery. It's an extremely well written piece, but be warned: it is also a hugely emotional and difficult read to get through. Particularly if you have ever had any kind of marital problems. I often felt like I was overwhelmed by the pain and the emotional aspects of the story, which left me feeling a bit hopeless until about 70% of the way through. I couldn't find the hope and the humor that were so prevalent in Nicholls' other works. I might be a bit young for the target audience on this one...the author even offered brief rundowns of what this story might have looked like from the son's and wife's perspectives. I probably would have preferred their versions of the story. ;) I definitely enjoyed this read and I'm glad I saw US through. It's brilliantly written and is told from a fascinating P.O.V. But I personally felt it didn't quite measure up to STARTER FOR TEN or ONE DAY.

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