The Understudy by David Nicholls

The Understudy by David Nicholls


This is a romantic comedy in book form. A very British romantic comedy which is more awkwardness than romance. It’s a good… 80/20 split in favour of awkwardness. This book can only be compared to the awkward lovechild of Michael Cera and Hugh Grant if they were ever able to take each other’s clothes off which bumbling for 51 straight hours. Stephen C. McQueen is an actor. Better known for playing corpses, Stephen has landed a real theatre job as the understudy of Hollywood heartthrob Josh Harper.

It’s described as a laugh out loud book. Unfortunately, I’m not a laugh out loud reader but it does have its moments that you could imagine are funny. Certainly if they were to be directed by Richard Curtis and put on a screen. For me, I would call it endearing. Stephen is a humble man with a dream. He’s made sacrifices but will never give up much to the annoyance of his now ex-wife and the embarrassment of his daughter. I respect him for sticking to his love of the craft. You’re rooting for him the whole way, many of us would have just taken any job and given up. Not Stephen.

He’s supported by an unlikely friend, the 12th Sexiest Man in the World: Josh Harper. It’s a flawed friendship but it comes with perks. Josh is married to the lovely Nora, the romance in our rom-com. Josh also has secrets and it’s harder being an international heartthrob than you think! It’s almost like Gatsby, seeing how the other half live through wanting, envious eyes to see it’s not perfect. There’s even a fabulous party with stolen glances and wishful thinking. As British as builder’s tea, this book is full of wit and charm that is bound to put a smile on your face.

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