Book Review: Just Like You

13 February 2021|

Title: Just Like You

Author: Nick Hornby

Genre: Romantic Fiction

Main Characters:

  • Lucy -almost divorced, mom, of two schoolteacher
  • Joseph – early twenties, working in a butcher and babysitter


Lucy used to handle her adult romantic life according to the script she’d been handed. She met a guy just like herself; same age, same background, same hopes and dreams; they got married and started a family. Too bad he made her miserable. Now, two decades later, she’s a nearly-divorced, forty-one-year-old schoolteacher with two school-aged sons, and there is no script anymore.

So when she meets Joseph, she isn’t exactly looking for love – she’s more in the market for a babysitter. Joseph is twenty-two, living at home with his mother, and working several jobs, including the butcher counter where he and Lucy meet. Its not a match anyone could have predicted. He’s of a different class, a different culture, and a different generation. but sometimes it turns out that the person who can make you happiest is the one you least expect, though it can take some manoeuvring to see it through.


A romance novel like no other – not your predictable love story but oh so beautiful. I love the way this was written and the depth of the two main characters. I love their unexpected meeting, their instant metal attraction and the way the other characters all fell into place with their love story – though not conventional or easy, true love trumps all.So much cringe-worthy truth in the stereotypes and not giving into societal norms – age, race, class, or status. I couldn’t put it down…

Have you read it? What did you think?

Any other good book recommendations to share?



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