Title: Sweet Sorrow
Author: David Nicholls
Pages: 416 Pages
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
One life-changing summer
Charlie meets Fran…
In 1997, Charlie Lewis is the kind of boy you don’t remember in the school photograph. His exams have not gone well. At home he is looking after his father, when surely it should be the other way round, and if he thinks about the future at all, it is with a kind of dread.
Then Fran Fisher bursts into his life and despite himself, Charlie begins to hope.
But if Charlie wants to be with Fran, he must take on a challenge that could lose him the respect of his friends and require him to become a different person. He must join the Company. And if the Company sounds like a cult, the truth is even more appalling.
The price of hope, it seems, is Shakespeare.
Poignant, funny, enchanting, devastating, Sweet Sorrow is a tragicomedy about the rocky path to adulthood and the confusion of family life, a celebration of the reviving power of friendship and that brief, searing explosion of first love that can only be looked at directly after it has burned out.
Since the release of One Day I have hoovered the books by David Nicholls. One Day was one of those rare books that comes along and intoxicates you so much that you become even more antisocial that normal (seriously, I went to the pub with friends and ignored them so I could read my book).
Sweet Sorrow is certainly of a similar ilk to One Day. It is a book filled with nostalgia, of missed chances, and of coming of age. Nicholls manages to parallel what should be the most exciting time of a teenagers life with the pain of reality of growing up and life not going your way or going the way you expected it to go.
Sweet Sorrow is the butter sweet tale of first love and it is filled to the rim of those evocative feelings we have all had.
Whilst Nicholls hasn’t recreated the magic of One Day for me personally, he has created a sentimental story that was so damn endearing and enjoyable to read.
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