Book Review: Us by David Nicholls


Books about people's lives and relationships are one of my favourites. Finding stories that you feel you can somewhat relate to can sometimes make them more real. This is one of those that you can imagine has actually happened. It's realistic in so many ways and ordinary but touches on so much throughout a man's adult life.

Douglas is a man in his 50's, academic, passionate about science and married to Connie an artist. Their son Albie is leaving home to go to university when Connie tells Douglas that she will be leaving too. Before the departure of two of his loved ones, Douglas is set out to make their last family holiday count, in the hope that it will bring them closer together and make Connie reconsider her decision as well as gaining respect from his son. They set out on their Grand Tour interraling across Europe, following the itinerary Douglas planned with days full of seeing the sights. However, not everything goes to plan.

During their travels we find out more about Douglas and his life with Connie. Piecing together the puzzle of their relationship. From when they first met, to the day they married, to the birth of their children and everything in between. Much like many typical relationships they have their fair share of laughter and heartache. You begin to understand why each person in the family of 3 feel and think the way they do. And another little reminder that not everything lasts forever and sometimes change is the best thing for everyone. Even if it does not feel like it initially. Douglas comes across some interesting characters that help him along the way to accepting what will be.

Us is an all-round good book, you want to know what happens but you can also go a few days or weeks without reading and you can be brought back into the story. From the outside it does seem like a bit of a chick-lit novel but it's written in a more simple matter-of-fact way that can be read by anyone and still be enjoyable.

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