Funny Girl, by Nick Hornby
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Books; Unabridged edition (February 3, 2015)
Book Description: Set in 1960’s London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby’s latest does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process.
Wine Description: I recommend a Prosecco, Italian Sparkling Wine made in the Veneto Region is Italy. Prosecco will pair nicely with this book, the bubbles will help you laugh a little more, feel emotions stronger and simply put – prosecco makes every situation better! You can find reasonable and delicious prosecco from $12-$15.
Reading Sara Review: Nick Hornby’s newest novel in 5 years takes us to 1960s London, where a beautiful young woman is trying to make her way into comedy, like her idol, Lucille Ball. I found myself rooting for Sophie (also known as Barbara from Blackpool) to succeed in her career and to find the right person to love (in that order). Some of the characters were rather forgettable, if not confusing – I honestly did not figure out toward the end which producer/writer was which one. With that being said, it was a fresh look at the television era of early sit-coms and an enjoyable read that I found different from many of the books that line my shelves. My only complaint was that we were often told that Sophie/Barbara was funny, but never got to actually experience it. I love a strong female leading character, but if she is a comedian, why did the reader not get a chance to experience that too? Overall, a good read that will certainly pair well with your prosecco!