The Understudy

Hey everyone!

So as usual I have been reading again and making my way through the never ending, ‘to be read’ pile, which I have been enjoying as it has kept my mind busy during Lockdown and each book I’ve finished, I’ve felt more accomplished and ready to move on to the next one. This one was a little different as it isn’t one I’ve heard a lot about.

Ok so here goes, I actually had really high hopes for this book before I started reading this. But throughout the book it was brilliant how the writer had used his past knowledge of acting on the West End to produce the varied detailed accounts of what Stephen went through in his trials and tribulations of trying to accomplish the life that he desired. 

The way that Stephen tried his hardest to support his family, even though they kept turning round and comparing his dreams to one of fiction and not real life, he still tried his best by them. 

The Understudy by David Nicholls

This book was promised to be laugh out loud as an opinion given by the Daily Mail and it’s one I didn’t share as a reader. Which is a shame, and I can’t tell you how disappointed I was with this book. Although I did enjoy the parts on the West End, that may be because I’m really missing theatre at the moment though. 

Rating: 2 out of 5.

”For Josh Harper, being in show business means money, fame, a beautiful wife, and a lead role on the London stage. For Stephen C McQueen, it means a disastrous career playing passers- by and dead people. 

Stephen’s stuck with an unfortunate name, a hopeless agent, a daughter he barely knows, and a job as understudy to Josh Harper, the 12th sexiest Man in the World. And when Stephen falls in love with Josh’s clever, funny wife Nora, things get even more difficult. 

But might there yet be a way for Stephen to get his big break?”

-The Understudy by David Nicholls

If you have read this before please let me know what you think in the comments below, as I would be very intrigued to see the different thoughts on this particular book!

I will of course be back next week with another review, next weeks is going to be based off of an ebook, which I normally don’t read from quite as much, but let me know your views.

Love always

Jem xx

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