22 October 2014

TLC BOOK TOUR: David Nicholls, Us

Welcome to the TLC BOOK TOUR for David Nicholls' Us!


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I wanted to be on the tour for David Nicholls' new book, because his last book (the bittersweet page turner One Day) made me feel like this:




This new book is also about relationships, this time about a couple whose son is leaving for college and whose marriage is falling apart. The book's narrator, Douglas, learns in the first pages of the book that his wife is planning to leave him, but first, they must go together on a grand European tour that they have planned for their son Albie's graduation.  On this vacation, Douglas hopes to win Connie back, but finds himself instead blundering through so many of the situations that they find themselves in.  The story is told mainly in the present, but also with flashbacks to the exciting beginnings of Connie and Douglas.  The book is structured in short snippets of chapters and sections for each of the European countries the family visits on their tour.  This format made the book really readable, and like, One Day, difficult to put down.

I didn't relate to the characters in Us like I did to those in One Day, although I still found them likeable and was rooting for them, all of them.  The idea of setting the book on a grand European tour is right in my wheelhouse, and I loved seeing Paris, Amsterdam, Venice and Madrid through the eyes of the characters.  Because I loved One Day so much, I think that it may have been a little difficult for this book to live up to my expectations, but this book does capture the same sad, but hopeful, tone and offers a similar picture of a relationship through many stages.  I recommend it to fans of Nicholls and to fans of insightful writing about relationships.

Please be sure to check out other bloggers on the tour!

Monday, October 6th: The Daily Dosage
Tuesday, October 7th: nomadreader
Wednesday, October 8th: From L.A. to LA
Thursday, October 9th: Spiced Latte Reads
Monday, October 13th: BookNAround
Tuesday, October 14th: Bibliosue
Friday, October 17th: 5 Minutes For Books
Monday, October 20th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, October 21st:  A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, October 22nd: Vox Libris
Thursday, October 23rd: The Scarlet letter
Friday, October 24th: Giraffe Days
Monday October 27th: Read. Write. Repeat.
Tuesday, October 28th: Lavish Bookshelf
Wednesday, October 29th: nightlyreading
Thursday, October 30th: Always With a Book
Friday, October 31st: Alison’s Book Marks
Monday, November 3rd: Drey’s Library
Tuesday, November 4th: …the bookworm…
Wednesday, November 5th: More Than Just Magic
Thursday, November 6th: Walking With Nora
Friday, November 7th: Bookshelf Fantasies
Monday, November 10th: Booksie’s Blog
Tuesday, November 11th: BoundbyWords
Wednesday, November 12th: Literary Lindsey
Thursday, November 13th: Books and Bindings
Friday, November 14th: Every Free Chance Book Reviews
Monday, November 17th: Doing Dewey
Tuesday, November 18th: Bibliotica
Wednesday, November 19th: Books in the Burbs
Thursday, November 20th: The Book Binder’s Daughter
Friday, November 21st: Book Loving Hippo
Monday, November 24th: I’d Rather Be At The Beach
Tuesday, November 25th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Wednesday, November 26th: missris
TBD: Reading in Black & White


Title: Us
Author: David Nicholls
Publisher: Harper Collins
Date: 2014
Genre: Fiction

392 pages.
Where I got it: From the publisher and TLC Book Tours

2 comments:

  1. Well said. I certainly didn't read this one as compulsively as One Day, which I so adored. This one grew on me more toward the end, and I did really like it, but I didn't *love* it.

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  2. That's a great gif! LOL

    I'm glad that you did enjoy this book even though it wasn't quite as good as ONE DAY for you. Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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