Monday, January 25, 2016
Book Review: Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
Funny Girl is set in London in the 1960's. The story is primarily set around a young, beauty queen from Blackpool, Barbara, who suddenly moves to London with the hopes of becoming the next Lucille Ball. There she discovered by a surprisingly non-sleazy agent who promptly changes her name to Sophie Straw. We follow her rise to fame and get to know the writing staff and her co-star of the show that will thrust her into the spotlight "Barbara and Jim".
I adore Nick Hornby and "Funny Girl" did not disappoint. You instantly fall in love with Sofie/Barbara and the rest of the crew. The writing was excellent and touched on some of the hot-button issues of the 60's. The little peeks of the behind the scenes at the tv show seemed spot on with memoirs i have read of people in the business and created a unique backdrop for the story.
My biggest and probably only complaint with this book is that I didn't find it very funny. Not really an issue, but with a title like "Funny Girl" I did expect a few laughs.
Overall a great read with a variety of characters you will love.
Any other Nick Hornby fans out there?