Funny Girl: A Novel by Nick Hornby (2014)

4DE6CF39-09F5-4D8C-BA4F-471104103A9FSet in the 1960’s, this is a story of a small town girl named, Barbara Parker, who moves to London so that she might follow her dreams of becoming a famous comedic actress. She changes her name to Sophie Straw and sets out in the hopes of emulating her biggest idol, Lucille Ball.

The story revolves around Sophie, her family, her co-star, the producer and the writers of the BBC television program who give Sophie her big break. All of the main characters are likeable, and the author’s description of the behind the scenes struggles and complexities of show business seems believable.

However, although the premise is very interesting and the story develops at a steady pace, at times, I didn’t find this 452 page book to be an easy read. And, on occasion, some of the dialogue in particular seemed to be somewhat confusing and scattered to me. But, despite that, I found the book to be rather compelling in that I wanted to see how the story ended for the main characters, especially in the latter part of the book when it became much more interesting.

At the same time, the name of this book might imply to some readers that this book is funny. I would not categorize it as a comedy at all, even though some parts are amusing. I would identify it more as being a light-hearted drama, with a lean towards the ups and downs of show business in general.

Overall, the book has an original storyline and is interesting to read. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the drama genre, or has a strong passion for the entertainment industry, and doesn’t mind a bit of a challenging read.

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