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The Understudy (2005)

por David Nicholls

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From the bestselling author of STARTER FOR TEN, ONE DAY and US, THE UNDERSTUDY is a scintillating comedy of ambition, celebrity, jealousy and love. For Josh Harper, being in show-business means everything he ever wanted - money, fame, a beautiful wife, a lead role on the London stage. For Stephen C. McQueen, on the other hand, it means a disastrous career playing passers-by and dead people. He'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 things get even more difficult when Stephen falls in love with Josh's clever, funny wife Nora. But might there yet be a way for Stephen to get his Big Break?… (mais)
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not Nicholls' best, but has some good moments. Too romantic for me, but good because I could access it via download when the library was shut during COVID-19 lockdown ( )
  oldblack | Apr 19, 2020 |
I loved his book 'One Day.' It is one of my all-time favorite books. So I thought I might read another one of his books. Well, this one didn't quite live up to my expectations. While it wasn't a bad book, I just didn't love it. One Day was so unique and amazing. This book just didn't have the same individuality. ( )
  BooksForTheLiving | Mar 20, 2017 |
I thought this was funny, but not funny enough for me to care about what happens to these characters. I wonder whether I have up on them too soon. The main protagonist is a bit of a loser, although we know he shouldn't be, his daughter is disappointed in him, and he is the understudy to the 12th most beautiful man in the world, who never seems to have to try to get acting jobs, as well as being married to the beautiful and scarred Nora. I loved One Day so I wished that this was the same. ( )
  Erin.Patel | Aug 22, 2014 |
I thought this was funny, but not funny enough for me to care about what happens to these characters. I wonder whether I have up on them too soon. The main protagonist is a bit of a loser, although we know he shouldn't be, his daughter is disappointed in him, and he is the understudy to the 12th most beautiful man in the world, who never seems to have to try to get acting jobs, as well as being married to the beautiful and scarred Nora. I loved One Day so I wished that this was the same. ( )
  Erin.Patel | Aug 22, 2014 |
Stephen C. McQueen is an actor. Not the one in Bullitt -- this is a different Stephen McQueen (the C. doesn't stand for anything; it's just there to differentiate him, although nobody has ever made that mistake). This is a much more down-on-his-luck McQueen, one who spends his acting career in low-budget, low-limelight jobs. His current role is understudy to the prodigiously handsome and obnoxiously healthy Josh Harper, who is playing Lord Byron in a West End production called Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know. And while Stephen is struggling to rebuild his life after his divorce and repair his relationship with his daughter, Josh leads a life of glamorous parties and has a wonderfully quick-witted wife, Nora, whom Stephen rather fancies. But of course, that's life for the understudy. Will Stephen ever get a chance to play the lead role in his own life?

Throwing all of those elements together might sound kind of cheesy, but David Nicholls has a knack for writing breezy, fun books that still have a lot going on. I started reading this immediately after buying it and managed to knock out about 100 pages in two hours. Stephen is such a sad case that you keep reading, hoping his luck will improve, even when you laugh in a horrified manner at the mishaps he gets into (one such incident had me laughing out loud in the train station). It's a book with comedic and romantic elements, but it doesn't feel like a stereotypical "romantic comedy". It's a book that will keep you entertained and make you wish you could follow the characters around some more after you turn the last page. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Sep 16, 2013 |
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From the bestselling author of STARTER FOR TEN, ONE DAY and US, THE UNDERSTUDY is a scintillating comedy of ambition, celebrity, jealousy and love. For Josh Harper, being in show-business means everything he ever wanted - money, fame, a beautiful wife, a lead role on the London stage. For Stephen C. McQueen, on the other hand, it means a disastrous career playing passers-by and dead people. He'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 things get even more difficult when Stephen falls in love with Josh's clever, funny wife Nora. But might there yet be a way for Stephen to get his Big Break?

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