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I was rather disappointed with David Nicholls' 'One Day' which appears to have brought him much fame. However, I did decide to read 'The Understudy' anyway (mainly as I found it in a charity shop in Earls Court for £3). I was really pleasantly surprised.
I actually really enjoyed the novel. It might have been because beforehand I was rushing to read some "respectable" classics which I did not enjoy at all, but whatever the reason I did like the book. It was kind of tacky and the main character was a bit of a failure, a slob, a trashy guy with a crush and a dream of being a famous actor... YAWN. But anyway, I did somehow enjoy the book. OK, so the main character wasn't extraordinarily sympathetic, yet, somehow, I really did want the best for his as I read the book. I read the novel last summer and I can't remember many of the characters' names so it obviously did not make a major impression on me, but it was a nice light and funny read to pass time on slow London tubes to my summer school classes in Russell Square, and I was fairly humorous. It was also another book to add to my 'read' shelf on goodreads. So yes, this book will not change your life, but it might be a pleasurable enough read on a dreary Tuesday afternoon in a coffeee shops whilst avoiding the rain, so give it a go if you fancy it.