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Juliet, Naked based on the book by Nick Hornby: Coming to the screen in August #book2movie

Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne & Chris O’Dowd in Juliet, Naked

I love me some Nick Hornby, and I have Juliet, Naked on the shelf so I have no idea why I haven’t read it yet AND why I missed the fact that Juliet, Naked is coming to the screen this summer. Starring Chris O’Dowd as music fan Duncan, Rose Byrne as his girlfriend, and Ethan Hawke as the once brilliant rocker, the film made its debut at Sundance to warmish—if not feverishly hot—reviews (hence, the lack of big buzz and how I missed it, I suppose). I like the writer, the cast, and the storyline so I’ll be watching it.

The logline

Juliet, Naked is the story of Annie, the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan, and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered, now faded, singer-songwriter, Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan's musical obsession.

I’m putting the novel on my ever expanding TBR pile with plans to complete the book before it hits the screens on August 17th.

About the book

Nick Hornby returns to his roots-music and messy relationships-in this funny and touching new novel which thoughtfully and sympathetically looks at how lives can be wasted but how they are never beyond redemption. Annie lives in a dull town on England's bleak east coast and is in a relationship with Duncan which mirrors the place; Tucker was once a brilliant songwriter and performer, who's gone into seclusion in rural America-or at least that's what his fans think. Duncan is obsessed with Tucker's work, to the point of derangement, and when Annie dares to go public on her dislike of his latest album, there are quite unexpected, life-changing consequences for all three.

Nick Hornby uses this intriguing canvas to explore why it is we so often let the early promise of relationships, ambition and indeed life evaporate. And he comes to some surprisingly optimistic conclusions about the struggle to live up to one's promise.

 No trailer yet! I’ll post as soon as it’s released. Have you read Nick Hornby’s book? Tell me, how do you like the casting? I’m all ears.