Sweet Sorrow, David Nicholls


February 2024

I have so much love for this tale of teenage love with its backdrop of a community theatre production of Romeo and Juliet. As you can guess from the title, the love is both requited and unrequited, and there are huge lashings of comedy amid the tragedy. David Nicholls is the master of mixing popular, heart-tugging page-turners with erudite prose.

I read this after watching the swoonsome One Day TV adaptation. Oh, how I sobbed. Oh, how did I not know the outcome? Oh, how am I the only person in the universe who has not read the book?

I don’t know why I haven’t been reading more David Nicholls all these years. I’ve been aware of him as a mega successful author, adored sacred cow, friend to new writers on Twitter and more. I’ve watched Starter for Ten and Us - maybe he made it too easy for me with all the brilliant telly.

I’m going to go forward now, not back, and read his new book, You Are Here.

I read Sweet Sorrow on my beloved Kindle