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Four strangers with different reasons run into each other on a rooftop on New Year’s Eve to commit suicide. Maureen, a single parent who has a special child, JJ who can’t seem to reach his dream of becoming a rock star, Martin, a has-been television host who screwed a 15-year-old, and Jess the angsty teenage girl with an attitude. The messy mesh of characters makes A Long Way Down a book about such a depressive matter quite a funny read. It gives suicide a few angles to look at: first, in the usual depressive light. Second, in a very mundane, casual manner. And lastly, in a pleasantly surprising positive way. In the end, it becomes not about suicide but about life. No clichés here, thankfully—it’s Nick Hornby.

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