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Sweet Sorrow Paperback – August 4, 2020

4.2 out of 5 stars 518 ratings

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Editorial Reviews


“This eloquent coming-of-age story set in the U.K. dazzles with wit and shrewd self-reflection.”—People

“A tale of first love that hits all the right notes . . . [it] just might be the sweetest book to brighten your late summer.”—The Washington Post 

"Delectable . . . Nicholls treats you to a satisfying glimpse into the future, where characters make a curtain call as adults . . . Bombshells abound."—New York Times Book Review
"With fully fleshed-out characters, terrific dialogue, bountiful humor, and genuinely affecting scenes, this is really the full package of a rewarding, romantic read."Booklist, starred review

"With his usual grace, Nicholls (UsOne Day) plumbs human relationships, this time offering a singular reading experience about one young man’s fraught coming of age . . . Nicholls masterfully unfolds events. The depth of feeling between friends, family members, and lovers, first time or not—Nicholls captures it all. Highly recommended.”Library Journal, starred review
"Nicholls excels at capturing Charlie’s insecurity, the messy exuberance of first love, and the coarseness of teenage male friendships . . . A good deal of fun.”Publishers Weekly

"David Nicholls' Sweet Sorrow perfectly captures the intensity of first love, the beauty of a chosen family, and the complexity of transforming from a teenager to an adult. These are characters I'll be thinking about for a long time to come."—Jill Santopolo, New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost

“A beautiful paean to young love. . . Sweet Sorrow is a book that does what Nicholls does best, sinking the reader deep into a nostalgic memory-scape, pinning the narrative to a love story that manages to be moving without ever tipping over into sentimentality, all of it composed with deftness, intelligence and, most importantly, humour. We may think of Nicholls as a writer of heartbreakers–One Day prompted many poolside tears – but he has always been a comic novelist and Sweet Sorrow is full of passages of laugh-out-loud Inbetweeners-ish humour. . .Here he proves that he can still pull off that most rare and coveted of literary feats: a popular novel of serious merit, a bestseller that will also endure.” Guardian

“Nicholls' literary talents are impressive . . . the sense of nostalgia is visceral and intense, almost time-bending.”The Sunday Times

“A compassionate, intelligent look at the raw pain and loneliness of a teenage boy, the everyday miracle of first love and the perennial power of Shakespeare’s language.”Spectator

Sweet Sorrow [is] . . . an ideal blend of the gently humorous and utterly heartfelt. It made me feel like something had swollen up inside my chest, and readers are liable to find their thoughts drifting over their own misspent school holidays or crushingly ardent first loves. Bag a copy immediately, because this has got “perfect summer read” smeared all over it like so much factor 30.”Independent

“[Nicholls] remains one of the most acute chroniclers of England as it is now…and few can rival his grasp of the period’s minor-key class signifiers…And of course the novel skips along merrily; the repartee frequently sparkles, the jokes are genuinely funny, walk-on characters are brilliantly sketched into life, and his genuine affection for the main players is evident throughout.” Financial Times

“Adrian Mole meets The Swish Of The Curtain in this lovely coming-of-age romcom about acting and the class divide.”Daily Mail

“The author of Us and of course One Day has never written with more tenderness and insight than in this bittersweet story... perfectly captures the dizzying highs and lows of first love.” Daily Express

“He's such a genius. His novels are relatable and recognizable, but also surprising, breath-taking and life-enhancing.” —Nina Stibbe

“A richly observed, bitterly funny novel about the lingering grip of adolescent love.”Metro
“Poignant and insightful.” —Belfast Telegraph
“Piercingly observant, gloriously funny and achingly sad, this is David Nicholls’ best book yet.” Daily Mirror

“The lines come thick and fast throughout the novel, but they do not compromise the emotional core of social alienation, young love and (minor spoiler) what we think in retrospect. In all, it is a bravura performance from someone with a track record in fashioning books that are both eminently readable and emotionally subtle. Sweet Sorrow manages to be interesting, moving, hilarious, and sad at the same time.”Scotland on Sunday
“Full of the joy and pain of first love, fans who fell for bestseller One Day 10 years ago, won’t be disappointed.” —Sunday Mirror

“If ever there was an author perfect to take with you on holiday (so to speak), it’s David Nicholls. Make space in your case.” —Telegraph

“Nicholls avoids sentimentality or mawkishness to capture perfectly the angst, the pain and the awkwardness of falling in love for the first time.”—The Bookseller

“Nineties nostalgia backdrops a story that feels so authentic, it could be a memoir.” iPaper
“Tellingly captures the giddy confusion of first love mired in family turbulence and the bewilderment of making decisions, and not knowing if things will land the way you want them to. Endearing and nostalgic, it nudges your 16-year-old self into being. A delicious, pensive summer read.” —Press Association

About the Author

David Nicholls is the best-selling author of Us, One Day, The Understudy and Starter for Ten. His novels have sold over eight million copies worldwide and are published in forty languages. Nicholls trained as an actor before making the switch to writing, and he recently won a BAFTA for Patrick Melrose, his adaptation of the novels by Edward St Aubyn, which also won him an Emmy nomination. He lives in London.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
  • Paperback : 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0358248361
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0358248361
  • Publisher : Mariner (August 4, 2020)
  • Product Dimensions : 5.31 x 1.04 x 8 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 518 ratings