Funny Girl by Nick Hornby was a recent off the shelf pick which ended-up being a disappointment to me. Hornby wrote one of my favorite stories – About a Boy – leading me to anticipate another I would love. I was wrong.
This novel is about the characters involved in a BBC sitcom in the sixties. Sophie and Clive are actors who play a young married couple in the show. With dreams of stardom and an obsession for Lucille Ball, Sophie arrives in London from a small town named Blackpool. She is discovered and from there begins a new life. Her fame however, doesn’t replace her naiveté. The other members of the cast and crew are a diverse assortment of personalities, most of whom come to love Sophie and her comedic ability.
The only part of the story I found enjoyable was the writer’s meetings where two men bounced ideas off each other in order to create the sitcom episodes. I stuck with this book until the end and closed the cover with a sigh of relief.