All Together Now

All Together Now As soon as i read the first page I knew this was my kind of book It tells the story of a local choir and the stories of its members This book was so uplifting it actually made me want to live in this town and join in A great read that I will tell the world to read Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown for the ARC of this book.I picked up this book because I am a fan of the author s brother, Nick Hornby, and her husband, Robert Harris, so I had high hopes of the quality of the writing Unfortunately I was disappointed The book follows a series of lonely misfits in a small town who come together in the community choir and improve their lives, happiness and family relationships through the power of joining in and communal support.With a plotline treading such familiar and predictable ground, the book either needed to be exceptionally funny or have particularly compelling characters in order to be successful Unfortunately it has neither qualities.I didn t really like or care about any of the characters I thought the characterisation was poor and I couldn t really get inside the heads of the characters they were all a bit flat and one note.The plot was also written by numbers with no twists or surprises and could be any number of other books I ve read or films I ve seen In fact, the basic premise of an unlikely group of people drawn together by circumstance and becoming an extended supportive family is almost exactly the same as Nick Hornby s book A Long Way Down , but his writing is much accomplished and compelling and his observations about human relationships piercing I really wanted to like this book, but it was just incredibly average and bland. Truth I straight up read this because of the author s last name A Brit whose last name is Hornby Any relation to Nick Why, as a matter of fact, yes Yes, this is his sister.Sadly, I was not delighted by this story Instead, I was bored.It s actually poorly written, which surprised me I stereotype English authors as being adept with the language I know several people from England and thereabouts and they re all quite well written and spoken and they re not even novelists Ergo, I expected much in the way of grammar and sentence structure and was horribly disappointed.Then there was the storyline It wasn t what I d hoped for I anticipated the off center cast but none of them were really all that quirky, despite how hard they tried There s the punkrock mom of a burnout late teenage son She hates people There s the neighborhood gossip who is in everyone s business, taking care of everything in an overbearing yet precious manner There s her best frenemy who is bitter and mouthy There are two snarky old ladies as well as the charmingly perfect girl bound to her wheelchair and her dad who pushes her along everywhere so she doesn t miss out on life and they re all in the community choir together though not all of them necessarily want to be and there s a woman dying in a hospital, which no one acknowledges, and there s an incoming chorale group determined to stage a coup and win championships and a cafe that s not going to stay in business and a divorce andstuff So much clutter, none of it very interesting.Instead the characters are flat and uninteresting It s like Glee for the trite, silly British neighborhood.Meh. I think most readers will give All Together Now three or maybe four stars Maybe they ll think it s cheesy or kind of lame or too dang sunshine y at the end Maybe they will be right about that All I know is that this book made me happy It has so many of the story elements I love strangers become friends, community bands together, woman learns her own strength, fresh start in life career, good guys girls win, music is a bridge, and Plus, I just can t resist a British setting I imagine All Together Now has been or will be optioned for film I can already picture my mom and sisters and I laughing, crying, and singing along Can t wait Rolling your eyes That s fine Haters gonna hate. A view weeks ago I was approached to read All Together Now by Gill Hornby, for the blog tour I haven t read any books by Gill Hornby before, and this book sounded different than the books I normally read Since getting out of your comfort zone is definitely a good thing at times, I decided to participate in the tour Well, All Together Now definitely was a different read for me I ve been reading a lot of contemporary romance novels lately, and All Together Now is definitely not that It took me a long time to really get into All Together Now I don t really know why For one, I had some trouble with keeping up with all the characters of which we get to read the point of views I don t mind reading different point of views, but when there are than two point of views, and from the very beginning on, I always have trouble keeping everyone apart The other problem at the beginning of this book was definitely the whole choir part All the talk about a choir just wasn t very interesting to me and it took a while to really get my attention.Half way through the book I began to like this story The characters started to interest me, and I enjoyed the way of writing and There definitely were a view very funny parts in this read And what made it even funny was how different all these characters were Most characters only had one thing in common and that was the choir What I really liked about this book was the little town it took place in Although it was forced at times, everybody seemed to want to help out and there was a huge sense of community I loved that Especially since I ve never known that little town vibe myself I love to read about these little towns And not to forget, I really love the cover of All Together Now by Abacus That cover can really cheer you up So, this read wasn t perfect But in the end I definitely liked it. While this book is not Great Literature it is well written, well structured and by no means Chick Lit A very enjoyable and absorbing read Anyone who has ever joined a Club or Society will be familiar with the differences that occur when people with a common interest but different social background and life experiences come together. A lot of the books I read are dark with scary zombies and the world about to end but you know when the apocalypse gets too much I do like to look for a good book that will take me to a happier place.All Together Now is the perfect prescription to cure my dystopian book overdose It is the charming tale of the small town of Bridgeford and its community choir Now choral ensembles are everywhere this day and programmes like Glee and of course Pitch Perfect give a fun teen view to it all but the Bridgeford community choir is quite the mixed bag.The choir has people of all ages but its membership has waned and when the choir leader is involved in a car crash, well the remaining members start to fret.The town of Bridgeford isn t exactly full of perfectly pitched singers but with some gentle persuasion the choir manages to acquire some new members and begins to find new life.Of course it isn t just about the singing, the members are all from different backgrounds they include Tracey who is a single mum who really isn t keen to be involved, Bennett who is recently divorced with an outstanding voice and Annie, who is keeping the choir together, just They are a mixed bag and as the choir gets in to its stride we learn and about the people who bring the songs to life, as well as discovering their love of song and I know this sounds cheesy but they all discover themselves too, they learn what they are all capable off.It really is a charming read, full of humour and the characters are all wholly likeable plus there are lots of lovely nods to lots of songs that you will find yourself singing whilst you read Thank you to Abacus for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. This is set in a small village called St Ambrose which is in decline Some of the locals join together to form The Bridgeford Community choir and hope to make their lives complete by joining in They want to win the championship can they pull together When Constance, their singing coach dies in an accident will they be able to succeed without her This combines a sense of community, family life, love and finding yourself What secrets are they all hiding Can they help each other overcome their problems This is the first book I ve read by Gill Hornby, who is the sister of the author Nick Hornby Her debut book was called The Hive.Many thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read this book Three and a half stars.Anyone who has ever been part of a choir or a community group should be able to relate to this book I enjoyed reading about the small English town and the Bridgeford Community choir I liked the different characters that drew in new members and sought to work together to help the choir win the country championship Of course as in any group, there are always those who have a different agenda, who think they are better than the others and who have only one aim to promote themselves I particularly liked the way we see Bennett change as the story goes along and how Tracey s secrets are revealed, showing people are not always what we first think they may be I found it an entertaining read I liked that the end didn t quite go the way it easily could have It wasn t a perfect book Some things seemed a bit unnecessary or out of place, but overall it was a good read with some characters people could care about and a lot of songs that echoed in my head as I went though Pretty much a light hearted fun read about friendship, romance, and working together If only it could have all been achieved without resorting to the F word in capital letters at times. Four Strangers In The Midst Of Difficult Life Transitions Find Friendship, Purpose, And Perfect Pitch In In This Heartfelt Comic Novel In The Small English Village Of St Ambrose, The Members Of The Bridgeford Community Choir Have Little In Common But When Their Singing Coach Dies Unexpectedly Before A Big Contest, The Motley Group Must Join Forces And Voices In Pursuit Of An Impossible Seeming Goal Featuring An Eclectic Cast Of Characters Including A Mother Suffering From Empty Nest Syndrome, A Middle Aged Man Who Has Just Lost His Job And His Family, And A Year Old Waitress Who Dreams Of Reality TV Stardom ALL TOGETHER NOW Is A Poignant And Charming Novel About Small Town Life, Community, Falling In Love, And The Big Rewards Of Making A Small Change

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[Reading] ➻ All Together Now  By Gill Hornby –
  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • All Together Now
  • Gill Hornby
  • English
  • 14 August 2018

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