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- Print Length: 394 pages
- Publisher: Matthew Hanover (January 15, 2019)
- Publication Date: January 15, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07MQLL9NW
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,833 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Matthew Hanover delivers a pitch-perfect story in his debut novel. It's a funny and touching story about learning to love and trust again. Not Famous is a story that stays with you long after you've finished reading it. I'm holding up my lighter because I want an encore." --Ian Shane, author of Postgraduate
"This is a brilliant, uplifting debut novel that harks back to the likes of Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, combining life, love, and music into one compelling story." --N.J. Cartner, author of Lost in Manchester, Found in Vegas
"A love story between the two main characters and the Boston music scene. Just awesome!" --Lauren H. Mae, author of The Catch
"Not Famous by Matthew Hanover is a delightful, charming and humorous story that romance readers will thoroughly enjoy and be unable to put down. Matthew Hanover has created well-developed characters that will tug at the heartstrings. He is an extraordinary first-time author and one would never guess that this is his debut. This story is compelling, captivating, intriguing and fun." --Chick Lit Cafe
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At first, it’s hard to imagine how these two very different people are going to make a go of it. As they get to know each other, you start to believe, and it slowly becomes clear why Alli has certain attitudes about how Nick sees his role in the relationship.
As the villain in this tale presents himself, the more hardened Nick tries to protect his sheltered girlfriend, but she doesn’t understand why he’s being standoffish. Part of it is how his previous relationship ended. The other part is he recognizes this guy for who he really is.
Not Famous is a story that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it. I’m holding up my lighter, because I want an encore.
What I can tell you is that Not Famous is a captivating romance about two surrender-challenged people who are trying to make it work in spite of some major differences and issues. The whole story takes place against the backdrop of Boston's club music scene, which makes this book a fabulous read for anyone who ever loved live music. The MC's love interest is totally charming, the supporting characters are interesting and entertaining, and the story takes you places you never expected. Highly recommended for anyone who adores a good love story that goes above and beyond.
If you had handed me a copy of Not Famous and I knew nothing about the creation of this novel, I’d swear it was released by a major publisher. However, it was not. This is a self-published novel that comes across with incredibly class and polish. Everything from the cover art to the description and the editing screams professionalism. I read a lot of self-published work across all different genres and I cannot think of a single novel that has come across this well polished before.
Matthew Hanover writes in a simple, down to Earth style that reminds you of how people actually talk. He does an amazing job telling the story from a first-person perspective and despite having a flawed character narrating the story, not once does the first-person perspective become annoying or bothersome. In fact, as a male who encompasses some of the same traits as our protagonist Nick, I was able to relate to his character even more closely thanks to the first-person approach.
As I’ve gotten older, my patience for overwriting has gone down dramatically. In fact, I don’t tend to take on reading huge novels anymore because I feel like most books could use a lot cut from them and the once the pace slows, so does my interest. I always have backlog of books to read, so you gotta hook me and keep me hanging on or I’ll just move onto the next. I actually stopped reading High Fidelity so I could start Not Famous and I had intended on reading both but Not Famous really drew me in. The pace is not too fast, but it’s never slow. It takes a very middle of the road approach that hooks you with just enough mystery and intrigue that you want to keep turning the page to find out more about the idiosyncrasies of the characters. One particular character, Alli, really drives the reader to keep reading to find out more of her story because she is both mysterious and incredibly sweet. You root for her from the moment you meet her in a coffee shop and even after the reveal of her past, you still root for the underdog that she is.
Not Famous centers mostly around two characters: Nick and Alli, our love story. Both characters are likeable, yet flawed, and both characters have to evolve in order to make room for the trust needed to develop a healthy relationship. The most enjoyment I received while reading this novel was watching these two young people fight through their insecurities, battle their own egos, and attempted to find something bigger than just themselves.
The supporting characters are all equally interesting in their own rights. One particular female character, manages to go from funny to absolute bitch to a micro hero in just a few short chapters. It’s arguably the most change I’ve ever experienced emotionally with a character in a single novel which is a testament to the writing. I honestly didn’t think it would have been possible to make me like this character once her bad attributes began to show.
According to Wikipedia, Lad Lit is defined as “a fictional genre of male-authored novels about young men and their emotional and personal lives, often characterized by a confessional and humorous writing style.” This pretty much sums up Not Famous.
We hear from a male’s point of view his desire to have a relationship with a complicated female. To explain a little bit more of the plot, the story is told by Nick, a web designer who recently had his heart broken when he proposed to his girlfriend who took that opportunity to confess that she had cheated on him. Nick found himself depressed and not feeling like a man following this bombshell. After a one night stand, Nick garners enough confidence to flirt with a barista (Alli) at the local Starbucks that he ends up running into later in the day. An unlikely romance blossoms between the two, with Nick still hiding the pain and embarrassment of having been cheated on and it turns out Alli has some secrets in her past as well.
Does Not Famous contain there explosions, zombies, mayhem, or murder? No.
What Not Famous does contain is love, self-exploration, growth, romance, humor, and a believable relationship.
I enjoyed Not Famous way more than I ever expected to. I became invested in our two leads very early on in the book and I just couldn’t put it down until I saw them to the end of their story. The book read easy, went by with no distractions, and never once did I feel bored. I can’t say that about a lot of books I read these days.
I highly recommend checking out Not Famous if you are fan of Nick Hornby, stories about emotionally immature males dealing with relationships, or even simple love stories. I recommend it even more if you love music, because music plays a very important role in the plot of this novel and most of the settings take place in night clubs or bars in and around Boston.
Top international reviews
The story is solid with great characters. I loved the main character (Nick), and could relate to him so well, especially his inner monologue when wrestling with the many questions that arise in the face of uncertainty.
We've all gone through heartache before but we don't all fall into a world beyond our comfort zone immediately afterwards. In this case, that world plays an integral part to the story, being set within the Boston indie underground music scene, with the focus on the young, talented singer, and Nick’s love interest, Alli, who’s naïve and socially awkward approach to life is just as charming as her pitch perfect vocal. The way the author describes her live performances, you almost feel placed at the gig itself and can hear Alli’s dulcet tones lifting from the page, bringing to life the emotional aspect of her personality.
I was hooked from the first page with ‘Not Famous’, and it’s been a while since a book has managed to grip me to such a level where I had a compulsive and desperate need to finish it quickly to find out what happens at the end. It’s funny, easy to read and heart-rendering with a couple of little twists along the way, but more importantly, it was unputdownable! You won’t be disappointed!
A fantastic read that will be loved by fans of Nick Hornby with a twist in its tail that you won’t see coming.
Read it (quickly as you won’t be able to put it down) and the sit back and wait patiently for the authors next book (hopefully it won’t take too long.)
This book is easily as good as either author, it is probably the best debut I have read in years. The music scene is not just a series of gigs but something that is a huge part of everyone's life, the characters are (mostly) very likeable (with the exception of the ones that are not meant to be liked. The whole book is a huge triumph for Mr Hanover and is probably my book of the year so far