Monday, 20 April 2015

Book Review: Matt Sumell's Making Nice

Making Nice
By Matt Sumell
Published by Harvill Secker
Available in hardback and ebook
Forthcoming in paperback


Making Nice, Matt Sumell's debut novel is going to be a novel that you're either going to like or you're going to instantly dislike. Sumell's novel tells the story of Alby and the way he is coping or rather not coping with his mother's death. Alby must quite literally fight his way through his loss and love.

Alby drinks, has sex, fights his way through his grief with no regard for anyone's feelings. On one hand he will protect a baby bird who he nurses but will spew out insults to young children and punch his sister.

Making Nice is an enjoyable book with an irritating main character.  This shambles of a character who can't appreciate the people around him or the life he has. At times, Alby reminded me of Hannah, the main protagonist from the TV show, Girls. I know it's becoming a cliche comparing books and films to Girls but Alby could have walked straight off the set. He has been pampered with a comfortable upbringing, doesn't seem to care about real life by walking away from jobs and responsibilities. The things that matter in life have become invisible to him.

Alby is a selfish character but seems to have lost his way in life, and it is this fact that makes this book an interesting read - he meanders from job to job, situation to situation. Everyone at some point of their life loses his or her way, forget the things which are important. I can guarantee that you will read this book and realise your life isn't as messed up as Alby's life.

So, read this book and decide if you like it or not. I think you're either going to like it or loathe it. Good luck! Making Nice is available from your favourite bookshop.


I was kindly sent a copy of Making Nice by the publisher.

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