Not Famous

A funny, uplifting story about love, music, and second chances, Not Famous is perfect for fans of Nick Hornby, Mike Gayle, and Jonathan Tropper.

Nick bought a diamond symbol of forever, got down on one knee, and expected to welcome the New Year with his fiancée in his arms. Instead, his girlfriend’s bombshell confession left him humiliated, alone, and distrustful. Can meeting a shy barista named Alli make Nick’s heart open again?

Although socially awkward and naïve, Alli has both secrets and dreams. Her ambition, drive, and talent as a singer/songwriter could make her the next Taylor Swift.

Alli, with no experience of big-city life, dives into Boston’s indie music scene, but Nick fears the motives of a man who offers her help. Can their relationship survive Nick’s jealousy and Alli’s secrets?

Enthusiastic reviewers have called Not Famous a “brilliant, uplifting debut novel” for its “pitch-perfect story” and “well-developed characters that … tug at the heartstrings.”


“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

“A sweet bit of lad lit that’ll fill your heart with song. Not Famous is almost as much a tribute to Nick Hornby as it is a story in the same vein as his work. There are nods to Jonathan Tropper and Matthew Norman, too.” —The Irresponsible Reader

“I love this book. Nick and Alli are brought to life in this sweet story. My only complaint is that it ended too soon, I’m hoping there is a sequel in the works.” —Amazon Review

Not Famous is a fine book by Matthew Hanover. It was funny, touching, and a real pleasure to read.”—Amazon Review

“If you love music, Boston, love stories or any of the above, give this book a read.” —Amazon Review

“I read the summary and within a few seconds I bought it and started reading it…and didn’t want to put it down.” —Amazon Review

“A very impressive debut. I’m looking forward to what comes next. I was hooked from the first chapter, loved the characters and read the whole thing in one day.” —Amazon UK Review

“Hard to believe this is a first novel. From the very first page, the author managed to grip me and make me want to read more. I look forward to reading his future novels.”—Amazon UK Review

“The whole book is a huge triumph for Mr. Hanover and is probably my book of the year so far.” —Amazon UK Review

“From the first page I was hooked. Interesting characters who you root for and care about and a believable world that you wished you lived in.” —Amazon UK Review


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