A tender look at first love

David Nicholls takes on teenage romance in Sweet Sorrow

Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls (left) is about an aimless 16-year-old who is drafted into an amateur theatrical production and falls in love with the leading lady.
Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls (above) is about an aimless 16-year-old who is drafted into an amateur theatrical production and falls in love with the leading lady.PHOTO: SOPHIA SPRING

British author David Nicholls has written many romances, but his fifth novel Sweet Sorrow is his first shot at first love.

"I wanted to write something warm and tender about teenage boys," he says over the telephone from London. "Instead of portraying them as hormonal monsters, I wanted to write something quite tender about what it's like to be that age - for both boys and girls."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2019, with the headline 'A tender look at first love'. Subscribe