The Understudy is a book that I enjoyed reading, even if it was less funny than Starter for Ten, and less dense than One Day. In other words, it is a good, enjoyable read, but it is not as good as the other books by the same author. The story is very simple - Stephen is the understudy of one of the sexiest men in the world, and the story focuses on his frustrations and bad luck in life. He is a man who tries to convince himself that he can finally have his big break. Well, let's say it, he is more a failure than anything. English, realistic, occasionally funny, the book is the unsurprising story of a second best, which, unfortunately, has already been told many times before.