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by Nick Hornby

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About a Boy. Love and thanks to David Evans, Adrienne Maguire, Caroline Dawnay, Virginia Bovell, Abigail Morris, Wendy Carlton, Harry Ritchie and Amanda Posey.

About a Boy. Asking his mum whether she’d split up with Roger was a perfectly sensible question, he thought: they’d had a big row, then they’d gone off into the kitchen to talk quietly, and after a little while they’d come out looking serious, and Roger had come over to him, shaken his hand and wished him luck at his new school

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About a Boy is a 1998 coming of age novel written by British writer Nick Hornby which has sold over a million copies. The novel was later adapted into a feature film in 2002 and a television series in 2014. Set in 1993 London, About a Boy features two main protagonists: Will Freeman, a 36-year-old bachelor, and Marcus Brewer, an incongruous schoolboy described as 'introverted' by his suicidal mother, Fiona, despite his tendencies to bond and interact with people. Annotation. Publisher: Published by the Penguin Group, 2000. Will is thirty-six and doesn’t really want children. Why does it bother people that he lives so happily alone in a fashionable, Lego-free flat, with massive speakers and a mammoth record collection, hardwood floors, and an expensive cream-colored rug that no kid has ever thrown up on? Then Will meets Angie

About a Boy Quotes Showing 1-30 of 61. There had been times when he knew, somewhere in him, that he would get used to it, whatever it was, because he had learnt that some hard things became softer after a very little while.

About a Boy Quotes Showing 1-30 of 61. Nick Hornby, About a Boy. tags: adversity, depression, hard-times, inspirational, life.

I think the book is very well written and Nick Hornby is a very good author. Theme: The book About a boy i. .about a boy, named Marcus. He’s 12 years old and he has many problems. At first, I was sorry for Marcus, because he had a lot of problems in his life and no friends to help him. I enjoyed the story and I liked that Marcus solved his problems and lived a normal life. by Giorgia C. Theme: This book is about a twelve-year old boy named Marcus who tries to resolve his problems. Setting: Marcus and his mother, Fiona, moved from Cambridge to London.

Nick Hornby About a Boy Love and thanks to David Evans, Adrienne Maguire, Caroline Dawnay, Virginia Bovell, Abigail Morris, Wendy Carlton, Harry Ritchie and Amanda Posey

Nick Hornby About a Boy Love and thanks to David Evans, Adrienne Maguire, Caroline Dawnay, Virginia Bovell, Abigail Morris, Wendy Carlton, Harry Ritchie and Amanda Posey. In memory of Liz Knights One ‘Have you split up now?’ ‘Are you being funny?’ People quite often thought Marcus was being funny when he wasn’t. In memory of Liz Knights.

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About a boy by Nick Hornby

About a boy by Nick Hornby. The story begins with a conversation with Marcus and his mum. That’s when you find out that Marcus mum is a single mother and have just split up with her boyfriend Roger, or they are going too anyway. Over there a lot of troubles come up but also many get solved. But finally all the persons in the book seem to have change and everyone are really friends. You get the feeling in the first pages of the book that Marcus doesn’t have a friend, not even some on his side. It was fun to start reading the book, it felt like you came in to it directly because of the dialogues in the beginning. I don’t think the story has got one climax, there are several.

Will is a rich, child-free and irresponsible Londoner in his thirties who, in his search for available women, invents an imaginary son and starts attending single parent meetings. As a result of one of his liaisons he meets Marcus, a strange 12-year-old boy with problems at school. Gradually, Will and Marcus become friends and, as Will teaches Marcus how to be a cool kid, Marcus helps Will to finally grow up.

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I finished this novel in a brisk pace, all credits to the author for providing an hilarious read. It takes immense talent to keep the readers on track of a simple plot with lots of hidden meanings in it, Nick Hornby has these talents in buckets.
clearly I'm now a huge fan of his works, I have already read High Fidelity and now I have just noticed that one of my favorite films "An Education" is also an adaptation of his novel.
so this is not my first experience reading Nick Hornby, and i am a huge fan of the films based on his work (some of which he wrote the screenplays for). In the case of ABOUT A BOY, the first two acts of the book and the film are identical, while the resolution is a bit more of a broad comedic note in the film.
I think what appeals to me most about Hornby's writing is his ability to create comedy through dialogue by making the characters so different from one another that they may as well be speaking different languages. Almost none of the characters ever truly understand what the others mean by their words, though Will comes the closest.
Highly entertaining overall so I am happy to say this book is fantastic. It contains everything I love about Hornby books.
It has characters that the reader cares about, a very real struggles that any reader can relate to, and that strange accomplishment of solving every one of life's problems without actually giving a single answer. Great stuff.
“About a Boy is a sweet, charming, and dryly humorous novel, one that was a joy to read. Author Nick Hornby has a definite skill for conversation, drawing relatable people, and infusing it all with plenty of bone dry quips and emotional engagement. What’s most satisfying is that Hornby manages to be perceptive and sage while keeping the reader from getting bogged down in excess verbosity. In short, he does a lot with a little and had me re-reading passages just to marvel at the simple brilliance in his writing. This one is the highlight for me: “This thing about looking for someone less different... It only really worked, he realized, if you were convinced that being you wasn't so bad in the first place.” That line almost had me in tears.

The movie, which sent many searching for this book, took liberties, as they often do, but they also cast the characters perfectly. It’s nigh on impossible not to see the actors in my mind as I read, and while that can be a spoiler of sorts, in this case, it was a perfect augmentation. Still, the plot of the movie took a serious left turn about the time that Will meets Rachel. Furthermore, there is a lot of Ellie (Marcus’ crush in the movie) that never made the movie, especially her connection with Nirvana and Kurt Cobain, a theme that runs through the novel. Why something so easy to include in the movie was left out in favor of a fair amount of plot contrivances that were never in the book is a mystery to me.

I’ve been reading a lot of fairly easy fiction lately and it’s a lovely break from both reality and the stack of philosophically deep, but ultimately dry and ponderous books I’ve been bogging down in lately. If you’re looking for a smart and funny novel that can be read in a few days, you might find “About a Boy” as pleasant and entertaining as I did. I may just investigate another of Hornby’s works, and I can think of no better compliment.
It isn't the best book ever written, and it preaches a bit here and there, and people like this don't really exist, except...I loved it. It may have just been a matter of time and place and whatever, but it was exactly the book I was looking for. It's been so long since I've not been able to put a book down, simply because I was enjoying it so much. It made me smile with recognition and laugh with appreciation; it felt warm and familiar, even though the characters were alternately annoying and unrealistic. It's hard to explain, but I'm betting part of it was just how clearly I could hear Hugh Grant's voice in Will's lines...
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I highly recommend if you have read anything else by Hornby.

The story is a rather simple one - single man who is a bit of a jerk grows as a person in the presence of a young boy in dire need of a father figure.

Will, the single jerk, starts off trying to bang single moms because he realizes they are easy targets, but after he gets wrapped up with one that has a bizarre kid, Marcus, he finds things are not what they seem.

Will learns quite a bit from Marcus and Marcus gets a decent helping from Will. As Marcus struggles through his bullying at school he realizes things aren't terrible forever. He gets a crush on a girl who he falls for because she is so anti everything, but Marcus ends up deciding he doesn't want to date her because things in life are hard enough without making things hard for yourself for no reason.

Marcus learns a lot of good adult things about life, growing up, love, friendship, and death. Will learns that despite being alone most of his adult life, he never realized how lonely he was.

Great read. No silly ending where everyone ends up together or happily ever after. Just an honest conclusion where the characters can finally breath a little
The characters were the prime interest in this book. We have a very troubled boy dealing with a mother even more troubled.
Moving to a new area and changing schools can be challenging for any kid but for this boy it was a disaster. He was bullied every day
and part of the reason was his mother. Kids ridiculed him for the way he dressed. (His mother's fault). Marcus had problems at school
and had to deal with a suicidal mother at home. His father had remarried and had nothing to do with Marcus.
Another interesting character was Will, a 35 year old single guy perfectly happy living on his inheritance. No need to work and no interest
in anyone.
Due to Marcus's persistence they form a bond and Will helps Marcus.
Then there's Ellie. She's tough and even the bullies are afraid of her. She protects Marcus.
Ellie also has her issues.
This is not so much a "what's going to happen next?" book but a really good character study.
About a Boy download epub
Author: Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0141007338
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Contemporary
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited (UK) (April 4, 2002)