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'How cool was Will Freeman?'Too cool! At thirty-six, he's as hip as a teenager. He's single, child-free, goes to the right clubs and knows which trainers to wear. He's also found a great way to score with women: attend single parents' groups full of available (and grateful) mothers, all hoping to meet a Nice Guy.Which is how Will meets Marcus, the oldest twelve-year-old on'How cool was Will Freeman?'Too cool! At thirty-six, he's as hip as a teenager. He's single, child-free, goes to the right clubs and knows which trainers to wear. He's also found a great way to score with women: attend single parents' groups full of available (and grateful) mothers, all hoping to meet a Nice Guy.Which is how Will meets Marcus, the oldest twelve-year-old on the planet. Marcus is a bit strange: he listens to Joni Mitchell and Mozart, looks after his mum and has never owned a pair of trainers. But Marcus latches on to Will - and won't let go. Can Will teach Marcus how to grow up cool? And can Marcus help Will just to grow up?...

Title : About a Boy
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About a Boy Reviews

  • Anne
    2019-04-22 01:40

    3.5 starsNot sure who I'd recommend this to, but I enjoyed it well enough.It's basically a story about a fucked up guy with zero substance, a fucked up 12 year old dork, and his fucked up crazy hippie mother.To me, none of these three were very sympathetic characters. I mean, Marcus was the only one who even slightly deserved any pity.But even for a kid he was gratingly dense. I just wanted to shake the shit out of him for being such a pussy! And, YES! I know how horrible that sentence sounds. Ugh. I almost hate myself for even typing it, but that's the way I felt. If there was an award for writing the most annoying pre-pubescent goober ever, then Hornby should get it. Congratulations, Nick! You made me want to slap a 12 year old!And now I'm going to burn in Hell. Thanks.Most of Marcus' problems came from his idiot mother, Fiona. She was so irritatingly harebrained, that she managed to make Will (a morally ambiguous liar) look like an excellent choice for Marcus to run to for advice.You could totally see where Marcus got his pathetic personality from, so I couldn't help but root for him to grow the fuck up and give her the finger. And I guess that's partially what this book was about.Growing up, realizing that your parents don't always know what's best for you, and telling them to stuff it.Although, the Mom in me thinks this is a terrible idea.Kids, if you don't listen to your mother, you'll turn out just like Marcus...Look at him! He's a zombie now!*holds up hands*Alright, alright! Maybe, just maybe, it's a really good idea to take a hard look at the values your parents raised you with, and decide if those are values that you want to live by. You probably won't turn into a zombie if you deviate off of their path, and find our own way.But.You should definitely stay away from lunatic girls. Seriously.Nobody needs that kind of self-inflicted drama in their lives.As far as Will goes, he's such a non-person that I can't work up any righteous indignation for the antics he gets up to. He figures out that he can probably get a better quality woman than he's used to, if he can hook up with single moms. Because, you know, they're a bit more willing to compromise about certain things.Now, having been a single mom, I should be irate with his character. But, hell, he's probably right. I'm not saying single moms are desperate, but on the whole, your priorities change when it comes to dating. Or, at least, they did for me. I was no longer looking for someone who was the life of the party, I was looking for... Come to think of it, I wasn't actually looking at all.But my husband managed to reel me in anyway. And he did it by pretending he loved children and was wanting to get involved in organizing some sort of Halloween thing for the kids in his neighborhood. ManyManyMany years later I found out that was soooo not the case. He had, in general, avoided children like the plague. I would love to be angry about that little white lie, but he's been a pretty darn good dad, so I can't really hold that shit against him. *eyeballs Hubs* Much.Will, however, did a bit more than pretend he enjoyed the company of children. He invented an imaginary kid of his own and then infiltrated a single parent's group in the hopes of getting a date with a vulnerable attractive mother.Now, over the course of the book, everyone grows and changes a bit.Will matures enough to face up to his insecurities, Marcus grows enough to stop letting his mother's weird beatnik stink permeate his life, and Fiona grows enough to...Well, Fiona is still a fucktard, but at least she isn't crying every five minutes by the end of the book.Thing is, that's sort of how life goes. Not everyone is special, cool, or awesome, and we all have issues that make us unlovable and odd.*shrugs*I guess one of the things we have in common is that we all hope to make a few friends along the way, and maybe even grow a bit before it's all over.Or not.

  • Lee
    2019-04-20 04:35

    I have weird habit of reading books that were made into movies AFTER I've seen the movies. Dopey, right? I don't know why I love to do this. I guess just to see how it all turns out on the other end.Anyway, this review is pretty straight forward: "About a Boy" is awesome. Like the rest of Hornby's work that I've read, it's hilarious in such a BRITISH way (so dry, the laughs usually coming from some poor uptight Brit's bumbling embarrassment). I also admire Hornby for writing consistently about men in a very honest and entertaining way. In this case, he also gets into the mind of the eccentric, troubled Marcus, who's twelve and being raised by a depressed hippy mom who sings earnest folk songs "with her eyes closed" (this most spot-on description of Marcus' mother and uncool people generally comes up often in the book and always cracked me up) beautifully. Marcus is that tragically unhip kid who is completely deprived of television and pop culture. We all know him. He gets beaten up and teased, and his accounts of his life at school and at home (the narration tag-teams between Marcus and Will, the immature, lazy hipster that Marcus adopts as his own) are achingly painful. This book is readable and touching. Highly recommended.

  • Luffy
    2019-05-03 04:16

    About a Boy is a book that I've dreamed about - a meaningful book about human relationships ( as opposed to adventures) that is to the point and not chock full of rambling and embellishing imagery. Sadly, I'm very honest, and I can't rate this 5/5. The reasons why I like this book and why I can't give it a bogus score are the same. I'm very like Marcus. The old me is like the old Marcus from before he changed at the end. The newer me is still like him. But enough of us. The titular reference to Nirvana hit me after the umpteenth mention of the grunge band. It was kind of daft, so many dropping references to Nirvana. But though I can see the point, it felt still gratuitous. The tricky thing that Nick Hornby has gotten into was that, it was difficult to pull off treating the death of a real person, more so when he's such a celebrity. I once based an essay on the death of former manager of Manchester United, Matt Busby. A friend of mine told me it was not conducive to a good piece of homework. He was right. The clear and superbly understandable writing of the author was a conscious decision. It makes me want to read High Fidelity. One distinguishing characteristic of this book is its strong chapters. I feel a lot of thought got put into when to end chapters. The endings are definite, strong, and meaningful. That decision was very apparently resonant around chapters 15 to 18. There are books that have chapter endings such as " she was relieved to find the window unbroken" or " she felt at home here in the doughnut shop". Yeah, I read a quite a few cozy mysteries. But my point is, whenever cliffhangers are propped at the end of chapters in About A Boy, they catch the readers' attention. It was only at the end of chapter 32 that I noticed there were only two cliffhangers in total in the book. I don't know why the movie version's finale centered about a stupid music day at Marcus's school. I was relieved when the book turned out to be different. In any book, there is a character most responsible for the book to end. A book needs to have an end, of course. In Lord Of The Rings, the person most responsible for the ending was Gandalf. Here the candidates for this accolade (is that the right word?) are Marcus, Rachel, and to a lesser extent, Will. They all precipitated events and the breakthrough, which was the emerging of Will and Marcus as healthier members of the society. Marcus allowed Will to get closer to Rachel. In a way Rachel got Marcus together with Will. It's not apparent, but it's there. So there we have it, my honest review and my honest rating. Bye.

  • Maciek
    2019-05-21 05:18

    Like most, I have read this book after seeing the movie adaptation with Hugh Grant years and years ago. The movie turned out to be a rather faithful adaptation of the novel, but featured a completely different ending.The general plot of About a Boy is well known. Will is a 36 year old single man, who lives off royalties from a famous Christmas song that his father wrote. Will doesn't have to worry about money and work, and spends his life largely without responsibilities and commitments. Looking for a new way to pick up women willing to go out with him, Will invents an ingenious scheme - he makes up a fictional ex-wife and son which are to be his ticket into a single-parent group, where he hopes to interact with eager single mothers. Despite having to constantly pretend to have a family the plan seems to be working, until Will meets Fiona and her 12 year old son, Marcus - who quickly discovers Will's act. Marcus agrees to not expose Will, if Will will teach him how to be cool like he is - what shoes to wear, what haircut to get, what music to listen to. Like it or not, Will takes the troubled youth under his wing - and in the course of their relationship both will learn much not only about one another, but about life itself.This is a very entertaining and fun book to read, if not particularly memorable. Horbny writes with ease and the novel is full of dry humor and references to the time it was set in (1993). The growing relationship between Marcus and Will is a pleasure to see develop - how Marcus changes from an always serious, socially awkward and culturally oblivious young into a more typical teenager and slowly learns to enjoy life, and how Will slowly stops being the man-child he always was and learns about responsibilities of adults. It is a predictable book, but not unpleasantly so - and although it was probably overshadowed by the film made out of it, it is still worth reading. It'd be a good summer read, without meaning the category as an insult; those interested might consider putting it on their lists for the upcoming holidays.

  • Lyssrose Farver
    2019-04-28 04:27

    Originally, I picked up a friend's copy of this while watching babysitting, simply as a means of amusing myself while the kid was happily playing with some toys. I'd already seen the movie, and figured the book would probably be something that I could pick up and put down fairly easily.I was wrong.See, I went into this thinking I obviously knew the story and the characters - but what happened was I quickly forgot about the movie version, and became fascinated with the story of Will, the selfish slacker who doesn't really have much of a point, and Marcus, the nerdy little boy who makes Will realize that yes, he does.Once I started reading, I was hooked, and ended up purchasing my own copy, which I quickly devoured in about 4 days.

  • Samilja
    2019-05-16 00:28

    Brilliant - ok, that's just a bad homage to the Brits but really, this was a funny, sweet book. I'd have given it a 3.5 but with no half-stars at my disposal, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. Anyway - bought it b/c I was looking for High Fidelity at our local used shop but this was the only Hornby on hand. I'm glad since I saw the movie version of H.F. but not this so it was a good surprise. It's a love story of sorts - but not between lovers. Rather, between a mid-thirties man-child (Will) and a peculiarly wonderful twelve year old (Marcus). It's a book-long question as to just who is the 'boy' in question but ultimately we find maybe both are and again, maybe they're both men as well. The cast of characters also includes Marcus' hippie-dippy, suicidal mom, a handful of Will's female conquests & Marcus' Nirvana-loving fifteen-year-old dream girl (the setting is early 90's London). In combination they tread what could be dreary ground with endearing & funny psychoses, self-righteousness and sincerity. The dialogue is what's best here - you'll hear the English accents and rhythms in your head with every wacky conversation.Great for a laugh. An easy read.

  • Daniel Clausen
    2019-05-07 01:32

    What a surprising read! I found this book in the Fujisawa library in Japan. My other choices were D.H. Lawrence and other books that boasted intimidating thickness. I suppose I chose this book because I thought it would be a breezy read. It was a breezy read! A breezy, enjoyable read with a surprising amount of depth and charm. I had previously read one other Nick Hornby book: A Long Way Down, which was a morbid look at the lives of several people who try to commit suicide. About a Boy shares some of the morbid outlook of that book, but comes up feeling lighter and more entertaining. If I was entirely secure with the word "trash novel" I might call it that--as a compliment of course. Despite its entire lack of pretensions (or perhaps because of it) it turns out to be a minor masterpiece. It doesn't try to be overly deep, and it sort of rejects any sort of glib endings or hints at elaborate and deep structures to the world other than: "We're all messed up someway and we do our best to go on." Despite sharing some of the pessimism of A Long Way Down, the book finds ways to be funny and upbeat. It has the basic elements of great fiction: even despicable characters are likable, they go through important changes by the end of the book, and we are forced to come to terms about how we feel about these changes and whether they are good or bad. So, if you're holding a can of beer or a glass of wine, let's cheer this no-so-trashy trash novel: a light read of great literary quality that also happens to have Hugh Grant's face on the cover.

  • Sterlingcindysu
    2019-04-25 02:23

    A very easy, breezy book that doesn't have the (to me anyway) expected ending. I know, I'm late to the party on this one (and it explains finding it at a book sale) but I'm guessing the book was better than the movie. This would be a nice summer read that's a little more serious than the usual beach/chic read. Very odd cover though.

  • Bark
    2019-05-19 04:26

    This was a terrific book from beginning to end. Equally funny and sad but never dreary despite the very serious overtones of the book. Marcus was a peculiar, wonderful boy with a huge burden on his shoulders and I really enjoyed watching him become a stronger, confident person. Will was also great. I loved the fact that he was a such a self-centered jerk and completely content to remain that way. No guilt, no remorse, no commitments. Until he meets Marcus, that is. Their relationship was laugh out loud funny and so very believable. I had a very difficult time putting this book down.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-20 06:37

    3.5 Stars. I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first book I read by Nick Hornby, How To Be Good. One similarity between the books though is that all of Hornby's characters seem to be really annoying. But unlike How To Be Good, I actually liked reading this. I wanted to see what would happen with Will & Marcus and I thought their relationship was interesting for lack of a better word. I thought Will & Marcus had two different voices that were easy to distinguish. Will cared about nobody but himself and I thought that some of the things he said and did were absolutely repulsive but he was also very self-aware and I thought that was interesting to read. Marcus perfectly embodied a 12 year old who was very mature because of his circumstances but yet also very naive and innocent because he is only a child. The story itself focuses on relationships. Relationships we have with friends, family, strangers, lovers etc and the impact that those relationships have on us. Will ends up realising that maybe being intertwined with people isn't such a bad thing while Marcus learns that relationships come and go. If you don't have a solid relationship with your mother, it doesn't really matter as long as you have other healthy relationships with people who support you. Perhaps it's not a typical happy ending but the sentiments are realistic ones. The only thing that annoyed me about the ending was that in the last chapter, Will describes Marcus as having changed dramatically. I know that some time passed but he transforms from being the odd, quirky kid that made him Marcus to being a typical teenager. I'd have preferred if that chapter wasn't there or we got more from Marcus that explained why he changed so much. Throughout the book it was like Marcus had an inability to understand certain things like pop culture, appropriate things to say and what to wear but then at the end he knows what to say, he knows what to wear and he seems to know more about pop culture. The writing was good enough. The best thing about the writing was definitely the characters Hornby wrote. They were so elaborate and even though the story is quite ordinary, I think everything about the characters were top notch. They were just so three-dimensional and I'm just really impressed with how good they were. I would have liked to have seen a good likeable character but just because I'm curious to see how Hornby would write that character. I would recommend this book & I would read more by Nick Hornby.

  • Serena.. Sery-ously?
    2019-04-27 01:37

    Anni e anni (e anni) fa, ho visto il film About a boy apprezzandolo tantissimo e mi ci sono volute molte peregrinazioni in libreria per associarlo al libro di Nick Hornby: ero nella fase "Il mio tessssoro" per l'autore ("Non buttiamoci giù ha sancito la nascita del nostro amore :D), eppure non sono mai riuscita a superare la ritrosia nel leggere un libro tratto da un film che avevo già visto mille volte.Certo poi il prezzo del libro (e la Guanda che fino a poco fa non faceva le campagne di sconti nemmeno a impiccarsi) non è che mi abbia proprio incoraggiato!! :DPer una serie di fattori, tra cui l'allineamento dei pianeti 'senza affanni' (Hercules docet) alla fin fine mi sono trovata a leggere il libro (preso al mercatino ad un 1€, YEAH!) e ne sono contentissima!Nick Hornby qui è Nick Hornby al suo massimo: un romanzo divertentissimo, con tante uscite incredibili, ma anche molto tenero e commovente, che riesce a trasmettere al lettore tanta compassione e tanto affetto :)Il libro è sicuramente più profondo del film che invece verte un po' più sul lato coglionella: i problemi di Marcus sono più gravi e maggiormente analizzati, così come Will che è sicuramente un personaggio più sfaccettato e 'problematico'..L'unica cosa in cui il libro mi ha deluso è che manca la mia scena preferita del film: il concerto rock a scuola quando Marcus canta "Killing me softly" *_*Comunque il film è fedelissimo, è stato un piacere rivederlo subito dopo aver letto il libro!!

  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    2019-05-17 03:20

    I hadn’t watched the About the Boy movie before reading the book and so I knew nothing about the plot nor the characters. I was therefore very surprised to find that it’s narrated by Marcus as well as Will. I thought this worked perfectly they are both stand-out, likeable characters. I loved Marco’s naivety and his ability to see things in a straightforward, literal way, and I loved Will’s hilarious cynicism. If you’re familiar with Danny Wallace, that’s who he reminded me of.I was rooting for Will and Marco’s unconventional friendship throughout the book. Why can’t an adult male and a child be friends? Why is everything made out to be so sordid? I also noticed that Hornby’s very good at intermixing humorous moments with extremely serious moments. The novel could be very gloomy: Will’s jobless and without family, Marco’s constantly bullied and he’s mother’s depressed. But Hornby’s fantastic at portraying these situations in a comical way without taking away their importance, whether it’s by using dialogue, events, or references to popular culture.I played out the whole novel in my head as a film and cannot wait to see how the real version differs. About a Boy is a very funny, quick read that’s perfect to snuggle up with around Christmastime.I also reviewed this book over on Pretty Books.

  • Karen ⊰✿
    2019-04-24 23:22

    What an absolutely delightful book. I watched the movie many years ago and I have to say that Hugh Grant is the perfect Will.Hornby does magnificent character writing, but with quite a lot of humour - there were so many laugh out loud moments!Fabulous audio narration too - highly recommended

  • Helene Jeppesen
    2019-05-10 01:18

    This is an interesting book with a lot of different characters and character development. It was my first book by Nick Hornby but it's definitely not going to be my last :)

  • Warda
    2019-04-23 23:22

    [Actual rating: 4.5]

  • Orbi Alter
    2019-05-02 00:36

    Lajt, prozracna pricica o disfunkcionalnim ljudima.

  • Arsnoctis
    2019-05-07 01:25

    Non sono abituata a leggere un romanzo dopo aver visto il film tratto dal suddetto, ma posso dire di aver trovato le differenze tra le due versioni di "un ragazzo" gradevoli e giustificate dai diversi media.AggiungoQUI il commento "scritto meglio" .

  • Titas
    2019-05-03 23:29

    Attaboy! This is the story of the most immature adult meeting the most mature child. Who's right? Who's wrong? You decide!First of all Nick Hornby, I bow to thee for your awesomeness! You write like you are actually telling me the story sitting in front of me. As if you have known me for a long time and everything just rolls right out of your tongue! Will is the cool dude, the funky awesome one who doesn't even have to work; money just falls right into his laps. And that leave him with endless amount of free time to do 'things' ranging from eating ice cream to planning long schemes to bang single mothers (because in his opinion - they are are best) all day! While executing one such plan he meets with Marcus who is always the odd one in his class yet the most mature child in the universe. This book should not even exist. It is too good to be true! I don't even know how to characterize this one. Sometime it is too funny, sometime it's gut punching. A dictionary full of wonderful characters and a saga of self-realization may be one way to put it. Do yourself a favor and read this book at least once in your life (just a humble request from a fellow passenger of life)!

  • Jenny
    2019-05-14 06:30

    This is 3.5 stars for me, and it's all because of the ending. I really like this book. I like the alternating third-person perspectives; Hornby did a good job expressing a twelve-year-old boy's thoughts and feelings; I like the way Marcus and Will change over the course of the novel. The book is funny and well-written. Its content is strong and relatively realistic. But the ending. I understand that people have to either change to fit in or become stronger to stand out. I just don't get why Hornby had Marcus change to fit in and ended the book that way. It bothers me in movies when the dorky girl or guy likes someone who doesn't like her/him back, but then, she/he "becomes hot," and suddenly, the love interest is a love interest. And that's what this felt like to me. An adorable and quirky and unique pre teen becomes like everyone else, and this is a reassurance. Anyway, sorry to rant. That really took away from the book's heart for me. But it was still enjoyable throughout, and I can still recommend it.

  • Sura✿
    2019-04-24 01:27

    It's the story of a teenager boy who can't find peace neither at home nor school, then he meet a 36 years old guy and the lives of both change . It's sad how divorce or bad relationship between parents ruins the lives of children , and affect their future and personalities .. and it's awful how an adult men (or even wemen) those choose to live alone away from families and make a relationships just for a short time with no love , no sacrifice , end up with them feeling lonely and have no one to share happy and bad times with .. A nice novel , with nice ideas , loved it “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.” 

  • Spider the Doof Warrior
    2019-04-28 01:37

    So I liked the movie better than this book. I think the characters in the movie were done better, and that's actually very rare. Though I do think Marcus is autistic as fuck. His character was sweeter in the movie. I liked how the theme wasn't conform and be a normal teenager but just be yourself. Marcus influenced Will because he was a cool, unusual kid. I identified more with movie Marcus than book Marcus.Still, there were some parts of the book that might have worked better in the movie.Also, Joni Mitchell is awesome except for thinking she has a disease that doesn't actually exist.

  • Chris Dietzel
    2019-05-15 03:26

    Right in that area between 3 stars and 4 stars. I enjoyed the dialogue and most of the humor worked for me. On the other side, many of the scenes felt forced and the characters never felt completely real. I'm still interested in reading High Fidelity but it won't be one of the next books I read.

  • Nastya
    2019-04-25 01:24

    I can't help it, I just adore his STYLE. The way he writes. The way his characters develop. His humour. The ending is somewhat vague, but that is so not the point, the actual point is in the process itself, in Horny's style, his characters whom he has the power to describe so believably that I can see right through them, can understand everything they're feeling; in funny moments which the book is full of. I just laughed out loud several times during one chapter. I fell in love with the way Hornby describes things. I fell in love with "About Boy" almost at first sight. That is certainly a book to savour.

  • Arwen56
    2019-05-09 05:26

    Questo libro l’ho letto nel 2001. Ciò che immediatamente colpisce, secondo me, è il tipo di scrittura: semplice, immediata, colloquiale. Una riproduzione piuttosto fedele del “parlato” di tutti i giorni. Caratteristica che si accentuerà nei romanzi successivi. Hornby non ha risposte da darci, ma domande da farci molte. E lo fa presentandoci, in questo libro, due ragazzi. A dispetto del titolo, infatti, non è chiaro se il “ragazzo” sia effettivamente quello più giovane ed immaturo, ossia il dodicenne Marcus, oppure il meno giovane, ma altrettanto immaturo, 36enne di nome Will. E’ dall’interazione fra i due che nasce una specie processo di crescita per entrambi, che, prima del fortunoso incontro, si trovavano a vivere una situazione di stallo, sia pure per motivi diversi. Figlio di genitori separati ed educato secondo valori in “via di disapparizione”, Marcus è un adolescente anomalo, inadeguato ad affrontare gli anni ’90. Le sue scarpe sono sbagliate, i suoi pantaloni fuori moda, il taglio di capelli ridicolo, i gusti musicali non condivisi. Ovvio che debba subire le angherie e le persecuzioni dei nuovi compagni di scuola. Oltre a questo, si trova a dover affrontare le conseguenze della rottura del legame tra i suoi genitori, che lasciano Fiona, la madre, in uno stato di depressione persistente, che la conduce ad un tentativo di suicidio, gettando su Marcus una responsabilità che non è in grado di reggere. Spesso, parlando di divorzio, si fa riferimento alla nascita della famiglia “allargata”. Beh, Hornby ci descrive un tentativo in questo senso nel libro. Tentativo che, però naufraga nel ridicolo. Will, dal canto suo, è proprio l’opposto. Facile parlare di lui come di un novello Peter Pan. Facile perché, in fondo, Will l’isola che non c’è l’ha proprio trovata. Forte di una rendita che gli garantisce la possibilità di vivere senza lavorare, ha come unico problema quello di inventarsi un modo per passare il tempo e rimorchiare qualche ragazza. Ma tutti e due sanno, sia pur inconsciamente, che questa situazione non potrà funzionare a lungo. In un certo senso, è come se si stessero cercando per uscire dall’impasse. E, ad un certo punto, si troveranno. Il bambino crescerà imparando ad essere bambino. L’adulto crescerà imparando ad essere adulto. Ma le domande restano. Come si fa ad essere bambini in un mondo così? Come si fa ad essere adulti in un mondo così? Come si fa ad essere una coppia in un mondo così? Come si fa ad essere single in un mondo così? Come si fa? ******27/09/09: Ho visto il film che ne è stato tratto [2002, diretto dai fratelli Paul e Chris Weitz, con protagonista Hugh Grant]. Carinello, guardabile. Meglio il libro.

  • M
    2019-05-13 04:29

    Well, this was a slight disappointment after High Fidelity, which I loved. This had a similar style and humor which was so refreshing after a long week, but it fell short of High Fidelity's originality and wit - I guess each book needs to be judged on its merit, but even so this one was sometimes too silly or too cheesy, as if he just didn't have another 'slimy yet endearing' guy left in him.It was enjoyable enough, and Hornby's humor is so great in that sardonic British way that even a book that is somewhat disappointing is still a fun read. Basically a guy decides to pretend he's a single dad to meet women (having discovered that single moms are a great network to tap into - u can tell he's not of our faith, thats for sure) and all his misadventures as he learns about himself blah blah blah ... one part i particularly liked was when protagonist Will buys a car seat realizing that as he takes a mom and son in his car he needs to at least pretend theres a child somewhere - he ends up not even using his car when he gets there since they decide to go somewhere that doesnt have parking, so instead as they walk to the bus he makes sure to point out his car saying, there, that one, with the car seat in the back. they just look at him blankly. he also went to trouble to buy cheese puffs and cookies to crumble into the seat for authenticity purposes. whatever, it was funny.sometimes i realise how intolerant I am of anything remotely unrealistic - I mean I can't stand fantasy but even Hornby at times is too much because his stuff borders on slapstick and I have to detach a little to not totally kill it - that was a little too true with this book, but that might just be my own issues.

  • Teijo Aflecht
    2019-05-20 04:25

    About a Boy is simply a wonderful book. It's full of great humour, pretty effective drama and mostly believable characters. So very British, in a good way, particularly the way the humour ties into the more serious (I'm looking at you, baguette/duck scene). Sometimes Marcus is a bit too articulate and smart for a 12-year-old to be believable, but on the whole the characters are great. I sympathise with Will's indignation quite a bit, but also like his growth. Could've done with less Nirvana stuff in the second half of the book, but it was tied well enough into the story.I think Nick Hornby is my new favourite author. It took a while to pick up any of his books and even then only at Gaby's recommendation and without the possibility of really reading anything else. Probably because I just didn't like how his name sounded. I also initially didn't want to read About a Boy even after it was on my bedside table because the name sounded stupid and I remember I disliked the trailer of the movie 10 years ago (I watched it again and I'm not sure I was even thinking of the right movie). As one can tell, the immense logic of these reasons might explain why I liked so much a book I was so ready to hate.

  • Dale
    2019-05-18 23:12

    Nick Hornby is a master of writing a heartwarming book that isn't heartwarming (I mean that as praise, in case that wasn't clear). His brilliant method is to make the main character as self-centered and unadmirable as possible, then make him do something incredibly good, but rationalize his or her actions to him or herself in self-interested reasons.In this book, an unemployed, consumerist slacker named Will (he doesn't need to work as his father wrote a pathetically embarassing Christmas song, and Will now lives quite comfortably off the royalties) discovers that dating single mothers is a dream-- the sex is great, the women are generally gorgeous, and they generally end the relationship relatively quickly because of unresolved issues with the ex. Will soon joins a single-parent support group to meet more single mothers. But when one of their children, a bizarre and introverted boy, starts visiting his apartment after school, (sorry, the language can't be helped) he changes both their lives for the better. Albeit for selfish reasons.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-28 05:39

    I'm going to say something that I don't say very often: The film is better than the book (I think I can say that about a total of three books). But don't let that put you off from reading the book. Actually, the film is quite faithful to the book, almost word-for-word. It's just the musical tastes that change (the book is set in 1993, and part of the plot pivots around Kurt Cobain, and the film has less of a musical influence, but refers mainly to rap) and the ending, which, in the film, is a bit lighter than the book. However, the book is really a gem on its own. It is so rare to find a book that is wonderfully charming, with laugh-out-loud dry British humor, yet speaks to the human realities of suicide, depression, loneliness, and bullying without feeling heavy. I'd recommend High Fidelity to the music-obsessed young man, but About a Boy is for everyone.

  • Camilla
    2019-05-02 23:36

    I give this book 3.5 stars. This book was kind of slow paced and monotonic until the very end. It was a realistic novel though and the characters in the book was relatable in the world we live in. However, About a Boy didn't seem to entertain me as much as other books would do. I wouldn't say this book is bad because it wasn't, it was just not as enjoyable as other books I've read. I might as well add that I read it for school, which might have effected my entertainment too.I also need to admit that this book had some very good statements/quotes plus sarcastic comments that did cause a few mental laughs.

  • Brittany (brittanymariereads)
    2019-05-20 01:15

    This is one of the rare times that I watched the movie and the show before reading the book. I knew going into the basic story but the characters had much more depth in the book. It was a much darker humor than it was portrayed on screen. About a Boy was a quick and easy read, great for a rainy day.