About a Boy (Movie Tie-In) / Edition 1

About a Boy (Movie Tie-In) / Edition 1

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by Nick Hornby
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1573229571

ISBN-13: 2901573229578

Pub. Date: 04/30/2002

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Nick Hornby’s cult fiction debut, the New York Times Notable High Fidelity, was a national bestseller in the United States, and a #1 bestseller in England. Hornby was greeted with standing ovations from The New Yorker (Hornby has established himself as a maestro of the male confessional) to Time (Hornby demonstrates his enviable talent for

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Nick Hornby’s cult fiction debut, the New York Times Notable High Fidelity, was a national bestseller in the United States, and a #1 bestseller in England. Hornby was greeted with standing ovations from The New Yorker (Hornby has established himself as a maestro of the male confessional) to Time (Hornby demonstrates his enviable talent for lucid, laconic writing) to The New York Times Book Review (Hornby captures the loneliness and childishness of adult life with such precision and wit that you’ll find yourself nodding and smiling) to GQ (funny, compulsive, and contemporary). About a Boy stars a guy called Will, who doesn’t really want any children. He wonders why it bothers people that he lives so happily alone in his fashionable, Lego-free flat, with massive speakers, and an expensive cream-colored rug that no kid has ever thrown up on. Then Will meets Angie. He has never been out with a mom before. And it has to be said that Angie’s long blond hair and big blue eyes, are not irrelevant to his sudden reassessment of his attitude toward children. She is truly beautiful. And truly beautiful women do not, traditionally, go out with him. Then it dawns on Will that maybe Angie goes out with him because of the children. Maybe children democratized beautiful, single women.

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ISBN-13:
2901573229578
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/30/2002
Edition description:
Media Tie
Pages:
336

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In 1995 Nick Hornby's debut novel was published in the United States to rave reviews, and it was a bestseller in both England and the U.S. The New York Times Book Review wrote, "High Fidelity fills you with the same sensation you get from hearing a debut record album that has more charm and verve and depth than anything you can recall." Hornby has now written his second novel, and the prepublication buzz is unlike that of any other book this year. A lengthy excerpt from About a Boy recently appeared in the Christmas Fiction Issue of The New Yorker, and the movie rights to the novel were bought by Robert De Niro's Tribeca Films for more than $3 million.

About a Boy centers around Will Freeman, a London bachelor in his late 30s who really doesn't want any children. He wonders why it bothers people so much that he lives so happily alone in his fashionable, Lego-free flat, with its massive speakers, hardwood floors, and an expensive cream-colored rug that nobody has ever thrown up on. He is a happy bachelor, and all things appear to be good in his life, according to his standards.

Then Will meets Angie. He has never been out with anybody who was a mom before. Angie is truly beautiful. And it has been said that truly beautiful women don't date Will. Suddenly it dawns on him: He can date truly beautiful women with kids who not only want to date him but are enthusiastic about dating him. Then comes the crowning moment, the breakup. Angie breaks up with him, and it is not because of something horrible he has done (which has always been the case in the past); rather it's because of her "situation." Will discovers that beautiful women with children are just happy to be with a "nice" guy, and the clincher is that they break up with him. Thus begins Nick Hornby's funny, compulsive, and contemporary new novel about sex, manliness...and fatherhood.

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About a Boy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great read!! So funny I laughed out loud. The boy Marcus made me laugh so much. I loved it!!
Taylor Petekiewicz More than 1 year ago
About a boy is clever realistic and sweet, i laughed aloud on the subway, and nobody gave me strange looks bc this is NYC, the characters are remarkable,
Sabi13 More than 1 year ago
About a boy is the story of a friendship between a 36 years old man, Will, and a 12 years old boy, Marcus. Will is a rich and handsom man who especially likes women. We can't believe that Marcus and Will can be friends one day because of their differences; but in his way Will'll be very helpful to Marcus who's always bully at school. Marcus' mother, Fiona, spends her days crying so she can't understand what's happening to her son. At this moment Marcus and Will become "inseparable" and as in almost all the books or movies there's a happy end. The book and the movie aren't exactly the same as usual but it's a bit disappoining! If you dont't know what to do or if it's a rainy day, I think it could be a good book to entertain.
M-N-M More than 1 year ago
I think that "About a boy" is a very well written book and I really enjoyed reading it. But I kept waiting for something a bit more exiting to happen, but it never really did. The film was more dynamic and well casted. Especially, Hugh Grant fits very well with Will's character. Will is a 36 years old handsome rich man who has many girl friends for shot time. He is extremely selfish and enjoys single life style. At the End of the story, I wondered why Will didn't love Fiona. He listened to her story in order to prevent her from trying to kill herself again. This is because of her son, Marcus, with whom he made a friendship. This is because he thought that would be able to help someone for the first time in his life. In addition, I expected that Fiona would be more beautiful woman in the film. I also wondered if Will would have loved her if she had been more beautiful and attractive, but I don't think so. From my point of view Marcus and Will and everyone else each learnt something valuable from the mixed up relationships that form throughout the book.
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
Nick Hornby presents a story with a title that is reflective of both of its main characters. It's quite fascinating to watch both of them change--even if they don't entirely grow up.
R_Friesz More than 1 year ago
This book is good for a leisure read, but for the purpose of analyzing it is not good. While yes, the book did talk about deep topics such as suicide and father abandonment, it came out and said exactly what it meant. There were no hidden meanings. That being said, I quite enjoyed the strange dynamics of the relationship between Will and Marcus. They have a nice balance of child and adult; each one making up for the lacks of the other. Marcus helps Will grow up a bit. Similarly, Will helps Marcus become more of a kid. Will sarcastic humor, and Marcus's dense literal intrepratations make for some funny conversations. One thing I found disappointing in this book was that there wasn't a lot of excitement. The story seems real and I related to it, but sometimes it's the unrealistic climax that really makes a book. This story is somewhat lacking in that area. Overall it was a good book, and I would suggest reading it on a rainy weekend when you need a good laugh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is both intertaining and emotional and it explains how hard it may be to find someone who cares for you. We may take for granite all the people who care for us for we never had to find that person and work so hard to fit in, being an outcast.
crossword69 More than 1 year ago
I believe that everyone should tell their story with freedom of speech and style of writing, etc.  This book is not a 4 or 5 star and is stretching things by being deserving a 2 star.  This is a smugly written book by an author who is trying too hard to be a urban-lover.  The characters have no depth, and aside from the "boy", the characters are not likeable, and frankly even the boy is not realistic except when he is unable to understand sarcasm, which is basically what fills the 307 pages.  Don't waste your time or money.  I hope the movie is better!
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They have created a TV show for this book on NBC that i great and stays to the storyline. It is of course called About A Boy. I suggest it to all fans of the book. :)
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