About a Boy

About a Boy

by Nick Hornby
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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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