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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 m 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 [[ Free E-pub ]] ☠ About a Boy ↙ 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 GuyWhich 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 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 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,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 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 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 atypical 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 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 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 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 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 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 so 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 andentertaining 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 Beautiful read for the end of the year Such a thoughtful book. I can t recall if this was the first Nick Hornby book that I read, or if it was High Fidelity It s toss up I will say that About a Boy is probably one of my favorite Hornby novels The story is about a spoiled rich man child in the movie adaptation, played brilliantly by Hugh Grant who befriends an awkward high school kid and, in the process, learns how to be a better person and man Very funny and very moving. 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 o 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