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About a Boy - Nick Hornby
About a Boy
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Will Lightman is a Peter Pan for the 1990s. At 36, the terminally hip North Londoner is unmarried, hyper-concerned with his coolness quotient, and blithely living off the royalties of his father's novelty song. Will sees himself as entirely lacking in hidden depths--and he's proud of it! The ... show more
Will Lightman is a Peter Pan for the 1990s. At 36, the terminally hip North Londoner is unmarried, hyper-concerned with his coolness quotient, and blithely living off the royalties of his father's novelty song. Will sees himself as entirely lacking in hidden depths--and he's proud of it! The only trouble is, his friends are succumbing to responsibilities and children, and he's increasingly left out in the cold. How can someone brilliantly equipped for meaningless relationships ensure that he'll continue to meet beautiful Julie Christie-like women and ensure that they'll throw him over before things get too profound? A brief encounter with a single mother sets Will off on his new career, that of "serial nice guy". As far as he's concerned--and remember, concern isn't his strong suit--he's the perfect catch for the young mother on the go. After an interlude of sexual bliss, she'll realize that her child isn't ready for a man in their life and Will can ride off into the Highgate sunset, where more damsels apparently await. The only catch is that the best way to meet these women is at single-parent get-togethers. In one of Nick Hornby's many hilarious (and embarrassing) scenes, Will falls into some serious misrepresentation at SPAT ("Single Parents--Alone Together"), passing himself off as a bereft single dad: "There was, he thought, an emotional truth here somewhere, and he could see now that his role-playing had a previously unsuspected artistic element to it. He was acting, yes, but in the noblest, most profound sense of the word." What interferes with Will's career arc, of course, is reality--in the shape of a 12-year-old boy who is in many ways his polar opposite. For Marcus, cool isn't even a possibility, let alone an issue. For starters, he's a victim at his new school. Things at home are pretty awful, too, since his musical therapist mother seems increasingly in need of therapy herself. All Marcus can do is cobble together information with a mixture of incomprehension, innocence, self-blame, and unfettered clear sight. As fans of Fever Pitch and High Fidelity already know, Hornby's insight into laddishness magically combines the serious and the hilarious. About a Boy continues his singular examination of masculine wish-fulfilment and fear. This time, though, the author lets women and children onto the playing field, forcing his feckless hero to leap over an entirely new--and entirely welcome--set of emotional hurdles.
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Format: mass market paperback
ISBN: 9780140285673 (140285679)
ASIN: B001U69GJY
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 307
Edition language: English
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Hol
Hol rated it
4.0 About A Boy by Nick Hornby
So I’ve been trying to keep things pretty relaxed over at Holville and picking books that won’t do anything to spike my adrenaline. You’d think it’d be easy to find books that fit that category, but it’s harder than you might think. I recently stumbled on Nick Hornby when I read High Fidelity and he...
leave me alone I'm reading
leave me alone I'm reading rated it
3.5 Yes
Nick Hornby is a feel-good comfort read for me. Even though he tackles people and situations that are difficult there is a hopefulness about his writing and characters that set my little heart a flutter. I'd be surprised if you weren't at least vaguely aware of About a Boy- the movie with Hugh Gra...
TCWriter
TCWriter rated it
5.0 ABOUT A BOY.
I love Hornby's ability to create odd, flawed, weird -- yet wholly sympathetic characters. In About A Boy, a nerdy 12 year-old is getting bullied at school, and he turns to a disconnected, slacker 30-something -- who invented a two year-old son to make it easier to meet single moms -- for help.Along...
The Girl in a Cafe
The Girl in a Cafe rated it
4.0
They are making an American TV series of this, so I'm sure a rise in the number of people reading it will go up soon. Although it has Sam from New Girl in it, nothing will ever beat the British movie version. It's got Hugh Grant, for God sakes!
the force is strong with this one
the force is strong with this one rated it
3.0
i read this book after watching the film and all i can say is the book is better (no shit sherlock). i tend to like every novel by nick hornby and about a boy is no exception. the characters were realistic and likeable while the writing style entertaining and funny.
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