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About a Boy (1998)

by Nick Hornby

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Will, a thirty-six-year-old London bachelor, undergoes a change in his outlook about marriage and children when he lies to join a single parents group in order to meet women, and becomes friends with a needy twelve-year-old named Marcus.
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Of course I couldn't help but picture Hugh Grant in every page so naturally I loved the book. The ending was so much more interesting than the film. Quick read, perfect for a day at the pool. ( )
  gakgakg | May 28, 2020 |
Den var sorglig men ändå mysig. ( )
  autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |
His books are better as movies. Enough said. ( )
  Adammmmm | Sep 10, 2019 |
[b: About a Boy|4271|About a Boy|Nick Hornby|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1382004144s/4271.jpg|2961843] was a great deal more likable than the film that bears its name. The characters were far easier to relate to, and the writing did credit to the scenario that I felt the film didn't quite do.

[a: Nick Hornby|2929|Nick Hornby|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1422915487p2/2929.jpg] is an incredibly likable author. He writes fiction that could easily come off as far too sweet, but never quite does. The pessimism present in the bulk of his work never quite tends toward the morbid hopelessness than one might expect. Rather, he seems to embody the concept that we all make mistakes and are trying our best and somehow, perhaps, we might all make it through all right.

Nothing to really hate about that. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
Couldn't get into this, had to leave it unfinished. Somehow I prefer the film. ( )
  lydiasbooks | Jan 17, 2018 |
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A follow-up to High Fidelity, British writer Hornby's superb 1996 novel about pop-music obsession, About A Boy (the film rights to which have reportedly been sold for $3 million) is an acerbic, emotionally richer yet no less funny tale. Will (36, single, lonely, in search of a girlfriend and a life) meets Marcus (12, lonely, in search of happiness for himself and his suicidal mother). At first, befriending Marcus is merely an attempt to assuage a guilty conscience brought about by a life of leisure.
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Love and thanks to David Evans, Adrienne Maguire, Caroline Dawnay, Virginia Bovell, Abigail Morris, Wendy Carlton, Harry Ritchie and Amanda Posey.
In memory of Liz Knights.
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'Have you split up now?'
It was terrible.  Terrible! But driving really fast behind the ambulance was fantastic.
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