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[[Image:About a Boy - Hardcover - UK - 1st Edition - Gollancz.jpg|thumb|256x256px|1st edition UK hardcover.]]
 
[[Image:About a Boy - Hardcover - UK - 1st Edition - Gollancz.jpg|thumb|256x256px|1st edition UK hardcover.]]
  
'''''About a Boy''''' is a novel written by [[Nick Hornby]] and published on 1998-08-01. The story is set in London in 1993, and follows two people, a self-absorbed man named Will who, in an effort to find women eager to sleep with him, pretends to be a single father, and an oblivious boy named Marcus, son of a single mother. The book was also made into [[About a Boy (film)|a movie]] in 2002 and a [[About a Boy (TV series)|TV series]] in 2014.
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'''''About a Boy''''' is a novel written by [[Nick Hornby]] and published on 1998-08-01. The story is set in London in 1993, and follows two people: a self-absorbed man named Will who, in an effort to find women eager to sleep with him, pretends to be a single father, and an oblivious 11-year-old boy named Marcus, son of a single new age mother. The book was also made into [[About a Boy (film)|a movie]] in 2002 and a [[About a Boy (TV series)|TV series]] in 2014.
  
 
I had heard about the movie before I even knew it was a book because a girl I knew was a huge fan of [[Hugh Grant]]. Later, after enjoying the movie [[High Fidelity (film)|High Fidelity]] so much I read the book, I became a fan of Nick Hornby's work and started reading his other books. It took me a long time to finally read About a Boy, but when I finally did, I loved it.
 
I had heard about the movie before I even knew it was a book because a girl I knew was a huge fan of [[Hugh Grant]]. Later, after enjoying the movie [[High Fidelity (film)|High Fidelity]] so much I read the book, I became a fan of Nick Hornby's work and started reading his other books. It took me a long time to finally read About a Boy, but when I finally did, I loved it.
  
 
==Status==
 
==Status==
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I don't own the book, but have listened to it as an audio book.
  
 
==Review==
 
==Review==
 
===Good===
 
===Good===
* The book is fantastic. I didn't want to ever put it down. It deals with serious issues like divorce, bullying, and suicide, but still manages to be really funny and exciting.
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* The book is fantastic. The entire time I was reading it, I didn't want to put it down. It deals with serious issues like divorce, bullying, and suicide, but still manages to be really funny and exciting.
 
* Despite his shallowness, Will is a very interesting character. I like how, even though he doesn't need to work, he still has passion. In the beginning, that passion is just about being cool and meeting women, but, later, as he meets new people outside of his comfort zone, his passion shifts to caring for other people.
 
* Despite his shallowness, Will is a very interesting character. I like how, even though he doesn't need to work, he still has passion. In the beginning, that passion is just about being cool and meeting women, but, later, as he meets new people outside of his comfort zone, his passion shifts to caring for other people.
 
* Marcus's inability to grasp sarcasm (perhaps Aspberger's syndrome?) is quite funny.
 
* Marcus's inability to grasp sarcasm (perhaps Aspberger's syndrome?) is quite funny.
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* Ellie meeting the owner of the shop window she shattered was a great scene.
  
 
===Bad===
 
===Bad===
* Fiona seems to forgive Will's lies a bit too easily.
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* The primary female character, Fiona, doesn't have a personality of her own. She's described as being deep and aware, but she's written more as a damsel in distress. She also seems to forgive Will's lies a bit too readily.
  
 
===Ugly===
 
===Ugly===

Revision as of 10:09, 2 September 2018

1st edition UK hardcover.

About a Boy is a novel written by Nick Hornby and published on 1998-08-01. The story is set in London in 1993, and follows two people: a self-absorbed man named Will who, in an effort to find women eager to sleep with him, pretends to be a single father, and an oblivious 11-year-old boy named Marcus, son of a single new age mother. The book was also made into a movie in 2002 and a TV series in 2014.

I had heard about the movie before I even knew it was a book because a girl I knew was a huge fan of Hugh Grant. Later, after enjoying the movie High Fidelity so much I read the book, I became a fan of Nick Hornby's work and started reading his other books. It took me a long time to finally read About a Boy, but when I finally did, I loved it.

Status

I don't own the book, but have listened to it as an audio book.

Review

Good

  • The book is fantastic. The entire time I was reading it, I didn't want to put it down. It deals with serious issues like divorce, bullying, and suicide, but still manages to be really funny and exciting.
  • Despite his shallowness, Will is a very interesting character. I like how, even though he doesn't need to work, he still has passion. In the beginning, that passion is just about being cool and meeting women, but, later, as he meets new people outside of his comfort zone, his passion shifts to caring for other people.
  • Marcus's inability to grasp sarcasm (perhaps Aspberger's syndrome?) is quite funny.
  • Ellie meeting the owner of the shop window she shattered was a great scene.

Bad

  • The primary female character, Fiona, doesn't have a personality of her own. She's described as being deep and aware, but she's written more as a damsel in distress. She also seems to forgive Will's lies a bit too readily.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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