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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-fulfillment 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I've not laughed out loud this much while reading a book in quite some time.
It is well written, the characters are well described and their thoughts, actions and especially their dialogues are very realistic.
Especially the development of the two main characters is an important aspect of the book and very interesting.
Only Nick Hornby could write a book about Siamese twins joined at the crotch, and have it come off as well as this book does! I just love it to death, and back again... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Laura
About a boy was really heart-warming and delightful. It is about an awkward boy with a suicidal, single mother that is having a rough time in school. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Mananya
I read this book because I've so enjoyed the new comedy on tv with same title. The plot was thin to me. Read morePublished 29 days ago by kimmax
Didn't find this as "insightful" or funny as many had. If anything, I felt sort of sad. The characters started out struggling and while they matured it was depressing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rory I. Talamini
Insightful, painful, funny, and above all, compassionate. Cultivates compassion in the reader. Some characters are elite people you might meet and not like at first, but as you get... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Meredith Holmes
Fun coming-of-age novel that shows the effect of one boy's journey to all those around him. Is he being mentored or being the mentor?Published 3 months ago by Shawn Alan Howard