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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 highly recommend if you have read anything else by Hornby.
The story is a rather simple one - single man who is a bit of a jerk grows as a person in the presence of a... Read more
This was an enjoyable book to read. Told in a bled of Third/First person narrative in which we enter the minds of 36 year old single Will and twelve year old Marcus. Read morePublished 13 days ago by C. Stephans
It's a good story. Told in first person by the man, he certainly does not portray himself admirably but the 11 year old boy is high principled and honest enough for all of them. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Reader
I saw the film on television. The actor and character of Marcus touched my heart so much. I was not aware it was taken from a book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MaryAnn Dodd
Once again Hornby takes characters who at first seem shallow and brings us to an appreciation of their inner depths.Published 2 months ago by Marc H. Vick
So much better than I thought it would be. Another book that I foolishly avoided because they made a movie of it.
I must now publicly say again, my husband was right. Read more
It was a great book and easy to read. It was a little short for my taste and the plot line could have been extended and delved in to more but over all it was captivating.Published 2 months ago by Melanie Sheehan-Thompson
good, if fast read, some strange, but obviously scan or transfer, spelling and grammar errors in kindle.Published 2 months ago by D. Divelbiss