About a boy

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Book review of About A Boy by Nick Hornby Nick Hornby is one of those writers, into whose books you get stuck, once you ve started reading them. You can t do anything else until you ve finished them. Wherever you go, you take the book along, so you can stuck your nose into it, every free second. His stories are, as Hugh Grant says, mostly about male, bachelor, single London life . Hornby is a person with a fine sense of humour, and his books contain a mixture of both, cynicism and hope about the people s desperate-looking situations. About A Boy is about a 36-year-old man, Will, who invents a child to get onto single mothers. He joins a single parents group, where he meets a nice woman. They re going on a picnic together with Marcus, a 12-year-old boy and the son of the woman s friend Fiona, who s considered weird. On the same day, Fiona tries to kill herself. After this occurrence, Marcus turns up at Will s nearly every day after school. Even though Will doesn t like Marcus in the beginning, he helps him to get cooler and to improve his reputation at school. They get used to each other after a while, Will s feelings towards Marcus are similar to those of a father, or even better, a friend. Will is a typical single in his mid-thirties. He s living of the royalties of a famous song, his father wrote. His life is empty, it s all about shopping, parties, drugs, alcohol and, of course, women. He s very egocentric and immature and all he knows about is how to impress other ...

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