Book Review: About a Boy by Nick Hornby

About a Boy by Nick Hornby

Genres: Adult fiction, contemporary, humour.

Will is thirty-six, comfortable and child-free. And he’s discovered a brilliant new way of meeting women – through single-parent groups. Marcus is twelve and a little bit nerdish: he’s got the kind of mother who made him listen to Joni Mitchell rather than Nirvana. Perhaps they can help each other out a little bit, and both can start to act their age.

Spoiler note: This review does not contain spoilers.

I hadn’t watched the About the Boy movie before reading the book and so I knew nothing about the plot nor the characters. I was therefore very surprised to find that it’s narrated by Marcus as well as Will. I thought this worked perfectly they are both stand-out, likeable characters. I loved Marco’s naivety and his ability to see things in a straightforward, literal way, and I loved Will’s hilarious cynicism. If you’re familiar with Danny Wallace, that’s who he reminded me of.

I was rooting for Will and Marco’s unconventional friendship throughout the book. Why can’t an adult male and a child be friends? Why is everything made out to be so sordid? I also noticed that Hornby’s very good at intermixing humorous moments with extremely serious moments. The novel could be very gloomy: Will’s jobless and without family, Marco’s constantly bullied and he’s mother’s depressed. But Hornby’s fantastic at portraying these situations in a comical way without taking away their importance, whether it’s by using dialogue, events, or references to popular culture.

I played out the whole novel in my head as a film and cannot wait to see how the real version differs. About a Boy is a very funny, quick read that’s perfect to snuggle up with around Christmastime.

My Rating: ★★★★
Read as part of Adult Fiction Month

2 thoughts on “Book Review: About a Boy by Nick Hornby

  1. i seriously LUFF the film adaptation of this book. so i really need to read the book huh? because it seems like you had the same reaction i did to the film and well we all know that books are WAY better than films.

    i’m curious, have you read any of david nicholls books? maybe i should go stalk your goodreads, but srsly, i think you would love starter for ten, its bloody hilarious.

    • Nooo I’ve not seen the film!! I really want to. I was going to buy it for 98p from buy my mum says it’s always in TV so I’ve been on the lookout for it. Definitely read the book though!

      I’ve only read One Day (and really liked it). I read mixed reviews on Starter for Ten so I was apprehensive about reading it :/

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