About a Boy - Nick Hornby Reviews
Description:ISBN 0141007338 / Author: Nick Hornby / Genre: Fiction
Newest Review: ... traits which vary from lying, to womanising to dabbling in soft drugs, and the character is an unlikeable one, to begin with ... more
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by - written on 05/04/08 (Very useful, 286 readings)
Nick Hornby is my future husband, just incase you do not know already. The fact hes old, not all too pretty and doesn't swing my way are minor details. This man understands people. He knows how they work and he knows how to tell you how they work. That in its self deserves a medal. I got this book for my birthday from someone who knows me all too well along with another of Mr Hornbys books. Needless to say, I was a happy bunny. I'll start off with the only downside to the book. It's been made into a film. A rather good film I would imagine (never having watched it the whole way through I can't really say for certain) I much prefer going into a book ... Read the complete review
by - written on 23/08/11 (Very useful, 74 readings)
"About a boy" is a book by Nick Hornby. There was a film adaptation of the book made in 2002 which stars Hugh Grant and Rachel Weisz. The book is set in London in the 1990s and we are firstly introduced to the character of Marcus, who is a twelve year old boy living with his mother. His mother Fiona is slightly eccentric, or at the very least a bit 'different' to the rest of society, often exercising some views and tastes or styles that wouldn't be out of place in a 1970s hippy commune, and she seems to enjoy allowing these traits and styles to envelop her son and his opinions too. This is unfortunate for Marcus, because attending school in the ... Read the complete review
by - written on 26/07/02, updated on 26/07/02 (Very useful, 1727 readings)
I bought this book on a whim, to be honest. I had money to spend and I wasn?t in the mood to go home empty handed. So, after ?About A Boy? by Nick Hornby had sat untouched on my bookshelf for nearly a whole year, I was put on bed rest by my GP. The circumstances were not good, I was very low, and my other half was in Italy. So I grabbed the book hoping for a bit of comedy relief to save my sanity whilst I awaited my dearests return. Here?s my take on the book. (By the way, as this was quite some time ago I obviously bought the pre-movie edition, which is always a good thing!) Will is 36 years old and apparently enjoying living off his ... Read the complete review
by - written on 05/12/01, updated on 05/12/01 (Very useful, 1305 readings)
Nick Hornby has set himself a high standard to live up to in his previous two books, ‘Fever Pitch’ and ‘High Fidelity’. He does not disappoint with this third offering. THE STORY Will is thirty-six and single. He listens to Chet Baker, Charlie Parker and Nirvana and reads NME, Arena and the Face. He doesn’t work, as years before his father wrote a Christmas hit song, ‘Santa’s Super Sleigh’ and Will has always lived off the proceeds. Marcus is twelve. He listens to Joni Mitchell and thinks Kurt Cobain plays football for Manchester United. His parents are divorced and he lives with his mother ... Read the complete review
by - written on 18/07/10, updated on 19/07/10 (Very useful, 66 readings)
About A Boy was the third novel by Nick Hornby, well known author of 'Fever Pitch' and 'High Fidelity'. Just like those two books, this has also been turned into a successful film, starring Hugh Grant, Toni Collete and Rachel Weisz. If you are a fan of the film I highly recommend reading the book for a chance to get to know the characters in more depth and to see Hornby's original ideas, as several major plot points were adjusted for the film. If you haven't seen it yet you will probably want to after reading the book! Our two main characters are 36 year old Will and 12 year old Marcus, both residing in Holloway, North London but leading very different ... Read the complete review
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