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About a Boy
About a Boy
Author: Nick Hornby
Nick Hornby's cult fiction debut, the New York Times Notable High Fidelity, was a national bestseller in the United States, and a #1 bestseller in England. Hornby was greeted with standing ovations from The New Yorker (Hornby has established himself as a maestro of the male confessional) to Time (Hornby demonstrates h...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781573227339
ISBN-10: 1573227331
Publication Date: 5/1/1999
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 256 ratings
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 4
I think the correct term would be "lad lit". This book is better than the movie. I read thru it "knowing" what the ending would be because I saw the movie. It was a nice surprise to find out I was wrong. You have to read it just to find out how it ends! Nice light reading and I laughed out loud several times. Nick Hornby rarely disappoints.
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Helpful Score: 2
I guess this could be called "d*ck-lit" as opposed to "chick-lit." Light, humourous, typical hornby.
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Helpful Score: 2
Definately a 5 star read! Even better than the movie which I loved. I understood the characters more with the book and yet all my fav one liners from the movie were there for my enjoyment too. I actually laughted out loud alot (which I don't do very often).
jimmiesmama avatar reviewed About a Boy on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This is a really good book. it is funny and smart and very well thought out. My husband and I were both able to read it and enjoy it.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is the story of Will, 36, a man who knows more about being a child than being an adult, and Marcus, 12, a boy who knows more about being an adult than being a child. This is the story of their unlikely relationship and how they each help the other to live a fuller, happier life. Definitely cute, definitely well-written, and definitely an easy read. I'd recommend this for anyone in the mood for a mental break.
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reviewed About a Boy on + 33 more book reviews
Marcus is twelve. Will is thirty-six. Why can't they both act their age? In his second novel Nick Hornby explores the connections people make when the so-called ideal family model does not apply.
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It was not a page turner, but a good book to pick up and read a few more chapters when I had time. Sometimes it was funny, sometimes sweet. Occasionally there would be a sentence or two that were so good I had to read them out loud to my husband.
I like the book and would recommend it strongly.
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Not a bad read. Not a really wonderful read, but not really bad, either. ;)
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I really enjoyed this,alot of twists and turns,funny
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Better than the movie...a quick fun read.
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if you like books about karma.....and how small the world really is...when it comes to people...then read this book
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Another great Hornby novel, but if you've watched the movie first, don't expect the squeaky-clean happy ending.
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A man invents a child to attract desperate single mothers and finds himself caring for a twelve-year old instead.
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A great novel about a man who behaves as and adolescent and what he is able to learn about being a man from a young boy and his mother.
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Quick, enjoyable read.
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This is one of those rare cases that the movie is better than the book. Still, Nick Hornby is an engaging author whose characters are so real they're sometimes a bit difficult to read because they're not lovable, but flawed and human.


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