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About a Boy

     by Hornby, Nick

About a Boy

Plot/Summary:
Will is a fashionable, 36 year old bachelor who lives comfortably off the royalties from a Christmas song his father wrote many years ago. The one thing missing from Will’s life is a girlfriend, and he’s having trouble finding someone. After dating Angie, a single mother, Will discovers a great place to meet women - single parents groups. He invents a 2 year old son, Ned, and joins SPAT (Single Parents, Alone Together). What a great way to meet women, thinks Will. During one of the SPAT outings, Will meets Marcus, a 12 year old boy whose mother is a SPAT member. This meeting begins a strange and unique friendship between Will and Marcus. Marcus eventually realizes that Will has no son, yet he remains Will’s friend (although Marcus’ mother is understandably upset). Through a series of events, Will and Marcus’ bond grows stronger, and they both eventually find their relationship growing and changing in ways neither would have expected.  

Comments:
This is Nick Hornby’s second novel, following High Fidelity. Like his previous work, this book is a fun and easy read.


Reviewed by pk, 6/98. Other reviews by pk.