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About a Boy (1998) [Novel]
by Nick Hornby Rating: Weighted - 7.8 / Average - 7.8 of 10 (38 votes) (Rate!)
Reviews: 1 (show them) Review!

Summary (From the publisher):

How cool is Will Freeman? Sub-zero! Dry ice!

Will Freeman may have discovered the key to dating success: If the simple fact that they were single mothers meant that gorgeous women — women who would not ordinarily look twice at Will — might not only be willing, but enthusiastic about dating him, then he was really onto something. Single mothers — bright, attractive, available women — thousands of them, were all over London. He just had to find them.

SPAT: Single Parents—Alone Together. It was a brilliant plan. And Will wasn't going to let the fact that he didn't have a child himself hold him back. A fictional two-year-old named Ned wouldn't be the first thing he'd ever invented. And it seems to go quite well at first, until he meets an actual twelve-year-old named Marcus, who is way more than Will bargained for...

Adapted to film in 2002 starring Hugh Grant, Toni Collette and Rachel Weisz.

Original title: About a Boy
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionRomanceContemporary
FictionGeneral FictionHumor


Edition #1: About a Boy

About a Boy (1998)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Humorous fiction with a real heart." The New York Times Book Review
  • "Hornby has established himself... as the maestro of the male confessional." The New Yorker
  • "A follow-up to High Fidelity... About a Boy is an acerbic, emotionally richer yet no less funny tale... shrewdly hilarious." Entertainment Weekly
  • "Hornby is a writer who dares to be witty, intelligent and emotionally generous all at one. He combines a skilled, intuitive appreciation for the rigors of comic structure with highly original insights about the way the enchantments of popular culture insinuate themselves into middle-class notions of romance." The New York Times Book Review
  • "The conversations between Will and Marcus are hilariously loopy." The Boston Globe
  • "An amusing male-bonding theme... stylish, well-observed." People
  • "Writing with real 'soul.'" Harper's Bazaar
  • "An utterly charming, picaresque tale of an older guy, a young kid, and the funky, dysfunctional real-life ties that bind—and unbind." Vogue
  • "Hornby's About a Boy is that rare thing—a second novel that is better, richer, and more rounded than its author's successful debut." The Weekly Standard
  • "His point, lads, is that there's more to life than shagging." Newsweek
  • "No one—or two—hit wonder, Hornby once again shows his deftness at plucking the heartstrings of lost, frozen souls in '90s London." Paper
  • "We're grateful for the noble fight against poignancy, as Will and Marcus shimmy awkwardly toward the adult world of families, responsibility, and bittersweet wisdom...." Spin
  • "Clever and winning." GQ
  • "A fine novel from an author who understands the wacky nature of relationships in this pre-millennium era." New York Daily News
  • "Mr. Hornby's wonderfully antic sense of humor is employed here.... [His] sharp observations and his quirky comedic instincts insure that our journey... is entertaining, funny—and occasionally affecting." The New York Times
  • "It's the just-right feeling of Will and Marcus's relationship that is About a Boy's finest achievement." The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • "Hornby's work... is deceptively fun to read." Newsday
  • "About a Boy is the sort of writing you laugh over even when you read it for the second time—and it's well worth that second read.... Fresh and original... What does Hornby give the man who has everything? A life." The Hamilton Spectator (Ontario)
  • "With any luck, we'll soon have lots of fab and funny writers emulating Nick Hornby, and his kind of accomplishment won't seem quite so foreign. " The New York Times Book Review
  • "Hornby has a gift for languidly and humorously telling a story that bursts with pathos. He understands the catapult of caring, how a guy like Will must risk decades of cool, convenient detachment to savor the beauty of human relationships." St. Petersburg Times
  • "Thoroughly delightful... About a Boy confirms Hornby's standing as a precise and humorous observer of pop culture.... His wonderful writing in About a Boy smells just like teen spirit." Detour
  • "Acerbic, hip wit." Elle
  • "A brilliant comedy of lassitude." Interview
  • "The story ricochets from the absurd... to the deadly serious, deftly illuminating the subtle rationalizations and lies we use to emotionally inoculate ourselves from each other." Details
  • "Hornby is a fine writer, swift and pointed, with a lighter, more mischievous heart than he lets on, and more sympathy for the devil than he admits to." New York Magazine
  • "You should read [About a Boy] for its depictions of the trials of motherhood, the drawbacks to self-imposed detachment, the ache of childhood need, the elastic confines of what constitutes a family, and how it may never be too late to grow up." The Washington Post
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About a Boy (May 1998)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Riverhead
ISBN: 1573220876
Dimensions: 8.47 x 5.62 x 1.19
Pages: 307

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