ABOUT A BOY. by Nick. Hornby

87%

9 Critic Reviews

This has the right mix of hilarity and irrepressible characters to attract a wide audience: an upbeat, unqualified success.
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Synopsis

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 a 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 invented. And it seems to go quite well at first, until he meets an actual twelve-year-old named Marcus, who is more than Will bargained for…
 

About Nick. Hornby

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Nick Hornby is the author of the novels How to Be Good, High Fidelity, About a Boy, and A Long Way Down, as well as the memoir Fever Pitch. He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and the editor of the short story collection Speaking with the Angel. The recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters E. M. Forster Award for 1999 as well as the 2003 Orange Word International Writers' London Award, he lives in North London.
 
Published May 1, 1999 by Riverhead Books. 324 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for ABOUT A BOY.
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Kirkus

Excellent

This has the right mix of hilarity and irrepressible characters to attract a wide audience: an upbeat, unqualified success.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Hal Espen on Jun 28 2008

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.

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AV Club

Above average
on May 21 2002

About A Boy seems resolutely uncool, exactly the sort of earnest and formulaic nonsense that would make a Hornby hero retch.

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AV Club

Excellent
on Mar 29 2002

Like High Fidelity, About A Boy is as consistently fun to read as it is substantial, a highly entertaining, unforgettable book.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
on May 29 1998

A follow-up to High Fidelity, British writer Hornby's superb 1996 novel about pop-music obsession, About A Boy (the film rights to which have reportedly been sold for $3 million) is an acerbic, emotionally richer yet no less funny tale.

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Suite 101

Excellent
on Jul 04 2012

Touching and funny, Hornby's book is a great read.

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Helium

Above average
Reviewed by Karen Louise Hollis on Jun 25 2010

This is an easy book to start reading and a hard one to stop – which surely must be the best kind of books. The plot is full of clever little bits that you need to read for yourself, so I won’t give them away now.

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Helium

Good
on Apr 19 2008

I find Nick Hornby's style very accessible, it flows easily, one is drawn into the story at once, it has entertainment value but is also profound.

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Helium

Good
on Oct 12 2007

The true way to find a good writer is by the way they use the tool of characterization and Nick Hornby is one that has proved that if mastered, it can be a beautiful thing.

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