[BOOKS] ✯ About a Boy By Nick Hornby – Bassgrotto.co.uk



10 thoughts on “About a Boy

  1. says:

    3.5 starsNot sure who I d recommend this to, but I enjoyed it well enough.It s basically a story about a fucked up guy with zero substance, a fucked up 12 year old dork, and his fucked up crazy hippie mother.To me, none of these three were very sympathetic characters I mean, Marcus was the only one who even slightly deserved any pity.But even for a kid he was gratingly dense I just wanted to shake the shit out of him for being such a pussy And, YES I know how horrible that sentence sounds U 3.5 starsNot sure who I d recommend this to, but I enjoyed it well enough.It s basically a story about a fucked up guy with zero substance, a fucked up 12 year old dork, and his fucked up crazy hippie mother.To me, none of these three were very sympathetic characters I mean, Marcus was the only one who even slightly deserved any pity.But even for a kid he was gratingly dense I just wanted to shake the shit out of him for being such a pussy And, YES I know how horrible that sentence sounds Ugh I almost hate myself for even typing it, but that s the way I felt If there was an award for writing the mos...


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    I have weird habit of reading books that were made into movies AFTER I ve seen the movies Dopey, right I don t know why I love to do this I guess just to see how it all turns out on the other end.Anyway, this review is pretty straight forward About a Boy is awesome Like the rest of Hornby s work that I ve read, it s hilarious in such a BRITISH way so dry, the laughs usually coming from some poor uptight Brit s bumbling embarrassment I also admire Hornby for writing consistently about m I have weird habit of reading books that were made into movies AFTER I ve seen the movies Dopey, right I don t know why I love to do this I guess just to see how it all turns out on the other end.Anyway, this review is pretty straight forwa...


  3. says:

    About a Boy is a book that I ve dreamed about a meaningful book about human relationships as opposed to adventures that is to the point and not chock full of rambling and embellishing imagery Sadly, I m very honest, and I can t rate this 5 5 The reasons why I like this book and why I can t give it a bogus score are the same I m very like Marcus The old me is like the old Marcus from before he changed at the end The newer me is still like him But enough of us The titular reference to About a Boy is a book that I ve dreamed abou...


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    Like most, I have read this book after seeing the movie adaptation with Hugh Grant years and years ago The movie turned out to be a rather faithful adaptation of the novel, but featured a completely different ending.The general plot of About a Boy is well known Will is a 36 year old single man, who lives off royalties from a famous Christmas song that his father wrote Will doesn t have to worry about money and work, and spends his life largely without responsibilities and commitments Looking Like most, I have read this book after seeing the movie adaptation with Hugh Grant years and years ago The movie turned out to be a rather faithful adaptation of the novel, but featured a completely different ending.The general plot of About a Boy is well known Will is a 36 year old single man, who lives off royalties from a famous Christmas song that his father wrote Will doesn t have to worry about money and work, and spends his life largely without responsibilities and commitments Looking for a new way to pick up women willing to go out with him, Will invents an ingenious scheme he makes up a fictional ex wife and son which are to be his ticket into a single parent group, where he hopes to interact with eager single mothers Despite having to constantly pretend to have a family the plan seems to...


  5. says:

    Originally, I picked up a friend s copy of this while watching babysitting, simply as a means of amusing myself while the kid was happily playing with some toys I d already seen the movie, and figured the book would probably be something that I could pick up and put down fairly easily.I was wrong.See, I went into this thinking I obviously knew the story and the characters but what happened was I quickly forgot about the movie version, and became fascinated with the story of Will, the selfish Originally, I picked up a friend s copy of this while watching babysitting, simply as a means of amusing myself while the kid was happily playing with some toys I d already seen the movie, and figured the book would probably be something that I could pick up and put down fairly ea...


  6. says:

    Brilliant ok, that s just a bad homage to the Brits but really, this was a funny, sweet book I d have given it a 3.5 but with no half stars at my disposal, I ll give it the benefit of the doubt Anyway bought it b c I was looking for High Fidelity at our local used shop but this was the only Hornby on hand I m glad since I saw the movie version o...


  7. says:

    What a surprising read I found this book in the Fujisawa library in Japan My other choices were D.H Lawrence and other books that boasted intimidating thickness I suppose I chose this book because I thought it would be a breezy read It was a breezy read A breezy, enjoyable read with a surprising amount of depth and charm I had previously read one other Nick Hornby book A Long Way Down, which was a morbid look at the lives of several people who try to commit suicide About a Boy shares so What a surprising read I found this book in the Fujisawa library in Japan My other choices were D.H Lawrence and other books that boasted intimidating thickness I suppose I chose this book because I thought it would be a breezy read It was a breezy read A breezy, enjoyable read with a surprising amount of depth and charm I had previously read one other Nick Hornby book A Long Way Down, which was a morbid look at the lives of several people who try to commit suicide About a Boy shares some of the morbid outlook of that book, but comes up feeling lighter andentertaining If I was entirely secure with the word trash novel I might call it that as a compliment of course Despite its entire lack of pretensions or perhaps because of it it turns out to be a minor masterpiece It doesn t try to be overly deep, and it sort of rejects any sort of glib endings or hints at elaborate and deep structures to the world other tha...


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    A very easy, breezy book that doesn t have the to me anyway expected ending I know, I m late to the party on this one and it explains finding it at a book sale but I m guessing the book was better than the movie This would be a nice summer read that s a littleserious than the usual beach chic r...


  9. says:

    This was a terrific book from beginning to end Equally funny and sad but never dreary despite the very serious overtones of the book Marcus was a peculiar, wonderful boy with a huge burden on his shoulders and I really enjoyed watching him become a stronger, confident person Will was also great I loved the fact that he was a such a self centered jerk and completely content to remain that way No guilt, no remorse, no commitments Until he meets Marcus, that is Their relationship was laugh o This was a terrific book from beginning to end Equally funny and sad but never dreary despite the very serious overtones of the book Marcus was a peculiar, wonderful boy with a huge burden on his shoulders and I really enjoyed watching him become a stronger, confident person Will was also great I loved the...


  10. says:

    3.5 Stars I enjoyed this book a lotthan the first book I read by Nick Hornby, How To Be Good One similarity between the books though is that all of Hornby s characters seem to be really annoying But unlike How To Be Good, I actually liked reading this I wanted to see what would happen with Will Marcus and I thought their relationship was interesting for lack of a better word I thought Will Marcus had two different voices that were easy to distinguish Will cared about nobo 3.5 Stars I enjoyed this book a lotthan the first book I read by Nick Hornby, How To Be Good One similarity between the books though is that all of Hornby s characters seem to be really annoying But unlike How To Be Good, I actually liked reading this I wanted to see what would happen with Will Marcus and I thought their relationship was interesting for lack of a better word I thought Will Marcus had two different voices that were easy to distinguish Will cared about ...


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