About a Boy - Nick Hornby

Will Freeman...

Will Freeman, so dowdy,
has a special way to meet women.
He joins a group for single parents.
SPAT (Single Parents-Alone Together)

A loser. A liar. He pretends he has a child. His father, died setting him up, with royalties from a song which he can't stand. He's never worked, he's what you would call a "good for nothing!"

He's definitely not into long term relationships, you get that right from the start. 

He meets Marcus a twelve year old boy and his suicidal mother. Marcus desperate for a father figure plans a future for them. He wants Will to get together with his mother. Take it from there...

I totally enjoyed this book. I loved Nick Hornby's beautiful writing style. His characters came to life. The type of book you don't want to put down, feeling empathy for the boy and his mother, even Will.

I'd give it five stars.  *****

Dog Brindle


Nick Hornby is the author of the novels A Long Way Down, How to Be Good (a New York Times bestseller), High Fidelity, and About a Boy, and of the memoir Fever Pitch. He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and editor of the short-story collection Speaking with the Angel. He is also the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters E. M. Forster Award, and the Orange Word International Writers London Award 2003.

Product Details

Like most of the books I read, this one came from the Surrey Public Library. On the shelf Books We Liked

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