"About a Boy" by Nick Hornby

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Nick Hornby was born in 1957. He is the author of four international bestsellers; About a Boy, High Fidelity, Fever Pitch and How to be Good. In 1999 he was awarded the E.M. Forster Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives and works in Highbury, north London. In 2002 About a Boy was made into a film. The film follows Hornby's book closely, taking a lot of conversations directly from the book to the film. It only differs from the book in a few scenes, this is mostly because of differences in what would make Will "cool" in 1993 and 2002.

"About a Boy" takes the reader to London, in the year 1993. Here we get a view in to the lives of Marcus, the oldest twelve-year-old boy in the world and Will, the 36-year-old who still acts like a teenager. In the beginning these to widely different boys live separate lives with no connection to each other in any way.

Will is an immature, single man who reads the right magazines, knows what clothes to wear and has the right hair cut. Apart from this he doesn't really do anything, and he doesn't want to do anything much either. Since his father wrote a famous Christmas song several years ago, and later passed away, Will gets all the money he needs by living off the royalties.

Marcus is a weird kid. He has the wrong hair cut, wears the wrong clothes and while most twelve-year-olds listen to music like Nirvana and Snoop Dogg, Marcus prefers Mozart and Joni Mitchell. Worst of all is the fact that he suddenly, without warning and without noticing himself, starts singing out loud in the middle of class. Marcus just wasn't right for schools, not secondary schools, in any...