About a Boy by Nick Hornby Summary & Study Guide by BookRags
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About a Boy is a modern novel set in London in It is told from two different points of view, although it is written in the third person. Marcus used to live in Cambridge when his parents were still together, but after they split up, his dad remained in Cambridge while Marcus and Fiona moved to London to start a new life. Marcus has a lot of responsibilities for a young boy, since his mum suffers from depression and often finds it difficult to cope with life. Will is independently wealthy, because his father wrote a famous Christmas song years ago, and Will receives a lot of money in royalties. Will has no responsibilities — in fact he runs away at the first sign of commitment or responsibility. While his friends are marrying and having children, Will continues to live like a teenager and feels sorry for his friends because he thinks that they have lost their freedom.
About a boy by Nick Hornby. Reading Journal. Book summary. Book recommendation in a letter to a friend. Write a vocabulary list for each chapter. Choose two or more Characters to write Characterisations. Write a newspaper article on an event of the novel.
Chapter 1. Location: Marcus' and Fiona's home. Characters: Marcus, Fiona and Roger Summary: Fiona, Marcus' mother, splits up Roger, her.
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About A Boy by Nick Hornby is a novel of coming of age at middle age. Will Freeman is a thirty-six year old man who lives off the royalties of a song that his father wrote nearly seventy years ago. Will is commitment-phobic, so when he meets a single mother and discovers that this type of woman is just as reluctant to commit as he, he makes up a two-year old son so he can join a single parents group. Through this group Will meets twelve year old Marcus, a child who is completely opposite of Will. Marcus pushes himself on Will, hoping at first that Will might marry his mother, but later realizing that Will has all the knowledge Marcus needs to help him survive middle school. Together, Will and Marcus will struggle through everyday life and somehow help one another mature. Marcus's mother has been depressed since moving to London and breaking up with her latest beau.