Thursday, June 14, 2012
Review: About A Boy
By Nick Hornby
Genre Adult Contemporary
Recommended by Book Club
First sentence "So, have you split up now?"
About A Boy follows the lives of Will and Marcus. Will is a laid back 30 something bachelor who's never had to work a day of his life. Marcus is a 12 year old boy starting at a new school. His mother is depressed and things aren't going so well. When the two meet they begin an unlikely friendship that will change them both for the better.
What it has going for it
Yes, this is the book the movie starring Hugh Grant is based on. I've been meaning to read it for along time because I love the movie. Finally my book club decided to read it and I couldn't be more thrilled. This is such a strange story. A single guy in his thirties who's never had any real friends becoming a friend to a 12 year old boy. As unlikely as this is it works so well and makes for a great story about the need for people and friends in our lives. The characters are all so vivid and individual. Our narrators, Will and Marcus, have such different voices and our easy to like. Yes, even Will, the womanizing, lazy, unemployed, loser. Easy, fast, fun read with a sweet message!
This isn't actually something that was THAT lacking but the movie and book are so similar...like almost word for word similar. It worked for me because I love the movie so it was just like watching it again. However, it does take longer to read than watch a movie...well, for most of us, anyway, and so some people might prefer to just watch the movie. However, before you decide to pass on the book, you should know the endings are completely different! The movie has been Hollywood-ized and is much more "neat". The ending of the book was a little less flashy and I can see that bugging some people. I actually preferred the book's ending, though.
I've always loved the dead duck scene but I prefer the movie version for the look on the babies face. We don't get to see that in the book. In the book, itself, I loved the change that takes place in Will when he meets and dates Rachel.
Yea or Nay?
Yes, and don't write off the book because you've seen the movie. If you loved the movie you'll love the book....maybe even more.