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About a Boy
Nick Hornby

A coming-of-age novel about emotional distance and proximity, friendship and family, responsibility and peer-pressure. 12-year old Marcus lives alone with his mother, who suffers from depression. Will is a 36-year old bachelor, living off his father’s fortune and rejecting any responsibilities. When Will attends a single parents support group, simply in order to pick up women, he gets to know Marcus and his mother, which is the beginning of a winding path towards personal growth and finding one’s place in life.

· · 1998

Critical edition

Hornby, Nick. About a Boy. Penguin, 2014. 288 pp., ISBN 9780241969878

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  • Classic
  • Explores historical contexts
  • Students can identify with the text
  • Recommended by a federal state: Hesse, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saarland, Saxony-Anhalt