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About a Boy by Nick Hornby
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Dec 22, 09

bookshelves: lad-lit, contemporary-fiction
Recommended to Claudia by: was it Spencer??
Recommended for: all my guys
Read in December, 2009

Hornby has an unerring voice that allows us into the minds and hearts of the most interesting men -- adults-by-age, but adolescents at heart, and in this novel, a pre-teen boy who sorely needs others around him to help him grow into a man. Marcus, the 12-year-old, meets Will, the emotional 12-year-old who's supposedly a man, but a man who has never grown up, and the reader is enthralled. I loved the Kurt Cobain references, and I wonder if Will actually visited the record store from HIGH FIDELITY.

Hornby has both of his characters observe the world, and organize their observations in metaphors. I love Marcus's metaphor of all of us needing a cheerleading pyramid to support us -- a pyramid of friends and family.

Both Will and Marcus have so much to learn, and so much to share. They create a family that works for them. I loved this book!
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