Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Book Review: "About a Boy"

After reading Nick Hornby's Slam earlier this year (review) and enjoying it fairly well, I thought I might read a few others from his backlist, since they seem to be nice light reads quite suited to train rides and down moments. About a Boy is the first of those I've picked up, and I found it even a bit funnier than Slam. As in Slam, Hornby has mastered the perspective of an adolescent boy; he complements that here by also mastering the perspective of an adolescent man (who manages to grow up a bit whether he likes it or not).

Dealing with deeply emotional issues (divorce, suicide, &c.) in an affecting way by combining depth with his trademark humor, quirky style, and fascinatingly rich (and reliably odd) characters, Hornby pulls it off again with this one.

1 comment:

M said...

I enjoy Nick Hornby's works. I'd also recomend his two collections of essays, The Polysyllabic Spree and Housekeeping vs the Dirt, as well as two other novels, A Long Way Down, and Fever Pitch, for further reading.