“About a boy” by Nick Horny is about Will, a 36 year old oblivious bachelor whom lives off of his father’s earning from a Christmas song he wrote, and 12 year old Marcus who acts too old for his age and is more concerned about his suicidal mother than a normal 12 year old should be. Will and Marcus form an usual bond, causing Will to grow up and Marcus to act his age. This story is full of graphic drama, unusual friendships, and feelings people are too afraid to admit.
The recognition towards suicide was astounding with the graphic scene of finding Marcus’ mother after an attempt with sick all over her, and the mention of Kurt Cobain’s death along with the understanding and discussion towards the issue. Furthermore it was incredible to see the unusual friendship formed between Will and Marcus, how they showed each other different aspects of life and guided one another to where they should be conventionally in life. The friendship was endearing.
It would have been lovely to see the character development of both of them growing together, however that didn’t happen. The reader saw Will get himself a girlfriend he was madly in love with for the first time, and realise what he should do in certain situations as a mature adult, and him stopping lying just to get the woman he wanted to sleep with him. On the other hand with Marcus, his development was the last couple of pages and the reader did not get to see a gradual change which was disappointing. Another aspect that was negative was Marcus’ continued friendship with Ellie after her smashing a shop window. Although he was meant to be growing down, he could still be mature enough to cut ties with Ellie after realising she was a very muddled individual. This being said, immature candidates of life keep friends although they know of their toxicity so supposedly this was a slight character development for Marcus.
“About a boy” was funny and endearing, definitely worth the read if liking an easy read is more your style. The reader could also learn something along the way. 4/5 stars.