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About a Boy - Teacher's notes 1 of 3. Teacher's notes level 4. Teacher Support Programme. About the author. Nick Hornby was born in in Surrey, England . About a Boy (PDF). View larger image. By: Nick Hornby · Sign Up Now! Already a Member? Log In You must be logged into UK education collection to access. Nick Hornby was born in He is the author of Fever Pitch and of three novels : High. Fidelity, About a Boy and How to be Good. All four books have been.
Plot summary[ edit ] Set in London, About a Boy features two main protagonists: Will Freeman, a year-old bachelor, and Marcus Brewer, an incongruous schoolboy described as 'introverted' by his suicidal mother, Fiona, despite his tendencies to bond and interact with people. Will's father wrote a successful Christmas song, the royalties of which have afforded Will the ability to remain voluntarily redundant throughout his life — he spends his huge amounts of free time immersing himself in s culture, drinking, and pursuing sexual relations with women. After a pleasant relationship with a single mother, Angie, Will comes up with the idea of attending a single parents group as a new way to pick up women. For this purpose, he invents a two-year-old son called Ned. Will then makes a number of acquaintances through his membership of the single parents group, two of which are Fiona and her son Marcus. Although their relationship is initially somewhat strained, they finally succeed in striking up a true friendship despite Will being largely uninterested during the early-middle stages of the novel. Will, a socially aware and "trendy" person, aids Marcus to fit into s youth culture by encouraging him not to get his hair cut by his mother, downloading him Adidas trainers, and introducing him to contemporary music such as Nirvana.
He uses the chance to invite Marcus to do something with him, but Marcus only wants to if he can take his mum with them. Will agrees again. Later that day Will visits the mother care shop to download a car seat to convince to Marcus and Fiona that Ned exists. But they have to wait a really long time so Fiona and Will decide to go to another restaurant. At the restaurant which Will has recommended Fiona and Marcus tell him that they are vegetarians.
Will can't understand this. He also can't find anything good at Fiona so it's a terrible afternoon for them. But now he really knows that Fiona absolutely is not his type.
At home Marcus and Fiona are singing "Killing me softly" at the piano with eyes closed what makes Will feeling sick. Later that week Marcus visits Will and they spent an afternoon together. That's why Marcus knows now that Will doesn't have a child but he doesn't really care about it.
Will doesn't know why but they spend the afternoon again together and talk about many things like music and television. One day Marcus ran away from some bad guys from school and comes to Will's flat to be secured.
That day Will recognizes that Marcus is a really poor kid with no friends and no luck so Will and Marcus go out shopping. Will wants to download Marcus cool, but expensive shoes. Marcus doesn't want this but at least Will can convince him. The day after Marcus visits Will again after school, but without the cool boots. The kids in school had stolen them.
But she's also mad about Will because she thinks he is only so nice to Marcus because he wants to abuse him. That's why they start a real big discussion. Then Fiona and Marcus have a discussion, too. Fiona doesn't like that Marcus makes decisions without asking her before.
He hates this song although he earns money with it. Fiona calls him in the afternoon. She thinks that Will already take part in Marcus' life because he chooses him as his personal role model.
So they decide to have a meeting to talk about the whole situation about Marcus and Will. Will doesn't really like Fiona, she seems too weird to him. Fiona doesn't want Marcus at Will's place because she doesn't really like him, too.
Morrison Summary: Fiona forbids Marcus to visit Will but he won't obey her. At school Marcus has to talk with the headmistress Mrs.
Morrison about his shoes. At the headmistresses office he meets Ellie McCrae, a really rebellious girl at his school. They had a real weird conversation and Ellie makes jokes about Marcus because he doesn't know who Kurt Cobain is.
Morrison doesn't really help Marcus; she only gives him finger tips to get out of the way of the shoe thieves. That makes Marcus really angry so he goes away from school. In the afternoon Marcus comes to Will's flat again. At first Will doesn't want to answer the door but then he opens it. Will sees now that he should teach Marcus how to be a real kid. Elli and her friend Zoe think that Marcus is really funny.
That's why Ellie takes Marcus to the older pupils form room. On the way to get there a teacher stops them because he thinks maybe Ellie wants to hurt Marcus but she tells him that she has adopted Marcus.
He thinks that they have a strange kind of Christmas and is wondering about why Fiona and Clive can be nice to each other although they have nothing in common anymore than Marcus. Then Suzie and Megan arrive for a drink and a chat.
Marcus is angry about the others behavior towards Will because they aren't really nice to him. Suzie is angry about him because she always thinks that he's a real single father. But Marcus tells them that they have to be nice to Will because Will is his friend. He really thinks she's nice.
Later that evening they are kissing each other and find out that "both" have a twelve year old son, because Will doesn't tell her that Marcus isn't his son.
Alistair, Rachel's son, is also Nirvana fan. Rachel and Will want to meet each other again together with their "boys". Will also tells Rachel that Fiona is his ex, so Rachel thinks she has met the perfect single father to fit. Marcus now sees that is not the best year he ever had. Marcus worries also a little bit about Fiona, because people like her, that means such unhappy people, often kill themselves at such days.
Because of that Marcus and Ellie have an interesting conversation about parents, suicide attempts and their roles in society.
Marcus wants to dance with Ellie but for her there's nothing more embarrassing than dancing. Will wants Rachel to be his girlfriend although he only meets her once. Will wins the discussion; they go to Rachel and want to play father and son.
Marcus tries to teach Will pieces of information he should know if he plays his father. Will is a little bit embarrassed about Marcus because Alistair is much cooler than Marcus with his cool clothes and such stuff. Marcus runs away from Rachel's place because he's fed up with Alistair and his speech impressed him really much. Will finds him at a bus station near Rachel's place; he can convince him to come back and tells him that Ali is crying like a little baby because Marcus left.
Rachel tells them that her last boyfriend hasn't been as nice to Alistair as he has to be so Ali is also afraid of a new relationship of her. Later Marcus and Zoe go shopping. While the girls download chocolate bars, some guys appear and bully Marcus. Because of that Ellie hit one of them. But Will tells him that their relationship seems for him more like an owner-pet relationship a normal one.
Later that day Will meets Rachel for supper and he tries to explain her the whole thing with Marcus but she can't really understand why he did that. In his opinion that is what women like. But he changes when he realise that there are enough young Single Mothers waiting for a nice lovley man loving chidren and family live so he first play a role of this Man women dream of.
Marcus Marcus is a twelve-year-old boy. He lives alone with his mother Fiona in London. They moved there from Cambridge some weeks ago. Marcus is very shy and he doesn't have any friends, because he's uncool amd weird His mother tells him what he has so wear and which kind of music he should listen to, like Joni Mitchell and Bob Marley..
Then he meets Will, who doesn't have a job, a family or a regular life. His Mum doesn't like him, because she is afraid of losing Marcus, but Marcus visits Will nevertheless. Will isn't happy to see him every day, but after some time he gets used to it. Marcus likes Will, because he shows him another way of life and Will helps him to be cool - he tells him about popular music and he downloads him cool clothes So Will is very important in his life, because he is the first person Marcus can talk with instead of his mother and he can ask him when he has a problem with school or with other pupils like Ellie, an older girl Marcus meets in school.
She is famous for being in trouble and everybody is afraid of her. This is a really strange relationship, because they are very different. Will and Ellie show Marcus how to be cool and so he starts a new life. Fiona Fiona is Marcus's mother. She's a single mother and has to care for her son on her own. She works the whole day she's a music therapist.
After Fiona and her son have moved to London she becomes depressed. She has got only one friend there and feels lonely. She is different from other people because she's a hippie and doesn't want to accept the fashion or the music of the 90's. So she educates Marcus to like only the things she likes too.
Fiona isn't a good mum because she doesn't take care of her son So she has to get along with many other things although she doesn't want to. She thinks her life has turned in a way which she has never want to go.
Because she's unlucky about herself she tries to commit suicide, but it doesn't work. But when she gets to know Rachel she starts to realize that life is something worth.
After first being a little cool that evening and showing him her shoulder she warms up as they meet each other for having dinner together. Rachel has made a lot of bad experiences with single men so she is afraid of getting to know him better. Rachel decides later on that Will as being a single father that's what she thinks is the best that could possibly happen to her. But Will is not a single father, he did not tell her so as well so he asks Marcus whether he could help him in this precarious situation.
Marcus agrees so they go to visit Rachel and her son Ali at their house. Marcus gets into trouble with good old Ali who is guided by very defending feelings for his mom he wants to have her completely for him alone and says she doesn't need other than him. As a matter of fact these two now don't get on to well and Ali offers Marcus to kill him if he don't go and take his frickin' father along with him.
Marcus spontaneously decides to go for a walk he runs for it so to say so Will a little startled at first goes after him and tries to talk him into coming back with him while Rachel tries to eliminate her son's feelings for protecting her chance to have the possibility to get to know other men at least later in her life. Rachel is afraid of relationships because of a the trouble she's been forced to go through and b her son's problems with her having a boyfriend.
Ellie Ellie McCrae is a year-old girl. She hacks off her own hair, wears black lipstick and she's famous for being in trouble. She's a big fan Kurt Cobain and because of that she often wears T-Shirts showing his face. One day, while she is sitting in front of Mrs Morrison's office, she gets to know Marcus. Ellie tells him that Kurt Cobain is a football player and he believes her, though he gets to know the truth later on.