My reading «ABOUT A BOY»

Character development.

“Marcus came out of his room scowling. “I’m bored. Can I go and get a video?” Will couldn’t  resist it: he had a theory he wanted to test out. “Hey, Fiona. Why don’t you get your sheet music out, and we can murder ‘Both Sides Now’? “Would you like to?” “Yeah. Sure.” But he was watching Marcus, whose expression was that of a boy who had been asked to dance naked before a mixed audience of supermodels and cousins. “Please , Mum. Don’t.” “Don’t be silly. You love singing. You love Joni Mitchell.” “I don’t. Not anymore. I bloody hate Joni Mitchell.” Will knew then, beyond any shadow of of doubt, that Marcus would be OK.”

This is the last part of the book and it shows the development om Marcus. At the start of the book Marcus acts like a sissy and does not stop being a sissy until he hangs whit Elle and when Elle starts drinking on the train.


“His mum was sad, he knew that-she cried a lot now, more than she did before they moved to London, …”

The book is set in London, Marcus and his mum lived in Cambridge.


“That was his mother. When she wasn’t crying over the breakfast cereal, she was laughing about killing herself.”

The theme of the book is about suicide, depression, love problems and bullying. The quote is very deep and describes the whole book.


“»What’s that floating next to it?» Will asked. «Is that the bread you threw at it?»

Marcus nodded unhappily.

«That’s not a sandwich, that’s a bloody french loaf. No wonder it keeled over. That would’ve killed me.””

This quote sets the stage for the rest of the book. After this quote, Marcus`s world falls tumbling down.


  1. Where is the book sett?
  2. Who are the main characters?
  3. What happens in the book?
  4. What is the turning point?
  5. What is the theme?
  6. Who would you recommend the book to?

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