76 pages 2 hours read

Nick Hornby

About a Boy

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1998

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Answer Key

Chapters 1-14

Reading Check

1. Angie (Chapter 4)

2. He starts singing aloud. (Chapter 3)

3. Fiona starts crying in the mornings and talking about how she is tired of life. (Chapter 5)

4. “Single Parents Alone Together” (Chapter 6)

5. He hopes they will get together and move in together. (Chapter 13)

Short Answer

1. Will denies their request to be their child’s godfather because he feels comfortable in his life without having responsibilities and commitments. (Chapter 2)

2. Marcus blames his mother’s refusal to let him be part of 1990s youth culture for the fact that he is bullied at school. (Chapter 3)

3. After Angie breaks up with Will, he believes he can date single mothers and enjoy their company without ever worrying about needing to commit to them. It also makes him feel needed and useful. (Chapter 4)

4. They find that Fiona has overdosed and is lying unconscious on the living room floor. The event inspires Will to want to help Marcus and Fiona, something he has rarely thought to do before, and it inspires Marcus to seek out a partner for his mother.

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By Nick Hornby