In our English class today we chose a book to read. We had the option of either The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian or About a Boy. I chose the latter, mostly because it seemed like a book that would be easier to relate to, in terms of plot and characters. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian also seemed like an exquisitely written book with an important topic.
In the first chapter of About a Boy, we meet the young boy named Marcus. Right of the bat we realize that Marcus might not be as smart as other children because he doesn’t understand why his mother and her boyfriend broke up. He thinks it’s weird that he will never see Roger, her boyfriend, again. We also learn from the first chapter that his mother and Roger had a couple of fights and arguments which presumably led to the breakup.
The book is seen from Marcus’ perspective, at least in the first chapter, and the story will evolve around how Marcus meets Will, the coming boyfriend of his mother.
“At thirty-six, he’s as hip as a teenager. He’s single, child-free, goes to the right clubs and knows which trainers to wear. He’s also found a great way to score with women: attend single parents’ groups full of available (and grateful) mothers, all hoping to meet a Nice Guy.”
This is the text displayed on the back of the book and at one of these meetings Will will meet Marcus’s mother. I think this book seems like it has a lot to offer and I look forward to reading it. The book has also been adapted too a movie which I also intend to watch.