About a Boy - Nick Hornby About a Boy is a story about an awkward yet immaculate relationship between a twelve-year-old boy and a 36-year-old man-child. It is a story about growing up, about changes and about coping with the hardship in life. Hornby's view on social relationship and its impact on a person's life is pretty interesting to read yet I don't really feel that the book has enough insight and substance to make it really stand out from the other contemporary books out there.