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About a boy von Nick Hornby

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who
where
when
what
comments
Marcs, Fiona
At Marcus’ and Fiona’s house
London, Holloway
In the evening
summer holiday
1993
They talk about their family, about the splitting up of Fiona and Marcus’ dad
- Marcus is a 12-year-old boy
- good and close mother-son-relationship
- Marcus is interested in his mum’s life
- Marcus doesn’t want to
watch soaps because
of his mum
Will,
John,
Christine
1. at home
2. at John’s
house


Will is reading a magazine and is doing a questionnaire

Will meets John and Christine, they talk about their children and Will’s life
- Will hates children
- He likes his own life (can’t believe why people want to have children)
- He isn´t grwon up really (questionnaire)
- Will isn’t interesting in talking about John’s children, doesn’t want to understand John’s problems
Marcus,
Fiona,
Marcus’ class
1. at home
2. in school
(early) in the morning
Marcus can’t sleep, he’s to nervous, because he has to go to school
Marcus is bullied at school, sings in class
- Marcus is too shy, too weird
- He’s different than other kids
- He doesn´t feel good in school
Will,
Angie
1. record shop
2. a café
3. restaurant


- Will meets Angie who is getting his girlfriend
- Angie has got children
- Will lies and says that he likes children
- Angie splits up with Will
- Will is happy
- Will is thinking of being a single-father


Marcus,
Fiona,
Nicky,
Mark,
Other pupils
At home
In school
In the morning
- Fiona cries all the time and Marcus tries to understand why
- At school Marcus has got two friends Nicky and Mark.
- they are members of the computer club,
- friendship only for a short time, they don’t want to get bullied too, and say that they don’t want to be in contact with Marcus
- Marcus is bullied again because of singing in class.
- Marcus tries to understand his mother’s feelings, he cares for his mother and wants to know why she’s so sad
Will,
Women of SPAT,

room in a school
First Thursday of the month, in the evening
- Will is going to the SPAT the first time
- Will lies a lot to make the women believe that he has got a son
- Will meets Suzie
- Will lies to make the women believe, that he has got the same problems than they have
- He tries to play a nice and poor single-father to get in contact with single-women
Fiona, Marcus
At home

- Marcus is bullied again of some kids
- he has got problems at school and at home
- Fiona is always crying, Marcus tells her to find someone else who cares for him
- Fiona doesn’t know how to help herself, she loves Marcus but isn’t able to care for him as much as she wants to
- Marcus is very confused and unhappy
Will, Marcus, Suzie, (Megan)
In the car, in Regent’s park
Saturday afternoon
- First meeting of Will and Marcus: picnic with Suzie and SPAT
- Will talks to Marcus about what his hobby´s
- Will thinks about his lies
- Will behaves teenager reads magazines
- Will’s dad wrote a popular song; that’s because Will doesn’t have to work(Santa´s super Sleigh)
- Will thinks that Marcus is a strange/weird kid à M. acts adult-like
- Will speaks like a teenager (to Marcus)
Will, Marcus, Suzie, park-keeper, Fiona, Megan
In Regent’s park

At home
Saturday afternoon
- Marcus killed a duck, park-keeper holds him responsible for it
- Will defends him
- As they come home they see Fiona who took lots of pills
- Fiona comes into a hospital
- Will begins to be interested in Marcus/begins to like him
- Marcus first hated Will, but now begins to like him
- Fiona tries to kill herself à lots of problems
- Will changes his opinion towards Marcus and the other way round
Will, Marcus, Suzie, Fiona, (Megan)

woman someboy official
In the hospital
Later, in the evening
- Fiona has to stay the night in hospital
- Will cares about Marcus and his problems
- Will gets thoughtful, thinks about the other’s problems and not only about himself
Marcus, Suzie, Fiona
At home
When Fiona comes back home
- Marcus reads the suicide letter
- Fiona feels better
- They watch a comedy-film, but some with the topic suicide, which Marcus didn’t know
- Marcus doesn’t want to watch a film about suicide
- She wants to watch the film anyway
- Fiona doesn’t understand Marcus
- Fiona behaves like if she
doesn´t commit suicide
Will,
Fiona,
Marcus,
Suzie
At Will’s home


- Will is wondering how he could make Marcus happy
- Marcus phones Will to ask him, if he wants to go out with him and his mum
- In the afternoon Will buys a car-seat and tries to make it look like used
- Will begins to think about his life and the problems of Fiona and Marcus
- Will still tries to make his lies look real
- Will thinks about the thoughts of other people, wants to make them happy
Will,
Marcus,
Fiona
In London, bus stop …
Twenty-Eight (restaurant)

- Marcus plans to couple Will and his mum; tells his mum to get changed for the restaurant
- Marcus thinks that they would be a nice couple but Will isn’t interested in Fiona
- Marcus followed Will home
- Marcus has a presentiment that Will hasn’t god a son
- Marcus hopes to find a boyfriend for his mum
- Will doesn’t like Fiona, only wants to make Marcus and Fiona happy
Will,
Fiona,
Marcus,
at Will’s home

- Will thinks about Fiona
- Fiona and Marcus invited Will,
- he doesn’t like the singing of Fiona and Marcus, he doesn’t say anything
- Marcus suprises Will with a visit
- he wants to take Will to task for his lies (he knows that Will hasn’t got a son)
- Marcus is more and more interested in Will and in his life
- Marcus is a clever boy


Will,
Marcus,
Fiona
at Wills home

- Marcus doesn’t want to tell his lies Fiona because he is afraid of being separated from Will
- Marcus starts visiting Will every day after school,
- Marcus lies that he likes the show to stay at Will’s house
- Will and Marcus talk about Marcus and his problems at school and at home
- Will gets to know that Marcus is bullied at school
- Will wants to help Marcus to solve his problems and tries to find the reasons for them
- Will thinks about how to help Marcus
- he is more and more interested in making Marcus happy
Will,
Marcus
at Will’s home

- They talk about Fiona and Clive
- Will rescued Marcus from two boys
- Will wants to know if Marcus is bullied at school
- Will buys new shoes for Marcus
- Marcus’ new shoes are stolen by pupils
- Will says that he feels sorry for Marcus but Marcus’ problems are not his problems
- Marcus sounds like a hundred-year-old man for Will
- Will makes Marcus happy although he isn´t intrested in his mum
Marcus ,
Fiona,
Will
at Marcus’ home,
at Will’s home,
in the car
after school
- Marcus tells his mum about, the shoes and about the 'real’ Will
- He said that he spends every day in Will’s flat
- They drive to Will
- Will and Fiona argued at each other
- Fiona doesn’t understand Marcus’ problems
- Marcus said he needs a father
- Will starts to understand Marcus even more
- He wants to help him
- Fiona knows that Will is a liar and she wants Marcus to stop visiting him
- Marcus know how he can hurt his mum ( to say that he needs a father) and he does it (the first time)
Will,
Fiona
at home


somewhere for a drink

November the nineteenth

the next day
- Will hear the song Santa’s Super Sleigh (the first time this year)
- his father hates it´s
because of the interviewer
- Fiona calls Will
- they meet each other to talk about Marcus
- They have a conflict
- Will wants to spend Christmas at home
- Fiona needs help for Marcus from Will
- Will doesn’t want to help
- Will realizes that in some aspects he understands Marcus better then Fiona does

Marcus,
Fiona,
Ellie,
Mrs. Morrison

at home

at school
evening

morning
- Marcus asks his mum about the meeting with Will
- Marcus waits in front of the office to talk to Mrs. Morrison
- He talks to Ellie
- she makes fun of him
- Marcus has a conflict with Mrs. Morrison, he shouted at her and left school
- Marcus realizes that they never will be a family
- He is a truant and a little bit proud of it
- He thinks his whole life changed from this morning on
- Fiona doesn’t like Will, but Marcus does
Will,
Marcus
around London


at Will’s home
at two o’clock

4:15 p.m.
- Will drives around London and see Marcus
- Marcus visits Will
- Will tells Marcus about Nirvana
- Will realizes that Marcus needs help to be a kid, not an adult
- He wants to help him and tells him everything he wants to know
- They talk about Marcus’ problems
Marcus,
Ellie,
Zoe,
Will
at school

at Will’s home

at school

- Marcus talks about Kurt Cobain with Ellie and Zoe (they make fun of him)
- Marcus tells Will the story about Ellie+Zoe
- Zoe and Ellie say in front of all pupils that Marcus is their friend
- The girls make fun of him
- Marcus feels stronger and he thinks that the girl’s like him
- Will tries to explain what the girl’s might think of him
- Marcus feels he someone of them Zoe, Ellie and Marcus
- He feels good at school and the first time he talks to other pupils
Will,
Marcus,
Lindsay,
Lindsay’s mum,
Fiona,
Clive
at Will’s home

at Marcus home
Christmas
- Marcus invites Will to their Christmas party
- After a discussion Will agree
- Christmas evening (eating and presents)
- Will doesn’t want to get drunk and stoned at Christmas
- Will thinks that Fiona and Marcus are a pair of losers
- Will thinks Marcus gets stupid presents and he is wondering how understandinf Marcus can be
- Will sees that Marcus is a good kid
Will,
Marcus,
Lindsay
Lindsay’s mum,
Fiona,
Clive
Suzie
at Marcus home
The same Christmas evening
- they watch the queen on TV
- Clive rolled a joint
- This is how the conflict between Fiona, Lindsay and Clives start
- conflict between Suzie and Will
- Marcus doesn’t understand ironic sentences
Will,
Rachel,
Fiona,

at a New Year’s Eve party
31.Dec.1993
- Will meets Rachel at the party
- Rachel believes that Marcus is Will’s son (Will doesn’t want to tell her the truth)
- At midnight they kiss each other

- Will never wanted to fall in love but Rachel was different than his other girlfriends
- He was surprised of the experience that he fall in love
- Will realizes that Marcus is the most interesting thing in his life
Marcus,
Ellie,
Ellie’s mum
at Suzie’s New Year’s Eve party
31.dec.1993
- Marcus sees Ellie at the party and she hug and kiss him on his head
- They talk about the year 1993
- Ellie gets Marcus a Coke with Sherry
- They talk about Fiona and about the fact that she wanted to kill herself
- Ellies mother is snogging with sb.
- Ellie is embarrassed because of the way her mum is dancing
- It is the first time that Marcus drinks alcohol
- Fiona gets drunk
- Marcus asks Ellie if she wants to dance

Marcus,
Will,
Rachel,
Ellie
at Will’s home

at Rachel’s home

- Will wants Marcus to visit with him Rachel, because Rachel thinks that Marcus is his son
- Will doesn’t think that this is his fault
- Marcus wants Ellie to be his girlfriend
- Marcus tells Will about his favorite food, his birthday and something else (Marcus thinks he needs it for his ‘lie’)
- Since New Year’s Eve Will only think about Rachel
- He wanted Rachel to be his wife
- Marcus falls in love with Ellie
- He wants to be with her all the time and tell her everything
- Rachel forgets Marcus name,
Will thinks she doesn’t think the
whole time about him (Will)
so falling in love is rubbish (for Will)
Marcus,
Ali,
Will,
Rachel,
Ellie,
Zoe
in Ali’s room
at the bus station
at Rachel’s house
at school
Lunch(time)
After school on Monday
- Ali threat Marcus, so Marcus run away to get a bus home
- Will catches him and takes him back to Rachel
- Ali cries and says sorry for everything he said
- Ellie helps Marcus with the owner of the newsagent and with Lee Hartley and his friends
- Marcus doesn’t want to destroy the relationship of Will and Rachel
- Marcus is treated badly by Ali
- nobody bullies Marcus at
school because of Ellie
- Marcus loves Ellie’s style, her beauty and her ability to beat people up

Will, Marcus, Rachel
At Rachel’s home


- Marcus and Will talk about women (Marcus – Ellie, Will – Rachel)
- Will thinks that Marcus and Ellie don’t fit together as girlfriend and boyfriend
- Will thinks about his lie to Rachel and decides to correct it
- As Will tells Rachel, that Marcus isn’t his son she doesn’t get angry and is only interested in the relationship between Marcus and Will
- Will thinks again about his life
- Will thinks that he changes his life in his own thinking
- he fells in love with Rachel
- Will learned that lying is not the right base for a long relationship
- Will thinks about spending the rest of his life with Rachel
Marcus, Will, Ellie, Fiona
At Fiona’s home
At Will’s home
In school

- Will cared about Marcus bought him new glasses, took him to have a new hair-cut
- Fiona starts crying again all the time
- Marcus asks Will for help but in Will’s opinion he isn’t able to help
- Marcus gets angry, he makes their relationship uncertain,
- they discuss about their relationship
- Marcus is disappointed that also Ellie can’t help him but is happy that she cares about him
- Will thinks that he isn’t able to help, (maybe he doesn’t really know how to help)
- Will thinks that he hasn’t got any meaning for Fiona
Will, Rachel
At Rachel’s home


- Will thinks about "the point” why live should go on, but can’t find a definition
- After a long conversation with Rachel Will knows what is meant with "the point” à he likes Rachel’s positivity
- Will has sex with Rachel and is very happy that its happened, but again thinks about if it’s the most important thing of their relationship
- Will realizes with the help of Rachel that Marcus really likes him and that he became a very important person for Marcus
- It is a new experience for Will not to have sex for a few weeks although he likes Rachel so much
- Will is sure that he want to live the rest of his life together with Rachel
- the first time in his life he feels real love
Marcus,
Ellie,
Fiona
At Fiona’s home,
At the tube station
end of winter, beginning of summertime, nearly Easter
- the beginning of the summertime lets Marcus hope to have a better time
- Fiona tells Marcus that he has to visit his dad but Marcus doesn’t want to
- As Ellie tells him that she would come with him, Marcus gets very happy because he hopes to become a more closely relationship with Ellie
- Marcus and Ellie are going to visit Marcus’ dad
- Marcus wants that Ellie trust him
- Marcus loves Ellie and wants that she trust him to have a more closer relationship
- Marcus doesn’t want to go to his dad at first, he thinks that his dad never cared about him all the time and is angry that his dad now wants to see him
Will,
Fiona
A pub in Islington

Pizza Express on Upper Street

- Will wants to meet Fiona and Rachel to talk about Fiona’s problems; but only Fiona comes, Rachel doesn’t
- Will at first doesn’t know how to talk about the problems and isn’t sure if he’s the right person for this
- Fiona is happy that she can talk to a person about her problems
- she tells Will how she felt the last time
- As they are at Fiona’s home they get to know that Marcus is at a police station in Royston
- Fiona is happy that she can tell Will her problems
- she needed a person to talk to
- Fiona thinks she is depressed, and it’s an illness
- Fiona knows that there is nothing that Will can do to help her
- Will wants to help Fiona although he doesn’t want to sleep with her
- Will thinks about Rachel and is at first angry about that she didn’t come
- he wants to hate her but couldn’t
Marcus,
Ellie,
Policemen,
Clive,
Lindsey,
policewoman
(near) Royston Station,
recordshop,
police station

- Ellie and Marcus are on the way to Marcus’ dad
- They talk about life, especially Ellie’s life
- She thinks her life is ‘shit’
but Marcus thinks that this is entitled
- Before the train stopped at Royston station Ellie jumps off the train; Marcus follows her
- As the come to a record shop Ellie throws her shoe into the window, because she is angry that people want to make money with his death
- Marcus and Elli are taken to a police station
- Clive and Lindsey arrive
- Marcus thinks about his life and what has going on the last time and about his relationship with Ellie
- he thinks that his mum is
responsible for everything bad, that happened the last time
- Marcus is doesn’t want to have Ellie as his girlfriend any more because of her bad behavior
- He thinks they don’t fit together
- Marcus is surprised as Ellie says that Marcus is her friend
- Marcus become more and more self-confident
- Marcus says to his father that he is a useless father

Will,
Marcus,
Fiona,
Katrina,
Ellie,
Rachel,
Policewoman,
Ruth
On the way to the police station (in the car),
At the police station

- Rachel, Fiona, Will and Katrina (Ellie’s mum) are going to pick up Ellie and Marcus at the police station
- They talk about Ellie and her behavior
- Katrina thinks ‘she is out of control’
- Ruth, the owner of the record shop
Arrives and explains that she is a big fan of Kurt Cobain and that she feels nearly the same as Ellie
- Will thinks about his relationship to the other people and is happy to have those ‘friends’
- Will thinks that these
connections are all because of Marcus
- Will is going to be very sensible
- tries to understand the feelings
of the others
- Will things that Marcus and Ellie willbe forever friends
Marcus
4:30pm
10:30 pm

- Marcus, Clive and Lindsey are going to Clive’s house
- Clive wants to be alone with Marcus (‘then Clive sort of nodded at Lindsey’…P.245,line 49-50)
- Marcus and Clive talk about the last
time
à Now Clive knows that he wants to care more about Marcus and that Marcus needs a father
- Marcus thinks that he will cope at school and with everything else and feels a sort of security
- Clive is happy that he could talk to Marcus in a normal way
- Clive says to Marcus that Lindsey wanted a baby
- Marcus says that he like it, although he doesn’t
- Marcus wants Lindsey and Clive to be happy
Will,
Marcus,
Ali,
Fiona
Cinema
at Marcus home
On a Saturday
- Will took Marcus and Ali somewhere out (most Saturdays)
- They go to the cinema
- Ali asks Will if he is going to marry his mum
- Will wants to stay together forever with Rachel
- Marcus thinks couples are not the future
- Fiona sees in how far Marcus changed and it seems that he is much older
- She thinks he smokes
- Will lost his shell, his cool and his distance, he felt scared and vulnerable
- Marcus lost himself
- Will misses Marcus
- Marcus hates Joni Mitchell
- Marcus dressed better; other hair cur; he doesn’t sing out loud;
- Zoe & Ellie are still his friends


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