Nick Hornby's book About a Boy feels perfectly pitched throughout. This is an achievement on a par with a popular classic such as The Graduate, negative reviews for both notwithstanding.
Here's a quick review of the story, followed in the article by a few notes on Nick Hornby's writing as well.
About a Boy is a book about a 12-year-old kid named Marcus and a 36-year-old guy called Will Lightman. Will is living a life without responsibilities, made possibly by a hit single of his father’s, and enjoying it. He is interested in dating, however, so he ends up going to single-parent meetings, where he eventually falls for a woman. He also gets to meet Marcus, a sensitive kid who’s having a rough time at school, and his hippie musical therapist mother who is living in a bubble, unaware of her kid’s problems. She also has some problems of her own. Will and Marcus become pals. About a Boy is about Marcus’s trials as a preteen, but there’s a lot about Will’s transformation in it as well. The story is told with great humor.