about a boy is a novel that follows the lives of marcus and will are the two main characters in the story who appear to have very different but cross path with each other multiple times. Marcus is an unusual twelve year old boy who moved from london to cambridge and doesn’t really fit in at the school and has a hard time making friends. Will is a thirty six year old man who stays up to date on what is considered “cool” with kids. The author of this novel nick hornby uses kurt cobain as a symbol to represents the story’s main themes. throughout about a boy nick hornby uses kurt cobain to symbolize effects of family life and friendship depression and suicide and the importance of pop culture.