posted by Nick Hornby October 22, 2007 at 3:49 pm Books, Films , , ,

I have decided to milk my connection with Nicholas Hoult, the star of ‘About A Boy’ and ‘Skins’, for all it is worth. Nicholas kindly agreed to read the audiobook for SLAM, and the teenage girls in the audience for my reading at Lyme Regis told me that he was “hot”.

He would probably be the first to admit that he didn’t look hot in ‘About A Boy’. He was pretty odd-looking, which made him perfect for the role of Marcus. In Lyme, we watched a clip of About A Boy before the reading, and I sat there wondering if it was hard to have one’s geeky, gawky pre-adolescence preserved in celluloid like that. Did it put girls off? The answer, clearly, is a resounding ‘No’. But of course what happened to Nicholas Hoult is only a more public version of what happens to all adolescent boys and girls: we watch each other become suddenly more beautiful, and we forgive past misfortune very quickly. There’s something rather heartening about that.