About a Boy

Who is Alistar 'Ali' from About a Boy and what is their importance?

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Alistar 'Ali' from About a Boy is Rachel's 12 year old son. He is a skater boy and dresses in skater clothes. When he meets Marcus he threatens to beat him up if Will starts dating his mother. Later, the reader finds out that the previous boyfriend was abusive to them both and so Ali and his mother are both wary of another similar situation.