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Slam by Nick Hornby
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Slam (2007)

by Nick Hornby

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I am a big fan of Nick Hornby. I have read all his novels and seen 3 of them turned into movies. I got this book because it was the one I had not read. Did not know that it was targeted to a young adult audience. It turns out it was a great book. Sam is 16 living in London with his divorced 32 year old mom. He ends up replicating his Mom's mistake and gets his girlfriend pregnant. The book is told through Sam and is very entertaining. It gives you a good look at a young kid who is somewhat together but trying to cope with this major life change. Hornby looks at this from all sides. He throws in a little time travel along with talking to posters which I thought was a creative way to introduce the story. It had Hornby's great way of humanizing his characters with both their faults and good sides. As with all Hornby books it was very funny. An excellent book by an author that both entertains and make excellent comments about our society. ( )
  nivramkoorb | Jun 26, 2018 |
What happens when you have a baby in your teens... ( )
  Montserratmv | Feb 26, 2018 |
Tre stelle (bello, nella mia scala), per un Nick Hornby che non delude.
E' il secondo romanzo dell'autore che leggo e ancora una volta mi ha stupita il modo con cui sa leggere e raffigurare il mondo degli adolescenti di oggi. Situazioni paradossali, sottile humour britannico e tenerezza mista a malinconia ne fanno un romanzo piacevole, ma che fa riflettere.
Anch'io vorrei un poster parlante in camera... ( )
  LaPizia | Aug 3, 2017 |
A young kid describes his relationship with girl, their pregnancy, and his relationship with his parents and his girlfriend's. I couldn't find much value in the plot and it seemed repetitive. Not the best of his work. ( )
  addunn3 | Aug 13, 2016 |
Loved this book. About a 16-year-old couple who get pregnant and have a baby. Funny and dramatic. First book I've read of Nick Hornby's. Read 3/25/16. ( )
  TeresaBrasher | Mar 29, 2016 |
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“Slam” slides by on its author’s enormous charm, however, and on its exploration of some hard-won truths, including this encompassing definition of what adult love really is: a project “full of worry and work and forgiving people and putting up with things and stuff like that.”
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Just when everything is coming together for Sam, his girlfriend Alicia drops a bombshell. Make that ex-girlfriend-- because by the time she tells him she's pregnant, they've already called it quits. Sam does not want to be a teenage dad. His mom had him at sixteen and has made it very clear how having a baby so young interrupted her life. There's only one person Sam can turn to--his hero, skating legend Tony Hawk. Sam believes the answers to life's hurdles can be found in Hawk's autobiography.

But even Tony Hawk isn't offering answers this time--or is he? Inexplicably, Sam finds himself whizzed into the future, for a quick glimpse of what will be . . . or what could be. In this wonderfully witty, poignant story about a teenage boy unexpectedly thrust into fatherhood, it's up to Sam to make the right decisions so the bad things that could happen, well, don't.

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At the age of fifteen, Sam Jones's girlfriend gets pregnant and Sam's life of skateboarding and daydreaming about Tony Hawk changes drastically.

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