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Slam (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Nick Hornby

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Title:Slam
Authors:Nick Hornby
Info:Langenscheidt ELT (2008), Perfect Paperback, 296 pages
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Slam by Nick Hornby (2007)

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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. ( )
  TeresaVarner | Mar 29, 2016 |
Just before he turned 16, Sam's life was going pretty well. His mother - who was only 16 years old herself when she had Sam - just dumped her terrible boyfriend, his teachers began encouraging him to seriously consider studying graphic design in college, and his skateboarding skills were slowly but surely improving after years of practice at the local skatepark in his working-class London neighborhood. He even met a really cute girl named Alicia at a party his mum dragged him to, and they began seeing a lot of each other, in every sense of the phrase. But while their romance quickly fizzled out, an accidental pregnancy ensured that they would be forced to continue seeing a lot of each other, whether they liked it or not.

Nick Hornby's first book written for a young adult audience, Slam is entertaining and heartfelt. As anyone who is familiar with any of Hornby's other works would expect, it will certainly appeal to boys and does a good job of dealing with questions of what it means to be a man and a father in a language that teens will relate to. Especially affecting is his portrait of Sam's relationship with his mother, whose own experiences with an unexpected teen pregnancy help Sam to understand that while the arrival of a baby portends enormous changes, it need not ruin his life nor Alicia's. The book also honestly addresses questions of social class in its portrayal of the conflicts that arise between Alicia's upper-middle class parents and Sam's working-class mother.
The author does an excellent job of giving Sam his voice, that of an average, self-involved kid, someone who remains in a certain degree of denial about his situation even as it progresses, someone who takes to his board and a local patch of concrete whenever he needs to sort out his overwhelming circumstances. The book has a great deal of charm as well, and while the Tony-Hawk-as-medium may sound bizarre or gimmicky, it actually gives a refreshing non-linearity to the story, a way of presenting Sam's rushed and uncertain path to adulthood in a novel way. Overall, this was a quick but worthwhile read.
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  AlexisLovesBooks | Feb 9, 2016 |
Great book, fun to read. Sam's voice sounds so true! ( )
  CathCD | Jan 16, 2016 |
I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. The basic story and the voice were good, but there was a strange time travel story line that I did not feel fit as well as it could have. It was handled awkwardly and wasn't introduced until a long way into the story so it was rather abrupt and startling. I like science fiction and I like coming-of-age stories, but I don't think they were blended together very well in this book. ( )
  Borrows-N-Wants | Dec 31, 2015 |
Fifteen year old Sam enjoys skateboarding and having imaginary conversations with a poster of his idol Tony Hawk. After a brief whirlwind romance, Sam discovers that his ex-girlfriend Alicia is pregnant with his child. In a series of fanciful ‘flash forwards’, Sam wakes up to a whole new life with an unexpected baby.

Nick Hornby captures the fleeting nature of teen romances and the permanent consequences that may result from unprotected sex in Slam. Sam’s thoughts regarding a serious reality that he now shares with his parents are believable and relatable. Although largely moralistic, Sam’s humorous observations make for an enjoyable read. ( )
  thelittlestacks | Mar 27, 2015 |
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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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