Slam by Nick Hornby

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"Things had been ticking along quite nicely. My teachers suddenly started talking to me about going to college, my mum had ditched her rubbish boyfriend, and I had a gorgeous new girlfriend. You know that bit in a film when they show couples laughing and holding hands and kissing in lots of different places while a song plays? Alicia and I were like that, except we didn’t go to lots of different places. We went to about three, including Alicia’s bedroom. Anyway. It took years for everything to come together like that, and it took two seconds to screw it all up. One mistake and my life would never be the same."

Nick Hornby’s poignant and witty novel Slam shows a rare and impressive understanding of human relationships and what it really means to grow up.

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About Nick Hornby

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The New Yorker" calls bestselling author Nick Hornby the maestro of the male confessional. His bestselling adult novels include" High Fidelity" and "About a Boy," both of which were made into highly successful movies. He lives in the UK.
Published October 16, 2007 by Riverhead Books. 332 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Like the movie Knocked Up, this is a story about an accidental pregnancy that nudges the male protagonist into adulthood.

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The New York Times

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The good news about Nick Hornby’s first young adult novel, “Slam,” is that it’s not so different from — indeed, it can be read right alongside — the rest of his sly and laid-back oeuvre.

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The Guardian

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It's not a real conversation because Hawk exists only as a bedroom poster, and his words Sam culls from Hawk: Occupation: Skateboarder, an autobiography that is his mock-profound bible.

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The Guardian

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Slam by Nick Hornby 293pp, Penguin, £12.99 Sam, the narrator of Nick Hornby's first teenage novel, is 18, writing about when he was 16;

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The Bookbag

Sam, the protagonist of Nick Hornby's first teenage novel Slam, is a regular 16 year old.

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Sam is a 16-year-old skateboard enthusiast who falls abruptly into a passionate love affair with the beautiful Alicia, just as abruptly falls out of love with her, but manages to get her knocked up in the interim (and he kind of knows about it, I should mention).

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Teen Reads

And just as Ebenezer Scrooge came away from his time-hopping adventure a wiser man, so does Sam Jones learn from his two trips to the future, retaining a better understanding of what it is to live --- and think --- in the moment.

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When I found out Nick Hornby had written a young adult novel, I was excited.

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Common Sense Media

Teens deal honorably and fairly maturely with the consequences, firmly supported by their families -- and readers will walk away with a real understanding about the consequences of teen sex -- and just how many lives are impacted.

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The Celebrity Cafe

Sam felt TH was the closest thing he could have to having a real father figure (Sam’s dad isn’t much help.) But when TH zaps him into the future that is when Sam realizes that things aren’t so simple anymore.

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Though it is a fairly simple book and not much of challenge, I would definitely recommend this books to others, and especially to all teenagers.

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Youth Services Book Review

Slam is the story of 15, nearly 16 year-old Sam.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

He often talks to Hawk's poster and cites Tony's book - Hawk - Occupation: Skateboarder - to gain insights about his life.

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YA Highway

Sam’s narrative takes the reader all the way through Alicia’s pregnancy and even a few years into adulthood, thanks to Sam’s magical Tony Hawk poster which keeps “whizzing” him into the future to see what it’s like to raise a child as a teen.

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Spectator Book Club

Nick Hornby has often written perceptively about male adolescence, but Slam is the first of his books to be aimed at an adolescent male readership.

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The same insight and wit that Nick Hornby brings to his adult books like High Fidelity and About a Boy, he uses to illuminate the real problems of high school age kids today, in particular, teen pregnancy.

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