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Sam is sixteen and a skater. Just so there are no terrible misunderstandings: skating = skateboarding. There's no ice. Life is ticking along nicely for Sam; his Mum's got rid of her rubbish boyfriend, he's thinking about college and he's met someone. Alicia.

Then a little accident happens. One with big consequences for someone just finding his way in life. Sam can't run (le
Mass Market Paperback, 342 pages
Published April 2008 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Re: Slam
To: Nick Hornby
From: Bonnie Lumley
Sent: September 30, 2009

Hi Nick,

Glad to hear you’re back to writing adult fiction now; I hate to say it, but I don’t think writing young-adult fiction is your strength. Slam was a worthwhile experiment; but you’ve done better, and maybe could have done better here. Maybe if you’d written it from the POV of Sam’s mum instead of 16-year-old Sam, you’d have been able to offer your readers a more pleasing, polished novel. No offence, but it seemed to me as
Wow, this book was ATROCIOUS. It's like Nick Hornby sat down and thought of all the worst cliches about teen books and then decided he could write a teen novel. The main character is a teenage skater who's so obsessed with Tony Hawk that he dialogues with the Tony Hawk poster above his bed on a nightly basis. He asks the poster questions about life, and the poster responds with parts of Tony Hawk's autobiography that the kid has memorized from reading so many times. I didn't buy it -- c'mon, Ton ...more
Oct 19, 2007 Brian rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 15 and up (mostly up)
English author Nick Hornby has dutifully produced ‘vox populi’ fiction about contemporary men struggling to grow up, cope, and accept responsibility for the better part of fifteen years. Often these males are self-absorbed, id-driven, and change themselves for others. Readers respond with great enthusiasm; men read them as how-to manuals. His latest offering, Slam, follows the same formula – but it’s written in the sprawling vocabulary and context of a teenager.

Hornby’s writing style has always
I'm a big Nick Hornby fan but this was crap. Crapity crap crap crap - probably didn't help that i was pregnant when i read it - its main character is a teenage boy who gets his girlfriend pregnant and has a fit with his leg in the air then legs it. It uses a very annoying bollocks plot thing as well, and i can't remember the proper term so you won't know what i mean unless you read it but i seriously don't recommend you do but if you choose to you can have my copy cause i stupidly bought mine - ...more
Accattivante e gradevole come al solito lo stile di Hornby, ma la storia presenta innegabili forzature, rivelandosi nell’insieme alquanto artefatta e priva di spessore.
L’argomento non è certo dei più semplici da trattare e l’autore lo affronta con il consueto buongusto, in un mix perfetto di concrete considerazioni e trovate godibilissime. Ciò che non funziona, a mio avviso, è la banalità del ricorso al flashforward premonitore per anticipare gli eventi che, unito ad un troppo manifesto intento
Ian Wood
Jan 18, 2008 Ian Wood rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers of all ages
Shelves: nick-hornby
I wasn’t particularly looking forward to reading Nick Hornby’s ‘Slam’, his first teenage novel. It was nineteen years since I was last a teenager and even then I think I was probably too old for the term to really stick. However this was a novel by Nick Hornby whose ‘High Fidelity’ is my favourite novel; whose ‘Fever Pitch’ is my favourite memoir; I think you get the idea, I like Nick Hornby, I don’t however like teenagers. Anyway there was nothing for it, I had to roll up my sleeves, grit my te ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Sam figures that his life is going pretty well. He's doing all right in school, he gets along with his mom, he has a great girlfriend, and is getting good at skateboarding. He has aspirations of attending college, unlike his mom, who had to drop out of school when she became pregnant with him.

But all of his dreams come crashing down when his girlfriend, Alicia, tells him that she's pregnant. And she has no intention of getting rid of the bab
Jun 21, 2008 Tim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who want to learn to write with a distinctive voice, Nick Hornby fans
I think I'd read a Nick Hornby Novel even if it were just his characters reading ads from a phone book. Part of it is the cool way that those Brits sound when they talk about anything, but the voices of a Hornby character will stay with you for a while. His Narrator in this book, Sam, like the narrators of High Fidelity and About A Boy, has many chuckalicious turns of phrase. But few writers are going to attempt the first person narrative if they can't manage to handle one distinctive voice.
Nov 23, 2007 Chris rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hornby fans
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 ...more
In this Novel set in the present, Sam is a 16-year-old British skateboarder had a life that was starting to turn out well for him. His mother dumped her terrible boyfriend, and he had a gorgeous girlfriend named Alicia, but most of all, a poster Sam's favorite skater, Tony hawk (nickname TH) had conversations and gave him great advice daily . After he impregnates Alicia, TH made Sam have a dream that whizzed him into the future showing Sam how things would eventually turn out with his new son an ...more
Christina Fixemer
Sam is a skater. Not a roller skater, but a skateboarder. He loves Tony Hawk and working out new skateboard tricks. He also loves his mum, even though she's young enough to be an older sister. But everything changes when his ex-girlfriend delivers the news: she's pregnant.

Now that he faces fatherhood as a very young man, Sam must make adult-sized choices. He's determined to do the right thing. His father didn't, and he's grown up seeing how it has affected his mother. But sometimes doing the rig
Nov 06, 2007 Danimal rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers just to see what they thought
Someone - maybe Greil Marcus? - once said something to the effect of "I'd listen to a record of Bob Dylan reading the phone book." Well, I used to feel that way about Nick Hornby. I love his writing so much that I figured I'd read his children's books, his cookbooks, his YA fiction. Well, scratch the latter, for sure.

Yes, he gets inside his teenage hero's head and he captures the way teenagers probably think. But what's the fun in that? I loved his other books because they seemed effortless as
Dei libri di Hornby letti finora questo è quello che mi è piaciuto di più.
Si legge in un soffio e, per chi è stato sedicenne tanti anni fa come me ma è a contatto con sedicenni tutti i giorni, fa sorridere ma fa anche riflettere sull'adolescenza e i suoi problemi, sulla vita, le sue pieghe e le sue curve.
Sam, il protagonista, è un sedicenne timido e silenzioso, che vive un'età in cui "non si è nè carne nè pesce", alle prese con due genitori più immaturi di lui, che l'hanno avuto a 16 anni, l'età
Starting out, it seemed that the thoughts and words of a 16 year old skater boy, Sam, were going to hold a bit of charm. 'If it was my mum's idea, then I wasn't interested.' Right on track, no? Early in the book, Sam says something about his mum 'laughing like a drain', later on he runs into a woman with an offending odor he describes thus - 'It's like she had been boiling cod or whatever for a thousand years.' That cracked me up. Unfortunately, these fun little bits and pieces did not prove eno ...more
Sam ist 15 und als Ich-Erzähler in dieser Geschichte präsent. Nick Hornby versucht die Sprache eben dieses Jugendlichen nachzuahmen und schildert neben seinem Alltag auch die ersten, dann doch massiveren Probleme, mit denen er umzugehen hat. Diese finden sich komplett im familiären und partnerschaftlichen Umfeld.

Bei dem "Versuch" diese Geschichte mit Ironie, Augenzwinkern und einer gewissen "Lebendigkeit" zu erzählen, bleibt es dann auch. Das Buch ist alles andere als originell, wiederholt sich
This book is basically a male version of the movie Juno. I really enjoyed this book. Nick Hornby is one of my favourite authors. His books never fail to be extremely funny and witty. This book is no exception. I couldn't put it down!
'Todo por una chica' tiene en su desventaja la mala traducción del título original ("SLAM"), tal vez eso y el diseño de cubierta que tiene la edición de Anagrama (en serio, la chica de la portada no tiene NADA (salvo el género) en común con Alicia, personaje femenino más importante de la novela).

Nick Hornby trata una vez más (no por eso quiere decir que canse o que sea el tema principal) la madurez en un hombre, solo que en esta historia se concentra en Sam, un chico de 15 años que ama el skate
In Nick Horby's 'Slam', Sam Jones is the narrator and the protagonist of this book. This book takes place in London, England. Sam is a sixteen-year-old skateboarder who idolizes Tony Hawk, and looks to him for advice. Soon, Sam's girlfriend gets pregnant unexpectedly (or not, after his 'mistake'), and he follows in the footsteps of his own parents, who were 16 and 17 when they had Sam.
The fresh humor of Sam and his (maybe ex) girlfriend and their families make the book enjoyable. The setting c
Jason Mills
Sep 15, 2010 Jason Mills rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hornby fans, skaters, teenagers, people alive now.
Hornby's last novel before this one, How To Be Good, was startlingly bleak, so it's a relief to find him in a more positive mood this time. Slam is the story of an ordinary skateboarding teenager who accidentally gets his girlfriend pregnant: everything leads up to and flows from that momentary mistake. Our narrator, Sam, is a likeable but by no means flawless lad, meaning no harm but appalled by the prospect of his future closing down, and the book is his journey through a thicket of arguments ...more
I'm floored by how much I liked this book. I'm usually not the biggest fan of YA literature, and certainly not the dramatic stuff all ridden with teenage angst. In any other writer's hands, SLAM would come across as preachy and obnoxious. But Hornby never talks down to his audience, approaching treacherous subject matter with brutal honesty while still managing to avoid the pitfalls of cynicism. The book is about a fifteen-year-old boy who gets his girlfriend pregnant and must come to terms with ...more
Anna Valdez
Anna Valdez
Period 5/6
Nick Honrby
September 30, 2009
Book Rating:8

The person who change the most in the beginning thru the end it was Sam. Because in the beginning he was all interested in the skating and he always wanted to be with his friends. He didn't put attention to his parents and he wasn't a good guy. When he really change was when he met this girl named Alicia.
Alicia was a had a major importance because she was now Sam's girlfriend. I think this conflict was for both external
Me gusta mucho el estilo de Nick Hornby. Y éste era uno de sus libros, que por lo que pude leer en la sinopsis, tenía que leer.

Está contado en primera persona, a través de la voz del protagonista, que es un quinceañero británico al que le encanta el skate y no tiene preocupaciones ni responsabilidades en la vida. Pero esto es sólo el principio.

Debo decir que estar todo el tiempo escuchando los pensamientos de Sam (el prota) me ha cansado a veces. Aunque esto casi siempre me pasa con todos los li
This is one of the reasons that Nick Hornby is one of my favorite authors. Not just because he's a life-time Arsenal fan. Because he can write a young-adult book that is as riveting as any of the 'adult' fiction (and non-fiction) that he writes.

Sam seems to be a pretty typical boy, except that he's being raised by his very young single mom, who had him when she was just 16. He wants to skate all the time, he's interested in girls, but not sure what to do about it. He wants to be the first in hi
Matti Karjalainen
Nick Hornbyn painomusteelta tuoksuvaan kirjaan tarttuminen on vähän sama asia kuin Bruce Springsteenin uuden levyn kuunteleminen; odotukset ovat kerta toisensa jälkeen pilvissä, mutta samalla sitä kuitenkin tietää jo ennakkoon, että on enemmän kuin epätodennäköistä että eteen osuu vanhojen mestariteosten tasolle yltävää materiaalia. Ja miten oikein voisikaan osua? Ei tajunnan räjäyttäviä täysosumia - "Uskollisia äänentoistoja" ja "Born to Runeja" - synny kovinkaan montaa yhden elämänuran aikana. ...more
Alexandre Payette
I had such high hopes for this book, I really did. Everything else I've read by Nick Hornby has been stellar (About a Boy, High Fidelity, and Juliet, Naked). But this one, well, like the title suggests, fell flat.

The problems with the story start right at the beginning. When establishing the necessary "quirky" trait of the main character, instead of being obsessed with music or just insanely shallow (like the characters in his best work), the main character talks to his Tony Hawk poster. He has
Slam, Hornby’s first foray into young adult fiction, is narrated by Sam, a teenage boy that must learn to be a man. Sam’s hero is skateboarder Tony Hawk and, as Sam’s life takes a downward turn, he turns to “TH” for advice. The poster in Sam’s bedroom typically throws words from Hawk’s autobiography back at him, but then he begins showing Sam his future. Sam doesn’t particular like what he sees as it confirms his worst fears -- his ex-girlfriend is pregnant and he’s about to be a father.

Hornby h
Petula Darling
I loved the voice of the main character and laughed out loud on numerous occasions. Unfortunately, I really disliked the premise of this book.

possible spoilers below ......................

Problem #1 is that I have a really hard time relating to 16 year-olds who choose to have and keep babies. I can understand not finding abortion to be an acceptable choice, but there are other options that would likely wo
3.5 stars

Written in Nick Hornby's trademark offhandish style, Slam is the story of Sam, a sixteen year old with a passion for skating, as in skateboarding he won't hesitate to tell you. He is happy with the way life's turning out and he's going out with the gorgeous Alicia who seems to like him back amongst other things. Things seem to going good, until they aren't anymore.

Alicia is pregnant and Sam doesn't want to be a father at this age. With his Tony Hawk poster as his guide, with Sam do t
This is Nick Hornby 's first Young Adult novel. I am a fan of Hornby's earlier books such as "About a Boy, "High Fidelity," and "How to be Good." However, I read this as part of a library science class I'm taking.

It was a very well written novel. It's interesting how the protagonist here is not much different from the men in Hornby's other books except for the fact that he is 15 in this book. It just goes to show that men, if left to their own devices, stay in eternal youthdom, at least in thei
I woke up in the middle of the night like, Alex! Remind me to get a copy of Slam while we're in England! She was like, okay, sure, whatever, and went back to sleep. But here is the thing: Nick Hornby is such a big, omnipresent deal in England that I guess they have all his books in all the charity shops. For two pounds each! Makes me wish I liked him more.

I mean, here's the thing about Nick Hornby. Like, y'know how every Etgar Keret story looks like it's very flippant, when really it's not? My
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Nick Hornby is the author of the novels A Long Way Down, Slam, How to Be Good, High Fidelity, and About a Boy, and the memoir Fever Pitch. He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, Shakespeare Wrote for Money, and The Polysyllabic Spree, as well as the editor of the short-story collection Speaking with the Angel. He is a recipient of the American Acade ...more
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