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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 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
Nov 26, 2007 Abby rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 liked it  ·  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
Apr 29, 2015 Algernon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

I am an enthusiastic fan of Nick Hornby, having read most of his fiction and non-fiction books, with High Fidelity a clear favorite - both the book and the movie. He has demonstrated repeatedly that he is funny and smart and insightful. Which makes writing the review of Slam all the more difficult. Is this the same guy who penned Fever Pitch and A Way Long Down? Why is Slam such a trainwreck? It's not the Y.A. content, at least not on principle: I admire John Green, Catherynne Valente and I ha
Dec 17, 2008 Inge rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ian Wood
Jan 18, 2008 Ian Wood rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
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 really liked it  ·  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 it was ok  ·  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
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 did not like it  ·  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
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
Oct 03, 2015 Nestor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es una historia sencilla, bastante juvenil y muy bien contada. Te hace pensar en lo sencillas que podrían ser las relaciones que tenemos con el mundo entero y como sin necesidad (y sin culpa) convertimos una vida fácil en un mar de complicaciones innecesarias. La historia es muy divertida y debería ser un libro obligatorio para adolescentes.
Jan 13, 2013 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 16, 2013 Zoeytron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicole Diekow
There was a character in this book called "Rubbish", which would have been an apt title for the whole mess.
Beth Bonini
Oct 04, 2015 Beth Bonini rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I've enjoyed Nick Hornby's adult books, but I think this YA effort is pretty close to being a fail. The protagonist is the utterly gormless Sam -- a skateboarding teen with a penchant for talking to his idol Tony Hawk when he needs a bit of advice or a sympathetic ear. The main reason that Sam needs some emotional support is that his girlfriend Alicia has turned up pregnant.

One of the oddest decisions that Hornby makes is to have Sam time-travel into the future at various points in the novel. T
Apr 23, 2015 ALPHAreader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written by: Nick Hornby
Narrated by: Nicholas Hoult
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

‘Slam’ was the 2007 contemporary young adult novel from Nick Hornby, and I’ve been meaning to read it ever since Hornby said this very intelligent thing about YA books:

“I see now that dismissing YA books because you’re not a young adult is a little bit like refusing to watch thrillers on the grounds that you’re not a policeman or a dangerous criminal, and as a consequence, I’ve discovered a previously
Jan 26, 2016 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slam by author Nick Hornby was about a boy named Sam who loved to skate(skateboarding) and his favorite skater was tony hawk which Sam had a poster of. Sam talked to his poster about his problem and about his day. I didn't mind the book it was a little weird and I didn't think it was about what it was. I would recommend this book to people who like a kind of romance book but not to gushy.
Mar 07, 2014 Peter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 11, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2015
3.5 stars. Nick Hornby and I have always gotten along well so this book went down easily despite it's flaws. Nicholas Hoult (the boy in the movie version of About A Boy) reads the audio and I think that was a huge bonus. His voice is just right to tell the story of Sam - a 15 year old boy who gets his girlfriend pregnant. The book is funny and heartwarming. Hornby makes an interesting storytelling choice of adding scenes from the future - - it was the one element that I found pretty distracting ...more
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!
Ernesto Abrego
Nov 05, 2015 Ernesto Abrego rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it was a good book because it shows what will happen to a teen in real life that actually gets a girl pregnant.Also because the boy goes to the future and sees his future with the child.
'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
Feb 04, 2014 Kemba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 20, 2016 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's super rare for me not to finish a book, but I couldn't get through this. The story would have been okay and it should have been a quick read, but I couldn't get past the casual misogyny.

For example, "If you say something that isn't sexist to the right sort of girl, she likes you more. Say one of your mates is going on about how all girls are stupid, and you say 'Not ALL girls are stupid.' Then it can make you look very good. There have to be girls listening, obviously. Or else it's a waste
Debbie Davies
I found it hard to be sympathetic to the characters in this novel. Whether it was the writing style or the fact that I couldn't relate to families who seemed to be so wrapped up in themselves that they had no time to be a real family or to grow in any kind of a positive, lesson learned way. It might have a good message for high school teens regarding the challenges of teen pregnancy and parenting, but I am not sure that teens wouldn't look at life like all's well that ends well based on the conc ...more
Jun 12, 2015 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's my third book by Nick Hornby and it has been the one I could relate the least.
I don't know why, maybe because I don't have children and I have no intention to have any in the future. Some people aren't meant to be parents and I'm honest enough to say that I wasn't born to be a mother.

Sam commits the same "mistake" his mother made and becomes a parent at the age of sixteen. There's no escape from something like that, not even on his faithful skateboard. Sam is a sixteen-years-old boy who's
Jason Mills
Sep 15, 2010 Jason Mills rated it really liked it  ·  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
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