For 16-year-old Sam, life is about to get extremely complicated. He and his girlfriend—make that ex-girlfriend— Alicia have gotten themselves into a bit of trouble. Sam is suddenly forced to grow up and struggle with the familiar fears and inclinations that haunt us all.
Nick Hornby’s poignant and witt...more
Hornby’s writing style has always...more
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...more
September 30, 2009
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...more
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...more
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...more
This book deals with teen pregnancy and its aftermath in a way that's real - it's not just another morality tale for teens in which their lives are completely destroyed by premarital sex.
You get to go along with 16-year-old Sam as his (and his girlfriend's) lives are turned upside-down by her pregnancy. You get to experience her labor and the birth of their baby through Sam's eyes....more
Ma che c'azzecca "tutto per una ragazza" con questa storia???
Ok. Con Hornby ho un rapporto controverso: devo sempre leggere tutti i suoi romanzi ma credo che me ne sia piaciuto veramente solo uno: Alta Fedeltà. Gli altri sono leggibili, anche carini, ma niente di eccezionale. Però li devo leggere, come se mi facesse piacere leggere qualcosa di cui dopo dir...more
Sam is a decent main character and his narrative voice and reactions to what happens to him in the plot seem genuine. The biggest thing about him though that I couldn't get passed was his complete lack of friends. Besides Rabbit, who he never pretends to like, he has absolutely no friends whic...more
Slam is my selection for a sports-oriented Best Book for Young Adults. The main character Sam is 15 years-old and an avid skater. He idolizes skater Tony Hawk, and relates his book “Hawk- Occupation: Skateboarder” to his own life. The best gift he ever received was a poster of Tony Hawk, which was given to him by his mother. The poster on the wall quickly becomes his confidant, someone to share with and talk to. “Tony Hawk” provides responses and advice in return, all in relation to his b...more
Sam never had a real girlfriend, but he wanted one only if she didn’t interfere with his skating that he loved so much. His mother had a party to go to and brought Sam along with her were he met a ver...more
Sam is a huge fan of Tony Hawk, and he keeps a poster on Hawk on his w...more
I always enjoy books that let me really escape into the mind and heart of someone different from myself, to be able to actually imagine what it must be like to be, in this case, an English teenage boy in a sticky situation (I felt the same about Black Swan Green by...more
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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...more