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Slam by Nick Hornby
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Jan 19, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: realistic, young-adult, teen-parent
Read in January, 2008

Sam loves skateboarding and it consumes his life until he meets Alicia. For a few weeks everything is wonderful, in their short, but intense, love affair. They break off the relationship just as quickly as it started, then – Slam! – Sam finds out Alicia is pregnant. Sam tries to escape from the situation, as any teen boy might, but he eventually does with the help of his hero, Tony Hawk. Sam finds himself transported into the future and it is skateboard champion Tony Hawk who gives Sam advice. But the quirky thing is Tony isn’t really there; he speaks through a poster as Sam tries to figure out how to make the right decisions.
Even if you hadn’t read the book jacket, you can tell where the story is leading when the relationship between Sam and Alicia ends. No surprise in that pregnancy. However, Hornby does a good job relating the story from a guy’s perspective with frank teen dialogue and believable characters. He also manages to give a little advice about teen sex without sounding preachy.
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