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Just when everything is coming together for Sam, his girlfriend Alicia drops a bombshell. Make that ex-girlfriend — because by the time she tells him she's pregnant, they've already called it quits. Sam does not want to be a teenage dad. His mom had him at sixteen and has made it very clear how having a baby so young interrupted her life. There's only one person Sam can turn to — his hero, skating legend Tony Hawk. Sam believes the answers to life's hurdles can be found in Hawk's autobiography.

But even Tony Hawk isn't offering answers this time — or is he? Inexplicably, Sam finds himself whizzed into the future, for a quick glimpse of what will be...or what could be. In this wonderfully witty, poignant story about a teenage boy unexpectedly thrust into fatherhood, it's up to Sam to make the right decisions so the bad things that could happen, well, don't.

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"'Listen,' says Sam Jones, the garrulous young narrator of Nick Hornby's likable first novel for teenagers, 'I know you don't want to hear about every single little moment.' He then relives every single little moment anyway, and that's just about one date with a pretty girl. But he's wrong about us. We want to hear whatever this kid has got to say — the whole scary, hilarious story.

... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Vintage Hornby: a witty trek inside the emotional life of the modern male." People

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"We know exactly how Sam feels — even when he feels differently from the beginning of a sentence to the end — and it feels just right: a vertiginous mix of anger, confusion, insight, humor, and love." Booklist (Starred Review)

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"Hornby's witty, gentle genius shines through." USA Today

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"Like the movie Knocked Up, this is a story about an accidental pregnancy that nudges the male protagonist into adulthood....[S]trong and disturbing, a must read for older boys." Kirkus Reviews

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"Hornby pens a first novel for teens that is a sweet and funny story about mistakes and choices." VOYA

Synopsis:

Nick Hornby, bestselling author of High Fidelity and About a Boy, delivers his first novel for young adults — a wonderfully witty, poignant story about a teenage boy unwittingly thrust into fatherhood. When he's inexplicably whizzed into the future, it's up to Sam to make the right decisions.

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Bestselling author Nick Hornby delivers his first novel for young adults.

Synopsis:

The #1 New York Times bestseller now in a brand new paperback package.

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 witty novel shows a rare and impressive understanding of human relationships and what it really means to be a man.

About the Author

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.

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Clyderat, September 4, 2012 (view all comments by Clyderat)
"Slam" may not be one of Nick Hornby's best-known novels but it certainly deserves its place among his popular works. Sam, an 18 year old skater (that's "skateboarder" and not "ice skater" as he is quick to point), tells the story of his first real romance from a couple of years prior. In looking back, Sam re-creates in painful detail all of the awkwardness and confusion that comes with adolescent love. Sam's relationship leads to some sudden changes as he's forced to deal with adult issues without being armed with the maturity to tackle his task. Helping him along the way is legendary skater Tony Hawk who drops lines of wisdom from his autobiography to Sam via conversations that Sam has with his Tony Hawk poster.

I read most of "Slam" in one sitting because I was rooting for Sam the whole time.
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katatrina, August 5, 2008 (view all comments by katatrina)
This was a good book. Nick Hornby always writes with humor that I enjoy, and even though I figured out later that this is supposed to be a young adult book, I didn't think it was beneath me. I think it was an interesting look at the choices and mistakes we make, and an interesting and laugh-out-loud way of dealing with them
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rw3, April 15, 2008 (view all comments by rw3)
excellent read. there doesn't seem to be as much humor as his other books. you would think that a writer capable of making a group of people who met while attempting suicide funny could make teen pregnancy a bit funnier. none the less, this book hits the spot. hornby is sensitive to the issues and stays true to his character's voice. i like that abortion is not debated or mulled over. it is mentioned and when it is obvious that it is out of the question the characters move on. time travel is an interesting twist in this book. i can't say i was expecting it but i wasn't put off by it. overall a very good read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399250484
Author:
Hornby, Nick
Publisher:
Riverhead Trade
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Social Issues - Pregnancy
Subject:
Infants
Subject:
Babies
Subject:
Situations / Pregnancy
Subject:
England
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20090916
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 6
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.21 x 0.89 in 0.54 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 320 pages Putnam Publishing Group - English 9780399250484 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Vintage Hornby: a witty trek inside the emotional life of the modern male."
"Review" by , "We know exactly how Sam feels — even when he feels differently from the beginning of a sentence to the end — and it feels just right: a vertiginous mix of anger, confusion, insight, humor, and love."
"Review" by , "Hornby's witty, gentle genius shines through."
"Review" by , "Like the movie Knocked Up, this is a story about an accidental pregnancy that nudges the male protagonist into adulthood....[S]trong and disturbing, a must read for older boys."
"Review" by , "Hornby pens a first novel for teens that is a sweet and funny story about mistakes and choices."
"Synopsis" by , Nick Hornby, bestselling author of High Fidelity and About a Boy, delivers his first novel for young adults — a wonderfully witty, poignant story about a teenage boy unwittingly thrust into fatherhood. When he's inexplicably whizzed into the future, it's up to Sam to make the right decisions.
"Synopsis" by ,
Bestselling author Nick Hornby delivers his first novel for young adults.

"Synopsis" by ,
The #1 New York Times bestseller now in a brand new paperback package.

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 witty novel shows a rare and impressive understanding of human relationships and what it really means to be a man.

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