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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel

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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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Hornby, Nick
Riverhead Trade
Humorous Stories
Social Issues - Adolescence
Social Issues - Pregnancy
Situations / Pregnancy
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Paperback / softback
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from 6
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.
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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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