Slam is about a boys transformation from a child to a mature adult. The narrator is an 18-year-old Sam Jones who looks back on the past few years of his life. His mother had him when she was 16, and history repeats itself when Sam ends up becoming a teenage father himself when his ex-girlfriend, Alicia, becomes pregnant. Slam is about the hardships Sam faces which includes his relationship with Alicia and her parents.
Sams favorite thing to do is skate, and Tony Hawk is his idol. Sam has a poster of him in his room that he enjoys talking to. Tony cleverly replies with quotes from his memoir. Hornby adds a twist when Sam asks Tony for advice on Alicias pregnancy, and Tony takes Sam into the future (just a few months) to see what his life will be like.
The novel is slightly predictable, although I suppose any book (or movie) about teenage pregnancy is. Slams strength lies in the witty narration, but even the narration could have been better. In the end I am left with only a feeling of disappointment.
The book Slam by Nick Hornby takes us into the journey of teen pregnancy. It takes us through the life of a boy who finds out he has gotten his ex-girlfriend pregnant. He is now faced with the burden of having to be responsible for a child at the age of 16. All of a sudden life is spinning out of control for Sam and Alicia. At least Sam has his mom, who has been through what he is now going through. She was also a teen parent. And like any other 16 year old kid expecting a child would do... his instincts tells him to run away. But one person convinces him to live it through. His poster of Tony Hawk. This book really reveles the truth about teen pregnancy.
Nick Hornby definatley out did himself in this book. In this book Sam, a normal average 16 year old skater finds out that he has gotten his ex girlfriend pregnant. You could say he is following in his parents footsteps because his mom was also a teenage mother when he was born. He always knew all about practicing safe sex but one little mistake could have the extreme consequences. And Sam and Alicia (ex-girlfriend) are forced to find out the hardships of teen pregnancy.
This book is a must read for all teens. It goes throught the life of a normal teenage boy who's life is suddenly turned upside down. Sam finally realizes how it felt for his mother when she was having an unwanted baby. ALthough upon hearing this news he makes foolish decisions but he sticks it out and realizes how it feels to be a teenage father.
So I won Slam from this website and I got to reading it. I found the book to be very good. I think the author grabed how having a teen baby would really feel. I enjoyed how the author "whooshed" the reader into the future to show how everything turned out. I am now on the hunt for more books from the autor.
Nick Hornby is the author of good books, including High Fidelity (which they made a movie of) and About a Boy (which they also made a movie of). His books are great for a wide audience, but this is his first written intentionally for teens.
Sam, the main character and narrator, is a regular sort of kid living a regular life in England. Except that his mom was a teenage mom, and now he's about to become a teenage dad at the age of 16. Yep, he knows about safe sex, but he made a mistake and now he is going to have to live out the consequences.
What makes this book such a good read is the realism of the situation - all of the characters are interesting people, but they are all human - even Sam - they make mistakes, say stupid things, do mean things, are awesome, are funny, are boring. And the other thing is being able to see the story of teenage pregnancy from the guy's point of view. Especially such an average, run of the mill guy like Sam.