Slam by Nick Hornby - Review | BookPage | BookPageSam, the narrator of Nick Hornby's first teenage novel, is 18, writing about when he was 16; a time when he regularly had imaginary conversations with his hero Tony Hawk. For those who don't already know, Tony Hawk - not be confused with Tony Hawks, whose idea of exercise is to go around Ireland with a fridge or to get a piano to the Pyrenees - is the name in skateboarding. His father founded the National Skateboard Association for him. Sam has TH's poster on his wall and claims to have read the man's autobiography 50 or thousands of times. In fact, many of the answers that Hawk "gives" Sam are direct quotes from the autobiography, which is why, as Sam is the first to admit, they don't always seem to exactly fit the questions and can be a bit American. The reader very quickly gets a sense of Sam, a young year-old with a mother who had him when she was 16 and who still looks young and pretty enough to be fancied by Sam's mate Rabbit. Sam, Rabbit and Rubbish skate together.
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In fact, whenever Sam is troubled, he talks to the poster of Hawk that hangs in his bedroom. And, believe it or not, the poster talks back — in appropriate passages from the autobiography! How weird is that? Worse, the future proves no less confusing than the present. For the fact is, neither Sam nor Alicia is prepared to become a teen parent though Sam himself was born when his parents were only sixteen and both will soon be called on to make some very adult decisions about their lives. While Nick Hornby respects the seriousness of these subjects, he also manages to write an irresistibly funny, heartfelt book that is filled with quirky, engaging, and believable characters struggling to make sense of lives as suddenly bumpy as a ride on an out-of-control skateboard.
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At the beginning of Slam , Nick Hornby's first young-adult novel, year-old Sam Jones says that everything in his life seemed to have come together. His divorced mother is finally happy. Sam is doing well at school, at least in his art classes.
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For year old Sam, life is about to get extremely complicated., Slam is a novel written by British author Nick Hornby , published in
Those stories make you feel as though the whole world is on its way up. But in our family, people always slip up on the first step. What ensues is an agreeably casual and occasionally effervescent comedy of manners, one that has plenty to say about class and sex and family and — this being a Nick Hornby novel — how pop music relates to it all and ties it all together. Their strategy was to tell me that I could still come to school if I wanted, and to ask me whether we had enough money. And then to ask me to fill out a form to tell them whether I was happy with their strategy.