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Slam by Nick Hornby May 1, 2009

Posted by KJ theBookGirl in book, Young Adult.
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Slam by Nick HornbyI received Slam for Christmas one year and read it straight away, finishing it in a day. It’s one of those incredible books which you just cannot put down. 

The synopsis of the book is as follows:

“Whoever invented skateboarding is a genius. There’s only one skater, and his name’s Tony Hawk. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know who he is, just trust me. Not only is Hawk the world’s best skater, he’s also good to talk to. So I talk to Tony Hawk, and Tony Hawk talks back. Because just when it seemed like everything had come together for me, I had to go and screw it all up. It only took two seconds. But all of me knew. One risk. One mistake and my life would never be the same. Hawk had a few things to say. And a few things to show me. Haveyou ever wondered what it would be like to see your own future? ”  

This novel outlines what it is like for the father during a teenage pregnancy, and is a thought-provoking tale about responsibility, expectations and breaking free from what everyone expects to do what and be who you want to do and be.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, after rereading it recently. It is well written in an intriguing style, through the eyes of a “typical” teenage boy. The hard-to-display emotion which so many teenage guys have during their first relationships is celeverly worked around by using a poster of Tony Hawks as the object to which a verbal journal is told.

I suppose I really like it because it is so different from the usual point of view of teenage pregnancies such as addressed  in popular films such as Juno. Hearing the side of the story of a guy who doesn’t want a child but knows he should be supporting the mother is worth it for the insight one gets into a world unknown. Also, the  addition of this world being so open and the motives so well explained means that every action any girl would take the “wrong way” really may have good intentions.

So, bad points? Well, sometimes the rough and unploished style of the narration can be a challenge to read when you just want to relax, and also a few twists and turns, in my opinion, made it just that bit too unrealistic, taking out the ability to relate and understand from the novel.

Overall, I would say the story was good, the style was interesting but not easy to read, and the plot was okay, but could have been more realistic. 


 KJ Reading



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