Saturday, February 2, 2008

SLAM by Nick Hornby

Sam's life is pretty planned out. He intends to go to University to study graphic design based on a teacher's recommendation. His mother has high hopes that he will attend University and have a successful life and not follow in her footsteps. His main concern besides school is skating. Sam doesn't like the term skateboarding and feels like he has to constantly educate people on the proper way to refer to the sport. His hero is Tony Hawk and he relies on him for advice in all aspects of his life via a poster he has on his wall.

Sam was born when his mother was sixteen and had to grow up seeing first hand what a challenge it was for his mother to put aside her future in order to raise him. When Sam meets Alicia and their relationship begins to get physical they are sure to use protection except for one encounter. This encounter ends up changing both Sam and Alicia's life forever.

Sam's quirky narration makes this a great book. I listened to the audiobook and found it very enjoyable. There is one part of the story that left me a little angry at Sam. I was saying to myself, "What a jerk," but he ended up being a really great guy. I totally recommend this book to anyone who enjoys humor mixed with a little seriousness.


  1. Welcome to the A ~ Z Reading Challenge, Karin! We are so happy that you joined us. :)

    Don't forget that we'd love to have you come back to the A ~ Z Challenge blog to link your reviews. However, the challenge is designed to read 52 separate books (26 authors and 26 titles). It appears as if you are doubling on your sidebar list.

    Thanks for participating with us and I hope you enjoy all your reads! :)

  2. I'll fix that. I sure don't want to cheat. HA HA

  3. :) You're not the only one to have made that mistake. It's no big deal.

    I'm happy to see that you added your reads to the A ~ Z Challenge blog. We are going to have a massive amount of links (reviews) come December! :)

  4. I love that Mr. Linky thing! Your site will be such a great resource for book reviews at the end of this year. Also, these challenges have become addicting. I'm now doing the What's in a Name Challenge and the Triple 8 Challenge.

  5. Tee Hee ... I sent Mr. Linky a love note! :) I think it's the best thing ever!

    As for challenges, no doubt, they are addicting. What a great way for us to get motivated to read a variety of books!

  6. Nick Hornby is one of my all time favourite authors and I can't wait for the paperback version of this to come out so I can finally read it. I think yours is the first review I have seen so thanks for that and not giving much away for me :)


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