Slam Slam by Nick Hornby
My review
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Continuing with my “young adult” book reading, I decided to check out the latest from Nick Hornby. “Slam” is definitely for the more mature side of “young adult,” since it deals with teenage pregnancy almost exclusively (I feel a ban coming on from the religious right!). Hornby, as usual, brings his characters to life in a compelling way. Sam, the 16 year old son of a 32 year old mom, is obsessed with Tony Hawk. He even talks to his “TH” poster in his room, and sometimes, the poster talks back, albeit in quote snippets from Tony Hawk’s book. When Sam meets and gets Alicia pregnant, Tony whizzes Sam to the future to give him a glimpse of his life. Sam may not be the role model for teenage parenting, but he learns a lot along the way, and provides a unique look at a world that most people would just as soon ignore.
Next up is Spook Country by William Gibson.