Short Review: Slam by Nick Hornby 

I started reading this a few years ago and then I stopped for some reason.  I recently picked it back up.  Its the story of a skateboard obsessed teen with a young mother is messes up and ends up a teen parent himself.  In usual Hornby fashion the narrator has an obsession that shapes the narrative and pushes it forward.  16 year old Sam’s obsession with Tony Hawk provides a framework inside which Sam’s life comes together and then spins out of control.  Tony Hawk’s memoir apparently has advice for every occasion in it, if Sam is to be believed.
This is an interesting exploration of teen pregnancy that had many likable characters.  It was also a pretty quick read.  It’s not Hornby’s best work but it was still pretty interesting.

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