This story is about how the main character, Sam, has to deal with the consequences of his actions as he is dealt with the problems of a man while still a teenager - the increasingly familiar issue of teenage pregnancy. What is interesting in this book is how Sam's perception of living with the consequences of his actions contrast with an alternative version of what could happen and how Sam, in the absence of a father figure, turns for life advice to the unlikely guru-like figure of the skater Tony Hawk.
What I like about "Slam" is that it is equally driven by the plot and the lives of its characters, one is not dispensed with for the other unlike in so many other novels. This book has an interesting story, certainly this reader was intrigued what would ultimately happen to Sam, but it also has some very interesting characters from the central Sam, Alicia and Sam's mother to some of the peripheral characters - Sam's father, Rabbit, Alicia's parents and Rubbish. Not only is this a thought-provoking book it is also an easy read and compelling story with some amusing moments.
If you are already a Nick Hornby fan then I would certainly recommend this book to you as well as those who are looking into reading this author. I would also recommend this book to those who enjoy interesting stories about people's lives combined with humour and some unusual moments.