Sam vive a North London; sedici anni, gli ormoni impazziti e una passione grande, come tutti i suoi coetanei: lo skateboard. E l'Eroe, il suo Eroe, è Tony Hawk, il più grande skater del mondo. Lui lo adora, ha il suo poster in camera, gli parla, si confronta con lui. E a chi se non al proprio eroe si possono raccontare le paure, le ansie, i problemi? Forse a una mamma come quella di Sam, giovane, carina, comprensiva, che ha conquistato anche gli amici del figlio. Del resto lei è una mamma davvero particolare e molto vicina al figlio, visto che lo ha avuto a sedici anni. E proprio a quella stessa età Sam conosce Alicia, con la quale è amore a prima vista, passione totalizzante e simbiotica come può esserlo solo a quell'età. Ma poi purtroppo, proprio quando - come succede solo a quell'età - il rapporto si sta ormai sfilacciando, Alicia scopre di essere incinta. Terrorizzato dal dover annunciare ai rispettivi genitori la drammatica verità e distrutto dalla visione terribile di un futuro fatto di pannolini e incomprensioni matrimoniali - prospettatagli dal suo idolo che tra le altre mille qualità ha anche quella di farlo "viaggiare" nel futuro - , Sam sceglie la fuga ad Hastings. Ma la sua fuga avrà breve durata.
- ISBN: 8860881781
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 285
- Data di uscita: 05-11-2009
(B+) 76% | Good Notes: Its skateboarding theme adds nothing but a lazy veneer of youth culture and the facilitation of ineffectual gimmicks.
From the writer most noted for writing books about men that haven't really grown up, comes a book about a boy that has to grow up! 16 year old Sam, skateboarder and son of a lone mother, is without a care in the world, when he has his world turned upside down and adulthood forced upon him. With some Leggi tutto
Re: Slam To: Nick Hornby From: Bonnie Lumley Sent: September 30, 2009 Hi Nick, Glad to hear you’re back to writing adult fiction now; I hate to say it, but I don’t think writing young-adult fiction is your strength. Slam was a worthwhile experiment; but you’ve done better, and maybe could have done bett Leggi tutto
Wow, this book was ATROCIOUS. It's like Nick Hornby sat down and thought of all the worst cliches about teen books and then decided he could write a teen novel. The main character is a teenage skater who's so obsessed with Tony Hawk that he dialogues with the Tony Hawk poster above his bed on a nigh Leggi tutto
So it just may be that Nick Hornby is overrated. He did spark quite an interest (and I'm counting myself in this category, while everyone else was probably in the post Bridget Jones and Pre Stephanie Meyer stage). "About a Boy", though the movie surpasses book in myriad ways, was incredibly original Leggi tutto
English author Nick Hornby has dutifully produced ‘vox populi’ fiction about contemporary men struggling to grow up, cope, and accept responsibility for the better part of fifteen years. Often these males are self-absorbed, id-driven, and change themselves for others. Readers respond with great enth Leggi tutto
I'm a big Nick Hornby fan but this was crap. Crapity crap crap crap - probably didn't help that i was pregnant when i read it - its main character is a teenage boy who gets his girlfriend pregnant and has a fit with his leg in the air then legs it. It uses a very annoying bollocks plot thing as well Leggi tutto
There was a character in this book called "Rubbish", which would have been an apt title for the whole mess.
I wasn’t particularly looking forward to reading Nick Hornby’s ‘Slam’, his first teenage novel. It was nineteen years since I was last a teenager and even then I think I was probably too old for the term to really stick. However this was a novel by Nick Hornby whose ‘High Fidelity’ is my favourite n Leggi tutto
I am an enthusiastic fan of Nick Hornby, having read most of his fiction and non-fiction books, with High Fidelity a clear favorite - both the book and the movie. He has demonstrated repeatedly that he is funny and smart and insightful. Which makes writing the review of Slam all the more difficult
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