20 May 2010

Slam

Slam
Slam


First of all - yes, this book is considered a "YA" book. And yes, teenagers (aka Young Adults) might, maybe, use a few words that parents would consider inappropriate at times. I'm an adult, but even when I was younger, nothing in this book would have shocked either me or my mother. It was all written in the proper context. So, beyond the occasional "bad word" there's really nothing shocking here. Even though this is a book about teenage sex, pregnancy, etc. there's really nothing graphic. The narrator / main character, Sam, is actually a bit shy in telling us the more personal aspects of his story.

Sam's story is actually fairly simple. He's the son of a single mother and he's oh so sure that he won't make the same mistakes his parents made. Then he meets Alicia and realizes that good intentions are nice and all, so long as you can figure out how to live up to them because all it takes is one little mistake to throw off all of your plans. He does, at least, have Tony Hawk guiding him along the way, sort of.

It's a good book. I'd probably give it 3.5 stars. I can't quite put my finger on what I'd need to bump it up to 4. I think maybe it's just the fact that Sam was relatively smart, his own man even as a child, unique -- and yet so repetitive and predictable.

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