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Slam By Nick Hornby

“Slam” by Nick Hornby is a novel about a teenage pregnancy written from the perspective of a 16 year old skateboarder named Sam. Sam himself was a product of a teenage pregnancy; his mother had him when she was 16. The story centers on Sam’s teenage relationship with Alicia, a young girl from an elitist family. The two meet at a party thrown by a friend of Sam’s mother and they begin dating. Sam and Alicia have sex a few times and once without a condom, however; the two eventually split up.

One night Sam has a dream that Alicia is pregnant and he sees what his life would be like with a child. His dream has him unable to take care of his son, struggling to get an education, and unhappy. The next morning he becomes increasingly fearful when she calls him requesting the two meet and talk in person. He knows that there can only be one reason why she wants to see him. Thinking the dream was a premonition he runs away, throws his cell phone in the sea, and he tries to find odd jobs. After some time working for an elderly gentleman he reluctantly decides to go home.

When he returns home he finds his mother has called the police and his fears are confirmed; Alicia is pregnant. The two try to make things work and his life seems to end up like his dream. However, after some time they realize that they are not right for one another and split up.

The resolution is set presumably a few years later. Sam has a new girlfriend and they are seen meeting Alicia and her new boyfriend, eluding that they still have a friendly relationship and share custody of their son.

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