Common Sense Media says

An honest look at teen pregnancy from boy's point of view.

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Adult Written bykreese April 9, 2008

Thought Provoking....

Obviously this book deals with teen sex and the issues that pertain to it, but overall, it was a great book. Nick Hornby shows readers the physcological, social, and economical effects of teen pregnancy in a new way; throught the eyes of the father.
Adult Written byg.rempel17 March 17, 2010
love it, i have not even finished it and i love it, im doing this book for a senior project. and we had to use a british author. this is the only book i thought that would be a little interesting. but its more then that. its amazing.
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Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written bymoviemadness April 9, 2008

Great Book

Totally awesome book deals well with the subject of teen pregnancy. It doesn't gloss over the important social, familial, and psychological issues that go along with it. The characters are believable and lovable. Great for 15+!
Adult Written byAlveera M. November 17, 2016

Mature but a good book for tweens and up

This is a mature book. So parents may have varied ideas on this book being right for kids. I think the age I have listed is this youngest age a child should read this book. If you think your child shouldn't read this book, it should be because you are uncomfortable with them hearing bad/curse words or because you don't want to introduce them to the teen pregnancy theme of this story. A mature child should be able to read this story.
What other families should know
Educational value
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byJTDB May 25, 2013

Good book tries to cater for everyone but just doesn't quite do it for me.

This is a pretty good book but when I picked it up I didn't realise that the repetitive skater talk and metaphors were such a huge part of the book. 'Slam' has done the impossible. It is mature and extremely immature at the same time. Nick Hornby is dealing with sensitive mature themes such as sex and pregnancy and relationships but then he detracts from that great storyline by relating everything to skating. Being a girl, maybe I'm just too feminine to read this but I can't imagine any males wanting to read a book about the intricacies and delicate workings of a stressed relationship but nor can i envision many other females reading further than the first chapter which talks solely about how much the main character , Sam, idolizes Tony Hawk and talks to TH's (as he is referred to in the book) poster which talks back to Sam, dishing out advice in the form of quotes from TH's autobiography. This book is not really suitable for anyone under 13ish because of the sexual themes. Whereas almost no one older than that would be interested due to the immature characters and 'skater talk'. It is almost as if the author has mashed two books together; a tested teen romance and a book about a boy consumed with skateboarding. These two things just dont seem to mix well. I personally enjoyed the romance and pregnancy side of things and was put off by all the skate talk but other people may be the opposite. The one saving grace for the book was certain actions taken by Sam to help Alicia. He sets a good example for anyone in a similiar situation.
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Great messages