Picks and Pans Review: Slam

updated 11/05/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/05/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Nick Hornby |

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Hornby, whose youthful obsessions with sports and music launched his writing career, now trains his talents on an actual teen: Sam Jones, who fears impending paternity when he gets an urgent text message from Alicia, the beautiful-but-brainless girl he lost his virginity to just before he turned 16. Terrified, Sam poses soulful questions about his predicament to a poster of his idol, skateboarder Tony Hawk. This Young Adult novel is vintage Hornby: a witty trek inside the emotional life of the modern male.

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