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3.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 5 3.17 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nick Hornby Narrator: Nicholas Hoult Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781429586351
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Just when everything is coming together for Sam, his girlfriend, Alicia, drops a bombshell. Make that ex-girlfriend, because by the time she tells him she’s pregnant, they’ve already called it quits. Sam does not want to be a teenage dad.

There’s only one person Sam can turn to: his hero, skating legend Tony Hawk. Sam believes the answers to life’s hurdles can be found in Hawk’s autobiography. But even Tony Hawk isn’t offering answers this time—or is he?

In this wonderfully witty, poignant story about a teenage boy unexpectedly thrust into fatherhood, it’s up to Sam to make the right decisions so the bad things that could happen, well, don’t.                                          

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keyuri | 2/19/2014

    " This book was very good, even though you knew about many things that were going to take place. It took place in Europe. The main character in this book was given the average teen boy personality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caila723 | 2/17/2014

    " This book was different from what i normally read. The story was being told by a guy instead of the usualy girl telling her story. It was a new thing to read from a guys point of veiw and i enjoyed it alot. i felt as though there was some suspention, and i was caught by suprise at some points in the story. sam and alicia, are the main characters. they met at a party that sams mom forced him to go to and they became a couple. when it came to the point when they were breaking up they found out they had a problem that was going to take alot of work to figure out. i enjoyed hearing what he felt and thought since the story was coming from sam. i would recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taylor Ansley | 2/10/2014

    " High Fidelity remains one of my favorite books of all time, and I generally love Nick Hornby's stories (even though his novel before this one, A Long Way Down, was a bit of a disappointment). I resisted this one for a long time because it came out under the banner of "Nick Hornby does Young Adult Lit" and, well, I wasn't interested in that. Turns out this is more or less what you would expect from a Hornby novel, only the narrator/main character is a 16 year old skateboarder instead of a 35 year old record shop owner or mid-life-crisis-suffering heir to a fortune. This was a quick, enjoyable read but not quite up to the same high standards I have based on How to Be Good, About a Boy, and High Fidelity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeffrey Sorg | 1/27/2014

    " Latest book from one of my favorite authors. All of Hornby's usual humor and wit but without much of a story arc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed Ingman | 1/16/2014

    " Good book that I had to let grow on me while reading it. I found Hornby's writing to be kind of annoying at the beginning and couldn't find the protagonist. It was until the end that I felt like I understood Sam better. At any rate, good book, not great, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cam Thibault | 1/11/2014

    " I thought this was a very good book. The plot was excellent and was easy to follow. All the characters were genuine and I would definitely recommend it to someone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rae | 12/27/2013

    " Cute, but not very weighty. Yet not quite light enough to be a good cheesy beach page turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Jo | 11/2/2013

    " I was expecting more I think... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taylor | 11/1/2013

    " Not Hornby's best...but an easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randal | 10/31/2013

    " everything i know about skateboarding i learned here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 6/25/2012

    " Good teen novel! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chenoa | 5/30/2012

    " This was funny and gave me a great panicky feeling. Hornby is good at leaving his stories open-ended like life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roberta MacDonald | 3/8/2012

    " An interesting look at the male side of teenage pregnancy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marko | 2/24/2012

    " It was OK. Not my favorite Hornsby book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andree | 9/2/2011

    " I picked this up as I enjoyed High Fidelity (preferred the book to the film) and About A Boy but couldn't finish it. I usually like a tale about relationships and difficult decisions but the characters failed to engage my attention or sympathy despite the "time travel". "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Don | 7/28/2011

    " Didn't realize this was a YA novel when I started it. I generally like Nick Hornby but this just had nothing to offer me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawna Sparrow | 7/19/2011

    " I love this book. Funny, insightful with moments of tender beauty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/7/2011

    " Definitely more Young Adult Lit than an adult novel. But it has something for adults too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 5/21/2011

    " I picked this up for cheap when I was bored of reading books about girls. Sam (a boy) is just an average fellow, and even though I appreciated how honest his voice was, I kind of found my self annoyed and bored by him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 5/20/2011

    " Quick, easy read on a day you stay home from work. Reminds you of when you were a teenager and makes you remember how you felt certain crazy ways at times. Overall, good story. I liked that is was more of an "English" book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 5/17/2011

    " I read this whole book on an airplane in one day, very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 InfoShaman | 5/13/2011

    " A young adult novel about a youthful skateboarder and his attempts to understand the world around him, usually by "communicating" with a poster of his skating hero, Tony Hawk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 5/9/2011

    " Teenage pregnancy leads skater to examine his life and relationships. Nothing deep here just a quick ramble of a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared | 5/1/2011

    " Honest and humorous look at teen pregnancy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edy | 4/30/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It's a fun easy read, which is exactly what I was in the mood for last Monday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 4/30/2011

    " Sort of a depressing story, but typical witty writing by Hornby, in that quick style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 4/30/2011

    " Nick Hornby is one of my favorite authors for adults. I really enjoyed this book and think its a great book for teen guys. There's also some magical realism in the book with the main character jumping around to different periods of his life and different versions of his future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 4/15/2011

    " Awful, awful, awful. Subject matter-- casual teenage sex. Writing was good, discussion on sex and teen pregnancy was not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sebastiano | 4/6/2011

    " Slam was an 'okay' read but did not inspire me like other Hornby books. Nevertheless, the problems that arise between the main characters are a serious matter in many families today and it's important to address these even in fiction books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 4/3/2011

    " barely 3 stars. I enjoyed the style of writing and glimpses into the future. "

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About the Author
Author Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby is the author of the internationally bestselling novels High Fidelity, About a Boy, A Long Way Down, Slam, Juliet, Naked, and Funny Girl, as well as several works of nonfiction. He lives in London.