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Slam - Nick Hornby Alright. So this one's about a teen kid who gets his teen girlfriend pregnant.

Spoiler alert: they decide to keep the baby. The main character was one moody, immature little bastard though. I was worried about the cliches in the protagonist's narrative for a while, but as I got into the book, his character began to form and I took them as a part of his personality.

The thing I loved about this book was that Sam acted in the way I expect most teenagers would. He didn't go all high and mighty and have an epiphany where he suddenly gets smarter and more mature, like lots of stories in this genre seem to favor.

No, he did all the stupid things. He stumbled over words, got into trouble for misspeaking, and said "I dunno" a lot. Sam was the most realistic character I've seen in a long time. In the end you have a real sense of his age and mindset compared to the others around him. Hornby messes with the timeline a bit, which I liked because it made the plot more interesting. I'm not sure if the book would have held my attention without those aspects. Oh, and it was published in 2007, so there's a reference to myspace in it, haha. myspace.