Slam. First of all, I seriously don't often enjoy books set in England. Not a fan. Second, I have heard of Tony Hawk, but really don't about him at all and he doesn't have a big role in the book, but if one knows Tony Hawk, it would make this book more of a no-brainer to read. But I really, really liked Slam! A lot! And I would recommend it for sure! Nick Hornby is a popular writer for adults. This was his first YA book. He has written books that have been made into really popular movies like About a Boy and High Fidelity. There aren't too many books written from the POV of a teen father and this one is so good. It's not the amazing First Part Last, but really, what is? But it is really, really, really good!
Here is something else I need to add! This book is set in Islington, which is in London, and Islington was also mentioned in Becoming (Mrs. Obama visited there!)!
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.