Sam is a likeable character who loves skateboarding and Tony Hawk ( a famous skateboarder) who hangs in his room on a poster. Sam worships him so much that he actually talks to the poster. But no, he's not mentally unstable. His life is going great until his ex-girlfriend Alicia tells him that she's pregnant and keeping the baby. Sam's own mother was 16 when she had him so it sort of runs in his family.
I finished this story in one day. The setting is England and is Hornby's first novel for young adults. I found the novel appealing and the English setting didn't detract from the story. While I would recommend to teens, I didn't think it was award worthy. I give it a Nay.