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Nick Hornby – Slam

Reading Log

chapter 1

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The maincharacter, 15-year-old Sam, is introduced. He likes skating (his idol is Tony Hawk), his parents don’t live together anymore and he’s in love with a girl named Alicia.   

personal thoughts

• Sam really adores    Tony Hawk

• Sam is a little bit weird (he talks with a poster of Tony Hawk)

new words

• pathetic:

weak, not successful

• to own up to sth.: to admit, to confess

• to duct tape sb.:

to tie sb up with strong adhesive tape

• to screw sth. up:

to make a mistake


chapter  2    

summary

Sam talks about his friends and family and how he got to know Alicia at the birthday party of her mum. They slept together the second day they knew each other. 

personal thoughts

• Rabbit is really weird and unintelligent (wants to go out with Sam’s mum)

• Sam feels cool, anyhow he’s unconfident in some situations      

new words

• thick: stupid

• dunno: don’t know

• to twig: to understand

• to dump sb.: to suddenly end a relationship

• to sulk: to show anger by being silent

• bloke: man

• bollocks: nonsense


3         

Sam reports about his relationship with Alicia and about the night Alicia probably conceived. (“sth. half-happened”) Sam’s Mum thinks that they see each other too often and wants to go in for sth. with her son.

           

• Sam’s really crazy about Alicia

• Sam’s mum is scared of losing her “little, cute son”

• What’s it like having a mother who is only 16 years older than oneself?           

•to cuss out: to attack with words, to offend

• thug: a violent or criminal person

• dole: money that the government gives to people who are unemployed


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• Is it a dream?

• Why do they call their son Roof? It’s weird.

• Sam is really scared stiff of that Alicia’s pregnant and of becoming a father.    

• to be abducted: to be kodnapped

• puffy: swollen

• to project: to throw sth. forward with force

• sucker: person who is easily tricked

• pram: a vehicle for moving a baby around

• jumper: pullover

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7         

Sam bunks from his home and drives to Hastings. He throws his mobile into the sea and goes to a bed and breakfast. He snatchs a job with Mr. Brady, an old, rude guest of the B&B (helping him up and down the steps), so he’s able to pay for the room.

           

• Sam runs away from his problems and fears à It’s not a good solucion.

• Sam overacts à He doesn’t even know exactly if Alicia’s really pre.....

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• Sam starts to get crazy, he freaks out.

• Sam’s a coward, he behaves childish, he should finally work up the courage to talk with Alicia, he should take responsibility!           

• nought: zero

• to distract: to make sb stop paying attention to sth

• patch: local area within which sb works

scarred: having a mark on a part of your body as a result of an injury


9                     

• Sam is scared of the reaction of his parents.

• “… while the baby’s in here, it’s my body. When it comes out, it’s our baby” (p.126, l.10/11)

à In my opinion, this is the false attidute, especially because of the “we-thing”

• “All the ways you could hurt me” (p.144, l. 4/5)

à unfair and hurtful for Sam, the mother should support him and not think so egoistic!         

• bug: illness that is usually not serious

• to puke: to vomit

• not giving a monkey’s: not being worried by sth.

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• Has it really been a  dream*? (à Chapter 6)

           

• to coast: to move forward in a vehicle without using  the engine, down a hill

• NCT: National Childbirth Trust (provides information and support for pregnancy, birth and post-natal care)

• anxiety: nervousness, fear

• to swipe: to steal

• bothered: worried


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11

12      

Sam and Alicia plan to live together at Alicia’s parents house when the baby’s born; Sam’s mother isn’t enthusiastic about this idea. Sam skates again after a long time and talks also to TH.

           

• Sam misses his old life

• What do the pupils and teachers in school think about the pregnancy?

• Is it correct that Sam will move in with Alicia and her parents?     

• bald: without hair on the head

• can’t get your head around sth: you cannot understand sth.

• high and mighty: behaving as if you are m.....

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• Sam’s mum will be a 32- year-old grandmother; on top of that her own child will be younger than her grandchild! That’s weird.  

• to make sth up: to invent

• point: purpose

• limb: arm or leg

• to pack sth in: to give sth up, to stop doing sth

• to cotton on: to understand


14      

This chapter is about the birth in hospital. Except Alicia and Sam, Andrea’s on hand, too. Sam’s Mum arrives an hour after the birth. Alicia calls the baby Rufus, because someone called Rufus was singing when he was born (CD-Player). After a long toing and froing between their mothers, Alicia decides to call him Rufus Jones.

           

• Alicia’s mum fancys herself.

• It’s nice of Alicia that she doesn’t insist on her family name.

• Now everything changes any more.   

• to pelt: to run fast

• to chug: to drink very fast

• Gents: public toilet for men

• cr.....

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• The row was necessary to let off steam.

• I think deep inside Sam is glad to be Rufus’ father.

• As a result of being parents now, Alicia and Sam acquire maturity and adulthood quicker.

• Everything isn’t so bad, however hard it may be.

• The daily routine starts.

           

• row: argument, dispute

• to stick with sb: to stand up for sb.

• to drag sb. down: to get sb down

• to take the piss: to mess around

• For God’s sake!: Herrgott nochmal!

• to get sb. off the hook: to help sb. out of a fix

• wanker: an unpleasant person

• to thump: to hit with your fist

• neat: simple and clever

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ew words


17      

Sam begins talking with TH again. His dad comes round to see Rufus for the first time, and they go to a restaurant, where they talk about the past and where his father advises Sam not to commit too much to Alicia. The next days Sam and Alicia argufy. When Sam catchs a cold, he goes back home for a few days.

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