Sam Jones, 16 - the age of his mother when he was born. Skateboarding is his passion - champion Tony Hawk his guru, autobiography his much thumbed Bible. A poster of Hawk dominates the bedroom wall, consulted whenever in need of advice.
Second passion? New girlfriend Alicia.
Quite an enjoyable life really.
"WARNING! YOU MUST HAVE AN IQ OF A BILLION TO PUT THIS ON PROPERLY!"
Too late Sam learns the limitations of condoms - all at once to be plunged into a world of care and ever-increasing responsibilities.
Here is humour with gritted teeth, the study of an adolescent mind when "disaster" strikes. What to do now? Cut and run? (That brief interlude in Hastings amuses but does not convince.) Insist on an abortion? Be there to support? Tony Hawk can hardly help with this one. Suddenly all becomes mysterious: Sam "whizzed" into a vivid future where he makes every mistake in the book. Forewarned is forearmed. When that future arrives for real, Sam is far better able to cope with it.
An angst-filled read, which I rather enjoyed. It is not just about Sam, of course, but the people around him - Alicia especially. The end may disappoint some, but others may find it rings true and proves heartening.
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