It's generally a bad idea to set out to "sound like" a specific writer or consciously ape their style, that said I think everyone has a goal they're striving for and writers who inform their style. Given that my novel is a fictionalized memoir that prominently features sports- ideally, I'd be totally thrilled if it read something like Nick Hornby's "Fever Pitch", Will Leitch's "Are we winning?" and Richard Roeper's "Sox and the City". But I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention the works of Charles Bukowski in general or Sherman Alexie's "Absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian" as goals to strive for in writing semi-autobiographical fiction. I think the latter is brilliant in finding the common ground between universal aspects of the experience of being a teenage boy and his personal experience growing up in dire poverty as a Native American living on a reservation (and facing the prejudice of later attending an all-white school).
Hopefully, this post didn't come out too convoluted. If I could sum it up in a sentence- I'd ask what book would you ideally like your novel to be compared to?
2010: An October Story
2009: $11/hr (Only made it to 9,000 words)
2008: Suburban Trash (Won with over 50,000 words, but project abandoned)