- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 695 KB
- Print Length: 222 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1523629088
- Publisher: S.M. Donaldson (2 Feb. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AH4YCV6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #297,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
A nice smooth read, not only for the younger audience (15+) who will be able to relate to the highschool drama, but also to those a little older who may relate to the parents POV.
All in all, a good book.
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Joelle has done everything she can to be different from her family. Her father was the last high school golden boy and he was supposed to lead the football team to state championship. Instead he got hurt and ended up getting his girlfriend pregnant. They got married and have three children now and he's known as the town drunk. Her older brother is a football player but he's only considered mediocre. Her younger sister is a cheerleader and all about being popular. Jo prefers playing drums in the band, being smart, and not ending up like her parents. She hides behind baggy clothes. Her parents and the rest of her family treat her pretty bad. They don't think she's as important because she doesn't play football or is a cheerleader. She's so much more than how she appears. She knows how her family and most of the people think of her.
Collin loves football but he's pretty tired of everyone expecting him to do so much. Also, his father is the mayor and they have to keep up appearances. All the girls fall all over him because he's gorgeous and a football player. He hooks up with girls to get some release but doesn't want a relationship. Jo starts to tutor him and he sees how wonderful she is and that there is someone that doesn't expect or want something of him. He can just be real and truly be him without expectations.
Definitely worth reading.
1). The characters were realistic. They talked like high schoolers, faced the same pressures as high schoolers, and had the same experiences as high schoolers. Whether it was dealing with a bully, worrying about grades, living up to others' expectations, or trying to navigate the minefield that is dating, the characters were believable and tangible. It was easy to like them and follow their stories.
2). I like how the author made her characters face real world problems. My best friend is a high school guidance and counselor, and unfortunately she sees students who face the same issues as Collin, James, Joelle, Janae and Clementine daily. I appreciate that she highlighted alcoholism, domestic violence and rape. They are ugly topics, but this world can be an ugly place. I felt like she tackled these issues respectfully.
3). This story flows smoothly. It is well written and grammatically correct for the most part. Because the characters were tangible and likable, and the author choose appropriate subject matter, it was easy to get into the book. I read it in one sitting and mechanically, this book was spot on.
4). This book showed men respecting women. When they didn't respect women, there were consequences.
1). Some situations did not sit right with me. If a child in my school district was placed on any sort of academic probation, their parents would know. How the coach could mandate tutoring without a parent knowing kind of boggles my mind. I also did not like how the coach acted at times. Professionally, most teacher's or authority figures wouldn't ask one student if another student beat some one up as badly as they heard. They might gossip among themselves in the staff room, but they generally wouldn't approach a student after a situation had been handled by the police.
All in all, I loved this book. In fact, I wish it was longer. I can't believe I am saying this (most everyone knows that I hate serial books), but I would like to learn more about the kids as they age out. Will James get out of the hardware business and chase his dreams? Will Collin and Joelle last? What is going on with Clementine and her on again off again beau? Will Janae grow up; and what hard life lessons are in store for her? Willl Joelle and Collin go on to college; if so what will their experiences be like? How are Collin and Brock going to adjust to the major change in their family? How about Jinks and Grant? Both seemed like guys with good attitudes and there was the whole Raven situation near the end of the book.... Will they get their chance at happiness? I could see another book that focuses on an older Joelle and Collin, but I could also see a stand alone for James, Janae and Clementine. The bottom line is I want more, and I hope there is more to come!
While I do believe there is some creative license when writing about sports, music, etc. I do think the characters' voices should be accurate with the terminology. The football references were good enough, but the music ones fell short and were inaccurate. Never in my life have I wailed on a drum nor is a rack another name for quints/tenor drums. Pretty disappointed especially after the author had a big speech in the front about being in a marching band.
The main character's inner dialogue matches up well with their age and personality. The author nailed it.
This was a book that kept me just interested enough to finish, but it isn't one that I will read the other books. I liked at the blurb for the next book to see if if could change my mind and I don't think I can get through a basketball book if the ins and outs aren't accurate
I really enjoyed it and recommend it.