Paperback - 2012
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A timely book about bullies, their victims, and a high school football team where winning is the only thing that matters

This intense sports novel will strike a chord with those who followed the tragic football stories that broke in 2011. In this heart-pounding debut, Joshua C. Cohen conveys the pressures and politics of being a high school athlete in a way that is both insightful and compelling. At Oregrove High, there's an extraordinary price for victory, paid both on and off the football field, and it claims its victims without mercy. When the unthinkable happens, an unlikely friendship is at the heart of an increasingly violent, steroid-infused power struggle. This is a book that will stay with readers long after they turn the last page.
Publisher: New York : Speak, 2012
ISBN: 9780142420867


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High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied by members of the football team, until a new student joins the football team, forming an unlikely friendship with Danny.

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Mar 22, 2014

it may not have been a a jaw-dropping book, but some scenes would make on the edge of seat. I recommend this book, i enjoyed it :)

May 24, 2013

I just have to say, that Joshua Cohen has an amazing writing style. He makes you connect with the two main characters, Danny and Kurt, immediately. You see their faults, see what makes them kink in the first two chapters, and want them to come out on top. This author speaks with eloquence that describes his scenes so visually, so beautifully that captivates you. His words make you feel like you are there.

And after the first three chapters, it goes downhill from there. This is high school, so the author felt he had to involve cussing. You don't see it until the fourth chapter, but after that it explodes.
Yet, that's not my only problem. Many of the bullying scenes provide horribly crude details of how three football players sexually harassed a boy.
When I discovered what it was about, I immediately threw it down.

I do not recommend this to anyone under the age of 18.

Aug 10, 2012

This feels like a very important book to me. Yes it's about high school and sports and the football team, but it's also about abuse, and, as the description says, bullying. This is serious systematic intense bullying and something that needs talking about, especially considering the recent media attention on Jerry Sandusky. On the positive side, the friendship between the main character, Danny, and Kurt is beautiful in its own way. I like the depiction of male friendship. I also like the motto that you get in the end--to stand up for what is right, even if you are scared to do it.

Aug 26, 2011

awesome book, involves football and a little mysteryish


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May 24, 2013

Sexual Content: Horrible sexual content, which I categorized in the Intense Scenes section below.

May 24, 2013

Coarse Language: A lot of cussing. It starts after the fourth chapter and gets very crude.

May 24, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There are some very intense scenes that a kid, Ronnie, gets bullied in.


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May 24, 2013

mommy4b thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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