Disclaimer: I received this book from KidLitExchange and the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Genre: YA Contemporary
Recommended Age: 13+ (football!)
Synopsis: Jeremy Savage, an 8th grade quarterback phenom, has just been given the offer of a lifetime from Coach Robert Fletcher, a local icon-to come and play football for him at St. Michael’s Preparatory, the best football program in the state. As Jeremy struggles with this choice, the decision becomes increasingly difficult for him as situations arise in which the deep bonds he has with his friends become stronger and stronger. While Jeremy continues to work through his thoughts, it becomes apparent that there are other forces at play which have a vested interest in his decision. Will he ultimately elect to attend St. Michael’s? Or, will he stay with his friends at Centerville High and attempt to become a local legend?
You know what we need more of in the literature world? Books where the football player isn’t the bad guy. It’s a tired cliché. My cousin actually played football for a semester (he’s a quitter so staying that long was an accomplishment in itself), so I know not all jocks are horrible. Jeremy is a good example of this! He’s a very well developed character and his plight is intriguing and heartbreaking. The plot and the pacing was also very well done and I felt the author did amazing with making this feel real.
The only issue I had was the length was too short for my likes and I felt that the author could have done more in the end.
Verdict: If you want a book about football for your football season THIS IS YOUR BOOK!