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Box Out

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  • Posted May 22, 2009

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    Liam Bergstrom is one lucky sophomore. The varsity coach is bringing him up from JV to rebound for the varsity. Another player's bad luck (an injury) has become good luck for Liam.

    When he starts practicing with the varsity, he gives it everything he has. He wants to make his mark on the team because of his ability, not just because of his height. The coach seems impressed, and Liam spends a fair amount of time off the bench and right in the middle of the action.

    Unfortunately, there is one thing about the varsity team that kind of surprises Liam, and to be honest, disappoints him.

    Before each game and at half-time, the team is required to pray. Coach asks a player to lead the team in prayer, and even though Liam is a practicing Catholic who believes in God and prayer, he feels uncomfortable. In addition to the game prayers, Liam discovers that the team members are expected to attend the HAF (Horizon Athletic Fellowship) meetings as well.

    When Liam begins to question the legality of praying at school, several of the players tell him it's just the cost of being part of the team. Liam doesn't like the fact that not everyone on the team may follow Christian beliefs, and he feels hypocritical when he just pretends to participate. When he finally decides to ask the coach about the situation, he gets an answer he later learns was a lie. Having his coach lie to him and then expect him to do something as personal as pray, makes Liam take the issue to the next level.

    Bringing the question of separation of church and state to the attention of people beyond the team stirs up things with his teammates and even the school principal. Liam finds out that asking questions and then standing up for what you believe in is not always the easiest road to take. Liam learns that sacrifices are hard and often costly.

    BOX OUT is an excellent book. It provides plenty of play-by-play basketball action, plenty of teenage anxiety involving school, parents, and romantic issues, as well as plenty of possible discussion topics for teens and adults. It is well worth reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    Seriously

    Having a girl break up witj u named Mackenzie always happens

    Expirience

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Ok

    This book was good but it wasnt my favorite. I dont like that it has just the guys point of veiw. I think the girls voices and minds should be in the book too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Sounds really good

    Sounds really good

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    I think the theme of this book is to inspire and encourage people to do the right things in life instead of just letting things go by like it¿s nothing like when he asks the coach about the praying in the locker room on the varsity basketball team before games. The coach told him that it¿s okay to pray before games and to just not worry about it but he still called this laws place and they said it¿s not allowed so he asked her to send a note to the office. I think the author¿s purpose to write this book was to tell people to not stop believing. Kind of like the song don¿t stop believing. this sparked my curiosity in the way of if I¿m doing everything I can do to be a better person and student in school because he is the theme or theme of my book was, to not ever give up on something, and stand up for what really dedicated to everything in this book. I think this author was trying to teach dedication and hard work. I learned that everything in life should be taken serious and that if you think something to stay with it and not just give up right when something goes wrong. I would recommend the reading of this book because it is not boring and is very good for anyone who wants to go somewhere in life because you get to read about a person who worked hard to play on varsity. If he doesn¿t work as hard as he did he probably wouldn¿t have played on varsity? He always had to play under nelson and nelson was one of the best rebounders. That¿s why I would recommend the reading of this book.

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