Customer Reviews for

Leverage

Average Rating 4
( 14 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(7)

4 Star

(4)

3 Star

(2)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Good sports story

Joshua C. Cohen pairs two unlikely protagonists in his powerful, new novel LEVERAGE. He takes aim at bullying without softening the edges of this very real problem plaguing schools across the country.

Kurt is adjusting to yet another foster care situation. In the s...
Joshua C. Cohen pairs two unlikely protagonists in his powerful, new novel LEVERAGE. He takes aim at bullying without softening the edges of this very real problem plaguing schools across the country.

Kurt is adjusting to yet another foster care situation. In the system for years, he has suffered some of its worst nightmares. He's a huge kid with an attention grabbing scar on half his face, and if that's not enough to attract the bullies, he stutters. Fortunately, his size and strength have earned him the attention of the football coach and maybe a way to attract some positive attention for the first time in his young life.

Danny spends much of his time alone because his mother is dead and his father is a busy doctor. His physical strength comes as a surprise and isn't noticed by most until he demonstrates it doing amazing tricks on the high bar as a gymnast. As powerful as he is on the bar, he is almost helpless when it comes to dodging his tormentors in the high school hallways and locker rooms. His best defense is to avoid the bullies whenever possible.

As a result of their unlikely friendship, Danny and K¿urt are in the wrong place at the wrong time and witness a brutal attack on one of Danny's teammates. The bullies involved are confident that their power and popularity allow them the freedom to mistreat anyone without suffering the consequences. Like most bullies, much of their power comes from the fear their victims have of seeking help.

LEVERAGE portrays the efforts of two teens to overcome their fears to find justice for a friend. This is not an easy book to read, and I found myself needing to put it aside to digest some of the most disturbing scenes. What brought me back each time was knowing that as disturbing as these moments seem, I know they reflect the truth of events suffered by real victims every day. LEVERAGE will encourage readers to never fall into the role of passive bystander if they should witness the acts of bullies.

posted by Readingjunky on February 1, 2012

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review

Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Sad

This book shows the devistating results of school pranks taken to far and in insightful look at abuse and the results.......

posted by 13055581 on July 3, 2012

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 review with 3 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Sad

    This book shows the devistating results of school pranks taken to far and in insightful look at abuse and the results.......

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

               Leverage is not your average sport book. It goes deep

               Leverage is not your average sport book. It goes deep and shows ugly truth about high school and the story of a bullying taking to the next level. Its about two main characters that are opossite from one another. Kurt Brodsky, tall, big and strong but has a speech impedement that makes him stutter. Danny small,fragile and looks weak compared to Kurt, but he is a prodigy gymnast, that has potential to go to state.  In this book they needed together, to work together.They needed each others back.
               The author splits the book into two first-person perspectives, In the eyes of Kurt and Danny. Now this is interesting because it lets you have a feel of what the different opinions of the two about a situation. It really helps you to know them better, and helps you understand of what they feel to each other and see their connection. If you don’t understand a certain situation in a certain scene,  you might have a chance of understanding it better in a different perspective, but I doubt that someone will get confused in this book because it is pretty much straight forward.
            It also shares a great number of flashbacks, by understanding someone it helps you understand them better.  The author  made a great way to make you attached to the characters. It makes you wanna know more about them, be sympatethic when something happens, feel what they feel, and be happy when they are happy. This really makes you  turn the page everytime.
              If you ask me about the level suspensions and plot development ,  I guess theres not much things to say because  like I said earlier, the book is straight foward. There is not much twist in this book.  Pretty understandable. 
           This book is not for all the audiences, some mature content and a lot of cursing and vulgar words. Some stuff that are not approriate for children that are under  at least 13 years old. I think the author did way overboard about the cursing though, and pretty stereotypical about the football players in this book. 
         I suggest this book for the people who wants to kill some time and wants a good story. It is not a high vocabulary book and its pretty much focused on teens. This book has a good theme about overcoming fear, justice, and loyalty. I  give this book a rating of 3.8/5. Because it feels like the author is just being stereotypical about football  players and dumbed down the book to focus on teens.
    .

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 review with 3 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1