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Good sports story
Kurt is adjusting to yet another foster care situation. In the s...
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.
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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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.