If It Doesn't Kill Youby Margaret Bechard
If Ben could say his dad was having a mid-life crisis, that would be one thing. But how can he tell people his football hero father left him and his mom for "some guy named Keith"? There's no way he can let anyone know his father is gay. Freshman Ben has a good chance of making the varsity team next year, he's well liked by the varsity players, and-as people keep reminding him-he's part of a football legacy at the same high school where his dad was a star quarterback. In this look at the emotional life of a suburban jock, Bechard gives readers a likable protagonist with a lot going on under the surface. Ben struggles to balance his own conflicted feelings about his dad with the messages he gets from the testosterone-infused world of male high school athletes, adding a palpable tension to his first-person narrative. Ben is a tightly wound character whose authentic adolescent voice rings true. It's his friendship with the hip and intriguing Chynna, a self-named girl who starts wild rumors about herself, that begins to loosen him up and by the end frees him to begin accepting his father. Realistic descriptions of the stratified society of high school, of a varsity football party, and of a trip downtown to escort Chynna to a belly-button piercing establish a definite setting and will place many readers in familiar territory. In her first venture into YA literature, Bechard (Really No Big Deal; My Sister, My Science Report) does a fine job illuminating the day-to-day struggles that make us all stronger.
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.76(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 - 17 Years
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In middle school, everyone made a big deal about high school but Ben Gearhart thought it was nothing. Lots of people know who he is because he is sort of good at football. Ben was sad that his Dad moved away into a house with a guy named Keith. So his Dad couldn't support him at his football games.
This was a really good book, and one of my favorites. I cant beleive im the first one writing a review about it, cuz i thought it was more popular! O well! It was a great book and very well written. I also like it cuz the narrator is a guy, and its nice to see life from a guys point of view.