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Posted September 20, 2013
Want to take a walk down memory lane, go back to those (almost) carefree high school days? Just a Game by Dustin Stevens does just that and will warm the hearts of those who still reminisce about the “glory days” when the biggest event in town or your world was high school sports, cheer leading and the feeling of belonging. If you lived in a small town, grew up where everybody knew your name and what position you played, where high school sports were important, you are going to identify with Just a Game even more. There is no major drama, no gory bits, no teen angst, just a group of kids who loved sports, each other and the lives they were living at the moment. Their futures were not carved in stone, and they realized an era was ending, but also that it didn’t have to be the biggest moments of their lives.
Dustin Stevens draws a beautiful picture of small town life, well-adjusted teens and a town that supported them. The main character, the star quarterback, is as All-American as it gets, as are all of the supporting characters. From the quirky old Killer Bs to the local church pastor who blessed the small town team, saying they were doing God’s work in their own way, the feeling of closeness and home is evident.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a relaxing read that sweeps you away to a world whose pace is actually relaxing, well except at the Pep Rallies or that final game! Who knows, maybe it should be recommended reading for all young athletes-with more impact than the phrase: There is no I in TEAM! These kids had fun while taking the game seriously!
I wish to thank the author for providing me a review copy in exchange for my honest review.