Over the End Line

Over the End Line

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by Alfred C. Martino
     
 

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Kyle Saint-Claire is everything Jonny Fehey wishes to be: a star on and off the soccer field, a brain, and one of Millburn High’s most popular students. Jonny unhappily accepts his lesser social status--but then he scores the go-ahead goal in the county soccer championship and everything changes. Jonny is invited to victory party with the in crowd, and… See more details below

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Kyle Saint-Claire is everything Jonny Fehey wishes to be: a star on and off the soccer field, a brain, and one of Millburn High’s most popular students. Jonny unhappily accepts his lesser social status--but then he scores the go-ahead goal in the county soccer championship and everything changes. Jonny is invited to victory party with the in crowd, and alcohol flows freely as toasts are raised in his honor. But in his moment of glory, a classmate is raped and Jonny's world begins to unravel. Through years of friendship, Kyle and Jonny have always stood up for each another, but suddenly their friendship is tested. All their training together, pain, and dedication become meaningless; Jonny’s preconceived notions are shattered; and someone is out for revenge.
Exciting sports action combines with an undercurrent of evil in a suspenseful tale of pride cometh before the fall--and an ending that Jonny never saw coming.

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"Jonny’s convincing narration reveals a sympathetic character with authentic teen issues he cannot control."--Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Jonathan Fehey is a high school senior who consistently makes the honor roll, has excelled in AP classes, and is a substitute on the championship caliber varsity soccer team. But despite these accomplishments, Jonathan remains on the lower rungs of the social ladder at his school. Even worse, Jonathan is constantly in the shadow of his best friend Kyle, who is the all-star goal scorer on the team. When Jonathan briefly makes friends with a beautiful girl who has transferred in from another country and scores the biggest goal of the year, life seems to be heading up for him. Sadly, events turn ugly and Jonathan finds himself witnessing not only a crime but also the disgrace of his best friend. Should he tell others what he saw or remain silently loyal to Kyle? In the end, the decision Jonathan makes changes not only his life but also those of several people he knows. Over the End Line is Alfred Martino's second published novel and is one that has great potential. However, despite Martino's clear and present skill as a writer, this novel is flawed. While the story line does maintain the reader's interest, character development is uneven and themes collide rather than complement one another. Is this a book about sports, date rape, murder, or suicide? In the end, the conclusion seems rather contrived and bespeaks a deus ex machina rather than a believable result. Still, Over the End Line is a page turner and represents the most recent work of a talented writer who can still improve his craft. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
VOYA - David Goodale
Jonny Fehey wishes he could be popular or a soccer superstar like his best friend, Kyle. Jonny must accept his lesser role on the soccer team and his lower social status until he scores a big goal in the county soccer championships. The victory party at "the circle" is Jonny's chance to climb the rungs of the social ladder. At the victory party, Jonny witnesses a rape and his whole world comes undone as he questions his friendship with Kyle. As Jonny strives to make sense of the unspeakable event, others plot revenge against those who were involved that night. The ending to this novel is sinister, unnerving, and completely unexpected. Martino, author of the acclaimed novel Pinned (Harcourt, 2005/VOYA April 2005), begins the story with a tremendous first chapter. The descriptions of grueling practices and match action are raw and genuine, but these descriptions never overpower the narrative. Teens, especially those who are involved in sports or feel invisible at school, will feel a kinship with Jonny. Some high school athletes may even feel empathy toward Kyle and the scrutiny he endures. The author's portrayal of a graphic sex scene and use of explicit language add to the novel's tension. Martino sets out to touch upon issues such as "the meaning of friendship, the power of the celebrated athlete, and the interactions between teen guys and girls." He succeeds in dealing with these issues in a compelling manner. Reviewer: David Goodale
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—High school senior Jonny Fehey is unhappy with his position as a substitute on the soccer team and with his lowly status in the school's social hierarchy. In addition to finding himself outstripped both socially and athletically by his neighbor and life-long friend Kyle Saint-Claire, Jonny must also contend with his father's long-ago abandonment, bullying, the death of a girl with whom he had a summertime romance, and his failure to intervene in the drunken rape of an exchange student with whom he is romantically involved. All seem like a bit much? Well, it is. There are simply too many issues swirling around for any of them to be treated with any depth or complexity. The author is obviously knowledgeable about soccer, and his descriptions of the passion that young men bring to the game are genuinely engaging. However, even the most die-hard soccer fans are likely to be disappointed with this offering.—Richard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT
Kirkus Reviews
Jonny Fehey begins his senior year concerned that Kyle Saint-Claire has changed and their friendship is dissolving. Kyle, loaded with charisma, is one of New Jersey's top soccer talents, while Jonny's role is as a hardworking backup. Martino opens with a great hook: Jonny is hungover and disoriented, covered with vomit and unable to shake his conviction that something horrible happened at a party. Flashing back to the previous August, readers learn of Jonny's frustration at seeing his friend become a larger-than-life hero, his anger at bad-boy teammate Erik Maako and his interest in new girl Annalisa. Jonny triumphs in a championship match, but the subsequent nighttime drunken free-for-all results in stunning violence. The author includes a wealth of soccer action but stops the details short of overwhelming the story. Jonny's convincing narration reveals a sympathetic character with authentic teen issues he cannot control. Unfortunately, a sudden shift from teen problem-novel to an ending lifted from a B-horror movie keeps this story from truly soaring. (Fiction. YA)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152061210
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
07/06/2009
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
HL660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

ALFRED C. MARTINO is founder and president of Listen & Live Audio. He lives in New Jersey.
www.AlfredMartino.com

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