The Contender (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Contender (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Robert Lipsyte
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The Contender (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 151 reviews.
ChristianRobles More than 1 year ago
The Contender is an excellent novel to read with a touching storyline to go along with it. The contender is mainly about the protagonist, Alfred Brooks, wanting to succeed in life. While adding to that subject comes into the play of the art of boxing. After Alfred is jumped he finds a boxing gym where he talks to the coach; Mr. Donatelli, to tell him that he wants to be a champion which leads to the wise words of Mr. Donatelli that outlines the whole story. Mr. Donatelli’s response: “You have to start by wanting to be a contender, the man coming up, the man who knows there's a good chance he'll never get to the top, the man who's willing to sweat and bleed to get up as high as his legs and his brain and his heart will take him.” is very important involving various themes of the story. One of the significant parts to this theme of not giving up is that’s what Alfred has been doing before signing up at the gym which emphasizes Mr. Donatelli’s powerful words that if he wants to be a champion most importantly a contender he has to not give up and have determination to achieve his goals in life, not just in boxing. In the way I saw the novel going the author; Robert Lipsyte, likes to put obstacles into the protagonists life that gave him the option of falling into peer pressure, another ongoing theme, which leads to him going back to his regular life as a grocery boy going nowhere or to refuse the bad temptations and obtain the dream of being a contender. The level of suspense was just a little more than average with the constant choices and problems Alfred had to go through with, but it would still be more than enough to keep me highly interested and wanting to finish another chapter after another. Another aspect to the novel would be the fact that Alfred was just a regular guy that you could relate to, a guy trying to fit in the world, trying to chase his dreams. The fact that everything was so realistic and visual kept me going page after page. There have also been moments in the novel where I felt like Alfred was a role model in a way with that determination to stay above and not quit on what he enjoys and believes in. To add to that Alfred was at his lowest point having his best friend, James, leave him more and more often for his addiction of drugs, having no immediate family, living in the ghetto part of Harlem with his Aunt Pearl, depression, and being a dropout; so you got to give some sort of recognition to Alfred wanting to come up on top. Overall the plot is very simple to follow having an exposition, rising and falling action, a climax, several complications, and a resolution. The Contender is a book that has impacted my life in such a positive way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good! We had to read it for 10th grade english and i couldnt stop reading it!
chaos5 More than 1 year ago
Book title and author: The Contender by: Robert Lipsyte Alfred Brooks is the main character in this story. He has gotten mixed up with the wrong crowd. This book teaches you to not give into peer pressure and stand strong in what you believe in. I would recommend this book to middle school and high school kids because it keeps you interested the entire time. You cannot stop reading it because it is so suspenseful. Alfred never wants to be in big trouble so he always goes to the movies on Friday nights. He usually wants James to go with him, but James has started hanging out with Major, Sonny, and Hollis; the guys James and Alfred were afraid of when they were younger. When Alfred accidently slips out that the Epstein's leave money in the cash register on Friday nights, Major was all for stealing it. Alfred forgot to mention that the Epstein's had just inserted a new silent burglary alarm. I think this books purpose was to teach teens a main goal in life. Since Alfred dropped out of school there were not any good options for him. He got stuck being a bag boy at a local grocery store and not getting enough pay than he should get. The day after the grocery store was robbed the Epstein's did not leave him in the store alone and they did not let him do errands or ride their bikes to the bank. Overall I really enjoyed this book. I am glad I had to read this book because otherwise I would never choose this type of book. I also enjoyed when Alfred started boxing in the book. When he got into the ring the book was very descriptive. It painted a big picture in my mind. I would read this book again because it was great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The contender is about a boy named alfred brooks. this book is good because it tells about the troubles of a young boy who lives in harlem and is trying to become a boxer. He must fight the people who want him to do drugs and crime. He also meets plenty of helpful people as he becomes a boxer though and they are probably what save him from becoming nothing. Alfred must fight to help his friend james who fell in with a bad crowd. The kids left him at his house to go rob the mr. epsteins store which is where alfred works. Alfred forgets to tell them theres a silent alarm and gets james cought. This angers the people james went out with which were major, hollis, and sunny and now they are after alfred to ruin his life. Alfred survives the troubles of the three people who now hate him and his training. He meets people who help him and teach him many things and even gets to help james who becomes addicted to drugs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book the contender because it is about a guy who is weak and gets pushed around and then became strong and boxed and became a better person. This is basically part of my life went from the weak little minor to a strong confident person
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good stroy line
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i read it for some reason i was just inspired the ending was great to
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Contender by Robert Lipsyte is an exciting, action packed novel about Alfred Brooks, a black high school dropout from Harlem, New York who lives with his Aunt and works at a grocery store for a Jewish family, the Epsteins. But the store is leading nowhere. Alfred's best friend, James is suddenly taken over by drugs and singer further and further into his addiction. On top of all this, a group of kids are after him because he did not want to help them rob the grocery store. These group of kids are led by Major, a big bully who is not a big fan of Alfred. Alfred decides to start going to Donatelli's gym, a nearby gym for boxers and all kinds of different fighters. All kinds of boxing champions have trained in this gym including Willie Streeter, a very talented boxer. Alfred makes a lot of new friends at Donatelli's gym, including Jelly Belly, a heavyweight boxer that becomes quick buddies with Alfred. Alfred starts training heavily to become something for once in his life. His passion for boxing will get him back on his feet if he keeps trying as hard as he can.
CGlotz More than 1 year ago
The novel The Contender is an exceptional read for any age, and the intrigue begins very early in the story.  Alfred Brooks, the main character, displays his honor and his courage to stand up for himself by saying no to his friends' dumb idea.  They were going to rob the grocery store he worked at and they wanted his help at being the lookout.  This event shows a continuing struggle throughout the book: Alfred Brooks tries to do right by his Aunt Pearl's rules, but things never seem to work out.  The story of Alfred's life and the peer pressure that surrounds him on his journey to become a boxing champion makes the novel very interesting and adds more dynamics to the plot.  Alfred Brooks' determination to work hard at both his job and also at a local boxing gym owned by the coach Mr. Donatelli really inspired me.  Also, Alfred's kindness and determination even extends to trying to help his best friend James out of drug addiction.  I really enjoyed reading this book and seeing what happened as it progressed.  I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in an inspiring novel about a kid that has the motivation and determination to try to succeed in an unlikely situation.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I the the contender was a very good novel to read. i am a teenager and i can really relate to the book because i grew up in a similar neighborhood as alfred and the other characters in the book. Alfred was a role model in a way with that determination to stay above and not quit on what he enjoys and believes in. Alfred was at his lowest point having his best friend, James, leave him more and more often for his addiction of drugs, having no immediate family, living in the ghetto part of Harlem with his Aunt Pearl, depression, and being a dropout; so you got to give some sort of recognition to Alfred wanting to come up on top.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book that we just finished readinding in 8th grade. It is very heart felt and includes a beautiful story line.. Although the author uses dialect, it is still easy to follow and a tasteful read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Contender first came off to me as one of the stupid books we would have to read in school and answer questions about. That was until I actually began to read it. It was thrilling and beautifully written. I truly felt that I was watching this book as a movie. I felt Alfred Brook's pain. I understood him as though I knew him. I highly recommend this book - it's an enjoyable piece of literature that I wouldn't mind reading again.
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this book is g36912ood for middle school kids. it keeps you on your seat. i think that it will not be a waste of time.
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Good book for middle school kids
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I had to read it for 9th grade English Honors. I like it :)
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This book was a great read and truly inspiring!
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