Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip

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Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Peter is a star pitcher hoping to make the JV team as a freshman, but all those games that he played through the pain have left his elbow in a bad state. He doesn’t know what to do with his time after the career-ending surgery other than feel sorry for himself and think about his best friend AJ making the team. When he meets Angelika in his photography class, things start looking up. Peter is familiar with cameras and photography due to watching and assisting his grandfather, a very well-known wedding photographer. Grandpa has recently started forgetting things and Angelika suggests that he may have Alzheimer’s, a disease which her grandmother had. There is no offensive language or sexual content but Peter does drink alcoholic fruit punch at a party, gets sick, and has a hangover the next day. This story has many elements which teens will relate to—sweet romance, having their dreams crushed, sadness at seeing the physical decline of a family member. Another winner by Sonnenblick.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book I have read besides the bible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book! Jordan Sonnenblick has done it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book about a young man, Peter, trying to figure out his life after an injury ruins his career. Then, Peter finds love amd that steers him in a different direction. I loved tjis book and i hope you do to. H
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book in the universe
beefyj10 More than 1 year ago
Jordon Sonnenblick writes this book perfectly. He takes Pete, a kid just trying to make the high school baseball team, and puts twists in the plot to leave you wanting more. I read this book and fell in love. Pete is on top of the world thinking about making the JV team, the comes crashing down when his arm blows on him. Jordan sonnenblick does it again in CURVEBALL: THE YEAR I LOST MY GRIP.
Readingjunky More than 1 year ago
Jordan Sonnenblick has done it again! CURVEBALL: THE YEAR I LOST MY GRIP is fantastic! Nightmares of his final pitch and devastating elbow injury plague Peter Friedman. His dreams of joining his friend and fellow pitcher AJ as the stars of the high school JV baseball team are gone forever, and the thought of starting high school without that dream is terrifying. In addition to giving up his life as a pitcher, Peter is dealing with his grandfather's confusing behavior. He fondly remembers all the time he has spent by his grandfather's side learning all about photography. As the owner and sole photographer of Goldberg Photo, Peter's grandfather has suddenly decided he's retiring and he's giving all his valuable equipment to Peter. As far as Peter's mother is concerned, the timing is perfect since she insisted that Peter sign up for the freshman class Introduction to Photography. Peter's teacher quickly figures out he should be across the hall in the advanced photography class. Peter suddenly finds himself in the middle of a class filled with upperclassmen. He is pleasantly surprised when the cute freshman girl he noticed in the other class is also sent over to join the advanced group. Angelika becomes not only his class partner but also his confidant through some pretty tough times. Author Jordan Sonnenblick takes readers into the confused teenage mind of a young man dealing with his own crumbling dreams, his first intense relationship with a girl, and the crushing reality that his grandfather is slipping into another world. Sonnenblick uses a unique combination of humor, stark reality, and compassion to create a story that will make a lasting impression on his readers. I am currently reading this aloud to my 8th graders, and they beg for more every time I have to stop.
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This book wuz awesome. I would definitly recommed it to people who like baseball, family, and love. All I will say it that the book into a teen boy's life and problem &insurcirtie plus it's also funny! Great job Jordan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in no time Very easy read
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I need to read his other books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I use the website Goodreads to help me find new books based on what I've read before,my interests and what's popular. In need of a new book I checked for new books in my reconmondation box and Curveball appered. After reading a sample of the book and some reviews saying it was totally worth reading I knew I had to buy it. And boy were those reviews right! This book is awesome! Its fun,funny, and captivating. One mintue you could read something romantic and the next read something serious. I felt like was reading my bestfriends journal. If you want something different and awesome to read, chose this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book!! It was written in such a great way! Diffenitly recommended!!
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The book was spectacular
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abbylibrarian More than 1 year ago
Once again, Jordan Sonnenblick approaches serious subject matter with his trademark humor and authentic characters. This is a must-read for fans of Sonnenblick's previous work. Curveball is all about the sudden, unexpected changes that happen in life. Starting high school is a big change for anyone, but Pete expected to be a big-time athlete and suddenly he's having to find a new identity. Grampa's sudden descent into Alzheimer's is another unexpected change in Pete's life, made even more stressful by the fact that he feels like he has to protect his grandfather and keep it a secret. The family unit that Pete should be able to steady himself against is suddenly full of pitfalls and uncertainties. Jordan Sonnenblick writes with authenticity and Pete's voice rang true to me. The humor in the book keeps it light, even as Pete's dealing with serious situations. The pacing is steady and kept me turning the pages, wondering how everything would work out. There's some romance as Pete delves into his first relationship with Angelika, his photography partner, but it's not overdone and the relationship develops organically throughout the book. It's always nice to see some romance from a guy's perspective because that's something guys are dealing with, too. This book will definitely appeal to Sonnenblick's already established audience and it's sure to garner him new fans, as well. Be sure to hand it to fans of Notes from the Midnight Driver. The story's got many of the same elements as L.K. Madigan's wonderful Flash Burnout, so I'd recommend it to fans of that book, as well. Curveball might also serve as a gateway drug of sorts for kids who will only touch sports stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book so far!