Going for the Record

Going for the Record

by Julie A. Swanson

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ISBN-13: 9780802852731
Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
Publication date: 02/28/2004
Pages: 217
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.64(d)
Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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Going for the Record 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love love love this book. I totally connect with this book. For anyone who has lost a parent to cancer, like I have, I would recommend this book. Love it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Going for the Record by Julie A. Swanson is a very overpowering story of a teenage girl with a father affected by cancer. This story will touch hearts everywhere no matter if you are boy, girl, old, or young. The ups and downs will want you to keep reading more. Though heartbreaking, Going for the Record is an intriguing novel about how to pull through even when it seems like your world is ending. Going for the Record tells the story of a teenage girl named Leah who just achieved the beginning of her lifelong dream by making the Olympic soccer training team. Little did she know she was about to be hit with a lot more shocking news. The shocking news is that her lifelong supporter both in life and in soccer, Leah's father, has pancreatic cancer. Her father is fine at first, just a little weak, but he can still do the normal things he has always done such as taking Leah to her soccer events and running their family restaurant. As the book progresses, Leah's dad regresses. He becomes so sick that he spends most of his time in his hospital bed and even if he feels like moving about, he has to be in a wheelchair. By this point he can't drive Leah to her games and practices anymore. Leah gives up soccer even though it was what she loved most because she thought it was pointless to be out playing a game when there are more essential things in life and helps take care of her father for the rest of the summer. The way Julie A. Swanson wrote was steady throughout the book. It was written in the eyes of a teenage girl in grief because of her father's illness. The way Swanson illustrated the problem made it feel like you could connect. For example, when the men who worked for the hospital came to the house with a hospital bed and wheelchair, Leah and her grandmother got upset. I would have gotten upset also, since the medical equipment that was supposed to help my father only reinforced the fact that he was becoming more ill. The author conveys a teenage girl perfectly. When Leah gets an apology letter from her friend after they had gotten in an argument, she rips it up. Some teenagers still wouldn't be happy with their friend even if they apologized. Leah also doesn't want to do anything except help her father and won't take help from anyone. Teenagers are like this in a way that they want to be independent. Going for the Record is about cancer, but also includes a twist with a daughter who has a dream put on hold. I believe that even though this story is sensitive, boys would like it too because it deals with soccer and is not just sad and emotional like a drama. This book is about a girl trying to chase her dream but having to wait. This book pulls at your heart therefore; I give it 8 hearts out of 10. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Julie A. Swanson's Going for the Record is a very heartfelt, realistic novel. When I opened the book and read the first page, I knew that I would not be able to put it down! And let me tell you, I didn't. The author's unique way of making the main character's issue relate to other girls made me want to keep reading. I'm the kind of person that doesn't like to read books unless I have to, but by reading this novel, it has opened my eyes to see how books can relate to realistic situations. Going for the Record is about a girl, Leah Weiczynkowski, who loves the game of soccer. She is very passionate and dedicated to making herself improve and become a better player. Leah was living in a perfect world that was all about her and her soccer career, until one afternoon when her father picked her up from camp, and told her that he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Leah's life changed drastically as she focused more on helping her family cope with her father's illness and less about soccer. As her father's condition worsened, Leah was with him twenty- four seven, guiding him through his heart-wrenching battle. The message in this novel is a very strong one that everyone should pay attention to: you don't know what you have until it's gone. I very much enjoyed reading this book because of the way that I felt so many different emotions while reading: joy, hope, sadness, forgiveness, and generosity. Julie A. Swanson did an excellent job of pouring her soul into the novel when she explained Leah's confused emotions and outlooks on her father's illness: "Why doesn't he want chemotherapy? It will give him another shot at life." The way the author made the events leading up to the climax of the story seem so joyful, yet unfortunate made me want to keep reading to find out what will happen next! Once I reached the climax, the story got more and more interesting and it drew me in even more! I wanted to see what would happen to Leah's father after he received chemo and after he decided to stop. The characters in this story are unbelievably strong, determined, and caring. While reading Going for the Record, you will be touched by how dedicated Leah's family is to helping her father become healthy again, even if it takes giving up their jobs and activities. I strongly recommend this book for teens that are looking for a sentimental book about family, values, and generosity. Going for the Record is an astounding book, well written by Julie A. Swanson, and is definitely a must-read. After reading this book, you will reconsider what comes first in life, family or sports. Enjoy!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Going for the Record is about a young teenage girl striving to become the best women's soccer player in the world. Of course we all know that life is never that good. Days before Leah's big shot at achieveing her goals, she discovers that her dad has a fatal illness. When her dad tries to comfort her, he held her hand and said 'Let's go for the record'. This moment meant a lot to Leah through out the story. She never liked holding her dad's hand, but at this very moment she took that gesture as comfort and compassion. As her father's conditions worsen, Leah has to choose what she loves the most, soccer or her family. Leah is devoted to her father twenty four seven. She never leaves his side and always hopes for the best. Leah gives up soccer, school, and friends for her dad. Leah realizes that she has to be strong for her mother and father during this painful time. Leah soon learns that maybe there is more to life than just soccer. Through out the rest of the story Leah discovers her true passion in life and puts her soccer goals to the test.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The novel Going for the Record by Julie A. Swanson is about a teenage girl and her family coping with her father¿s struggle with pancreatic cancer. I think the book was a realistic and easy to follow story. The book makes you feel for the characters and changes your views about how a disease affects a family as a whole. The dialogue in the story adds to the emotion and suspense of the book. The main character in the story is Leah, she is a soccer player that is very talented and wants to try out for the national soccer team. One day, after practice Leah¿s father picks her up from practice and tells her that he has pancreatic cancer. She is shocked and can¿t believe that this could be possible. She finds out that her dad may only have three months to live. As the story progresses her father starts to suffer from the cancer. Leah leaves to try out for the national soccer team because her father¿s condition seemed stable but comes home early because her father takes a turn for the worse. When Leah gets home her father is in a great deal of pain and turns to religion and talking to Leah to help him handle the pain. Leah quits playing soccer because she thinks that is the right thing to do but in actuality she needs soccer because it makes her happy in the hard times she is facing. I think the book was a great read. I thought it was good because it is very realistic and the author makes you understand the characters. In the story when Leah comes home from national soccer tryouts to care for her father but she feels depressed that her dream of making the team is gone but would feel guilty if she had not come home. This is probably how a teenager would handle this situation. In the book each family member in the story reacts differently to Leah¿s father¿s condition which happens in real life to many families. The story is easy to read because the author writes the book in a way that makes you feel for the characters and you hope that there is a cure for the cancer just like family prays for. This book is a compelling read for teenage female athletes because it relates to soccer and how teenagers would handle day to day situations and problems. I¿d rate the book 4.5 star and if you read it you¿ll agree.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love how she creates a twist in the story. Its so captivating!! Once i got to reading it i couldn't set the book down. I read till one in the morning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Going for the Record was an excellent book which was very well written. It talked about cancer and death, which is a topic many teen authors dont touch. It made me laugh, cry, and appreciate when i have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was soooooo good! Its a story of many different situations that people can relate to. Its such a sad, sweet and touching story. I'd sugest this book to any who's in search of an interesting novel to read. Please take my advice and read this marvelous book. Thanks
Guest More than 1 year ago
This poignant, gritty story is a must for anyone who appreciates truth in story-telling. Leah is a wonderfully realized character. Her journey is beautifully told. I'm not a big fan of sports books but there's a great balance here between the family story and the sports story. Definitely recommended to teens and preteens who like good books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I walked into BN after my soccer game and this book caught my eye. Not only does Leah tell and show you about her love of soccer, but how it affects her life with her parents and friends. You will cry, laugh, get excited, and yearn to continue reading. It was a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was introduced to me by my grandpa Edward Polakowski,Julies(the author) Uncle. Its an awesome book! GO JULIE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Going for the Record takes you straight to the core of Leah Weiczynkowski's heart as she struggles to reconcile her love for her dying father with her dreams for her own future. Her gritty, courageous questions about life, death and what really matters will resonate with anyone who has lost a loved one at a tender age. Leah is so real, so true that you can't help but laugh when she laughs, cry when she cries and cheer when she finds the answers she¿s been searching for. This poignant and moving story is a gift to all young people who have grappled with big questions about the meaning of living.