Offside

Offside

by M. G. Higgins
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ISBN-13: 9781467707206
Publisher: Darby Creek Publishing
Publication date: 04/28/2013
Pages: 109
Sales rank: 1,305,581
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: HL590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 11 - 17 Years

About the Author

M. G. Higgins writes fiction for children and young adults. Her nonfiction books (written under the name Melissa Higgins) range from biographies to self-help. She's loved baseball since she went to her first Dodger's game at the age of six.

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Offside 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Lerner Publishing Group and Netgalley.) All Faith Patel wants to do is play Soccer (or football to us British peeps), but most of her time is spent looking after her younger sister and brothers, as her mum works nights as a nurse and her father is dead. When her coach suggests she play midfield rather than defence, she jumps at the opportunity, but another girl on the team (Caitlyn) is jealous and starts suggesting that maybe the coach is being nice to Faith because they are having some kind of affair. This is totally untrue, but the more Caitlyn keeps suggesting it, the more Faith wonders if maybe the coach does have more than professional feelings towards her, and starts to develop a bit of a crush. She then somehow convinces herself that what Caitlyn is saying is true – Faith and Coach Berg are in love, so she tries to make a pass at him! What will become of Faith and Coach Berg? This book was a quick read, and totally reminded me of the film ‘Bend it like Beckham’ – about the Indian girl who wanted to play football/soccer. ‘Bend it like Beckham’ wasn’t quite so cringe-worthy though. I found Faith a little odd to be honest. If someone had suggested that I was having an affair with a teacher, I would have then avoided him like the plague, not developed a crush, and when she then started wearing lip gloss and mascara to football practise, I have to admit that I cringed a bit. When she then started thinking about ‘being’ with him, and asking him about what cologne he was wearing, I just couldn’t believe it, it seemed so wrong, and when she actually tried to convince herself that they were in love, and tried to get him to kiss her, I actually had to close my eyes and hide! What made this even worse was that to me it was obvious that the coach didn’t have feelings for her. I was a little shocked at how stupid the coach was portrayed to be when he accepted Faith’s help doing some counting of sports equipment though early on in the book. He allowed her to help him take inventory of equipment when they were alone together. I can’t imagine that in this day and age any male teacher would allow himself to be alone with a female pupil un-chaperoned, as any allegation of any sexual harassment of any type would most likely immediately end his career, even if proved to be false. Overall; this book was short, made me cringe, and made me laugh (and not in a good way). 5 out of 10.