Tap Out

Tap Out

by Eric Devine
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Tap Out by Eric Devine

Seventeen-year-old Tony Antioch lives in Pleasant Meadows, a trailer park where questions aren't asked since everyone already knows the answers from their own experience. He dreams of rescuing his mother from her constant stream of abusive boyfriends but in reality can barely duck the punches that are aimed at himself.

When Tony is coerced into joining his friend Rob's Mixed Martial Arts class, he is surprised to find that he has a talent that he actually wants to develop. But with a meth-dealing biker gang that is hungry for recruits and a vicious cycle of poverty and violence that precedes him, Tony is going to need a lot more than blood and guts to find a way out.

Gritty, powerful, and unapologetic, Tap Out explores what it takes to stay true to oneself and the consequences of the choices made along the way in order to do so.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762445691
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 09/11/2012
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 317,461
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Eric Devine is currently a writer, high school English teacher, and educational consultant. He is also the author of This Side of Normal, a novel about a teen struggling with type 1 diabetes. He lives in Waterford, New York, with his family, and can be found online at ericdevine.org and on Twitter @eric_devine.

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Tap Out 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's fowl, it's hard-core, and it's scary, because in true Devine fashion, it's REAL. It's eye-opening to the horrible life some people are thrust into. This will shed light on the nightmare. Hopefully everyone is wise enough to accept it, and share it, and encourage others to read it. I'm telling everyone I know, because this guy knows what he's talking about.
BethFehlbaum More than 1 year ago
Eric Devine's TAP OUT is a searing, unforgettable read. When I compare TAP OUT to S.E. Hinton's groundbreaking THE OUTSIDERS, I do not do so lightly. This book is absolutely amazing. Tony Antioch is a 17 year old facing decisions that no person of any age should have to make. Trapped by circumstances wholly outside of his control, Tony is representative of countless real-life young adults dealing with unimaginable horrors. This book should be required reading for anyone working with impoverished, disenfranchised youth. Even though it's fiction, it will give insight into what many of our students are dealing with. In reading TAP OUT, I was reminded of a speech given by one of the original Freedom Writers, when he explained that so many school days when he didn't have his homework, it was because he had been up all night taking care of his mother after she was beaten nearly to death by his father. As a teacher, I hope that TAP OUT will open some hearts to what others endure on a daily basis; as a reader, I found TAP OUT to be a heart-pounding piece of extraordinary fiction! Looking forward to more from Eric Devine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tapout is a awsome book, i hate reading and couldnt put it down! Great read about real life situations. I reccomend to everyone;)
Gordon1 More than 1 year ago
Tap Out is a book that delivers high octane rhetoric from the first to last words with an underpinning premise about character and morals, during high stressed and unfavorable conditions. The MMA avenue was a great platform to deliver this message. I highly recommend reading this book. With two books published to date, Eric Devine seems to be Generation X’s Jim Harrison.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it off my old kindle before chrostmas and it sucked!u