Five Reasons Why You Should Read Press Play by @eric_devine

Press Play


In the spirit of full disclosure I want to say that I agreed to read and review this book because even though the main character is a white male and there’s been a lot of white male protagonist dissing going on in the diversity community I feel this story is important to tell.  And here’s why this story is important;

  1. Overweight hero
  2. Hazing (need I say more?)
  3. Bullying
  4. Sexual harassment
  5. Suicide

Now if those topics don’t merit attention then I don’t know what book should! Devine is a high school teacher, so he knows the minutiae of a high schooler’s day. Having high schoolers of my own, I know that high school is more difficult today than it was when I went.  Our “hero, Dun the Tun, is an overweight kid who documents his weight loss through film. He inadvertently captures some pretty violent hazing on the boys’ lacrosse team.  As Greg is a frequent target of bullying from this group of kids, he struggles with what to do with this new information.

I must warn you that the book is graphic. There is graphic language and violence. It’s difficult to imagine that kids can be so cruel, but left unchecked by equally cruel adults, this is what kind of world we would live in.  I must also warn you that Greg is an unreliable hero. He makes mistakes and he lies and that’s all part of what makes this story so gripping. It’s not always easy to do the right thing when you’re angry and you’ve got a debt to repay.

I stayed up late to finish this book and then I couldn’t turn my brain off. There were so many thoughts running around in my head. So many thoughts.

So many.

Good read for anyone who likes gritty realistic fiction. Think Fight Club for teens.

And we all know what the first rule of Fight Club is, right?


Books Reviews Young Adult

Skinny by Donna Cooner

I’m thrilled to have been approached to read Skinny by Donna Cooner and then participate in a roundtable discussion afterwards.

Skinny by Donna Cooner

Here’s what they’re saying about Skinny:

You’re fat. HUGE even.  You’re ugly.  No one likes you.  everyone is making fun of you.  You are stupid.  That is all Ever hears from her dark side, the relentless voice in her head who she names “Skinny”.  Ever decides toe shake off this evil little sprite by facing her fears and head on and undergoing weight loss surgery, but will she be able to find the real Ever hiding inside?  This book is truthful and heartfelt, exposing teen’s deepest, darkest fears and pulling them into the light.  Even those who haven’t had Ever’s issues have other real issues of their own–issues that will make them identify with Ever and root for her all the way.

Wow.  Pretty amazing, huh?  I can’t wait to finish it.

I feel a giveaway coming on…!