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The Last Boys Picked: Helping Boys Who Don't Play Sports Survive Bullies and Boyhood

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Boys who don't play sports are often the targets of bullying, but a boy's worst bully may be the one he can't see: society's expectations about how he should act, how he should relate, and how he should play. Overlooked by a society that reinforces impossible standards of "masculinity," boys who are uninterested in competitive sports or have non-aggressive personalities ar ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Berkley (first published March 6th 2012)
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Claudia Broome
May 19, 2014 Claudia Broome rated it it was amazing
Helping Boys Who Don't Play Sports Survive Bullies and Boyhood hit home for me. I wish it had been available when my sons were young. I have painful memories of times when one of my sons was up at bat. Strike one. Strike Two. I begged God, “Please let him make contact with the ball. Please just let him make contact.“ Strike three. My heart broke as I watched his shoulders drop and his face look toward the ground as he walked back to the dugout.

At the time, I thought that this was part of growing
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Jessica
Oct 11, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
This book was both insightful and thought provoking. As a society we are failing our boys...particularly among the divide between athletic and non-athletic boys. Boys are so much more than a label. I did not agree with all of the author's conclusions because I do not believe that outcomes for individuals can be normalized. No child regardless of athletic ability will escape childhood unscathed. However the book helped me to understand the challenges that my boy might face and instructed me as a ...more
Beth
Dec 26, 2012 Beth rated it it was ok
I felt like I had to drag myself through this book and likely wouldn't have finished it if it weren't a book club read. The author's suggestions didn't seem at all helpful or applicable (though maybe that's because my boys are young still? Or that they just aren't the type she's addressing?)

Still, this gave me some things to think about and consider, and as usual I liked the book more after hearing others' opinions on it at book club discussion.
Sharon
Dec 12, 2013 Sharon rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
Could not hold my interest, possibly due to the fact that it was very US focused. Did have relevant points though on how not every boy is a sporty child, and therefore may suffer in todays vey sport minded society, that seems to tie a boys ability to play sport to his success as a boy.
Does suggest alternate ways of these boys to be a success, and the reasons why some boys do not find success in sport.
Desirée
Sep 04, 2013 Desirée rated it it was ok
I had high hope for this books and was really wanting solid, actionable advice. Unfortunately, not here. Makes some good points but nothing too useful. And odd that so many of her quotes/examples are from the Philadelphia Inquirer...makes it seem oddly provincial.
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