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Dean Duffy

3.25  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
"Dean, 18, is a baseball player whose glory days are behind him. At 15, he pitched for the world championship Little League team, and as a freshman he hit a game-winning grand slam. But after his arm gave out, he moved to first base and plunged into a two-year batting slump, losing any hope for a college scholarship. Since graduation he's been sliding sideways, wondering w ...more
ebook, 176 pages
Published March 24th 2003 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 1995)
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Iris Robinson
Jul 28, 2011 Iris Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
Plot: Powell (Is Kissing a Girl Who Smokes Like Licking an Ashtray?) wraps up this nifty coming-of-age tale in a baseball story-yet not a single game is played. Although he's only just graduated from high school, Dean Duffy thinks of himself as a has-been. An agonizing and inexplicable slump has cut short his promising career as a ballplayer; once considered a shoo-in for any number of athletic scholarships, he is at loose ends until a longtime mentor arranges a baseball scholarship to an exclus ...more
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There’s a good story here, but a lot of “meaning of life” too, and that doesn’t work so well. The meanings aren’t unique or powerful enough to stand on their own, and they take up enough space to derail the plot.

I want to know what becomes of Karin, Pitts and Van, and whether Dean really aims to rediscover his perfect swing. Then again, given how this game played out, I probably won’t invest the time in any possible sequel, just for closure’s sake.
This book was about a boy who even after so much pain and drama ended up playing the game he loved so much, baseball. this book reflects on the stories of formal ball players and dean duffy into one.
Apr 27, 2012 Elijah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this book. It has a slow plot, and is hard to keep reading. There is little to no moments of intensity. i rate this 3 stars.
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I've lived in Seattle all my life -- since 1956. I live here now with my wife, Judy, and our two sons, Eli and Drew. I like the outdoors, books, fresh crab and raw oysters, and rain.

As a kid, I was crazy about sports. All sports. When I wasn't playing the real thing, I was playing some imaginary form of it. I wasn't a great athlete, just obsessed. I peaked when I was eleven. Our little league foot
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