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Off the Mat

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Devin Thomsen and Steven Matchik seek intensity. Coach Sean Cardsen can show the way through wrestling...but will it be enough? Devin's existence is steeped in violence. Steven's family has disintegrated. The Braxton, Oregon wrestling team provides a place to fit. In their future is methamphetamine. Bonds are tested in their harrowing journey through addiction, loyalty, ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Booklocker.com
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May 29, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
Bibbey has powerfully written a meaningful story with compelling characters. Of the nearly thirty Y.A. books I’ve read this year (I'm a high school librarian), very few have a good (in every sense of the word) story AND quality style—his book does (a rare feat). In fact, it’s in my top three favorites I’ve read this year (along with Margo Lanagan’s Tender Morsels and Craig Silvey’s Jasper Jones, which I also HIGHLY recommend). Bibbey masterfully writes about difficult issues—like relationships, ...more
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Feb 03, 2013 Ross rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed it! The book centers around a high school wrestling coach and two members of his wrestling team. Both of the boys have fairly intense problems at home, and the coach is doing his best to be there for them. The second half of the book takes place after the boys are no longer under the coach's tutelage. They both make some poor decisions, and they both spend a great deal of time trying to come back from those choices.

The ending is very well done and leaves you thinking long afterwar
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