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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  185 ratings  ·  68 reviews
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 Mixe
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Running Press Kids
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Greg
"TapouT: an expression of combat known worldwide"

Gosh this is a sort of disturbing book. And it's being marketed for teens. I like to pepper my reviews with fucks, shits, douche bags, assholes and assorted other words but the language in this book really set me back a bit. The first page along has at least 7 cuss words, one of them being in the first sentence. I'm not against cursing, in fact I think it's a wonderful thing but there was sort of an overabundance of it here, or maybe I'm only noti
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Shay
Please don't dismiss this book based on the average Goodreads rating, which is low- 3 stars. Part of me thinks that this is due to the language, sex, and violence that permeates this book. One reviewer even said that he thought that this book may end up getting banned- and I think it very well may. Now, I was a teacher, and banning books like this never ceases to amaze me. Why? Well, I was taking classes for my Master's and one of my classmates was a high school gym teacher and former police off ...more
Bethany Crandell
As a seventeen year-old, the only thing I was worried about surviving was the embarrassment of a pimple in my senior picture, or my mom crashing my first keg party. Tony Antioch's world is very different. Survival for him is the true definition of the word: Get out alive.

From the opening pages, we are transported into a world of poverty, abuse, and disappointment that most of us, thankfully, have never known first-hand. My connection with Tony was immediate. My heart ached for his situation and
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Lord Nouda
Disclaimer: I got this book to review from Netgalley. However the fact that I got it from the publishers has had no influence on my review. This review is 100% honest and comes straight from my heart (lol).

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When I first saw the title of this book, I was expecting something akin to the movie Never Back Down with epic fight scenes and an ending where everyone comes out happy. Tap Out proved that not everything MMA related is awesome.

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Sharon Tyler
Tap Out by Eric Devine is a book for young adults and adults about how hard reality can be for some young people, and how finding a way out might seem like an impossible dream. Tony Antioch is seventeen, and lives in a trailer park called Pleasant Meadows. No one here asks questions, because everyone already thinks they know the answers. Tony dreams of standing up and rescuing his mother from her own drug habits and constant stream of abusive boyfriends. Tony's friends each have their own troubl ...more
Rachael Woohoo
If you want to see more of my reviews, check out my blog @ Moosubi Reviews!

Let me first share what the first line of the ARC version of Tap Out is:

I am a pussy.

Tap Out is by no means a book for everybody. It has a lot of swearing, violence, and mature content. If you’re the type of reader that is offended by these types of things, like the line above, I would suggest reading another book.

That being said, I thought that this book was brilliant. It definitely showed the struggles of all the char
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Amelia Elizabeth
I've been struggling with writing this review. As a librarian I have one view of the book and as a reader I have another, and they don't match up and I don't know how I should review the book. I finally decided to just write this review as a reader, because when I think about the library and our readers, I don't think this book would fit in with what our YA readers are interested in reading.

This book was full of things that shocked me, especially since I was reading a YA book. Even with those s
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Pygmy
Hmm....this is a dark, "realistic" YA read, but the way the events are piled on until the big conclusion makes me question how realistic this can be.

I don't mind the cursing, and I appreciated reading about trailer park lives, the difficulties they face, and the mentality that the people who live there get sucked into. I was interested also in the scene where the gym Coach Dan first confronts Tony about what is going on in his life, and instead of answering, Tony is wildly insulted and walks ou
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Alicia
Tony is growing up in one of the most dysfunctional households. His mother is a punching bag for any man in their life and Tony generally is too afraid to do anything about it. This latest is a real piece of work, putting her in the hospital and playing manipulative mind games. Meanwhile Tony, who has the potential to get out of the "trailer park life", can't escape the life, and now that he's in to MMA, he's now also involved in a meth business for a local biker gang.

There is so much too the s
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Jeremy Brundige
There are many things I liked about the book Tapout including the MMA fighting and the action of the book but there were some things I didn't like that much. I really enjoyed the MMA training and the Meth Gang it made for a good read (Although I would never want to spend 10 seconds in his life). What I didn't like about this book was all the language, There was so much swearing and sex that I felt awkward when my parents were in the same room as me when I was reading it. To be fair in the situat ...more
Jack Test
The book was a great form of darkness that readers would prefer if needing a slip into the fear of the other half of humanity. The book is well structured, gives the right amount of back round and build up for an excellcent story. I do enjoy the much more morbid sense when it came to the location and the people within it. It made it feel alive when facing a horrid situation, and giving you the same anxiety and heart racing that it would if you were to jump in and the story yuor own reality. Yep ...more
Tara
I really wanted to like this book, but I had to force myself to finish it. I understand that dialogue can be used to develop characters and help establish setting, but this went a bit overboard. It's not just the language that bothered me. Tony constantly claimed that he wanted to escape his circumstances, but continued to use them as an excuse for his choices. The book was gritty, but not much about it was uplifting, so I'm not sure what the point was. Even though, Tony may have "made it out" i ...more
Jessi
This book has some of the heaviest realism that I have ever read. I feel that the reader has a complete view of Tony's motivations and emotions, and in light of what he faces, they are extremely realistic. I have read some mixed reviews about his personality and actions, but I think that for someone who feels so trapped in his very difficult life, everything in the book works. The language and the bitter outlook on life are things I would expect to see from someone who has been through the thing ...more
Bonnie
It would be impossible to say that I liked this book. I can say, though, that it was very effective in achieving it's goal. White trailer trash. That's how Tony describes himself and the others who live in the trailer court. His mother goes from being the punching bag of one man to another and she's using again. His best friend has big problems but he introduces Tony to a Mixed Martial Arts class where some things look like they might turn around. There are adults who notice the potential in Ton ...more
Mei Lin Zheng
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BookHookup
The original review for this book can be found here on The Book Hookup blog.

**Note** An uncorrected eGalley of this title was provided by the publishers via Net Galley. However, that did not influence this review in any way.

Christina's Review:

There could be a few SPOILER-ISH THINGS! below depending on how carried away I get with this review. You have been warned.

The Lowdown: Told in the point of view of seventeen-year-old Tony Antioch, Tap Out is the disturbingly graphic tale of a young man’s
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Sarah
Apr 04, 2013 Sarah marked it as dnf
Guys, I just couldn't bring myself to finish this one. it takes a lot to make me actually not finish a book and I couldn't get through this. Since I didn't finish I will not be rating this book. Who knows, it may have gotten better later on but I will never know.

My first major issue with this book is the amount of swearing. Yes I know teenagers swear. That is not a knew concept. When there is a curse word in most of the sentences, it really turns me off. It seemed almost like the author was tryi
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Cheri
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Christina
The original review for this book can be found here on The Book Hookup.

**Note** An uncorrected eGalley of this title was provided by the publishers via Net Galley. However, that did not influence this review in any way.

There could be a few SPOILER-ISH THINGS! below depending on how carried away I get with this review. You have been warned.

The Lowdown: Told in the point of view of seventeen-year-old Tony Antioch, Tap Out is the disturbingly graphic tale of a young man’s struggle in life when t
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Mandy
This book is yet another that I found at BookExpo America this year. I think what initially drew me to it was the cover. The picture of the young man on the cover is eerily mysterious and I was intrigued to find out what was going on under that hoodie. I love the pop of the bright green and bright blue against the depressing scene of the trailer and motorcycles in the background.

Tap Out follows 17-year-old Tony Antioch who lives with his addict mother and her abusive boyfriend in a trailer park
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Cheshire Public Library
Tap Out by Eric Devine is a book for young adults and adults about how hard reality can be for some young people, and how finding a way out might seem like an impossible dream. This is realistic fiction, and might be just the read some young adults, new adults, and jaded adult readers might be looking for.

Tony Antioch is seventeen, and lives in a trailer park called Pleasant Meadows. Tony dreams of standing up and rescuing his mother from her own drug habits and constant stream of abusive boyfri
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Starr Griggs
I received a digital galley, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
This originally caught my attention through the BEA Book Buzz I received from Netgalley. When I saw that it was about mixed martial arts, I knew that I had to get my hands on it. When I read about Tony’s first time at the gym I had to laugh. That was me the first time that I walked into a mma gym, and I was only there to watch! Later, I tried to figure out why they clapped for me when I could barely block the punches that were
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Della

Tap Out is about life in a trailer park. It’s heartbreakingly realistic, from the foul language and drug use to the unreported rapes and whore houses. It’s the story of a young man named Tony and his life of trouble. Tony’s mom is an alcoholic and recovering drug addict who loves all the wrong men. Her latest is a real piece of cake, beating and eventually putting her into the hospital. When Tony tries to stand up to the scum bag, he ends up being beat almost senseless himself. Tony is very smar
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Yoonmee
I'm surprised at all the negative and mediocre reviews, but it seems like a lot of people gave this book a lower rating b/c of the foul language and graphic violence. I say, for far too many teenagers, foul language, graphic violence, and tough decisions are a way of life and maybe all they know. Tony, the protagonist, isn't perfect by any means, but he's real and he's honest.

This is a great book for male teens, any teen interested in MMA. I can see this book starting some really thought provoki
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Deborah
This is the second book for Devine, who for us is a local teacher and author.

I really enjoyed reading the story of Tony Antioch who lives in a single parent home in a trailer park. He lives with his mother who can't get her love life or her professional life in order because she is more interested in bringing men into her life that beat her and keep her high on drugs. Tony doesn't have the confidence to stand up to these loser boyfriends until he begins attending a local fight club where he lea
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Deborah
This is the second book for Devine, who for us is a local teacher and author.

I really enjoyed reading the story of Tony Antioch who lives in a single parent home in a trailer park. He lives with his mother who can't get her love life or her professional life in order because she is more interested in bringing men into her life that beat her and keep her high on drugs. Tony doesn't have the confidence to stand up to these loser boyfriends until he begins attending a local fight club where he lear
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Natalie
This book was AMAZING. The exact opposite of a light happy read, though. It's a highly realistic interpretation of the life that too many teenagers live today. It's gut wrenching, blood curdling, and absolutely sickening at times. I actually had to put it down for a few days because it was so horrifying. But what's even more horrifying is that the stuff Devine writes about actually happens, and that is why I love this book. It made such a huge impact on me I can't even begin to describe it. I'm ...more
Terry
A solid book about a kid who has nothing and can't quite escape his fate. The plot is perfect for struggling readers, but the many characters and many pages may present hurdles for those same readers. Up until the climactic scene, the story unfolds with realism that captures the desperation of life in the trailer park. Devine is especially effective when revealing how home life can explode at school, as well as when he shows well-intended kids making really poor decisions.

"Tap Out" has plenty of
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Golden Secondary School
This is a mature read with profanity, vulgar language and mature subject matter. It is recommended for senior students and reluctant readers.

17 year old Tony must make some huge decisions about his future - will he choose Mixed Martial arts or the drug-dealing biker gang as his way out of the trailer park?
A. Rolland
Disturbingly realistic because honestly, reality is disturbing if you take off the rose tinted glasses. Devine doesn’t tap dance around feelings; he sucker punches them. Tony wants to escape his life but uses it as an excuse to speak and act the way he does. Holden Caulfield meets poverty and the 21st century.
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Author of fearless fiction: Press Play (10/14),Tap Out, Dare Me, and This Side of Normal. High school English teacher, husband, and father of two girls.

I am represented by Kate McKean of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.
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