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Foul Trouble

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  341 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein exposes the big money and back-room deals that pervade college-basketball recruiting in this fast-break young adult novel.

Terrell Jamerson is the #1 high school basketball player in the country. His team is poised to win State, top colleges are lining up to give him scholarships, and everyone says he could play in the NBA tomorrow.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Ember (first published November 1st 2013)
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I read foul trouble by John Feinstein and it was a great background to the dirty games of college basketball. It does a great job of going in depth of how most college coaches break the rules of recruiting. They make sure they aren't involved so just the program would be penalized if caught so they could just jump to another job. Usually shoe companies that associated with that school pay the recruit and promise millions of dollars in a shoe deal once he goes pro if the kid goes to the college ...more
Gregory Perez
This book is about two good friends who both play for the same basketball team. Terrell is one of the best basketball players in the country. His friend Danny play point guard for their team. Both of them are a basketball camp. Danny believes.the only reason he was the camp because he is on Terrell"s team. However , Danny help Terrell at the camp. Terrell isn't able to speak to sponsors because he can disqualified from the NCAA. Both Terrell are.going to college th ...more
Alec Honickel
I really enjoyed this book, "Foul Trouble", because it really stayed action packed throughout. You never knew what was going to happen and that is what I enjoyed mostly about the book. I recommend this book for ppl who really enjoy action and basketball books. This isn't just about playing a game, it's about avoiding many obstacles in a road with many turns and roadblocks, and for Terrell and Danny they end up avoiding them creating a great ending to the book. If you want to read a story about a ...more
E Daniels
Foul Trouble is an AMAZING book! The main character's name is Terrell Jamerson. This book is about his life trying to become the best basketball player and pick a good college to go to. Terrell has a long journey to go through but he has his best friend by his side. How you you handle everything if you wanted to become the best player on the team and get a good education? If you want to hear more you should read the book and I promise you'll love it!
Lisa Nagel
I am not a sports person, not even close, so when my eighth grade class wanted to read this as our book group read, I was I a bit skeptical, but a great read this is. Terrell is the hot recruit for the next big thing in college basketball. Danny is not only his point guard, but also his voice of reason and loyal friend. Together they navigate their senior year of high school basketball and the recruiting frenzy. Terrell has to learn who he can trust as he is confronted with the sleazy agents, th ...more
I really enjoyed this book, and it was the first book I purely enjoyed reading the whole way through. The book focused on Terrell Jamerson, the #1 recruit in highschool basketball with his point guard and bestfriend, Danny Wilcox, sharing the spotlight with him. They try to survive the fame and temptation of drugs that could mark them as inellegible to being recruited by colleges. I found the writing style very easy to read without too much confusing phrases in an attempt to make descriptive wri ...more
Jason Baker
Feinstein's book "Foul Trouble" intrigued me with its athletic and relatable style of publishing.

This book teaches that when one door closes, another one opens. John Feinstein's likes to keep readers on their toes and keep it suspense. If you're an athlete, this book can possibly relate to how you feel playing in a sport or getting a scholarship. Danny Wilcox, one of the characters in the story, constantly lives on the superior of his teammate Terrell Jamerson. Terrell Jamerson is supposed to b
Book Review Foul Trouble Jirou Gill

The book Foul Trouble is a pretty good book. It's really good if your mature and you love

basketball. It is especially good if your in high school and trying to figure out what college to go

to. It's not only about basketball it also talks about girls and drugs.

It's about the #1 recruit Terrell and his best friend Danny. It's mostly about Danny but It talks

about Terrell also. Their team was pretty good. Then one game Danny and another Star player

on his tea
Matthew Homco
Foul Trouble by John Feinstein was a very good book. It’s about one of the top high school basketball players, Terrell, having to face the real world, media, scouts, agents, business men, and more. But making the right decisions is tough for him. Terrell thinks it’s a good idea to start taking money and advantages from colleges that want him to attend their school, which is against NCAA rules. He also is making poor life decisions outside of basketball and school by hanging out with the wrong gr ...more
Tyhee Taylor
Foul Trouble by John Feinstein is a basketball drama between two best friends. One friend named Terrell is the best high school basketball player in their city. The other friend named Danny is also a good player but not as good as Terrell. This makes Danny a little jealous and angry. From this conflict it causes drama throughout the whole novel.

I also like many things that I like about this book. The first thing is that is interesting is that they start of at a camp with all of the best high s
Foul Trouble, a book written by John Feinstein was printed in the United States. In November 2013 this book was published by Alfred A. Knopf. I recommend this book to sports fans, because it is a great story about a high school prospect who have to make tough decisions along his way towards college.

Danny Wilcox and Terrell Jamerson are two of the best high school basketball players in the country. The two best friends are on a journey to win the state title. Throughout the book the teammates pl
Kameron Ray

I have finished yet another John Feinstein book, "Foul Trouble" and it just sucked me in right away from the get-go. Feinstein keeps us readers entertained with the constant rules and regulations of recruiting on the high school to college transition. There is a character that resembles almost every life situation. You have the stars from both a poor and well off family, the posse of the big star, the late bloomer, and the sleazeball men that are in it for the money.
Once you get through the intr
Tylers English9

I read the sports fiction novel, Foul Trouble, by John Feinstein. Foul Trouble, is a novel about a high school basketball player, named Terrell Jamerson, and his journey through the college recruiting process. Terrell is one of the top basketball players in the nation for his class. He is being recruited by all the best programs in the country such as Duke, North Carolina, UCLA and many more. Unfortunately, Terrell finds out that there is a lot more that goes on than just sitting down with coach
Andrewb English9
Danny Wilcox and Terrell Jamerson are two of the most desirable high school basketball players in the country. Besides playing with his best friend and the #1 basketball player in the country, Danny must stay focused in order to lead his team to the state finals. Throughout the rough journey they take to get there, their decisions they make will reflect upon them for the rest of their careers. With Terrell’s increasing publicity, everyone wants to make a profit off him. Everyone soon has become ...more
Douglas Cooke
This month I read the book “Foul Trouble” by John Feinstein. It is about Terrell Jamerson is a the top high school prospect. Everyone says that he is bound to play in the NBA. Along with Danny Wilcox who is a rising prospect thanks to lots of help from Terrell. They are both hoping for a state championship because last year they were so close. This year they a have a lot more eyes watch them and have high expectations. One mistake could end their season. On their quest to championship the are a ...more
Rupak S
I read the book Foul Trouble by John Feinstein. I think that not only athletes should read this book, but anyone with a interest for a good book should read this. This goes in depth about the dark secrets of college recruiting. We start out with two boys of the name Terrell Jamerson and Danny Wilcox. They are both great players, but Terrell is the top player in the nation, Danny is just his sidekick as well as his best friend. Terrell and Danny took part of an AAU tournament, but this is where ...more
Grant Mohler
When I see a John Feinstein book in the Library ,I know it will be a good book that I will enjoy a lot. Mr. Feinstein writes about sports and this relates well to me because I love sports. When I saw that he had a new basketball book out I knew I had to read it, so I started reading "Foul Trouble." I was instantly hooked on the book because it talked about real life basketball problems and scenarios that you could see on ESPN.

Foul Trouble starts out with Terrel( the number 1 player in the nation
Carter Weiters
Carter Weiters
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October 5, 2014


Foul trouble is an interesting read and it a great book. It had action on every page and it had excitement though out. The book is about two friends Danny Wilcox and Terrell Jamerson that are high school basketball players and the problems they encounter during their senior year.

The book tells you the path they both took to get to their decision of to play NBA basketball directing out of high school or to go the college route. They are forced to l
Tommy Roskos
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Book Review: Fouled Out
Do you know what it is like to be a teenager and being pressured to play in the NBA? Most people in this world do not know what it is like, but in John Feinstein's, Fouled Trouble, it tells the story of a kid in this situation. This book had many themes such as friendship, pressure to do well, and even learning how to be someone in the real world. The author wants to show us that even though professional sports might seem
Kolton Burley
Mar 08, 2014 Kolton Burley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Basketball players and Sports lovers
Recommended to Kolton by: Nobody
John Feinstein has created another master piece. In this book the main characters: Terrell Jamerson, Danny Wilcox, Jay Swanson, and Coach Wilcox. Coach Wilcox is Danny's dad and the coach of the high school basketball team. Terrell is the #1 high school recruit in the nation. Jay Swanson is a great player who they meet at a summer camp.
Danny is the point guard on the basketball team, he is another good player but some colleges are not recruiting him because some people say that's the only way t
Chase Frey
This story is a about two high school basketball players that are top recruits. Terrell Jamerson is the number one recruit in the country and is looking at many college and people say he could play in the NBA tomorrow. His best friend and teammate Danny Wilcox is an ESPN top 100 high school player himself. Danny is a very good student as well as a basketball player and is looking to go to Harvard from the beginning. The story is about them playing basketball but more about who and who not to tru ...more
Kijana Anderson
The story of Foul Trouble is about two high school basketball prospects that go to a prospects tournament to show college scouts what they can do. One named Terrell Jamerson and the other named Danny Wilcox. When they get to the camp they are overwhelmed by the amount of reporters swarming them. Their coach acts as something like a bodyguard to them so they don't feel like they were getting swamped by reporters trying to interview them and college scouts shouting at them to choose their college. ...more
Kaleb Wolters
Kaleb Wolters

Foul Trouble by John Feinstein was a great book and a very interesting read. It had constant action and excitement on every page. The book is from the point of view of Danny Wilcox a good high school student and basketball player, but also focuses on his best friend Terrel Jamerson who is the number one high school basketball player in the United States. This book tells of their journey from AAU ball in the summer to the moment when they both finally make their college decisions.
Liz B
Good story, awful writing.

I got Feinstein mixed up in my head with Mike Lupica. I've read a book by Feinstein before and it was terrible--creaky mystery set in a sports background. Lupica isn't my favorite YA sports fiction writer by any means, but he is much better at the storytelling aspect of writing than Feinstein...I doubt I would've bought the book if I hadn't been confused. But I did, and here we are.

This is an issue book instead of a mystery, and as such it's one I'd like to get for boo
Jason Roop
Feinstein, J. (2013). Foul Trouble. New York: Alfred A. Knopf an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.

Kirkus Star Review/realistic fiction

As a huge college athletics fan I’m intrigued by the pay for play in college sports. Not many think about the top level high school athletes and what they endure when deciding a college that fits them best. This book looks at the dark side of college recruitment and how one wrong move can hurt a high school kids future forever. I really enjoyed this book a
I always drag my feet when starting a sports book, and I don't know why! I always get sucked in and love every minute! This one dragged a little bit with some of the recruiting/regulations/violations, but I also kind of liked that the story looked at the corrupt side of college basketball. Lots of exciting basketball action and a good right vs. wrong story, as well.
Drew R
I really liked this book it had suspense and the main character's character was tested to see if he was actually the man he wanted to be. Terrel is the main character and he is the #1 high school basketball prospect in the country and his team is favored to win the state championship. He however has to make go decisions and know who his real friends are and not get caught up in the shoe company deals and the agents that could own him. Danny his best friend helps hi m get through all this despite ...more
Taylor Verboven
The genre of this book is realistic fiction. The main characters are Danny Wilcox, Terrell Jamerson, and Coach Wilcox. Terrell is the number 1 high school basketball player is the country. Top collages are lining up to give him scholarships. Danny is Terrell's best friend and also among the top prospects in the country. Their team coached by Danny's dad, Coach Wilcox, is predicted to win the state championship. Terrell has no problem on the court but off the court is a different story. He has to ...more
Feinstein tells the story of a late-blooming high school basketball star, Terrell Jamerson, who becomes one of the top recruits in the nation. His high school coach is doing his best to protect him from the pressure and corruption of the recruiters who are trying to get him attached to certain colleges and products. The coach's son Danny narrates the story. He's a point guard whose own recruitment stock is on the rise and who isn't afraid to start a fight--usually verbal but occasionally physica ...more
3.5 stars
Terrell and Danny are both excellent basketball players, but Terrell is being heavily recruited by colleges who are trying to tempt him with money, clothes, cars, and other promises. While this is illegal by NCAA terms, it certainly doesn't seem to stop everyone from offering - or players from accepting. Danny and Terrell try to stick together to stay strong as well as finish out their high school careers but the temptations are very beguiling.
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John Feinstein is one of the nation’s most successful and prolific sports authors who has written 24 books to date. His most recent work Are You Kidding Me? , written with Rocco Mediate, was released on May 18, 2009, and is presently on the shelf at bookstores everywhere. In addition, he is an award-winning columnist and regular contributor in both radio and television.

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