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Underdog (Wolfe Brothers #1)

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Boys are like dogs - ready to bite, bark and beg to be given a chance to show their value.. "I vowed that if I ever got a girl I would treat her right and never be bad or dirty to her or hurt her, ever." Cameron Wolfe is a dirty boy. He knows it. His brother Rube knows it, because he's one too. they could change - but what would it take?
Paperback, 153 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Ravensburger Buchverlag (first published 1999)
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Ordinarily, if someone said “Hey, would you like to spend a few days in the mind of a 15 year old boy?” I’d emphatically say: “No thanks,” or at a stretch, “Maybe, can I take hand sanitiser?”

However, if someone said “Hey, would you like to spend a few days in the mind of a 15 year old boy via Markus Zusak?” I’d say: “Yes! Give it to me now!”

No one actually said that, but have acquired all three books in Zusak’s Underdog series, and thus this week I spent some time in the mind of Cameron Wolfe: d
Shirley Marr
Apr 30, 2011 Shirley Marr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aussie-ya
Like others, I also chose to read this primarily as it is Markus Zusak's first novel. It's written in his trademark existentialist, charmingly goofy and self-degrading style. The book revolves around Cameron Wolfe and the entire Wolfe 'clan'. Highly autobiographical I suspect (spray jacket wearing Cameron, reminds me of spray jacket wearing Markus) and loose in structure and plot, but Zusak's characterisation and thematic adhesion carries this one through to the end for me.

I enjoyed it. I love
Jul 21, 2015 Katherine rated it liked it
”One boy can be mischievous, but never underestimate the power of two or more.”- Natalie Snapp

Setting:Australia; 1999

Cover Thoughts?:Well, on the one hand, this is indicative of the Wolfe brothers because they always seem to be plotting something. Then again, they probably wouldn’t be at it very long. The face is a bit too close for my taste. I’ve never been a fan of extreme close-ups

”Would I always live with this kind of self-doubt, and doubt for the civilization around me? Would I alwa
Христо Блажев
Аутсайдерът не иска много от живота:

Още един намусен тийнейджър се бори с тегобите на живота, с неразбиращото го семейство, с лудия си брат, гадното училище, бушуващите хормони и, разбира се, с това, че е невидим за момичетата. Камерън Улф обаче е истински, от плът и кръв, във всяка физиономия, самокритика, във всяко сепване, че пак нещо не е направил като хората и отново е застанал на верев на света. Маркъс Зюсак е създал роман в пълен контрапункт с масо
Taylan Tutam
Jun 12, 2016 Taylan Tutam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitap 15 yaşındaki Cameron Wolfe'nin ağzından anlatılıyor. Kitabı anlamakta biraz zorlandım ve hala da anlamadım tam olarak ne olduğunu. Araya bazı bölümler girmişti onlarda Cameron'un rüyalarıydı sanırım onu da pek çözemedim. Normal günlük yaşantılar anlatılıyordu. Kitabın ismiyle pek bağdaştıramadım.
Kitap böyle eğlenceli her şey güzelmiş gibi anlatılıyordu ama anlatılanın altında yatan kasvetli ve karamsar bir anlam vardı.
2. ve 3. kitaplarında konuy kavrayacagımı düşünüyorum.
Doğan Sakarya
Jun 07, 2016 Doğan Sakarya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitabımızı Cameron Wolfe isimli, 15 yaşındaki bir çocuğun ağzından okuyoruz. Seçmediği bir hayatı yaşamak zorunda kalan Cameron'un ailesi ve çevresindeki yaşadıklarını okuyoruz. İyi kitaptı ama daha iyi olabilirdi. Zusak'ın Kitap Hırsızı'nı bayıla bayıla okumuşken (Hiç Kimse Sıradan Değildir kitabı da güzeldi) bu kitaptan beklentim yüksekti. Beklentim karşılanmadı ama okuduğum için pişman da değilim. Camerorun'un kendi kendine konuşmaları ve aklından geçenler beni bazen üzdü, bazense güldürdü. S ...more
Underdog was Markus Zusak's debut book. Although it is lacking in the beautiful delicacy and the well thought out plots of The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger, it shows that even for a debut book, Zusak had undeniable talent for writing.
The writing style was beautiful. The word choice spoke to my heart and really touched me.
His mixing of poetry and prose was also superb.
The characters were relatable, and so SO real.

Where was he a bit lacking?

The plot.
It wasn't that there was no plot. It was
Luke Wilson
Jun 24, 2014 Luke Wilson rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Markus Zusak says in the introduction to the American edition that he doesn't like the series that much and would change a lot if he could redo it. And to a point, it isn't really nearly as good as The Book Thief or The Messenger. It lacks the sense of direction and the subtextual deepness that he other books have.

That being said, it's still a Zusak novel, so it's still very definitely worth reading. His unique voice definitely still comes out and his stylistic choices are still superior to many
Muhammad Ahmed Siddiqui

This book started pretty well but the rest was a dull affair to be honest.

It's a simple story about 2 brothers who are losers in life and want to make a name for themselves.
Most of this book is just a build-up to the later parts of the series. The writing is immature, everything is written like a daily routine and Markus Zusak himself said that these were his introductory days of his writing career but still I expected some Zusak-touch in t
Ezgi Tülü
Bu yorum aynı zamanda Athena'nın Güncesi'nde de yayınlanmıştır.

Okuduğum ilk Markus Zusak kitabı olan Köpek Düşleri, ne yazık ki bende umduğum etkiyi yaratmadı. Yazar hakkında sıralanan övgülerden dolayı bir beklentiyle, bir umutla başlamıştım kitaba fakat kısa olmasına rağmen bitirene kadar canım çıktı ve can sıkıntısından ölecek duruma geldim.

Kitap, 15 yaşında, ergenlik çağının ortalarını yaşayan, Cameron Wolfe adlı bir oğlan çocuğunu anlatıyor. Cameron'ın kendinden büyük üç kardeşi var, Steve
Aug 08, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Before Zusak gained fame for writing the beloved novel The Book Thief, he wrote a trilogy of books about a young man named Cameron Wolfe: The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, and Getting the Girl.

This is his first book and the beginning of that trilogy. It tells the story of the Wolfe brothers from Cameron’s point-of-view. He and his older brother Reuben live in Australia and spend their time getting in trouble and annoying their family members.

The novel feels immature in some ways. The style f
Mihaella T.
May 12, 2016 Mihaella T. rated it liked it
I really wish Goodreads would make half-stars because I'm tired of always indicating that a book deserves more or less than I've rated it. So, yes, The Underdog isn't a three-star read but it isn't worth the four stars either - 3.75 is my actual rating.

It's a friend of mine's most favorite book and seeing how it has affected him was more beautiful than the reading process itself. Cameron Wolfe is literally the epitome of him! I could also find parts of me in that character, but he was the only o
Penny Poppleton
May 04, 2010 Penny Poppleton rated it really liked it
Markus Zusak's first book. Bloody excellent. I want to climb inside his fiction.
Ief Stuyvaert
Mar 06, 2013 Ief Stuyvaert rated it liked it
Very good. Not as great as 'The Bookthief' ofcourse, but then, what book is?
Gary Lawrence
Aug 31, 2015 Gary Lawrence rated it it was ok
I imagine when Markus Zusak returned to his alma mater, Engadine High school as a beginning English Teacher, he found, as I did, that a core group of adolescent boys were very difficult to motivate. They would have not been moved by the literary works suggested to them, and the classics, books, and essays that featured feelings rather than action probably inspired only disruption. In 1999 you couldn't design an English curriculum based on TV, movies, websites and youtubeI
I am pretty sure this w
Tilly Booth
Jan 25, 2015 Tilly Booth rated it liked it
Underdogs by Markus Zusak.

I love Markus Zusak. I could probably go on for a ridiculous amount of time on how great his writing is (It’s seriously great. I love everything about it. I wish that I had talent as great as he does) but you’re just gonna have to trust me (unless you want like a huge review to read).

So, not only is his writing great but so are his stories. Underdogs consists of three novels. You have Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe and Getting the Girl. When I finished Underdog I was s
Aug 05, 2011 Sarah rated it did not like it
This book is a joke. It has no plot and no point. As with 'The Book Theif', I WANTED to like it because Markus Zusak is not only a young Australian writer of YA fiction but ALSO (I discovered) quite cute. But I couldn't do it. The writing is clearly supposed to be very deep and meaningful and writerly but instead was deeply annoying and pretentious.

"Had the years defeated us?
Had they worn us down?
Had they passed like big white clouds, disintegrating very slowly so that we couldn't notice?"

I m
Jul 29, 2013 Ceecee rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
As much as I love Markus Zusak, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I wanted to.

Of course, after reading The Book Thief, nothing compares. And I understand that this being his debut novel I can hardly expect something as grand and heart-wrenching as The Book Thief.

Underdog is just about a boy and his ordinary life, and also his aspirations. It's almost autobiographical in writing style. There's no Big Baddie, nor a big climax. Just a book about the head of a 15-year old boy.

Cameron Wolfe is a sw
"Estávamos vendo tevê quando decidimos assaltar o dentista
-O Dentista? - perguntei para o meu irmão.
-Claro, por que não? - Foi a resposta que ouvi - Você sabe quanto dinheiro entra numa clínica dessas durante o dia?Chega a ser obsceno.Se o primeiro-ministro fosse dentista, o país não estaria do jeito que está agora, sério.Não haveria desemprego, nem racismo, nem machismo.Só dinheiro."

Oi gente, tudo bom?A resenha de hoje é o novo lançamento da Bertrand e o segundo livro do autor de A Menina que
Apr 06, 2014 Cari rated it really liked it
It's definitely not a secret that Markus Zusak is my favorite author. The man is a magician with words and I can't get enough...

The biggest appeal of reading Underdog was to discover Zusak's very first book and to see how the writing style differed from it and his later works. I've read that you can see Zusak's writing style develop before your eyes as you progress through the Wolfe brothers trilogy.

Underdog tells the story of Cameron Wolfe, a teenage boy who is constantly making mischief with
If you've read Zusak's The Book Thief or The Messenger, you'll notice a huge difference in quality between them and this. Granted, The Underdog is his debut novel. It just kind of... doesn't have a plot. It's also 160 pages long - far too short for any decent development, IMO. At least I got to finish it at a snap during deadline/test crunch week.

I've already bought the next two books in the series and hopefully they serve as a good follow-up. All I can say now is ehhhhhhhhhhhh. 15-year-old guy
Eliana Olivera
Aug 17, 2014 Eliana Olivera rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4.5 WOW! Empece a leer este libro sin esperar mucho, he leido varios reviews diciendo que no es muy bueno, quejandose de los personajes, del plot y de mil cosas por eso a mi me sorprendio lo mucho que me iba gustando y a medida que iba leyendo me gustaba mas, no es La Ladrona de Libros no, pero si se nota que es del mismo autor, que manera de escribir la de Markus Zusak, tiene una manera de contar las historias unica.
He leido mil veces la pregunta 'Con que personaje ficticio te identificas?' y
Angel's books
Kitaptaki karakterler eğlenip gülüyorlar ama anlatılanların karamsar bir havası var. Zaten kısa bir roman olduğundan, böyle kafa dinlemeye bir yerlere gidip, bir kaç saatlik kitap arkadaşlığına ihtiyacınız varsa bu kitabı seçebilirsiniz :)
Italo André
Dec 15, 2013 Italo André rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O Azarão é um livro curto, de linguagem simples e conta com praticamente nenhuma trama. Mas o livro arrancou de mim boas risadas em alguns momentos. E foi muito bom lê-lo, é um relato adolescente que soa real, que me fez lembrar de minha adolescência e de minhas angústias na época.

Gostei bastante. Apesar de não ser nenhuma obra prima, releria numa boa. Gostei do narrador/protagonista e torci por ele (o que foi um tanto inútil, basta olhar o título do livro). Cameron Wolfe é um adolescente normal
The order that I read Markus Zusak books:

I am the Messenger
The Book Thief (multiple times)
Getting the Girl

The first book is exactly that, his first book, it's clear he is still finding his voice and developing his style at that point - he says more or less in the forward at the beginning of the newly released trilogy. In that sense, I enjoyed it. Having read everything I did before Underdog it's great to be able to see how he has grown as a writer, which is evident even in the short span
Cordelia Mal
I was having problmes deciding whether to give it 3 or 4, but I settled with 3. Should be 3,5, though.

Ever since I read The Book Thief and I Am a Messenger, I have been totally in love with Markus Zusak. Therefore, even though it was in the kids’ section of my local library, I didn’t hesitate for a minute, and just borrowed it. I was hoping to get another masterpiece like the two already mentioned. Well, you can’t always get what you want.

The novel is a story of a few weeks’ life of an average t
Joe Paul
Feb 28, 2015 Joe Paul rated it liked it
The story is about two brothers, Cameron and Ruben Wolfe, and is narrated from Cameron's first person perspective. Cameron, like many teenaged boys, is consumed by his desire to have a girlfriend. This desire ultimately upends a half-hearted attempt at robbing the local dentist with Ruben. The Wolfe brothers are derailed by the pretty secretary sitting at the front desk, and rather than walking away with some cash, all they receive are appointments for checkups. Eventually, working as an assista ...more
Apr 03, 2014 Brooke rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-reviewed
Favourite Quote: “There was only me who could worry about what was happening here, inside these walls of my life. Other people had their own worlds to worry about, and in the end, they had to fend for themselves, just like us.”

After reading The Book Thief and I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak, I knew I had to read more of his works, so I picked this book up! Since this was his first novel, I did not expect it to be as good as his other books and I wasn’t wrong, this book was no where near as
Tomáš Kratochvíl
Mar 16, 2016 Tomáš Kratochvíl rated it did not like it
Honestly, I enjoyed more reading Twilight saga than this. And I think that this comparison is rather accurate since both is about irrational, EMO deviants. However, the psychology of characters in Twilight is at least well-maintained. This is just... wrong. I don't say that Zusak believes in those stereotypes he wrote about... but the stereotypization is so exaggerated. The whole story screams in to your face: "I'm just trying to depict a typical teenager from the lower white class."

And I don't
Na to, abych měla od knížky předem nějaké očekávání, jsem příliš "mladý" čtenář. S třetí Zusakovou knížkou to bylo ryze o tom, že vím, že je přeložená a že si ji prostě chci co možná nejdříve přečíst. Prostá potřeba, která měla ukojit moji zvědavost a jakousi prapodivnou touhu. A to se mi poštěstilo; přelouskala jsem ji během dvou dnů a jak už to bývá zvykem (...celkem úsměvné, že to tak můžu napsat), četla se mi velmi dobře, opět ten báječný styl psaní, který mám tak ráda (ujíždím na těch krátk ...more
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Markus Zusak was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief , which is translated into more than forty languages. First released in 2005, The Book Thief has spent a total of 375 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and still remains there eight years after it first came out.

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  • Fighting Ruben Wolfe (Wolfe Brothers, #2)
  • Getting the Girl (Wolfe Brothers, #3)

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