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The Big Game of Everything

3.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  145 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
You have to love your family. You do, even if you don't, right? You don't have to understand them or play tennis with them, but you have to love them. It's a rule, and it's the kind of rule you don't break unless you're some kind of animal.

My brother happens to be some kind of animal. My sister rides this sweet gold Honda scooter and has amazing hair. You'd hate her. My pa
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by HarperCollins (first published September 1st 2008)
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Apr 04, 2009 Thomas rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Reluctant teenage guy readers
The summary on the front book jacket really made me want to like this book. It really did. However, I got nothing from this book that made me really enjoy it. I actually had to struggle to finish it. The story is about a boy named Jock that is working at his grandfather's golf course/paradise place with his younger brother Egon. There they go on a number of small scale story lines that don't really have anything to do with each other.

Lots of things going on with this book. The plot, if there was
Sep 22, 2010 Matt rated it it was amazing
I picked this book because it was about golf and my dad cuts down trees in a golf course in San Fransico so i picked this book and it is really iteresting to me.Its about this kid who work on his gradpas golf course and he learns how to maintain the golf course and how to run the golf course.This story was very intersting becuase it this story was just like me and my dad working together at the golf course story. This story had alot of action and adventure and i would reccommend this to anyone w ...more
Apr 27, 2008 Chelsea rated it really liked it
This book threw me for a bit of a loop. It started out hugely funny - to the point where I kept reading bits out loud to whoever was around (yes, I became that reader). The characters were wacky, the setting was creative, the dialog was pitch perfect, and the names were tops (Union Jack, pronounced Onion Jock, was the narrator, and we quickly met his brother Egon, their parents Peach and Leonard, and Grampus, among others).

And about halfway through, real life kicked in. I won't give away what ha
Jan 18, 2009 Stacy rated it really liked it
I love this book. It kept me laughing out loud. It had a unique style ....the story was told from the point of view of one brother, but the younger, "evil" brother kept interrupting with his own dialogue. Very witty, with lots of sarcasm, but still told a good story about family.
Dec 18, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it
1. The Big Game of Everything

2. Chris Lynch

3. This book is about a family that is trying to understand the value of love. Union Jack and Egon, two kids that look up to their grandfather. The grandfather owns a golf complex and doesn't think they should look up to him because he isn't rich enough. All he seems to care about in money, but throughout the book he starts to realize that life isn't all about money.

4. One key motif in this story is greed. Throughout the story greed plays a key factor b
Shally Clark
Jul 20, 2010 Shally Clark rated it it was ok
Shelves: june-july-2010
Families always have their own unique characteristics that make up what is known as the family dynamics. Jock's family is one of the more unique families you have ever met. They are hilarious because of their quirky personalities and actions. However, they are the type of family that everyone knows they are a little bit off. It starts with Jock's parents who decide to give their children odd names, to his little brother who is Jock's complete opposite and seems to enjoy being annoying, to his gr ...more
Aug 06, 2008 Kyle rated it liked it
Jock is a regular, well-adjusted guy, except for one thing: His family is a bunch of freaks. They’re lovable freaks, but freaks all the same, and he’s spending the whole summer with them at his grandfather’s golf course. Although Jock’s devil of a younger brother, Egon, is plotting his early demise, his grandfather has lost more than just a few of his marbles, and the town’s biggest bullies are out to pound him, Jock’s summer is still planning out to be two sweet long months of freedom. That is, ...more
Cana Rensberger
Jun 30, 2010 Cana Rensberger rated it liked it
Jock has lined up the perfect summer job working at his grandfather’s golf course. He figures work will probably be sporadic and he looks forward to racing around the greens in one of the golf carts from Grampus’s mighty fleet. But sure enough, just like in golf, he slices.

It turns out he and his bumbling, antagonistic, younger brother, Egon, are the only caretakers Grampus has hired for the summer. And the mighty fleet turns out to be only two golf carts and Grampus uses one of them for his dat
May 10, 2012 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
This book had me chuckling throughout the whole thing. There was a spot in the middle where it got slow, but keep on reading because it's funny.

This oddball family of "dingleberries" (as Egon likes to call them) have a weird (but normal at the same time) relationship. The characterizations are real, good dynamics, and humor to boot. To give you an idea, Lynch narrates the book in a unique way. In the beginning we hear from Onion Jock (it's Union Jack, but his 6-year old self decided he likes the
Connor Skeels
Jan 29, 2013 Connor Skeels added it
Shelves: book-2
When I looked at the cover of this book I already knew that is was going to be some sort of book that everyone at my age who knows this boook would be amazing. The story is about a 13 year old name Jock and his family who are very wierd because they do things a different way than other families. They want everyone too call them by their real names and there real names are for example Jock's name was going to be Union Jack but he insisted no on that name. Leonard and Peach, his parents own a barb ...more
Jul 31, 2008 Layne rated it liked it
Recommends it for: boys
Recommended to Layne by: ARC
Shelves: arcs
Two brothers who are as different as sugar and flour, a golf complex owned by a grandfather who is a little bit crazy at times, and one summer working on the golf course.

At the start of this book, these two brothers introduce their story, but mostly is the one Jock would narrates. This is a first person account about a summer of change and refocus. I thought it was a book more for middle school kids, but there were a few references that I wouldn't feel comfortable letting my ten year old brother
Tyler B
Nov 05, 2012 Tyler B rated it really liked it
For everyone out there that likes golf, a story that isn’t very serious, and odd families, this book is definitely for you. In The Big Game of Everything by Chris Lynch, everything in the story seems weird at first but eventually it seems more realistic. What i mean by that is the main character’s name is Union Jack(pronounced Onion Jock by his choice), his parents are vegetarians(uncommon), and his little brother is much bigger than him. Now those are just a few things different about that fami ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Jock has lined up the perfect summer job working at his grandfather's golf course. He figures work will probably be sporadic and he looks forward to racing around the greens in one of the golf carts from Grampus's mighty fleet. But sure enough, just like in golf, he slices.

It turns out he and his bumbling, antagonistic, younger brother, Egon, are the only caretakers Grampus has hired for the summer. And the mighty fleet turns out to be only two go
Kelly Thielen
Nov 14, 2012 Kelly Thielen rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed The Big Game of Everything. Lynch's voice carries the story, really giving the characters the punch they need. Perhaps it comes from growing up with lots of siblings or maybe it's the fact that my two older sons remind me of Jock and Egon in the way they interact with one another, but I found the book to be a humorous look at family dynamics and sibling relationships.

Booktalk Notes: Jock and Egon are two brothers who are polar opposites. They are spending the summer working with
Courtney Johnson
Feb 03, 2016 Courtney Johnson rated it liked it
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Kelsie lyn higbee
i really liked this book it teaches you a lot and helps you get more patience in the game of golf. it has a lot of stories that are really fun and entertaining i give this book about 3 stars cause i think the author could have mad it more interesting and more fun but other than that it was really good. it has about 150 pages but that is just a guess.
Mar 31, 2011 Rachel rated it it was ok
This follows Jock and his family and their life running the family golf course. Grampus owns the golf course and hires Jock and his brother Egon to work there during the summer. Egon is all about laughs and getting out of work. Jock really looks up to his grandfather and wants to be like him. During the summer they meet many challenges, a beastly cat, their hippie parents, their perfect older sister, Grammus's visit, fighting with their nemesis, and following Grampus's orders.

I had a really har
Apr 20, 2014 Luis rated it liked it
Well this book was an alright book I guess. There wasn't really a plot or that much action. When a plot was finally introduced, it was towards the end of the book, which I felt was way too late. The problem should have been introduced early on. The book also has a very slow start and bland humor, partially due to the fact that there is no problem yet. But if you actually get towards the end of the book, it actually starts to get good and exciting. Plus it actually shows a lesson that we all, as ...more
Nov 20, 2015 Tamica rated it did not like it
The book I read was The big game of everything by Chris Lynch,
It's about this boy that is telling you about how you love your family even if you don't even show it.
Then his sister rides a silver scooter and how we would not like her and his brother happeneds to be some kind of animal.
Rebecca McNutt
The Big Game of Everything was very well-written. Granted I'm not very into sports, but the dysfunctional family plot is, I think, something anyone can relate to at least vaguely.
Pages for Thoughts
One of the many problems about The Big Game of Everything is that it just went on and on about useless stuff that really could have just taken up a couple sentences, rather than a couple paragraphs. Also, there are some important details that were mentioned early on, but in the mix of the other stuff it was really easy to miss, since there were only a few sentences about it. A lot of times in the book I had to reread some stuff for it to make sense. Not because of the reading level, but because ...more
Greg Bartlett
Apr 02, 2012 Greg Bartlett rated it liked it
This was one of those books that I could really relate to. I could personally relate to the story and the characters. The main characters parents give the children odd names just as my grandfather gave odd nicknames to me and my siblings. The family characteristics are presented in this book are relatable and humorous. However, having said that the plot is very slow and the story is a bit mundane. It is very one-dimensional and if you are not into slow-paced, non-action novels I would not recomm ...more
Sharlene Sanchez
Apr 08, 2011 Sharlene Sanchez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 21-30
This was such a touching story. Jock is learning that there is more to life than money. He grew up with hippie parents who insist on him calling them by their firs name and after his grampus suffers a stroke and they are all forced to pitch in to save the golf course everyone learns the value of family ties.

This was such a touching story to read. I love the emphasis on family and how it is much more important than riches. It makes me so happy to have such an amazing family.
Mary Heyl
Nov 18, 2012 Mary Heyl rated it it was amazing
In this world where accumulating "stuff" has taken on such great importance, this book is a great little life lesson. It is the story of two brothers, polar opposites of each other, their crazy grandfather, their hippie parents and a golf club that is a work in progress. The novel takes the reader on a humorous ride through a summer with these two brothers that will make you laugh out loud and touch your heart.
Nov 20, 2010 Alicia rated it did not like it
Shelves: male, humor, sports
I generally read Lynch's stuff and enjoy it (Inexcusable especially), but I tried and could not get into it. The main premise that two brothers go to work for their grandfather on his golf course and spend a summer learning about life. I don't know if it was Union Jack's voice or if there just wasn't enough enthusiasm in the beginning to stick with it.
Dec 04, 2008 Linda rated it really liked it
Jock, perhaps the only sane member of the family, tries to survive a summer working for his grandfather and with his much-hated brother. A "what's it all about Alfie" story of the daily struggle for power and possessions and in the end it is so really not about that. Characters and language are quirky and fun.
Sep 14, 2010 Chad rated it it was ok
Catchy cast of characters but a somewhat pokey plot about coming of age in a family around the concept of becoming wealthy and what kind of person that makes you. It's lovingly told to be sure, though I'm not sure if most kids would get through this meandering storyline without a book group, but maybe...
Lynch's books have sports as a backdrop (which is a great way to get reluctant male readers who like sports to buy into the books), but they are really about relationships and swimming through the murky waters of the teen years.
Aug 08, 2015 Mitch rated it it was ok
Shelves: prose
Dealing with an aspect of life I've already mulled over, this book didn't really tickle my fancy, feels like it's directed to a younger audience. Still, it was pretty entertaining.
Apr 19, 2012 Vicki rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
Union Jock's family is different. His parents are hippy, happy as you go, his brother Egon is an animal and they both work at their grandfather's golf course resort in the making. Good
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Chris Lynch is the Printz Honor Award-winning author of several highly acclaimed young adult novels, including KILL SWITCH, ANGRY YOUNG MAN, and INEXCUSABLE, which was a National Book Award finalist and the recipient of six starred reviews. He is also the author of FREEWILL, GOLD DUST, ICEMAN, GYPSY DAVY, and SHADOWBOXER, all ALA Best Books for Young Adults; EXTREME ELVIN WHITECHURCH, and ALL THE ...more
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