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Reality Check

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,875 Ratings  ·  341 Reviews
QB of the varsity football team. Passing grades in all his classes. Dating the hottest--and smartest--girl at school. Summer job paying more than minimum wage. Things in Cody's world seem to be going pretty well. Until, that is, his girlfriend, Clea, is sent off to boarding school across the country, and a torn ACL ends his high school football career. But bad things come ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by HarperTeen (first published January 1st 2009)
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Reianna Cambridge
Jun 13, 2009 Reianna Cambridge rated it did not like it
The story was alright but there were so many things that I really disliked about the book. I would not let my teen read this book. There was underage drinking, gambling, pre-marital sex, tons of swearing, which are all topics and ideas I don't want to be putting into my teen's head.
Jun 23, 2010 Becky rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-suspense
I could not put this one down. I really felt a connection to Cody, the main character. He has really only two things going for him - he used to be a great high school football player until he injured his knee and then dropped out of school, and he used to date the richest, most intelligent girl in town, until her dad sends her to an exclusive prep school in Vermont. When Clea, the girl, disappears, Cody gets in his car and drives from Colorado to Vermont, hoping to find her himself.
I loved how
Kate Coombs
Sep 05, 2009 Kate Coombs rated it really liked it
Cody is a football star and is dating a rich girl in a small town in Colorado. Then his life goes down the tubes: Clea's father sends her to a private school in Vermont to keep her away from this kid from the wrong side of the tracks, and Cody suffers an injury that keeps him from playing football. Cody drops out of school to work at a dead-end job. Figuring he really is a loser, he avoids Clea's efforts to get in touch.

Then the news comes out: Clea has gone missing. Pretty soon Cody heads east
Aug 09, 2014 Erin rated it liked it
I don't have any misconceptions about the quality of this book. I've given better books less than three stars, but for whatever reason, I found this to be a very pleasant read at just the right time.

What's it about? The main plot doesn't get going until fairly late in the game, and I don't want to give it away. So I'll kind of dance around it. Cody is a star football player, not exactly an intellectual but sharp in his own way. His girlfriend, Clea, is a super-student whose intelligence is much
Mitchel Broussard
This felt sort of a step down from Abraham's Echo Falls mysteries. Cody was an okay main character, but had none of the charm and wit of Ingrid from the Falls trilogy. And the most important thing about a mystery novel, the, you know, mystery, was way to simple.

Early on its established that Cody is from the poor side of town (he lives over a bar and his dad is a heavy drinker). But Clea, his girlfriend, lives in a mansion, has acres of farmland, and her own purebred horse. So when Clea leav
Cody Laredo has a near perfect life. He is a football star, his girlfriend is the beautiful daughter of the richest man in town, and he looks to cruise through his next year of high school on minimal effort. Then he injures his knee, his girlfriend moves away, and he drops out of school. Apathetic and depressed, he learns of his girlfriend's disappearance on the other side of the country. He's got nothing to lose, so he leaves town to help in the search for her. What he finds in New England, doe ...more
Reality Check
Cady Crowell

I loved this book because it kept me wanting to keep turning the page and read more to find out where Clea was and what happened to her. The author made her disappearance like real life by having her riding her horse in the forest and never coming back to the barn with her horse. The best part that made me feel that there are some great guys out there and it was nice that Cody went all the way to Vermont from Colorado to find out what happened to Clea. That really shows
Tanner Shirghio
Reality Check
Peter Abrahams
This book has 2 main characters named Cody (the football star),and Clea (his girlfriend). Cody and Clea were hanging out at Clea's house, not thinking of when her dad was gonna come home and see he was there. But when Cody heard her dad pulling in the driveway, it was to late to get out of there. So Clea's dad thought for disobeying his rules, she is going to go live with his brother in Hong Kong for the summer. When Clea gets to Hong Kong, her and Cody still talk...bu
Sep 22, 2009 Red rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
I really enjoy Abrahams' YA mysteries. Reality Check is not part of the Echo Falls series. Cody, our protagonist is a 16 year old boy, from lower-middle class small town Colorado. His girlfriend, Clea, is from a rich mining family. Her dad does not approve of Cody and when Dad catches the two of them in her room, he sends Clea off to a Vermont boarding school. When poor student and quarterback Cody, has a season-ending knee injury in the first football game of the season, he ends up dropping out ...more
May 12, 2013 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
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Dec 21, 2015 Alicia rated it did not like it
I hate this book so much that each word is like a tiny "fuck you" from the author. On page 206 and not a single important thing has happened.
Oct 23, 2015 Malyar added it
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Title: Reality Check
Author: Peter Abrahams

Cody is a high school football star that is dating one of the most popular girls in his school, Clea, in the book "Reality Check" by Peter Abrahams. They were a very good couple until bad things started to happen. Clea was an A student but got B's in her report card once and had to be sent to a Vermont boarding school. Then Cody tears his ACL in a game once colleges started to recruit him that would end his high school foo
Oct 04, 2015 Cooper rated it it was amazing
Reality Check by Peter Abrahams is a gripping mystery book. The book is about Cody’s wild adventure. The story is set when Cody’s girlfriend Clea is sent to spend the summer in Hong Kong. After the long summer Clea comes back and learns that she is being sent to a boarding school in Vermont. After Cody learns all this he is devastated. Then in the schools opening game Cody tears his ACL. When Cody thinks things can’t get any worse. Clea then goes missing in Vermont. Based on all the evidence, th ...more
James Luttrull
Mar 03, 2015 James Luttrull rated it it was amazing
Reality Check Book Review

I am writing this book review for Ms. Orona’s 2nd period English IV class. The title of the book I read is was Reality Check, written by Peter Abrahams. There are 330 pages in the book, and was published by HarperCollins. There are only two reasons on why I chose to read Reality Check. The first reason is that I like sporty type of books and it was football related. The other reason is not necessarily the book being required to read, but I was required to read a book fo
Sadie Yuong
Oct 17, 2014 Sadie Yuong marked it as to-read
"Reality check" by Peter Abrahams is about a Teenage boy who's girlfriend goes missing after attending her first year in boarding school. The main characters are Cody Laredo a QB of the varsity football team and his girlfriend Clea Weston a smart and very pretty girl. Both about 16 ending sophomore year. Everything was fine until Clea came home with her report card, her dad was furious and sent her off to Japan for the summer. When she came back he wanted to put her into bording school because ...more
Omasan Omatseye
Oct 03, 2014 Omasan Omatseye rated it it was amazing
Reality check is a book set in northeastern America about Cody Laredo, a star player on his high school football team, good grades and a beautiful girlfriend called Clea. The summer holiday is approaching and Cody had already thought up all his plans for the things him and his girlfriend could do to make it an enjoyable holiday, but there is a problem when Clea’s father send her away to a boarding school across the country. Cody thought it would be the best idea for them to end their relationsh ...more
Erin Chicosky
Aug 27, 2014 Erin Chicosky rated it liked it

Ok first off, I would rate this a 3.75 rather than just a 3. I felt like the novel was well written however maybe I have just read too many books with basically the same storyline.

I won't lie however that I went through most of the book thinking it was all the other characters that were the ones that did it rather then the one person it really was. (Well the one helper rather, since I knew who was the 'mastermind' behind it from the moment he was introduced.)

I think I was
Alison C
In Peter Abrahams' YA novel, Reality Check, Cody is a high school student, close to failing in most courses but reigning supreme on the football field as a talented quarterback and happily in love with the smartest, prettiest girl in their Colorado school. Okay, she's also by far the richest, and when she brings home a B+ in one class, her father decides to send her away, first to stay in Hong Kong with his brother and then to a boarding school in Vermont. Cody, being the noble type, deliberatel ...more
Linda Smith
I really need to check out one of Peter Abrahams' adult novels. The first three that I read were for very young adults. Reality Check is for older teens. The story opens Little Bend, Colorado. High school football player, Cody Laredo, is in love with the prettiest, richest girl in his small town. And Clea loves him right back. Unfortunately, her father does not approve of the match. He sends Clea to a boarding school in Vermont. Cody realizes that he will only hold her back. So, he breaks up wit ...more
Oct 19, 2010 Blitzkriegbop rated it did not like it
I'm really surprised at all the favorable reviews - this is probably one of the worth YA fiction books I have ever read, and I've read over 100. The storyline was extremely slow. I kept hoping that something new would come along, but nothing ever did. Even when the mystery was solved I felt a great sense of dissatisfaction. Everything about the plot and characters was weak to me.
Mar 27, 2014 Emina rated it it was amazing
I was always before interested in Suspense types of books. Those types of books always hold a mystery at the back just waiting to be relived. Just by looking at the book cover you can tell that something isn't going to be right while reading the book. I think that people who are interested in mysteries, suspense, shocking news and people who are all into finding out how a certain mystery happened would like this book because this book involves a lot of that because at the end, you’re trying to f ...more
Kara Moss
May 22, 2011 Kara Moss rated it did not like it
i tend to read teen/young adult and Christian books because generally they avoid swearing and kids sleeping together. that is not the case with this book. i returned it to the library when i read the F word three times on one page. i would like to have read the whole book, but the language bothered me!
Barbara Trimm
Jan 22, 2016 Barbara Trimm rated it really liked it
Gr. 8-11. Cody's life is good. He's a great football player and he's dating the prettiest girl in school. Suddenly things change, he's injured during a game and his girlfriend Clea is being sent away to boarding school for getting a "B" in Stats. When Clea goes missing Cody makes the trek across the country to help in the search. People in the town and at the private school are not friendly or helpful and as Clea says it's hard to know who to trust. Cody is determined to find out what happened a ...more
Gabe Salonen
Oct 08, 2014 Gabe Salonen rated it really liked it
This book catches you off guard often. "Reality Check," by Peter Abrahams is a bout football star, Cody, and his desperate search for his girlfriend, Clea Weston. It's about Cody's girlfriend getting sent to a boarding school, and disappearing. Cody heads to Vermont right away, and discovers some dark some dark secrets about people. One of the things I liked about the book is its mature themes., like underage drinking, gambling, and swearing. Not all people will like this book. The plot is prett ...more
Dec 06, 2009 Holly rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I'm only a short way into this book, but the repeated use of language I don't care to read, hear, say, or think has put me off. I will be returning this to the library unread.
Ashley Parker
Dec 16, 2015 Ashley Parker rated it really liked it

16 year old Cody was living the life of a fairy tale. He was the star quarterback of his high school….

Peter Abrahams’ novel Reality Check is a combination of a love story and a mystery all in one. Abrahams does an excellent job of allowing readers to discover clues alongside Cody as he searches for his love, Clea. Rooting for Cody’s success is easy because of his likable personality. The conflicts Cody faces both internally and externally are what drive this story. Though the story starts out sl
Feb 25, 2016 Ty rated it it was amazing
If you are a person that likes mystery books like I do then this book is your type. The character Cody is a junior in high school,he is the quarterback on the football team in his home town Little Bend. He ends up getting surgery on his knee because someone at the end of the game came up and knock his knee the opposite way. His ex-girlfriend moves the Vermont to a academy school because her dad thinks she can do better. So she leaves Little Bend and goes the the academy to to better. Cody quits ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Sierra rated it did not like it
Between the cursing, poor plot, and just plain worst main character since bella if I could give this a zero star rating I would.
Dec 05, 2014 James rated it really liked it
I am reading the book Reality Check in class. The book is about a 16-year-old boy named Cody who is serious and very talented at football and has a beautiful girlfriend named Clea. They got out of school for summer and Clea got sent away and eventually Cody broke up with her because of distance. Cody was playing football after and broke tore his ACL which would hinder his football scouting career. I think that Clea will have a roll on the rest of this book because she was a big roll in the begin ...more
Sarah Senft
Jun 07, 2011 Sarah Senft rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book!!! It was soo good!!!! This is my all time favorite book!! I think everybody should read it!!
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Peter Abrahams is the author of numerous novels, including End of Story, Oblivion, and Lights Out, which was nominated for an Edgar best novel award. He also writes the best-selling Echo Falls series for younger readers. He lives on Cape Cod.

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