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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  1,644 ratings  ·  317 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
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.
Kate Coombs
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
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
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
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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
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
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James Luttrull
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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
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

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
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.
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
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!
Gabe Salonen
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
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.
Between the cursing, poor plot, and just plain worst main character since bella if I could give this a zero star rating I would.
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
I LOVED this book!!! It was soo good!!!! This is my all time favorite book!! I think everybody should read it!!
Steve  ODonnell
The book Reality Check was very enjoyable and is now one of my favorite books. The story starts in a little town called Little Bend with Cody the quarterback for his football team. He is loving life with his pretty girlfriend Clea, but his life will soon turn around. After an injury in a football game he finds out Clea had gone missing at a boarding school in Vermont. The book was very interesting and enjoyable.
There were many things that I liked about the story and a few that I disliked. I re
I picked up this book randomly from the teen section and realized I had started reading it before, but hadn't gotten very far. I determined to preserve this time and finish the book. Another goodreads member summed up my thoughts fairly well:
"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 pu
Nice plot twists! Engaging easy to read YA Mystery.
Judy (Geeky Reading)

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“Screw your courage to the sticking place / and we’ll not fail.” This is a quote from another book, but it’s important in this one, and I liked it.

I’ve read Abrahams’ Echo Falls series and remember really enjoying it. This one was not quite as good, but enjoyable.

Cody is a football player, but not very good academically. He’s going out with Clea, and he really likes her, but after she’s forced to move away to a boarding school, she goes missing. And then
Dec 01, 2009 Jordan added it
The Reality Check Reality by Peter Abrahams is a very suspenseful type of book. It is about a boy named Cody; our protagonist is in the lower middle class in Colorado. He blows out his knee and can’t play football anymore. He then decides to drop out because he was only at school for football. The protagonist calls himself stupid and yet the author walks the audience through his method of writing. He has a wealthy girlfriend who has moved to Vermont for school. His girlfriend goes missing and Co ...more
As Cody starts his Junior year he is the promising star quarterback and has Clea, the smartest girl in school as his girlfriend. Until she's sent to boarding school states away and he tears his ACL. After giving up and dropping out he is working at a manual labor job when he sees a newspaper telling him Clea has gone missing from her school.

I enjoyed it. I've had a run of really boring books so I'm not sure if it was that great or if I was finally excited to get something interesting in my hand
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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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