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Over the End Line

3.23  ·  Rating Details  ·  44 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Kyle Saint-Claire is everything Jonny Fehey wishes to be: a star on and off the soccer field, a brain, and one of Millburn High’s most popular students. Jonny unhappily accepts his lesser social status--but then he scores the go-ahead goal in the county soccer championship and everything changes. Jonny is invited to victory party with the in crowd, and alcohol flows freely ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 6th 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 2009)
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alexis
Jun 30, 2009 alexis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books, arcs, signed
Pub Date : July 6, 2009

Summary: Jonny Fehey and Kyle Saint-Claire are best friends.

But, Kyle is everything Jonny wishes he could be, but isn't.

Soccer star. Straight-A student. Highest place on the Millburn High social ladder.

Jonny had finally excepted his lower position on the ladder.

That is, until he makes the scoring goal in the championships.

Jonny can now make it into the popular crowd.

He can finally go to a party at the Circle.

At the party, Jonny's crush is raped.

Kyle and Jonny have always
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Denise
Jun 09, 2010 Denise rated it did not like it
1.0 out of 5 stars I. Did. Not. Like. This. Book. 2 stars (won't work to fill in stars!), January 23, 2009

This review is from: Over the End Line (Hardcover) YA FICTION

That's right -- I didn't like this book. Reviewing it for amazon is hard because to explain my rating I'd have to describe the ending and my reaction to it. In truth, I can't recommend that teens read it except for perhaps shock value -- and still not sure what the moral of the story is supposed to be. Wrongs do not make a right i
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Wisteriouswoman
Oct 10, 2011 Wisteriouswoman rated it it was amazing
I thought Over the End Line was an excellent fast-paced book. Boys and girls both will enjoy the soccer games if they play the sport themselves. This isn't a happily-ever-after tale and has quite a bit of violence as well a surprisingly grim ending. As in real life, this book stresses that there are consequences for all our actions, either natural or imposed. When something horrible happens, those sitting on the sidelines looking the other way need to share the blame—especially the adults. I thi ...more
Courtney
Impressions so far:
1) Not as good as a Chris Crutcher sports-centered novel.
2) The main character is way too interested in how to become popular. He seems to have no other friends than Kyle Saint-Claire, who is one of the most popular kids in school, yet is considered something of an untouchable himself. Not too believable.
3) I listened to the audiobook. The narrator was none-too-helpful in getting me interested in the plot. His narration is too fast, with too little inflection. His attempt at a
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Landon Hertzler
Oct 24, 2013 Landon Hertzler rated it really liked it
Landon Hertzler block 4

Over the End Line

By: Alfred C. Martino

In this book the main character is Jonny Fehey and he wishes to become like Kyle Saint-Claire who is his best friend that is the star soccer player, most poplar kid around, and a straight A student. This story takes place in Short Hills and they attend Millburn High. This story takes place during soccer season during the fall/summer. Also the characters in this book include the whole Millburn soccer team. Stephanie who is Kyle’s sister
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Kricket
jonny is on the varsity soccer team, but spends much of the games on the bench watching his childhood best friend, kyle, being a hero on the field. but jonny's been training hard all summer and is ready to get some more time on the field, ready to be invited to the parties kyle is always going to with their popular classmates.

into the autumn, things are going as planned. jonny likes annalisa, who seems to like him back, and he gets his moment in the sun at a championship game. this leads to a pa
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Sandra
Feb 07, 2010 Sandra rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction, sports
Jonny Fehey loves soccer. He and his best friend and neighbor Kyle are finally seniors and want to end the season with the conference title. Although Kyle is a natural and the team leader, Jonny is constantly training to improve himself and it pays off in the semi-final - he scores the winning point. Elated, Jonny realizes he has made it to the upper rungs of the "ladder" a mythical place in the eyes of Milburn High's students. He is part of the in crowd. At a party with this group Jonny witness ...more
Suzanne Tanner
Jul 13, 2010 Suzanne Tanner rated it it was ok
At first, I thought this was going to be a typical trashy teen novel (it seems all teen novels these days are trashy) with some soccer mixed in, but I got the audiobook for free and decided to give it a go. There was quite a bit of trash in it, but the plot rather surprised me as being much deeper (and darker) than I expected. I'm still not quite sure what to make of the ending, if it was just trying to be shocking or if there was a message behind the madness. I don't necessarily recommend it, b ...more
WCPL Teens
Apr 06, 2010 WCPL Teens rated it it was amazing
Jonny and Kyle have been best friends since grade school, but when they got to high school their paths diverged; Kyle became the star of the soccer team while Jonny could only manage second string. Kyle got accepted into the elite group that meets at "the circle" to party every weekend, while Jonny stays home. It's senior year, and all Jonny wants to do is get one chance to hang out with the popular kids. When he scores the winning goal in an important match, he finally gets invited to the circl ...more
Heather
Sep 05, 2009 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, realistic-fiction
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Ken
Feb 08, 2009 Ken rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, finished-in-2009
Some soccer scenes, as you'd expect, but the social stuff in the background is a huge mess and the ending almost laughably unbelievable. Raw, too. High schoolers and adults, not middle school-aged or younger. The plot is tenuous at best. In fact, the suspension bridge of disbelief doesn't extend this far... Looks like Martino will have to read more Chris Crutcher.
Tyler
Aug 05, 2009 Tyler rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
The synopsis makes this book sound like it would be a great young adult book about how two friends are trying to get along, and are having trouble. I expected some of the stuff that was in it, but the ending was just sick. Who even writes a book like this? I do not recommend it.
Lucy
Jun 30, 2011 Lucy rated it it was amazing
I liked this book. It was an assigment in class and this was the book I got. Although it had alot of scenes... It still shows what is going on in the world at teenage years.
Nicole
Sep 09, 2010 Nicole rated it it was ok
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I have this on my iPod and it's not easy for me to find time without the kids around to listen to this. The story is fine, but it is not enough to make me work to finish.
Nance
Jul 18, 2010 Nance rated it liked it
Enjoyed this. Good male protagonist. Liked the growth of characters. The ending was creepy; but not too predictable. An easy and enjoyable read.
Laura
Mar 18, 2009 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: youngadult
As I was reading this I kept hoping for more. Unfortunately, that more never came.
Marcia
Aug 18, 2010 Marcia rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
Disturbing ending
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