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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,269 ratings  ·  154 reviews
Diego must confront the troubling secrets of his past in order to control his anger in Bait, from Lambda Award-winner Alex Sanchez--now in paperback.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published May 21st 2009)
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Diego is a good kid. He studies hard, he takes care of his little brother, Eddie, and most of the time he minds his mom. Diego gets in trouble when he punches a gay classmate after he looks at him funny and winds up on probation.

Distrustful of his probation officer at first, Diego eventually opens up and reveals painful details about his past. Vidas is patient and understanding, and after a few sessions, he learns that there are very serious issues hiding under Diego’s
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Diego has a problem controlling his anger. What began with punching walls has escalated to attacking other students and criminal charges resulting in probation. While meeting with his parole officer, Diego will be forced to confront his demons in order to le
Bait was more of a 4.5 stars. The book revolves around a young man named Diego, who lands himself in hot water with the law when he punches a boy in the face. Diego has always had temper problems but takes it too far when he punches Fabio just because he was giving him weird looks (wow, name the gay kid Fabio? Really? Anyway...) At first Diego would do anything to get out of probation, but then he meets Mr. Vidas, his PO. Mr. Vidas turns out to be a very understanding man and Diego realizes that ...more
If you've read this author's other books, especially the Rainbow trilogy, you'll find this book written with more depth. When 16 year old Diego is accused by classmates of being gay, he always lashes out and gets into terrible fights. He eventually ends up on probation and is somehow able to convince his probation officer to see him for individual counseling to get to the bottom of things.

Diego shows a great deal of courage in looking at the abuse he went through by his stepfather before he (the
Jackson Beaudry
I think Bait is a very good book about a kid who has problems. His problems include cutting himself, Anger issues and not being able to tel people his feelings. He punched a kid and went to court he always nver wanted probation or juvie he realizes that Mr. Vidas his PO helps him with his problems and out of no were at court he ask for probation. He has New rules like not cutting himself, punching holes in his walls has to be home by 10:00 AM. Deigo is slowly letting all his feelings go until Mr ...more
I was really blown away by this book, and I mean that in all sorts of ways.

First of all it’s a story about a young kid (16) who has been carrying around all kinds of painful feelings inside and has learned that it can be dangerous to tell anyone about. Without giving away the specifics of the plot, he experienced some really horrible abuse at home and the person who abused him committed suicide. So, first of all there’s the abuse he experienced, secondly there’s the guilt of feeling responsible
Although I haven't read all of Sanchez's books, I've read the majority and this is very different from his others. This one was darker, more serious and completely refreshing (err, by the end).

He touches upon some very sensitive subjects in a realistic and capable way and helps his lead character get through them. The supporting cast is excellent, from his mother who ignores his situation to the parole officer who is trying to help him. While I wasn't wild about the girlfriend, she provided the
Joe Barker
Secrets, pain, struggle, violence, abuse, fear, chaos. Life is full of all of those things, and most of the time we struggle to keep the balance for ourselves. But what happens when someone else makes a move in our lives that throws off our balance with out giving us a choice. Diego fights a dangerous battle in his own mind, and in his life. After being incited by a look across the lunch room by someone he assumed to be gay, he finds himself sitting in a court room being assigned a Probation Off ...more
This book should be consider a self-help book for those who were molested, abused, and rape and yet it is work of fiction that speaks the stories of millions who sadly could relate to Diego. This is my second time reading a novel by Alex Sanchez and this man can speak volumes for me. I rarely ever read a book in its entirety in one setting and yet both times when I seek the comfort of Alex Sanchez's books, I find myself in the late hours of the night absorbed in his novels. His writing style is ...more
Menglong Youk
Heroes or main characters in fictions are usually considered to be perfectly-behaved and reasonable-problem-solver who never do insane stuff. On contrary, this kind of people do not exist in real life. This book is a story about a short-tempered teenage boy who suffered from what happened in the past. During his life in high school, he's been in fights which resulted him to be sent to court. Considering himself as he could no longer be able to control his anger, he asked the judge to put him in ...more
He stared out the window toward the dark green waters of the bay, thinking—and wanting to forget.

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I am currently almost finished with a project about abused children in the classroom, and through a requirement to read two children/YA books concerning child abuse, I found a reason to read Bait now and I wish I had read it sooner.

This isn’t a story of a g
Jeff Erno
Diego MacMann is a hot-tempered sixteen year old from Texas. Outwardly he seems well-adjusted, in spite of a rather tragic past, yet he finds himself in a situation where his temper gets the best of him. He assaults another student at school after being called a derogatory name, and he ends up in court facing the possibility of probation or a sentence to juvenile detention.

When Diego is assigned a probation officer, Mr. Vidas, it becomes clear that Diego is harboring some rather weighty secrets.
3.5 stars

A book that deals with very serious issues in a rather soft manner.

Diego punches a gay classmate for looking at him "funny." He is a decent, likable character who has very good reasons for his volatile behavior. His probation officer sees potential in Diego and helps him through the dark side.

I like stories where the main character goes through hell and back and becomes a better person for the journey. And I understand this is a young-adult story and the author had to pull in the reins
This was SO much better than his other book "Getting It." Diego ends up in probation due to his anger issues after he punches a gay student at his school. At first Diego doesn't seem to want anything to do with his parole officer Vida. Although Diego is a good student and helps at home with his little brother we find through his sessions with Vida that he is quick to anger when someone insinuates that he may be gay. This issue stems from past issues with his stepfather who sexually abused him as ...more
Gina Richardson/Mengarelli
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I almost forgot that it's 4:00 in the morning as I'm typing this. Anyway, yesterday I finished a book titled Bait. I loved this book even though there were some dull moments. It is a YA book that focuses on as topic that many teens face everyday.

The main character in the book, Diego is dealing with anger issues. REALLY BAD anger issues. He fights a lot and one day his fighting goes to far and he ends up on probation. This story details Diego learning how to let go of his anger and how to forgive
Diego is in trouble with the law. After hitting a boy at school he has to stand in front of a judge and hope he doesn't end up in juvie. Diego has problems and he knows it. He has trouble handling his anger and keeping the nightmares from waking him up at night. With no one to talk to, Diego relieves his anxiety by cutting himself. He has done it so much that he is forced to wear long-sleeved shirts all the time. His scars criss-cross all over his arms and chest.

Diego understands he needs help a
Bethany Miller
Diego MacMann has trouble controlling his anger. When a gay student at his school looks at him in a way that makes Diego uncomfortable, he responds by punching him in the face. Because of this, he gets put on probation, which means that he is required to attend weekly meetings with his probation officer Mr. Vidas. Diego’s father has never been a part of his life and his stepfather committed a suicide a few years back. His mother seems to be in denial about many of the things that are going on in ...more
This book is a brutally honest look at something that far too often doesn't get talked about, but at the same time something that happens far too often. For the life of me I cannot wrap my head around how adults can hurt children, but unfortunately, it happens all the time. I liked Diego from the beginning of the book. By the end of the book I really liked Diego, but I liked Mr. Vidas even more. I like that he stepped in and wanted, more than anything, to help this troubled child. I was angry wi ...more
Daniel Williams
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I thought I'd written a review for this...Guess not. :)

It's the story of Diego, angry teen, confused, secretive and facing charges. He allowed his anger to control him and decked another kid in the face for looking at him the wrong way. But what is the "wrong way" in Diego's book?

This story deals with many things and it does it so well. The message I got the strongest was definitely to not judge a book by it's cover. Not for this actual book, the cover is very nice, but for Diego who besides app
Brandon Witt
Bait was one of the easiest, quickest reads I have had in awhile. I sat down for a moment, and before I knew it, it was over. For a story revolving around sexual abuse, it went down rather smoothly. And while I wasn't in tears or emotional distress, the story was believable, the characters endearing and real. In some ways, it felt strange to take such a tale so lightly, but it is the most appropriate way to address such issues with kids. As a teacher who works with severally abused and neglected ...more
Carol Brandt
This book is about a guy who is recovering from a trauma he suffered as a kid. It's pretty intense, so if you don't like serious books or books that talk about feelings, this is not the book for you. I really liked Bait because it takes you through a guy's journey of facing his demons and also shows what can happen if you don't. The author is a probation officer, so although it's not a true story, he draws on his experiences with people he worked with to make this seem real and genuine. I read t ...more
David Garcia
I have recently been reading Bait by Alex Sanchez. One of the two main character in the story is Diego and Mr.Vida's. Diego is a teenage boy that has gotten in trouble because of his temper and Mr.Vida's is Diego assigned probation officer.The conflict in this story is that Diego get really mad easily in the way that if someone looks at him in a bad way he want to go up to him and start problems.He just rectally visited court because because some teen looked at him in a funny way so Diego punche ...more
Keny Gutierrez
The name of the book is "Bait". The author is Alex Sanchez. The book is about Diego in court with his probation officer for punching a student for giving him a funny look. Diego wants nothing to do with Mr.Vidas, his probation officer.

Along the way Diego notices how Mr. Visas really listens to what he has to say.

Diego starts to trust him and tells him his darkest secret about how his step dad abise d him for years and how he was left alone when his step dad killed himself.

The more time Diego sp
Just finished this book and it's another good one from Alex Sanchez. Diego has anger issues and after an assault charge he gets probation and has to meet with his officer, Mr. Vidas, once a week. And it is with the help of Mr. Vidas that he starts to face the root cause of his anger. Good book with believable characters (though I wanted smack Diego's mother a time or two).
Although I enjoy this author's writing style and subject matter, this was a very predictable book about a teen dealing with sexual assault. Enough said.
This book is a mysterious read. A boy named Diego goes through many obstacles in his life and has to face his biggest fear. Reading this book will make you realize things you have never thought of and maybe even second guess yourself and others. Family is always suppose to be there for you and be there to comfort you but in this case that is not true for Diego. Facing fears alone may be scary. Luckily Diego doesn't have to go through that but putting all your trust in someone who has a secret th ...more
It was good at some parts it was a bit awkward but besides that it had a good story line
The sad fact is I should have bawled my eyes out when I read this book. I should have cried with crushing sea-wave of feels assaulting me at each page. Instead, I was picking on the way it was written. The story, the enormity of what is told about Diego's past was deluded and belittled by an immature writing style . Maybe the familiarity of the prose would have worked better in a 1st Person narrative. I don't know. All I know is that I didn't call this a writing style of any sort. It felt bland ...more
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Alex Sanchez is the author of the Rainbow Boys trilogy of teen novels, along with The God Box, Getting It, and the Lambda Award-winning middle-grade novel So Hard to Say. His novel, Bait, won the 2009 Florida Book Award Gold Medal for YA fiction. Alex received his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Old Dominion University and for many years worked as a youth and family counselor. His ...more
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