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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  1,863 ratings  ·  177 reviews
The 2009 Lambda Literary Award-winning novel is finally available in paperback! This new second edition includes two brand new bonus chapters, a foreword by former NFL punter Chris Kluwe, and an afterword by co-founder Jim Buzinski.

Star quarterback Bobby Framingham, one of the most talented high school football players in California, knows he's different fro
ebook, 256 pages
Published September 18th 2008 by Dutton Books (first published September 1st 2008)
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Out of a Pocket is a coming out story about of a 17-year-old Bobby Framingham, a senior quarterback. Bobby just starts to deal with having dreams about men, and realizing that he is gay. He decides to tell his best friend about it. But it escalates to something that he has not expected, because his best friend tells his other friend, and then suddenly an article about him being a gay quarterback is out, and it is impossible for him to keep the secret any longer.

The book is told from Bobby's firs
All-American star quarterback Bobby Framingham should enjoy his senior year of high school. He has a talented team to back him up, a weird yet funny best friend, and two relatively normal parents. But he also owns a secret no one knows about: he's gay. When his sexuality comes into the limelight, Bobby risks losing everything he's worked so hard for - the support of his teammates, a chance to play college football, and his relationship with his family. Now he must navigate the risky waters of be ...more
Jun 08, 2012 Justin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: current and former high school athletes struggling with their sexualities
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This book literally changed my life. I know that it sounds a little heavy-handed, but there's no other way to describe the impact that Out of the Pocket had on me, as a former high school football player struggling with his sexuality.

Unfortunately, I discovered this book about a year too late (I graduated high school in 2009 and didn't read this book until 2010), and I can't help but think that if I had read Out of the Pocket while I was still in high school, my approach to my homosexuality may
Jeff Erno
More times than I can count I've praised authors who have produced "well-written" books. In this particular case, I do not think such a description would do justice to such a beautifully articulated story. The writer's voice of this author is purely melodic, and the flow of the prose is so natural and seamless that it literally carries the reader along until all of a sudden they've sadly reached the last page.

Out of the Pocket is without question a coming-out and coming-of-age story, but I'm re
4.5 stars

Out of the Pocket won the Lamba Literary Award in 2009 for the Young Adult category and I can easily see why. This touching coming of age story is about a popular high school quarterback that is outed as gay against his will and he struggles to find his balance after this action. In the end Bobby not only accepts his sexuality and makes a positive impact but he has a lot of support and a hopeful, if uncertain, future. The great writing offers a glimpse back into glory days of high schoo
Serena Yates
I loved this book. It's the story of Bobby, a 17-year old quarterback who realizes he's gay and has to make the decision whether or not to come out and be accepted for who he is in his senior high school year. Or whether to stay in hiding, "play it safe", and not "mess up" his chances of becoming a pro football player (as he sees no openly gay role models in any of the four major American sports).

The book brings out all the issues a highschool senior fights with in the context of him being gay a
Jennifer Wardrip
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In the locker room, the word fag is tossed around jokingly between teammates. What they do not realize is that among them is someone struggling to accept that he is different, that he is gay.

It is one thing being gay - it is totally another thing playing a testosterone-driven sport, being the star quarterback, and being gay.

Bobby Framingham, star quarterback, who dreams of playing for Stanford, is an all around good guy; handsome, popular and
Aves Raggiana
What a heartwarming and skilfully written story! This book has a simple, forthright, straight-forward, All-American adolescent maleness all over it. Definitely a guy’s guy book, written with a decidedly male voice, that much is unequivocal. Konigsberg captures perfectly the horror, the confusion, the initial inchoate attractions for one’s own sex. Any man who’s ever experienced the first tremulous premonitions that something is “off”, that the way he looks at a woman’s breasts is not quite in th ...more
Kaje Harper
This is a very good young adult novel about a high-school quarterback who is facing the fact that he is gay and trying to decide when and how to come out. He knows it could have an impact not just on his personal life but on his chances for a college scholarship and his acceptance by his current team. When he trusts the wrong person and his secret begins to leak out, he has some big decisions to make.

I enjoyed this book. Bobby feels like a real teenager, and the reactions of the people around hi
Smith Barney
Oh compel us to want to give you the moon for a review. And many I will just say ditto.
Rick Fisher
A beautifully written coming of age story about a young gay high school senior, who happens to be a jock.
At times, the acceptance seemed somewhat unrealistic, but I come from a different generation. When I graduated in the early 80's, I would never have dreamed of being so forthright with my schoolmates/friends.
I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, the dialogue and the very well thought out ending.
If you are looking for a m/m novel filled with sex, forget this one. Its not there. And, that is what
Kayla Whitaker
In his senior year of high school, football star Bobby Framingham has come face-to-face with the reality that he is a homosexual. The novel follows his journey through his decision of weather or not to “come out of the closet.” After weighing his options, Bobby decides he is not ready to come public for the fear that his sexuality will interfere with his recruitment to play college football. After speaking with a “friend” confidentially, Bobby soon learns that his secret has been let out, and al ...more
Amy Miller
Bill Konigsberg’s Out of the Pocket is an inspirational story of a teenager who is discovering a new identity for himself: he realizes that he is gay. This epiphany is fraught with worry, and it is even more complicated for Bobby Framingham, the high school star quarterback. As Bobby wrestles with all of the feelings and emotions of his discovery, he is torn about whom to reveal his secret. He finally decides to share it with his closest friend, but word gets out. As the news travels quickly thr ...more
I first found out about this book during my holiday reading spree. I had run across some YA fiction that focused on gay issues and, not having such things when I was a YA, I quickly immersed myself in lots of different titles and authors.
Having consumed so much in such a short period of time, I was a little burned out on the subject. I created a wish list, adding this title to it, and moved on to some other subjects. The book again turned up, this time as the March selection for www.mygaybookclu
Out of the Pocket
By Bill Konigsberg

This is a novel that involves a 17 year old high school quarterback who realizes that he is gay. Bill Konigsberg’s writing is impeccable. Konigsberg writes in a way that grasps reader’s attention and forces them to feel what the main character Bobby is feeling. Bobby, the quarterback, struggles with the decision to tell people of his realization until he is about to be publically called out by the high school paper. This novel shows a different side to homosexu
Ulysses Dietz
I'll say that my own review of "Out of the Pocket" was influenced by a 3-star review posted on Amazon by Zach - a gay high school athlete whose own take on this book was really interesting and helpful for me.

This YA novel about Bobby Framingham, a star high school quarterback coming out and dealing with the consequences, is refreshingly different from many I've read. It does not focus on a romance - although there is one suggested. I was so pleased that it is totally PG rated (except for the gen
Elisa Rolle
Finally a novel where a boy has the chance to prove that not all teenagers are troubled kid, and that, yes, it’s not simple to be gay, but it’s not even the end of the world. True, Bobby, the boy in question, is probably living in a better situation than the majority of the gay teenagers out there, and it’s easier for him, but still, what strongly comes out of this story (no pun intended), is that, if a teenager has a strong and supporting family on his back, and a good net of relationship in fr ...more
Joey Deliz
Bobby Framingham, wow what a great character. His whole experience is so beautifully and accurately written by Konigsberg that I felt as if this young man were real. I graduated in 2008, when this book was published, and to read it now, at a later stage in my life, was very moving for me because of how real each of his characters actions, reactions, values and dialogue seemed to me. At certain points it felt like I was reading about people I had known forever, I was that involved in Bobby's expe ...more
I felt that Out of the Pocket was a great novel to break typical gender stereotypes and stereotypes about sexual orientation. Bobby, the main character, is the quarter back for his high school football team. He is gay but exhibits none of the qualities television and other media outlets would have you believe to be essential to all gay men.

The novel makes a very good attempt to cover the entire teenage experience, not just a LGBTQ teenage experience. Bobby is a person and not just a gay footbal
Leslie Nicoll
I went to my thirtieth high school reunion a few years ago, and much to my surprise, our HS football star was there with his partner. Who knew he was gay—none of us, that’s for sure. Would that our Bobby (yes, he has the same name) and the rest of us could have read the story of Bobby Framingham in Out of the Pocket. I bet his high school years would have been a whole lot easier and more pleasant—not that any of us knew it was unpleasant at the time. Such is the tragedy of the closet.

I accidenta
Fantastic YA read about a high school football player who's faced with the reality of coming out within the world of athletics. I really appreciated the way that this timely topic was handled. I have a lot of hope that kids in high school, particularly athletes, will one day find a more tolerant atmosphere that will make them more comfortable with coming out before they head to college/pros. There was definitely some angst here and some intolerance, but overall it made me hopeful that, even if t ...more
Ringo The Cat
Admittedly, an incredibly important book content-wise but I was really disappointed with the execution of it. Konigsberg 's sophomore novel Openly Straight is in that respect clearly a step up from this debut novel.
3.5 for story
2 for style
I finished this book in about one sitting, and I enjoyed every second of it! At first I thought it was strange that none of the football talk and terms got me bored, but I enjoyed the story so much it didn't even phase me. Bobby is 17 years old, and he's the star quarterback.., not only that but he's also gay. Bobby struggles coming to terms with his sexuality and his feelings for guys. This book was a lot about Bobby coming to terms with himself, and being open and honest. Coming out was a very ...more
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Wow! What a great book. OK, so quick synopsis...closeted gay football star makes tentative steps toward coming out only to be outted far quicker than he intended, throw in family, friends and recruiters and you've got yourself a novel! Every scene is well illustrated while not being trite. So easily with gay/coming out fiction it can all get a bit preachy, but Bill K, does an amazing job of being both believable and surprising. The chracters seem natural and well developed.
Sean Kennedy
(3.5 / 5)

A nice, easy read with some engaging characters that is sometimes overburdened with a lot of sportsplay description (although that may appeal to the target demographic!) and some slight OK!homo. That's not to say things are all gravy for the young protagonist when he is outed (and betrayed) by a school journalist, but there is a LOT of easy acceptance which may not ring entirely true just yet. However, these are only slight flaws in a recommended read.
I liked this. Really the only I had with it was that it doesn't compare well to Openly Straight, which I absolutely loved when I read it a month ago. Although the two novels are very different (in Out of the Pocket, Bobby is forced out of the closet, while Openly Straight's Rafe is trying to see what life is like inside it...), the main message I got from them is quite clear: it's important to be who you really are.
This was an interesting novel, though -being Australian- I have to admit that th
Molli B.
So good. I think maybe is the type of sports story I was hoping for when I read Amy Lane's The Locker Room, which didn't have much. Lots of sports in this, which I love reading about, even though I don't really care about watching football. It created a solid backdrop for Bobby's story. If you're not a sports person, or if you actively dislike football (American), this might not be the right book for you.

I like how well-balanced everything was in the story. Nothing was perfect, but nothing was a
Wow. As super readable as "Openly Straight", as a whole, it has an excess of football for my tastes and it´s not quite as tight as Konigsberg´s second novel. As a YA it´s original in its protagonist, a gay quarterback sounds quite "contradictory" to the general public (sports in general are so homophobic that this continues to be shocking.)

BIT of a general SPOILER.
I would have appreciated a little more development in the romance, if it had to be there, since otherwise I would have kept it focus
The very first book I read by Mr. Konigsberg was Openly Straight. From that book, I know this author will never ever this disappoint me, and voila! I am so right. I want more books by mr. Konigsberg, and I must say he is a very sweet man (I met him before)

I am a big fan of the whole book, but I am not so sure about the bonus chapter.


If mr. Konigsberg could brag something about, he has 100% right to brag his writing style. I'm gonna say it again--
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Bill Konigsberg was born in 1970 in New York City. Expectations were high from birth - at least in terms of athletics. His parents figured he'd be a great soccer player, based on his spirited kicking from inside the womb. As it turned out, the highlight of his soccer career was at Camp Greylock in 1978, when he was chosen for the Camp's "D" team. There were only four levels. Bill played alongside ...more
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“The Greeks were smarter than us, and they had different words for different kinds of love. There’s storge, which is family love. That’s not us. There’s eros, which is sexual love. There’s philia, which is brotherly love. And then there’s the highest form. Agape. He pronounced it "aga-pay." "That’s transcendental love, like when you place the other person above yourself."
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