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Dogfight, A Love Story by Matt Burgess
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Jan 25, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011, library-book, nook
Read in January, 2011

I missed this book when it came out last fall, but it showed up in several end-of-year Best of 2010 lists. I thought it was phenomenal. It was darkly funny and overtly tragic and just overall very real. The action was very grounded in a specific place and time with cultural reminders (such as the Clemens/Piazza grudge) throughout, but they didn't feel heavy or gimicky.

The main character, Alfredo, was quite a star. Even as he made completely wrong, frustrating choices, he was entirely sympathetic. In fact, the characters in general were well-told and sympathetic. Of course, that made the inevitable, horrific ending all the more crushing.

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