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Seventeen-year-old Tony Antioch lives in Pleasant Meadows, a trailer park where questions aren't asked since everyone already knows the answers from their own experience. He dreams of rescuing his mother from her constant stream of abusive boyfriends but in reality can barely duck the punches that are aimed at himself.

When Tony is coerced into joining his friend Rob's Mixe
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Running Press Kids
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Greg
"TapouT: an expression of combat known worldwide"

Gosh this is a sort of disturbing book. And it's being marketed for teens. I like to pepper my reviews with fucks, shits, douche bags, assholes and assorted other words but the language in this book really set me back a bit. The first page along has at least 7 cuss words, one of them being in the first sentence. I'm not against cursing, in fact I think it's a wonderful thing but there was sort of an overabundance of it here, or maybe I'm only noti
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Lord Nouda
May 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: I got this book to review from Netgalley. However the fact that I got it from the publishers has had no influence on my review. This review is 100% honest and comes straight from my heart (lol).

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When I first saw the title of this book, I was expecting something akin to the movie Never Back Down with epic fight scenes and an ending where everyone comes out happy. Tap Out proved that not everything MMA related is awesome.

In this review I'll be a
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Shay
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Please don't dismiss this book based on the average Goodreads rating, which is low- 3 stars. Part of me thinks that this is due to the language, sex, and violence that permeates this book. One reviewer even said that he thought that this book may end up getting banned- and I think it very well may. Now, I was a teacher, and banning books like this never ceases to amaze me. Why? Well, I was taking classes for my Master's and one of my classmates was a high school gym teacher and former police off ...more
Bethany Crandell
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As a seventeen year-old, the only thing I was worried about surviving was the embarrassment of a pimple in my senior picture, or my mom crashing my first keg party. Tony Antioch's world is very different. Survival for him is the true definition of the word: Get out alive.

From the opening pages, we are transported into a world of poverty, abuse, and disappointment that most of us, thankfully, have never known first-hand. My connection with Tony was immediate. My heart ached for his situation and
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Sharon Tyler
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Tap Out by Eric Devine is a book for young adults and adults about how hard reality can be for some young people, and how finding a way out might seem like an impossible dream. Tony Antioch is seventeen, and lives in a trailer park called Pleasant Meadows. No one here asks questions, because everyone already thinks they know the answers. Tony dreams of standing up and rescuing his mother from her own drug habits and constant stream of abusive boyfriends. Tony's friends each have their own troubl ...more
Rachael
If you want to see more of my reviews, check out my blog @ Moosubi Reviews!

Let me first share what the first line of the ARC version of Tap Out is:

I am a pussy.

Tap Out is by no means a book for everybody. It has a lot of swearing, violence, and mature content. If you’re the type of reader that is offended by these types of things, like the line above, I would suggest reading another book.

That being said, I thought that this book was brilliant. It definitely showed the struggles of all the char
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Aidan
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was about a seventeen year old kid named Tony Antioch with a hard to believe, difficult life. His father left him when Tony was too young to remember him and ever since then his mother would have boyfriend after boyfriend who would abuse her and take her for granite. Tony's has been living his life keeping his head down and his mouth shut. Tony's best friend Rob got him interested in martial arts which soon became an escape for him, a way to forget about everything that is going on in ...more
Amelia Elizabeth
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I've been struggling with writing this review. As a librarian I have one view of the book and as a reader I have another, and they don't match up and I don't know how I should review the book. I finally decided to just write this review as a reader, because when I think about the library and our readers, I don't think this book would fit in with what our YA readers are interested in reading.

This book was full of things that shocked me, especially since I was reading a YA book. Even with those s
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Dylan Alden
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book Tap Out by Eric Devine is about a boy by the name of Tony Antioch lost his dad at a young age and is stuck with a step father that beats his mom and him. Tony was walking down main street and something catches his attention, a boxing gym. Tony always wanted to learn how to properly fight and he thought this would be perfect for him. later in the book tony does something wrong that makes his step father beat the crap out of his mom, tony was finally man enough to step up and defend his m ...more
Gabrielle
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Through reading the book, Tap Out by Eric Devine, you go along a journey with seventeen year old Tony Antioch. He endures severe hardships consisting of a mother who is beaten by boyfriend after boyfriend, an extremely tough neighborhood and school filled with people without a future, but he uses mixed martial arts as an outlet in this crazy life. This story was a good read from cover to cover and some readers may be able to relate. "I grab the back of my head and bury my face into the crooks of ...more
Steven
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tony goes to school and has a promising future of being one of the few to go to college in his town and he has some good friends at the fighting gym that he goes to. He doesn't give up easily and is learning to not let anyone get in the way of what he wants. Tony wants his moms boyfriend, who is a part of the local gangs, to stop abusing her and he wants the gangs to let him choose what he wants to do freely. The only thing keeping him from doing this is they want him to stay with them for the r ...more
Sadie Hatfield
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
At first, I saw the summary of this book, and I thought, "This sounds like an interesting book to read.". Instead, I could not get through 20 pages because every other sentence, there is at least one cuss word. I can take occasional cusses. Heck, I myself cuss like a sailor, but this book is more crude and dirty than my mind! So, if you can get through it, great. I just cannot get through it at all.
Martin Alanis
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
great language
Conner Holtrust
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Tap Out does give many gruesome details and has very very fowl language, but it does share an important message and story that many people could learn from.
BookHookup
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
The original review for this book can be found here on The Book Hookup blog.

**Note** An uncorrected eGalley of this title was provided by the publishers via Net Galley. However, that did not influence this review in any way.

Christina's Review:

There could be a few SPOILER-ISH THINGS! below depending on how carried away I get with this review. You have been warned.

The Lowdown: Told in the point of view of seventeen-year-old Tony Antioch, Tap Out is the disturbingly graphic tale of a young man’s
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Christina
The original review for this book can be found here on The Book Hookup.

**Note** An uncorrected eGalley of this title was provided by the publishers via Net Galley. However, that did not influence this review in any way.

There could be a few SPOILER-ISH THINGS! below depending on how carried away I get with this review. You have been warned.

The Lowdown: Told in the point of view of seventeen-year-old Tony Antioch, Tap Out is the disturbingly graphic tale of a young man’s struggle in life when t
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Jarod N 3
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Starr
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received a digital galley, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
This originally caught my attention through the BEA Book Buzz I received from Netgalley. When I saw that it was about mixed martial arts, I knew that I had to get my hands on it. When I read about Tony’s first time at the gym I had to laugh. That was me the first time that I walked into a mma gym, and I was only there to watch! Later, I tried to figure out why they clapped for me when I could barely block the punches that were
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LC
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
A fast-paced and violent fight for survival. And one that makes you glad you're reading, and not living, the narrator's struggle.
Mandy
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is yet another that I found at BookExpo America this year. I think what initially drew me to it was the cover. The picture of the young man on the cover is eerily mysterious and I was intrigued to find out what was going on under that hoodie. I love the pop of the bright green and bright blue against the depressing scene of the trailer and motorcycles in the background.

Tap Out follows 17-year-old Tony Antioch who lives with his addict mother and her abusive boyfriend in a trailer park
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Pygmy
Jan 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: youngadult, sports
Hmm....this is a dark, "realistic" YA read, but the way the events are piled on until the big conclusion makes me question how realistic this can be.

I don't mind the cursing, and I appreciated reading about trailer park lives, the difficulties they face, and the mentality that the people who live there get sucked into. I was interested also in the scene where the gym Coach Dan first confronts Tony about what is going on in his life, and instead of answering, Tony is wildly insulted and walks ou
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Cheshire Public Library
Tap Out by Eric Devine is a book for young adults and adults about how hard reality can be for some young people, and how finding a way out might seem like an impossible dream. This is realistic fiction, and might be just the read some young adults, new adults, and jaded adult readers might be looking for.

Tony Antioch is seventeen, and lives in a trailer park called Pleasant Meadows. Tony dreams of standing up and rescuing his mother from her own drug habits and constant stream of abusive boyfri
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Cheri
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Della
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley

Tap Out is about life in a trailer park. It’s heartbreakingly realistic, from the foul language and drug use to the unreported rapes and whore houses. It’s the story of a young man named Tony and his life of trouble. Tony’s mom is an alcoholic and recovering drug addict who loves all the wrong men. Her latest is a real piece of cake, beating and eventually putting her into the hospital. When Tony tries to stand up to the scum bag, he ends up being beat almost senseless himself. Tony is very smar
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Aaron Arao
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jessi
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book has some of the heaviest realism that I have ever read. I feel that the reader has a complete view of Tony's motivations and emotions, and in light of what he faces, they are extremely realistic. I have read some mixed reviews about his personality and actions, but I think that for someone who feels so trapped in his very difficult life, everything in the book works. The language and the bitter outlook on life are things I would expect to see from someone who has been through the thing ...more
Sarah
Apr 03, 2013 marked it as dnf
Guys, I just couldn't bring myself to finish this one. it takes a lot to make me actually not finish a book and I couldn't get through this. Since I didn't finish I will not be rating this book. Who knows, it may have gotten better later on but I will never know.

My first major issue with this book is the amount of swearing. Yes I know teenagers swear. That is not a knew concept. When there is a curse word in most of the sentences, it really turns me off. It seemed almost like the author was tryi
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Bonnie
Jun 01, 2012 rated it liked it
It would be impossible to say that I liked this book. I can say, though, that it was very effective in achieving it's goal. White trailer trash. That's how Tony describes himself and the others who live in the trailer court. His mother goes from being the punching bag of one man to another and she's using again. His best friend has big problems but he introduces Tony to a Mixed Martial Arts class where some things look like they might turn around. There are adults who notice the potential in Ton ...more
Yoonmee
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
I'm surprised at all the negative and mediocre reviews, but it seems like a lot of people gave this book a lower rating b/c of the foul language and graphic violence. I say, for far too many teenagers, foul language, graphic violence, and tough decisions are a way of life and maybe all they know. Tony, the protagonist, isn't perfect by any means, but he's real and he's honest.

This is a great book for male teens, any teen interested in MMA. I can see this book starting some really thought provoki
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Alicia
Apr 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Tony is growing up in one of the most dysfunctional households. His mother is a punching bag for any man in their life and Tony generally is too afraid to do anything about it. This latest is a real piece of work, putting her in the hospital and playing manipulative mind games. Meanwhile Tony, who has the potential to get out of the "trailer park life", can't escape the life, and now that he's in to MMA, he's now also involved in a meth business for a local biker gang.

There is so much too the s
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