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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Handsome and charmingly shy, Ricky Fontana may be the greatest ballplayer who ever lived. Hitting a baseball has always come easy for the New York Mets outfielder—his true challenge comes when skyrocketing fame threatens to reveal his deepest secret: Ricky Fontana is gay.

Jeremy Rusch—a tabloid sportswriter hardened by drink and disappointment—follows Ricky Fontana as the y
ebook, 224 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Bold Strokes Books (first published June 30th 2012)
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Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fontana is a very strong debut effort by author Joshua Martino, who uses a fictional baseball chase and the disguise of "sports columns" to make his social commentary asking the question of "how ready are we to welcome homosexuality into the mainstream?"

Set in New York City, a traditionally liberal and accepting city, Martino pushes the bounds of what would likely be accepted by our society and culture. Ricky Fontana is no Jackie Robinson, he is a human being with flaws that most other human bei
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a clear example of never judging a book by it's cover. When I read the description of Fontana I thought I'd been handed a steamy, trashy piece of frivolity. I am not a sports fan, and often find myself wondering how so many millions of people can care about something so pointless, which further coloured my judgement.

Then I started reading it, and found myself devouring the story of young, handsome and professionally closeted Ricky Fontana, who is internationally outed by an obsessed, alc
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Kelly_Instalove by: 2012-07-17 - Fontana
Grade: DNF

“A coach once told me that if I’m polite to you guys, you’ll save the tough questions for the other players,” he said. Charmed by his frankness, I laughed and told myself that from then on, I would save my worst for his teammates.

I DNF’d this pretty quickly, primarily because it wasn’t what I expected, but also because the stupid Cardinals put me in a cranky mood even before the narrator pissed me off.

Blame my immersion in Romancelandia, or the fact that I didn’t finish it, but this
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I had the great pleasure of reading an early draft of this several years ago, and was more than happy to pick it up again. The narrator is a distinctly unlikable person—deeply flawed, blind to the consequences of his actions, and utterly self-serving—for most of the book, but his hunger to know all he can about his idol is only more understandable in light of his faults. Fontana is a character we never see more of than the surface—a fitting depiction for a man who is more a legend than a person. ...more
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
My heart broke for both Ricky and Jeremy. So much harsh reality. I am all for people in the public eye coming out, especially pro athletes, but Fontana shows the unfortunate true reaction of a lot of people. I completely understand why someone would not want to be the first in line to go through that. The only part I didn't like was Jeremy turning to AA to solve his addiction to alcohol. To me, an addiction to God is just trading one thing for another. It didn't fit well for me after all of the ...more
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Fontana is a beautifully written and moving story that accentuates our fascination with the private lives of public figures. To read my review in its entirety, please visit http://www.bookreviewsandmorebykathy....
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joshua Martino

Fontana by Joshua Martino

Review by Jon Michaelsen

Fontana by newcomer Joshua Martinois a strong debut of mixing traditional professional baseball with a non-traditional player, warm, good looking, confident, an exceptionally gifted Phenom. Problem is Ricky Fontana happens to be gay and deeply closeted.

Enter straight, portly, about-to-be-jobless, award-winning sports writer, Jeremy Rauch, who has followed the young “DiMaggio” since his stand-out high-school and college years, through Fontana’s mete
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read. I'm not even a baseball fan, and I enjoyed it. The author accurately depicts what could happen if a baseball star were discovered to be gay. The characters are interesting and believable, and there are clearly allusions to real-life figures that reveal a lot of truth about how our tolerance for difference extends only so far. Highly recommended.
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gay, fiction, ebook, 2012, done
2.5 stars. Ok novel told from the first person POV of an alcoholic sportswriter who tries to save his career by outting a record-breaking major league baseball player. In Steve Kluger's hands, this could've been a great story.
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just got this from NetGalley and read it in one sitting. Excellent!
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Painfully good.
Griffin Hansbury
In "Fontana," author Joshua Martino gives us a riveting look at baseball from the sidelines, where failing sportswriter Jeremy Rusch gazes upon the game like it's the popular girl he never got in high school. As unappealing as he first appears, with his alcoholism and self-pity, Rusch becomes a sympathetic narrator, an everyman who longs for a taste of success and is willing to break his own heart to get it. His ticket to the journalistic big leagues is Ricky Fontana, the greatest player in the ...more
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not a sports fan, but this is not a sports book, and I hope it's not overlooked by the general reading public. This book gripped me from the beginning. It is an engrossing,well written story about a timely subject. Martino manages to write a book where we feel sympathy for both of the main subjects. The ending took my breath away. Read this book. You won't be sorry.
Review to be published in Chelsea Station magazine.
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, scribd
The story of a popular, record-breaking baseball player who is outed as gay, and the alcoholic sportswriter who outs him. A better book than I thought it would be,
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