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Out of Sync

(Counterattack #4)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Since they were six-year-olds, Madison and Dayton have had soccer sync. Maddie doesn't have to see her best friend on the field to know where she'll be. Her passes to Dayton are perfect, as if the two of them can read each other's mind. Together, they're a scoring machine. There's only one problem: lately, Dayton seems more interested in partying than playing soccer. And D ...more
Hardcover, 102 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Darby Creek (Tm) (first published December 21st 2012)
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Initial reaction: This is a decent story, one I liked a little more than the last book I read in the "Counterattack" series. I like the focus on the characters and the fact that it features a leading character of color in the prominent role. Maddie (Madison) has a nice narrative voice, and this overarching story engaged me for the most part in blending a contemporary story with a soccer/sports story in one.

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Amanda Humann's "Out of Sync" is a fine installation in the soccer oriented, m
Michael Jones
Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Madison “Maddie” Wong plays soccer for the Fraser Hugh Copperheads. A talented midfielder, she dreams of playing for a Division 1 college like Stanford or Duke, but she’s overly reliant on the “sick soccer sync” she shares with her best friend Dayton. Together, they’re unbeatable on the field. Unfortunately, the more intense Maddie becomes, determined to show off her skills to the college scouts starting to come by, the less dedicated Dayton is. In fact, Dayton’s more interested in partying and ...more
A Book Vacation
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
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This novel was much shorter than I originally thought it would be. At 100 pages, it’s technically a novella, but I didn’t know that going in, and I feel there just wasn’t enough time to develop any of the characters to the point that I really connected with them. Madison is in love with soccer and wants to go pro, and that’s about all the depth we get from her. She cares about her best friend, Dayton, but even more so about soccer, an
3Lilley M
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and the relatable content that it contained. I was nervous that I wouldn't be able to relate because it was a soccer book, but there were many instances that I understood entirely. Madison, a dedicated soccer player, has her eyes on the prize and is focused on playing Division 1 soccer. "Dayton has been acting differently recently, and I can tell soccer is starting to mean less and less" I have definitely seen teammates fall out of love with volleyball, so I can feel M ...more
3Lane J
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
In "Out of Sync", by Amanda Humann( her last name actually has 2 n's), it shows a lot about the character that is involved in sports. Madison has to continually persevere on and off the court in order to be the player she wants to be. Madison's coach said she has a "lot of courage" and is one of his star players (81). This demonstrates that if you are the star of the team, it is important to be one of the players who does the extra things from her team. Also, Madison works very hard to create go ...more
Ms. Yingling
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Madison loves soccer, and is looking forward to playing in college, and hoping for a scholarship. She also enjoys playing with her friend Dayton, with whom she has played since they were very young, sharing a mad "soccer sync". When Dayton starts to prefer partying to playing soccer, Madison is both hurt that her friend has different priorities, and worried that without Dayton, her own skills on the team won't be able to shine. For a while, Madison tries to continue to hang out with Dayton, goin ...more
Gina Hott
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it
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Nothing is better than knowing that, with your partner, you’re unstoppable. Nothing is worse than the fear of losing that partner – and your dreams.
Madison and Dayton have been together forever they were two halves of a whole – on and off the pitch. Something is changing Dayton and Maddie isn’t sure what it is. It seems like soccer isn’t as important as the boys, the mall or the fake id.
Will Dayton throw away everything the girls have worked so hard to achieve on a semester of fun?
Samantha McNulty
Out of Sync by Amanda Humann is the story of a young girl named Madison who is a football fanatic. She has dreams of turning professional along with her best friend Dayton, but when things begin to change between the two girls, will their friendship survive?

To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of Out of Sync. It had it’s good parts and the story arc was pretty good, as it followed Maddie trying to get into a Divison 1 soccor team, but I just didn’t seem to click with the story overall. I found myse
L.S. Murphy
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This is a cute story that moves a bit too fast. It would've benefited from more depth of the characters.
Madison and Dayton are lifelong friends who have a special sync on the soccer field. When Dayton starts to skip practices, Madison fears her own prospects for college recruitment are going to disappear.
Madison is very focused, but I wanted more depth to her. Her desire to go to a Division I school and play soccer was well-written and believable, but there wasn't much more to this gi
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is about soccer and girls and pressure to all those things make it a good read for school. The author wisely avoids anything too racy, which makes it acceptable to read in all that is going well for it.

I didn't care for it, though, because it was too engineered to meet the needs of the audience...too full of message...the last two pages read like the end of a sit com..."Oh, I learned my lesson let's get together over donuts and soda."
Adriane Marshall
Jun 21, 2013 rated it liked it
I adore books about sports! and as a former girls soccer player, this one especially caught my eye! Maddie and Dayton have always relied on each other both on and off the field, but suddenly Dayton seems more interested in partying and doing things off the field than soccer. Maddie is having to learn to deal with that on the field.

The story was pretty short and to the point… not a lot of time to develop anything extra. About the time you start to get into it, the story is over.
Feb 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Nice to see a girl sports book with real description of the sport and pressures on the athletes but this novella (100 pages) left me wanting a real plot instead of the brief "my fave teammate has other priorities" fluff described on the back. Nothing really happens in this book that isn't described in the jacket copy. It has potential for more but focuses in so close on Maddie that we don't get any more.
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Amanda Humann is a writer living in Seattle. She likes rain, salmon, and being sleepless, but she doesn't drink coffee or chase vampires.

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Counterattack (6 books)
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