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QB 1

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,713 ratings  ·  375 reviews
From #1 New York Times bestselling author of TRAVEL TEAM, HEAT, and MILLION-DOLLAR THROW comes a cheer-worthy, family-friendly football novel set amid the Friday Night Lights world of Texas high school football.
Jake Cullen is a freshman quarterback playing high school football in the high-pressure land of Friday Night Lights (Texas). He is also the brother of Wyatt Cullen,
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Philomel Books
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Eric Kneisler
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Fiction, contemporary YA

Setting: present day, Texas, USA

Main Characters: Jake Cullen, freshman quarterback
Wyatt Cullen, Jake's brother
Troy Cullen, Jake & Wyatt's father
Calvin Morton, Jake's teammate
Nate Collins, Jake's best friend & teammate
Casey Lindell, Jake's quarterback rival
Sarah Rayburn, a girl in school Jake likes

I really liked this book. It was interesting to read about football and the pressures that a player goes through. I liked the family's story. I liked th
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I stuck this one out because my students love it. And as a Friday Night Lights lover, I was intrigued by the football. But it was just...meh. I had to make myself finish it.
Preston M.
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was a great Mike Lupica book. It demonstrates the true value and passion of football. It shows that not all teammates treat each other with respect. This book made me feel right there, watching everything that happened. The book shows the hard work of being a football player, the grit, and the effort put into football. It shows that not everything is perfect In football. The book shows great description and emotion. It deserves its 5 stars, it is a very undead and underrated Mike Lupic ...more
Nate Phelps
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May 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: botb, realistic, ya, 2017, sports
Can battle of the books please stop making me read sports books
Danielle Behn
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response: I really enjoyed this book even though sometimes I felt it was a little too cliché and predictable for me. I’m about to contradict myself when I say that this book is very suspenseful. It had a lot of high and low spots in it where I wasn’t all that interested, through I couldn’t put the book down. I feel the way the author laid out the games and basically the entire book was great. I’m going to definitely read more of his books in the future.

Plot: This book was mainly about
Rohun Yarala
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Football is the most popular and obsessive sport in America, but in some places, it isn't just the NFL. Texas high school football is as important as anything for the townspeople, and Mike Lupica does a great job of capturing the life and pressure of being a high school quarterback in Texas. However, young Jake Cullen is not just a freshman quarterback at Granger High, but the son and younger brother to two of the best players to come out of Granger.

The book transitions from the storybook ending
Justin Juarez
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In Texas, football is a big deal. The main character Jake Cullen is a freshman quarterback at Granger High School. He has been living in the shadow of his brother, Wyatt, who is a quarterback for Texas state and eh quarter backed the Texas State championship. He has also been living in the shadow of his dad, Troy Cullen, who is a quarterback in the NFL and was a legend. No one sees him as a famous person. They see him just as every other boy teenager. Through out the season, Jake gets a girlfri ...more
Mason Soerens
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. Everything in this book was amazing. Mike Lupica opened up a whole new world to me. Before this book I did not think that I would like sports-related books, but now thats practically all I want to read.
Jake Cullen was in a shadow of his dad and brother. His brother Wyatt Cullen had just won the Texas state championship, and now him, a freshman, Jake has to earn the QB role. Jake is a natural born leader but he was not a as gifted QB like hi
Collin Manzano
I read the book QB1 by Mike Lupica, I thought this was a really good book and I also thought he did good on how he described being on the field in a game and in practice in the scorching heat. In this book the main character is Jake Cullen, a freshman quarterback at a small Texas high school. In QB1 Jake comes from a big football family, his dad was a NFL player, and his brother lead his high school team to a state championship. So Jake has a lot to live up to from his dad and his older brother’ ...more
Marwan El-Rifai
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
QB 1 is about a freshman quarterback for the Cowboys, Jake Cullen, whose father was a former NFL player. The starting quarterback for the Cowboys was injured in the first game so the Back up, Casey Lindell, was subbed in. After struggling in 3 quarters Jake Cullen was put and shined even though they lost because there wasn't enough time. Through out the course of the season Jake and Casey both took turns playing in every game but the last game of the season was crucial for the Playoffs. Jake shi ...more
Austin Baehnman
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Personal Response: The book “QB1” by Mike Lupica in my opinion is a very good book. With that being said you have to like football or sports in general to really enjoy this book. I believe that Mr. Lupica does a very good job describing all of the detail that goes on in this novel.

Plot: The book “QB1” by Mike Lupica is about a High School Freshman trying to get the starting quarterback position on his football team. Jake Cullen is always living in the shadow of his dad and brother, Troy and Wyat
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this book because it showed what it took to become a division 1 athlete. In the story QB 1 by Mike Lupica Jake Cullen plays football. His brother is already the top recruit and his dad is an NFL legend. Jake loses many different tournaments at first but then starts working harder and harder every day. He builds the mentality of a hunting lion. Once the Finals arrises Jake comes Big. I can connect to this because I once last year did not get to play very long in my basketball players, and ...more
Brendan Young
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Name: Muluken Rucks

Book title: QB1

Personal Response:
I liked this book because I could relate to it. I play football and I can understand some of the struggles that Jake goes through. I also was able to enjoy reading about the good times that the main character and I both have had.

In this book, the main character goes through lots of drama regarding the football season at Granger High. Jake, who is from a widely recognized family of football, has lots of pressure upon him. After Wyat
I loved this book.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response

I thought that this book was very good. I liked this book a lot because it was about football. I also like the characters in this book and the way the author described each one of them. The plot was very good in my opinion although it was somewhat predictable. This book wasn't very original when compared to other books by this author. The plot of this book was what earned my rating of five out of five stars.


The book is centered around a freshman quarterback named Jake Cullen
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Quarterback 1, this book caught my attention because I enjoy reading about football. QB1 shows an unstable relationship between a dad and his son. Troy Cullen, the father, also former NFL quarterback has two sons, Wyatt and Jake Cullen. Wyatt has just joined Texas on a full ride scholarship to play football. Wyatt has been a local hero ever since his freshman year winning two Texas state championships. His father has always overlooked Jake who is starting high school trying to play football as a ...more
Kade C
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
QB1 is about a boy named Jake Cullen who has an older brother who just led his high school football team to the state championship and won it all. Jake has big shoes to fill because his dad was also a state champion. The problem is though Jake is not that great at QB yet. Jake must train very hard to be as good as his dad and brother. He also has a crush on this girl but he is way too shy to talk to her. Can he take the team to state like his dad and brother. You should really read this book to ...more
Spencer Price
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was ok. I didn't really ever get into it. I was never into it enough to where I just didn't want to stop reading it. I liked it because it was about football and I like football. I like how Jake made it as the starting quarterback as a freshman. And how in the end him and Casey stopped fighting.
Trevor Flease
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Pardhu Namburi
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who are into sports
“QB 1” by Mike Lupica.Jake Cullen, is the main character, he is playing high school football, in Texas.Jake is a freshman, and his older brother, had already been a quarterback, and he took his team to the Texas State Championship, and Jake has the pressure to try to do as well as his brother Wyatt did in high school, and on top of that Jake’s dad was a NFL quarterback.Jake has to even fight for his own QB job every single play and day.
Jake feels like he is competing with Wyatt his brother for h
Cian Fischer
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Personal Response-
QB 1 by Mike Lupica was more of a boring book to me. I say this because it seems like in all of the books I’ve read by this author, the same story is given. I feel that the only thing that has changed between books are the characters and there has been a slight plot twist. Every time I opened the book it felt as if I was re-reading a page from one of the author’s books, and the book became dull and boring to me. To others who have not read any of the other books by Mike Lupica
Winter Wallace
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Book Review Prediction
QB #1

I am reading a fantastic football book called QB #1. There are a variety of several possibilities that will lead to outcomes or turns this book could take right now. I truly do not know what to expect. Every page expresses another outstanding pass by this freshman and/or more enthusiastic talk about the final game. The main character is this freshman quarterback whom is the greatest of all time! Growing up in a town in Texas, he lives, breathes, and dies for the game o
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Quick read. I kept getting the feeling that Lupica is trading on the Manning name, and hurried out another book to cash in. Now, I stock MANY Lupica books in our middle/intermediate library, but asked myself if my mission is to offer quality literature or what kids want to read. This book was very predictable, and I felt like it was "written down" to kids. The best parts are the dialogue among Jake Cullen and his friends Bear and Nate. The relationships among Jake, his brother Wyatt, and their d ...more
I liked Jake from the very beginning. Set in Texas, Jake Cullen is funny, he’s sweet, and he’s loyal. Add to that he’s the younger sibling of the town’s football star and his problems multiply. He has to now prove himself but yet, on top of it all he always somehow manages to do the right thing. That was one part of he book that I didn't like because it seemed too corny.

I knew how big of a deal high school football is in Texas before reading this book. Which is a key part to this book to me. Hav
Jackson Beaudry
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
QB 1 is a book about a freshman battling his mind and his co player at the same time. This kid named Jake lives under the title of two state championship quarterbacks and a college player for the horns. He does not think he could live up to the greatness. All the talk about his brother Wyatt and that their football Fields named after him he feels a lot of pressure. Other people see it in him though and will not give up. After practice Jake is asked to stay back for a while to work on mechanics b ...more
Harry K
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book, QB 1, by Mike Lupica was very good. Jake Cullen was in his father’s and his brother’s shadows as a freshman quarterback for Granger High school in Texas. Some other athletes probably feel the same way. Eli Manning was also in his father’s and his brother’s shadows. The writing is very effective. This is because Mike Lupica describes that Granger is all about football. A strength of this book is that it talks about football almost the entire time. A weakness about QB 1 is that it follo ...more
Byers P
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
QB1 is a book about Jake Cullen, a quarterback in 9th grade and is on the Varsity team. Jake is in competition for the position with another teammate. Jake has to follow in his older brother, Cullen's footsteps who was also a quarterback and won the state championship. Jake's dad is also a former NFL quarterback. Jake has to fight for every play he doesn't just get the position handed to him. He is a shy 14 year old who has big footsteps to follow and in Texas where playing football has a big sp ...more
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