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Second Impact

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  247 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
Kendall is football town, and Jerry Downing is the high school's star quarterback, working to redeem himself after he nearly killed a girl in a drunk driving accident last year. Carla Jenson, lead reporter for the school newspaper's sports section, has recruited Jerry to co-author a blog chronicling the season from each of their perspectives. When Jerry's best friend on th ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Square Fish (first published August 6th 2013)
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I didn't buy this at all, and because I didn't buy it, I can't appreciate what it was. The problem with the book is the set up and execution: it's told through two blogs written by a high school football player and a former high school soccer star, knocked out due to injury. While the premise sounds great -- high schoolers blogging for their school paper -- these are the lengthiest, most grammatically-proper, strangest blog posts. In other words, the blog convention fails big time.

Jerry has a s
Sep 01, 2013 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so looking forward to this book. Gorgeous cover, and I'm a fan of both Klass's writings. And the topic is timely. didn't really click for me until the final chapter.

I think the problem is the pseudo-blog format. For one thing, blog posts generally aren't as long as a full chapter in a book. Especially a sports blog for a high school. The set-up is that Perri Klass writes the chapters from journalist Carla's POV, and David Klass writes star quarterback Jerry's responses. Personally
Mar 18, 2013 Savindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports, young-adult, arc
Cover Gushing Worthiness: I don’t really think much about the cover, but I do think it works well for the story.

Review: I admit it wasn't the cover that drew me to this book, but rather the synopsis. This is the first time I've heard and read anything by sibling duo David Klass and Perri Klass and I have to say I wasn't disappointed! I do hope they continue to write more books.

I’m a sucker for sports. I can’t say that I follow the NFL or any other American Football tournament, but I do follow th
Morgan Folk
May 22, 2016 Morgan Folk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response:
I thought that Second Impact was a very good book. One of the reasons I thought it was so good because it had sports in it and i love to read about sports. Another one of my reasons was because it was intense for a while and it had a diary that went along with it.

This book was about a high school that was all about football they weren’t very good at any sports. The town's name is Kendall in Texas. Jerry Downing Is the starting quarterback for the team and he is trying to
Ms. Yingling
Jerry is a football player who has made some bad decisions. Carla is a soccer player who has messed up her ACL and needs surgery. The two alternate blog posts for the newspaper and cover a variety of sports-related topics. Jerry also sustains serious head injuries several times, and becomes a bit concerned about his future when Carla starts researching head injuries. Carla and Jerry become closer, take a stab at being investigative reporters, improve their writing and consider where their variou ...more
Sep 22, 2013 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Told from alternate perspectives in a high school blog, Second Impact is a story about high school athletes dealing with injuries, some fairly serious, and meditates on whether or not those injuries should stop them from playing sports that they love.

This story never really grabbed me. While I appreciate the creative attempt made by the authors by telling the story through the blogs of Carla, a high school sports writer who is herself recovering from an ACL injury from soccer, and Jerry, the hig
May 23, 2013 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three stars: A book that opens a line of discussion on head injuries in sports.
For Jerry, his senior year has been a second chance to redeem himself. After a wild night of drunken partying and driving, he ends up in an accident. He loses his spot as starting quarterback and possibly his entire future. Luckily, he claws his way back. It is the start of his senior year, and Jerry is now contributing to the school's blog. He is reporting on his football games along with Carla. What he doesn't expec
Vibiana Cruz
Nov 17, 2013 Vibiana Cruz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was full of information and on how two people try to solve an issue their high school has. Their school doesn’t understand the dangerous a second impact can do to a football player or any athlete. The school is more worried about winning the state championship and their players mental state about the game than their health. It is up to one person to put her opinion out there to the public and risk her future to save many athletes.

Carla is one of the main characters of “Second Impact.”
Lottie Eve
Jul 28, 2013 Lottie Eve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sports, while interesting and can be exciting, are something that I don’t have much knowledge about, or have read much about. I have read some sports-related books, like the Dairy Queen series, but never came across one that made me really think about the pressure and risk that come with playing a sport, especially playing one of the more violent ones. But thanks to Savindi’s beautiful review, I decided to pick up Second Impact. And man, this novel is thought-provoking.

Second Impact, told throug
Feb 20, 2016 Max rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the book Second Impact over my winter break. This book is very different in a couple of ways. First this book was written by two authors, a brother and a sister. This was foreign to me, I had never read a book written by two authors. Another twist in this novel that I thought was cool was the style of writing David and Perri Klass used. Instead of using the usual standard writing styles the Klass siblings used a blog format between the star quarterback and the sports journalist for the s ...more
Jake Knapke
Feb 02, 2016 Jake Knapke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I give the book "Second Impact" by David Klass a 10 out of 10. The way that David wrote the book and how he had the plot set up just had me to where I just couldn't put the book down. Having Jerry being the star quarterback and then have him become a part time journalist for the school paper made the story very different. Another thing that I enjoyed about the book is that the book was written in chapters it was written in Blog entries and emails between the two main characters. Having the chara ...more
Jeff Thiel
The subject matter, high school football glory and concussions, are current and appealing to a variety of audiences. It was easy to fall into the story and characters lives.

I had to remind myself that the story was written through a series of blog posts and emails. Very often, and especially towards the end, the blogs became too narrative and lost the online, blog feel and instead became confessions. I understood that certain elements needed to be told to reveal the story, but they didn't necess
Jonny Prygocki
Second Impact, by David Klass and co-author Perri Klass, is a very engaging novel about a talented high school quarterback, Jerry Downing, who nearly killed a girl while regretfully driving drunk. After many hours of community sevice, Jerry returns to the school to be the starting quarterback in his senior year. Before the first game, he was recruited by the school’s sports reporter, Carla Jenson, to blog and tell everyone about how his senior season is. Jerry, less than a year after the drunk ...more
Mar 02, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
High school football is king especially in this small New Jersey town

"Second Impact" is a novel told in epistolary form, consisting entirely of blogs, comments on the blogs including some supposed hyperlinks, and emails. This form has been used many times before in books such as "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War," "We Need to Talk About Kevin," and "Bridget Jones's Diary."

I like the idea of the format but in this case the blogs seemed overblown although I did think the emails worke
Dec 03, 2014 J rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, sports, arc, amvi
Second Impact is an issue book, something I thought we'd more or less gotten away from in the YA genre. Apparently not, because this book has shoehorned two issues into one long feeling slog. Imagine yourself on a football field in the rain. The grass is torn up. It's muddy, but the wet sort of muddy that prevents you from getting a foothold. The line keeps churning up more muck and each time you're handed the ball, it's the best you can do to stay upright and keep pushing toward the first down. ...more
Jan 04, 2015 Wren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Second Impact
David Klass and Perri Klass

Kendall is football town, and Jerry Downing is the high school's star quarterback, working to redeem himself after he nearly killed a girl in a drunk driving accident last year. Carla Jenson, lead reporter for the school newspaper's sports section, has recruited Jerry to co-author a blog chronicling the season from each of their perspectives. When Jerry's best friend on the team takes a hit too hard and gets hurt, Carla wonders publicly if in
Tyler Helson
Oct 15, 2014 Tyler Helson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a boy that likes to play football and his father lost his job and the boy was lucky for a second chance because the first chance was that he got hit really hard and got a concussion. Anyways his name is jerry downing the high schools star quarter back. And he's the one that gets the second chance because the first was an concussion well the second chance was that it repeated over but bad he got put in the hospital for this concussion and like all the player came to visit him w ...more
Jalen Townsend
Dec 09, 2015 Jalen Townsend rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second Impact: Making The Hardest Call of All by David Klass and Perri Klass was a great book for me to be able to relate to. When I picked up this book from the library and saw the cover of it I knew I was going to be able to relate to it me being a football player or just athlete in general. When I started reading the first couples chapters for me it felt like I was reading a book about me. I went through the same injuries the main character Jerry Downing went through and we both reacted the s ...more
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RLL 5201_Nicole Graham
In Second Impact, David and Perry Klaus discuss issues around sports and injuries. The subject interested me because of current research supporting that children and young adults are more susceptible to concussion because of their brains not being yet fully developed. In addition, repetitive smaller hits to the head could have serious consequences for younger athletes. My boys are of an age that they are starting to practice heading the ball at soccer; so the repetitive hits are very alarming to ...more
May 07, 2014 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Jerry Downing is Kendall, NJ High School's star quarterback and Carla Jenson is the lead reporter for the school's newspaper, the Kourier, and soccer player for Kendall's high school team who is currently sidelined with an ACL tear. It is because of this injury and the surgery that follows that Carla starts writing on the Kourier's blog about sports injuries. Jerry is also blogging on the site, mostly about playing football in general, but after a concussion during one of the games, he also star ...more
While I appreciate the authors' willingness to take on a controversial topic--sports related injuries, particularly brain injuries--in a unique format, sometimes the story itself got buried amid all the science information and attempts at blogging. Having the story told from the point of view of Carla Jenson, a sports reported for the high school paper, and from that of quarterback Jerry Downing, both of whom are blogging and emailing one another, provided different perspectives on some of the e ...more
Dec 04, 2014 Jeanne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF I had to abandon this one half-way through. The topic of youth concussions is important, but I couldn't get past the format. The alternating blogs of two high school students didn't work for me. I can't figure out if the problem was that the voices were so authentic that they sounded like teenagers and I just couldn't get past their lack of eloquence, or if the voices were just not authentic at all and sounded patronizing. The structure felt forced because I don't think that bloggers for a s ...more
I really enjoyed reading this book. Growing up being very involved in athletics and now being a softball coach I found this story very interesting. This book represents very well how big and important football is in a small town. I like how the book is written in high school news/blog form. Some of the entries were a bit long and repetitive but the book was very informative and covered many big issues that are going on in youth athletics, especially tackle football and head injuries. I would rec ...more
Clay Neeley
This was a pretty good book. It is about two people talking back and fourth on a blog. The football team is having some troubles and the two writers are talking about that. When Carla writes too much about the football team that nobody needs to know, Jerry tries to help her from being in trouble by making her take the blog down. Will the team make the playoffs? How far will they go?

The story is written in 1st person through Jerry's and Carla's perspective. Sometimes it is hard to follow and eas
Tyler Rechsteiner
Second Impact
David Klass Perri Klass
This book is mainly about a blog written by Carla Jensen and Jerry Downing. Two kids from Kendall, New Jersey where football is everywhere. Jerry is the star football player for the high school team when he gets trouble by getting drunk at a party and letting everyone down in Kendall. Although Jerry messed up, he is given a second chance.
I thought the book was very interesting but not a book that I really liked. I thought that the setup of the book was neat. I
Jun 22, 2015 Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you would have told me I would enjoy a football book, I would've called you a liar. I did, however, love this book. The plot structure (written entirely through blogs and emails) was innovative and the story was super relevant. So much of today's sport discussions are about concussions and possible TBI. This book tackles (pardon the pun) both. Told from the perspective of an insider, QB Jerry, and outsider, high school sports journalist Carla, Second Impact shows a multitude of possible outco ...more
Kristin Qualey
Aug 21, 2014 Kristin Qualey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book "Second Impact" by David and Perri Klass is by far the best book I had ever read. The moment I saw it I knew it was going to be a great book. By the time I finished it, I knew I was right. If anyone is thinking about reading this book I would say "go for it!" you have no idea how great this book really is until you read it. The only part of the book that I wish happened was for Jerry and Carla to kiss, unless they did and I just forgot. But over all that is the only part of Second Impa ...more
Stephanie Stocks
Jerry Downing is the star quarterback for the Kendall football team, and Carla Jenson is the lead reporter for the school newspaper. This fall, they team up to coauthor a blog with a behind-the-scenes look at the football season from each of their perspectives. But when one of the players suffers a concussion, Carla uses her investigative skills to learn more about head injuries. Is Kendall prepared to hear what she learned, or will Carla be silenced with the state championship trophy within gra ...more
Helen Vilaranda
Nov 27, 2015 Helen Vilaranda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My best friend Kim let me borrow this book to read and when I started to read it I was sure I was going to like it. But I was wrong! It's about Jerry(highschool quarterback) and Carla(reporter for high school newspaper). All it is is blogs they both write and a few personal emails to each other. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. It also got me thinking about sports of all kinds and is it worth the risk playing because of possible injuries. (There were two authors on this book and the other one is Per ...more
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David Klass is the author of many young adult novels, including You Don’t Know Me, Dark Angel, and Firestorm (The Caretaker Trilogy). He is also a Hollywood screenwriter, having written more than twenty-five action screenplays, including Kiss the Girls, starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, Walking Tall, starring The Rock, and Desperate Measures, starring Michael Keaton and Andy Garcia. Klass g ...more
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