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Underdog

(Wolfe Brothers #1)

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3.39  ·  Rating details ·  3,376 ratings  ·  310 reviews
Boys are like dogs - ready to bite, bark and beg to be given a chance to show their value.. "I vowed that if I ever got a girl I would treat her right and never be bad or dirty to her or hurt her, ever." Cameron Wolfe is a dirty boy. He knows it. His brother Rube knows it, because he's one too. they could change - but what would it take?
Paperback, 153 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Ravensburger Buchverlag (first published 1999)
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Reynje
Ordinarily, if someone said “Hey, would you like to spend a few days in the mind of a 15 year old boy?” I’d emphatically say: “No thanks,” or at a stretch, “Maybe, can I take hand sanitiser?”

However, if someone said “Hey, would you like to spend a few days in the mind of a 15 year old boy via Markus Zusak?” I’d say: “Yes! Give it to me now!”

No one actually said that, but have acquired all three books in Zusak’s Underdog series, and thus this week I spent some time in the mind of Cameron Wolfe: d
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Shirley Marr
Apr 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aussie-ya
Like others, I also chose to read this primarily as it is Markus Zusak's first novel. It's written in his trademark existentialist, charmingly goofy and self-degrading style. The book revolves around Cameron Wolfe and the entire Wolfe 'clan'. Highly autobiographical I suspect (spray jacket wearing Cameron, reminds me of spray jacket wearing Markus) and loose in structure and plot, but Zusak's characterisation and thematic adhesion carries this one through to the end for me.

I enjoyed it. I love
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M O ☾ N Y
Aug 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: part-of-the-past
i am so disappointed cause i'm a huge fan of the book thief and Markus Zusak's writing style. but then this book was written waaaay before TBT so i can understand the change of style and the absolute boredom i had reading this book. i am definitely not going to continue this series.
Larnacouer  de SH
Ne zamandan beri ortalıkta amaçsızca dolaşıyordum?
Sokaklarda yürüyordum veya emekliyordum?
Birden anladım.
Yalnızdım.
Tek başımaydım.
İnkar etmenin anlamı yoktu.
Kesindi.

... Her zaman böyle mi olacaktı?
Her zaman kendimden ve etrafımı saran uygarlıktan şüphe ederek mi yaşayacaktım?
Kendimi her zaman canımı yakacak kadar küçük hissedecek ve gırtlağımdan yükselen en güçlü çığlıklar bile aslında bir inilti mi olacaktı?
Ayaklarım her zaman böyle aniden duracak ve durduğum yerde batmaya mı başlayacaktı
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dyanne
Underdog was Markus Zusak's debut book. Although it is lacking in the beautiful delicacy and the well thought out plots of The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger, it shows that even for a debut book, Zusak had undeniable talent for writing.
The writing style was beautiful. The word choice spoke to my heart and really touched me.
His mixing of poetry and prose was also superb.
The characters were relatable, and so SO real.

Where was he a bit lacking?

The plot.
It wasn't that there was no plot. It was
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Taylan Tutam
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5
Kitap 15 yaşındaki Cameron Wolfe'nin ağzından anlatılıyor. Kitabı anlamakta biraz zorlandım ve hala da anlamadım tam olarak ne olduğunu. Araya bazı bölümler girmişti onlarda Cameron'un rüyalarıydı sanırım onu da pek çözemedim. Normal günlük yaşantılar anlatılıyordu. Kitabın ismiyle pek bağdaştıramadım.
Kitap böyle eğlenceli her şey güzelmiş gibi anlatılıyordu ama anlatılanın altında yatan kasvetli ve karamsar bir anlam vardı.
2. ve 3. kitaplarında konuy kavrayacagımı düşünüyorum.
Христо Блажев
Аутсайдерът не иска много от живота: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/a...

Още един намусен тийнейджър се бори с тегобите на живота, с неразбиращото го семейство, с лудия си брат, гадното училище, бушуващите хормони и, разбира се, с това, че е невидим за момичетата. Камерън Улф обаче е истински, от плът и кръв, във всяка физиономия, самокритика, във всяко сепване, че пак нещо не е направил като хората и отново е застанал на верев на света. Маркъс Зюсак е създал роман в пълен контрапункт с масо
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Luke Wilson
Dec 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Markus Zusak says in the introduction to the American edition that he doesn't like the series that much and would change a lot if he could redo it. And to a point, it isn't really nearly as good as The Book Thief or The Messenger. It lacks the sense of direction and the subtextual deepness that he other books have.

That being said, it's still a Zusak novel, so it's still very definitely worth reading. His unique voice definitely still comes out and his stylistic choices are still superior to many
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Doğan
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitabımızı Cameron Wolfe isimli, 15 yaşındaki bir çocuğun ağzından okuyoruz. Seçmediği bir hayatı yaşamak zorunda kalan Cameron'un ailesi ve çevresindeki yaşadıklarını okuyoruz. İyi kitaptı ama daha iyi olabilirdi. Zusak'ın Kitap Hırsızı'nı bayıla bayıla okumuşken (Hiç Kimse Sıradan Değildir kitabı da güzeldi) bu kitaptan beklentim yüksekti. Beklentim karşılanmadı ama okuduğum için pişman da değilim. Camerorun'un kendi kendine konuşmaları ve aklından geçenler beni bazen üzdü, bazense güldürdü. S ...more
Serisop (Cioccolatoelibri)
Dopo aver letto solo "Storia di una ladra di libri" di Markus Zusak, ero molto curiosa di leggere qualche altra sua meraviglia. Ho sempre avuto il desiderio di leggere "Io sono il messaggero", ma poi non ho mai avuto l'occasione di farlo.
Potevo invece lasciarmi sfuggire la nuova serie "The Wolfe Brothers"? Assolutamente no.
Cameron è il protagonista di questo libro, insieme a suo fratello Ruben e ad una famiglia molto particolare. In generale mi sono stati tutti simpatici a primo impatto, ma col
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Muhammad Ahmed Siddiqui
Not even close to THE BOOK THIEF or I AM THE MESSENGER

This book started pretty well but the rest was a dull affair to be honest.

It's a simple story about 2 brothers who are losers in life and want to make a name for themselves.
Most of this book is just a build-up to the later parts of the series. The writing is immature, everything is written like a daily routine and Markus Zusak himself said that these were his introductory days of his writing career but still I expected some Zusak-touch in t
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Saw
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just howl, Cameron. Howl your heart out.....
I do understand this. I've felt this deep inside my heart.
I was praying for Cameron all the time. That bloody Rebecca...... kk.... not her fault.
I was standing there, waiting for someone to do something, till I realized the person I was waiting for was myself....


Kaya Dimitrova
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Ревю => http://justonebooklover.blogspot.com/...
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„Аутсайдерът” е книга, която разглежда по един много искрен начин взаимоотношенията между хората. Тя потапя в живота на едно момче, което постепенно преминава през себеопознаване и разкрива размислите му по важни за живота теми, но едновременно с това той си остава хлапакът, вършещ всякакви младежки глупости.
Burçak Kılıç Sultanoğlu
Tam bir "Kaybeden" Cameron Wolfe... Ailesi de sorunlu.. Hele abisi Rube tam psikopat. Ama anlatım tarzından mıdır nedir ben sevdim yaaa kitabı :))
Heidi Burkhart
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Zusak in a different vein...I think teen boys would relate best to this book. Many parts dealt with Cameron's dreams...maybe a few too many dreams for me, otherwise I liked the book.
Melis Cemre
Hayal kırıklığına uğradım
Bilge B
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, series, shorties
Hikaye çok akıcı ve güzel, kapak dizaynı efsane, çeviri bok gibi.
Melissa
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Before Zusak gained fame for writing the beloved novel The Book Thief, he wrote a trilogy of books about a young man named Cameron Wolfe: The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, and Getting the Girl.

This is his first book and the beginning of that trilogy. It tells the story of the Wolfe brothers from Cameron’s point-of-view. He and his older brother Reuben live in Australia and spend their time getting in trouble and annoying their family members.

The novel feels immature in some ways. The style f
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Tilly Booth
Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Underdogs by Markus Zusak.

I love Markus Zusak. I could probably go on for a ridiculous amount of time on how great his writing is (It’s seriously great. I love everything about it. I wish that I had talent as great as he does) but you’re just gonna have to trust me (unless you want like a huge review to read).

So, not only is his writing great but so are his stories. Underdogs consists of three novels. You have Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe and Getting the Girl. When I finished Underdog I was s
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Georgiana 1792
Antecedente al più famoso e ineguagliabile Storia di una ladra di libri (anche Io sono il messaggero, successivo, mi aveva lasciata perplessa), A quindici anni sei troppo vecchio è uno Young Adult Contemporary, che parla di un ragazzino quindicenne, con la sua stessa voce. È una voce confusa, in un periodo della sua vita turbata dagli ormoni, da strani sogni che mettono le radici in quello che gli accade durante la giornata, e dagli stimoli fuorvianti del fratello maggiore (di poco), che è forse ...more
Penny Poppleton
May 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Markus Zusak's first book. Bloody excellent. I want to climb inside his fiction.
Abigail the Fangirl
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: siblings
I liked this book a lot! Some things in it I didn't really appreciate, but over all I liked it! I love brother relationships in books, and that's what first made me pick this up at the library. :)
Ief Stuyvaert
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Very good. Not as great as 'The Bookthief' ofcourse, but then, what book is?
Maria
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Цялото ревю прочетете тук. :)

Аутсайдерът и историята на Братята Улф са затрогващи, а Камерън и Рубен определено вече имат място в сърцето ми. Точно там, до Ед от "Аз съм Пратеникът", и те се нареждат, оставяйки топло чувство и проблясък надежда. Защото и аз като тях съм една пълна, задъхана и отчаяна бъркотия, и т.н. Историята им е искрена и безжалостна, подплатена от още дебютантското перо на Зюсак.

История за израстване и поука - че промяната може да дойде само от самите нас, но само когато сме
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Emma Ferrier
Maybe Zusak just isn't my writer.
I picked up this audiobook from my library after discovering it was barely three hours long and also after dnfing Zusak's newest release Bridge of Clay. This book was better than Bridge of Clay, in that it was logical and had some sense of direction, but the two brothers felt like they could have been ripped out of the Dunbar family in the new book. Perhaps they developed into those characters.

The narrator was dreadful and his voice for one of the brothers was
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Denizzz
Kitabı çok beğendiğimi söyleyemem.ergen bir oğlanın ruh halini,günlerini anlatıyor.cümle yapısı ,anlatım tarzı hoşuma gitmedi.sadece her olayın sonrasında gördüğü rüyalar,ordaki semboller ilgimi çekti
"Orada duruyor, birinin bir şeyler yapmasını bekliyordum ama sonunda beklediğim kişinin kendim olduğunu anladım."
Rose Charpentier
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, favorites
Този роман е една простотия, но бе мога да отрека, че страшно много ми хареса. Лек и бърз е за четене и доста приятен.
Малка книжка с огромно значение.
Yusra  ✨
Mar 29, 2018 marked it as to-read
okay ur will I ever end up reading Zusak’s debut books? probably not 🙃
I just don’t need him to fall in my eyes or anything &.... this doesn’t really interest me
Stephanie White
Jan 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I only read this book because I accidentally purchased Getting The Girl which is the 3rd book in the series thinking it was a stand alone.
I love Markus Zusak but sadly his style of writing was the only thing dragging this book to 3 stars...
I STILL LOVE YOU ZUSAK AND THANK YOU FOR THE BOOK THIEF ❤
(Just in case he ever reads this)
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Ahmet
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-3
olcay abime tşkkrler :))
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I was standing there, waiting for someone to do something , till I realised the person I was waiting for was myself.”
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