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The Walk On

(The Triple Threat #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  761 ratings  ·  182 reviews
Bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein kicks off a new series for middle grade featuring Alex Myers, a student athlete who tries to take on the sports establishment in his new town.

Alex Myers is a quarterback, but from the first day of football practice, it’s clear that that position is very much filled by the coach’s son, Matt.

Alex has the better arm, but Matt has
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2014)
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Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I was young, a long time ago, and just learning the joys of reading, sports books were an important part of my life. A lot of fiction and biographies for the young reader(mostly baseball legends if I remember correctly).

THE WALK ON looked like a good chance to get back some of those early feelings.

Alex Myers is a freshman in a Philadelphia school. His parents had separated and mom wanted to move closer to family. Alex is a quarterback with a strong arm and tries out for the high school
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Freshman Alex Myers believes he’s destined for gridiron greatness, graced with an unnaturally strong and accurate throwing arm. But when his parents’ divorce means starting school in a new town, he learns the quarterback position is already taken—by the coach’s son. I can connect to this in many ways. When I was in a basketball program, and the position I played was taken by the coach's nephew. This made me mad, but it was not an excuse. This made me work harder just like how Alex did. No one ...more
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Walk On by John Feinstein is a superb and spectacular read. The diverse and unique way that John Feinstein was able to develop and describes Alex, Matt and Christine as if they were real was jaw dropping. His description of Alex and how he once was a cocky football player to a humble, smart, and popular person was truly stunning. I truly love how John was able to incorporate new ways to make Alex a better person, like using Matt Gordon Junior. I loved how he used Matt as a guide or mentor to ...more
Christopher Krites
The quarterback.

If you like thrillers and sports you will love this book. The quarterback plays every game like it’s his last and he’s really determined to be the best. Before all of this he goes through some obstacles like school changing and being a new student. The setting of the book is mainly school, home, and football field. Hopefully you think this book is as good as I thought it was. Sports and thriller like theses are books that I would read I would give this book around 4-5 star
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was a very interesting book and it really kept me on the edge of my seat. I wanted to know more so I started reading the next book.
Elijah Simpao
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Walk On is a solid 4 out of 5 for me. I enjoyed it a lot because it was cool seeing the come up of Alex and his struggles throughout the season. With having football experience it was cool reading a book about a sport I know so much about. Like listening to how Alex described everything during play I thought was very cool and enjoyable. Overall this book is definitely a good read if you enjoy sports or know a lot about them.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Football is a sport that is all about teamwork and getting to know yourself and your abilities on the field. It’s about working with others and allowing them to also reach their full potential as a person and as a football player. Football is watched by thousands every week, and for good reason. Football is such a vicious sport at the professional level and the sport provides good entertainment.
The Walk On is about a boy named Alex, and he just moved to Pennsylvania from Boston because his
Tyler Greer
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book "Walk On" is about a kid named Alex. He is a freshman who just moved to Philadelphia from Boston because of his parents divorce. Alex is a smart kid and that really helps him be good at sports. As soon as Alex gets to Philadelphia the first thing he does is try out for the football team. But there is one problem, the coaches son plays quarterback and so does Alex. Matt, the quarterback is way bigger then Alex and can run but can't throw very
well. The first day of practice the coaches
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 14-15-gw
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Anthony Chornyy
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Walk On was a great book, one of my favorite books I read this year. It is about a freshman quarterback named Alex Myers who has to beat the older quarterback on steroids(Matt) and deal with Matt's dad(Coach Gordon). Alex's parents are divorced and he lives with his mom. His dad usually doesn't keep his promise to visit often. Alex makes friends like Jonas, Stephen, and Christine. Eventually, time for drug testing begins and Alex is surprised to see his test turn out positive, but Christine ...more
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This one has the typical set up I've come to expect from most YA sports books--new kid in town is an amazing athlete, coach is biased and mean, coach's kid is the starter, drama ensues--but this one had enough story twists and engaging, likeable characters to keep me from putting it down. I love the friendships and sportsmanship displayed throughout...sometimes it's nice to read about characters who are genuinely good kids.
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well, in this book there was lots of suspense and was a very interesting book. I liked how this kid liked to play football and I could kind of relate to how he acted on the field and off the field. Also, this kid did not back down from a challenge, even though he is a freshman he plays like a college player. Overall, this book had lots of drama and was amazing.
Jaquarryean Fair
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The walk on was about a boy who is a freshman and plays for the varsity football team at his high school. But he wants to be the starting quarterback but the team already has a starting quarterback.
I recommend that anyone who likes football will love this book.
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Walk On, by John Feinstein, is a realistic fiction book that not only contains an action packed sports situation, but also drama with friends, family, and even drugs. The protagonist of this story is high school freshman Alex Myers, a football quarterback with a rocket for a throwing arm. When Alex moves to Pennsylvania and joins the varsity football team, he expects to be starting and leading the team. But, when he gets to the team, things don’t go as planned. The Coach’s son also plays on ...more
Derek Geib
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The fiction novel, The Walk On, by John Feinstein, is about a boy, named Alex Meyers, who has just moved to a new town and a new school, Chester Heights, in Pennsylvania. The move was caused by his parents splitting up. Alex was a natural born quarterback. He tries out and makes the varsity team for football. After tryouts, Alex makes a new friend named Jonas. He has a great arm and his new teammates named him “Goldie” after the first few practices. There is two things standing in his way of ...more
I am not a football fan. I only read this book because my students will be reading it for next year's Battle of the Books, and I like to be familiar with the stories on that list. So, to help me get through it, I listened to the audiobook during my commute. At first, I was put off by the narration by the author, John Feinstein. However, after a while, I came to like it and found it perfect for many of the characters (especially the head coach - gruff, firm, direct). The one negative aspect of ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alex Myers a teenager from Boston, Massachusetts who needs to move the summer before his freshman year because his mom and dad were separating , so him, his sister Molly, and his mom moved to Pennsylvania to be closer to his moms family. About two weeks after the move Alex tries out for football at Chester Heights high school. Right when he got to the tryouts everyone could tell he was new, but another kid named Jonas Ellington who moved down to Pennsylvania because his dad got a job there but ...more
Tyler Johnson
Book Report

Freshman Alex Myers believes he’s destined for gridiron greatness, graced with an unnaturally strong and accurate throwing arm. But when his parents’ divorce means starting school in a new town, he learns the quarterback position is already taken—by the coach’s son. Alex Myers is a quarterback, but from the first day of football practice, it’s clear that that position is very much filled by the coach’s son, Matt. Freshman Alex Myers believes he’s destined for gridiron greatness,
Valerie McEnroe
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heed my warning. If you like football, you will not be able to put this book down until you finish. I am the last person you would ever expect to read a book about football, but let me tell you, this book is every bit as good as watching a real game.

Like Mike Lupica’s Game Changers, this is the first book in a series called Triple Threat where you have an athlete that excels in football, basketball and baseball. The Walk On is about Alex, the new kid in town who wants a spot on the varsity
Ryan Hibbard
The Walk On
The Walk On book features an amazing story about a freshman going to a new school. Alex Myers a freshman quarterback trying to make and start on varsity. The starting quarterback happens to be the coach's son. Alex has high aspirations and will have to work hard to start again at his new school.
Alex was forced to move from his hometown to a new school. His parents had to move for work, and also just divorced. Alex's dad is gone a lot and not really in the picture a lot. Alex
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Gavin Smeeton
Feb. Book Plug

The book The Walk On by John Feinstein is a realistic fiction and was the first book of the series The Triple Threat. The main character of the story was Alex Myers, who was new to town and to the high school. Alex is going to be a freshman in high school, and he is very athletic. Alex is a quarterback in football who had to prove himself if he wanted to play and show his skills to the coach. When he went to football practice he noticed that position was
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Walk On
John Feinstein
Liam Fitzpatrick

The book The Walk On by John Feinstein is a descriptive mystery novel about a kid named Alex Myers. The book start off talking about the relationships in the story like him moving to a new school and his dad always working. But I would say that is not the main plot of the story, and a matter of fact the plot is quite interesting. Someone who reads books in a couple sitting would like this book. For example the author hooks the reader in with
Rj Parlier
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story is about a kid who moves to a different town and trys out for the football team as a quarterback and he knows he is better than the starter but the starters dad is also the coach so he knows he won't get the starting position on varsity but tries his hardest in practice and gets third string because the other kid that tried out is a grade higher than him. The main characters in this story are alex, matt, and jonas. Alex is the freshman that tries out for quarterback matt is the ...more
Karen Gedeon
The Walk On – written and narrated by John Feinstein - Alex Myers has moved to the Philadelphia area because his parents divorced. His mother’s family is there, and while he was close to his father at one time, his dad stayed in Boston and is working more and more with them talking less and less. Alex was born to be a quarterback; he can throw a ball like no one in town has ever seen, but when he goes out for the football team as a freshman, he finds out that not only do they have one of the ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Walk On choice #1 quarter one
The Walk On is a sports book about a freshman in high school named Alex Myers who moved to Philadelphia. He's been told that he had a great arm all his life. His one goal when he moved to the city that was to be the starting QB. When he goes to the first try out, he finds out that the starting QB is the coaches son. The coaches name was Coach Gordon, aka Matthew Gordon. His son is Matthew Gordon Jr., aka Matt. Coach Gordon is the kind of coach that yells at you
Adam Ball
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I believe that John Feinstein’s realistic fiction novel “The Walk On” is a good book that is written so that anyone can understand it. It is relatable for high school athletes.
The setting of the story is mostly at Chester Heights High School, and sports fields nearby. Main characters are Alex, Jonas, Matt, Coach Gordon. Alex is going to a new school in a new state and is a star athlete. He is fighting to be the starting QB, but the coach’s son also plays QB. Alex then has to deal with a scandal
Anna Jackson
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great YA sports novel! But what a cliffhanger ending! Made this non-sporty librarian race for the next book in the series! Lots of great sports play by plays, and interesting characters on and off the field.

Alex Meyers is a freshman football player who recently transferred to Chester Heights HS after his parents' divorce. He is a talented QB, but is benched because the coach's son is also a QB. The coach is kind of a jerk, but his son, Matt, is probably the nicest guy on the team, so it's hard
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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John Feinstein is one of the nation’s most successful and prolific sports authors who has written 24 books to date. His most recent work Are You Kidding Me? , written with Rocco Mediate, was released on May 18, 2009, and is presently on the shelf at bookstores everywhere. In addition, he is an award-winning columnist and regular contributor in both radio and television.

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