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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  279 ratings  ·  99 reviews
“I hit him so hard, the clash of helmets and pads sounded like a gunshot across the field. I crushed him with the hit, held on to him, and crushed him again when I slammed him into the ground . . . I had arrived.”

Arlo Brodie loves being at the heart of the action on the football field, getting hit hard and hitting back harder. That’s where he belongs, leading his team
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Algonquin Young Readers
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Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I started playing football when I was only 6 years old. At one point, football was the only reason I even got up in the morning. The only reason I got up was to get hurt again and again on that field. But getting hurt on that field... was what really made the game exhilarating. Because every time I got hurt I got mad, and very time I got mad I made them hurt. I made them hurt 10 times more then I did. Some might say that there are dangers to this game, and we know that. But all those people who ...more
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Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Rj Parlier
Hit Count Chris lynch
Hit count is a pretty good book it is about two brothers lloyd and arlo who have always wanted to play football together but because of an incident this could possibly never happen but the other brother arlo starts his first year of football as a high schooler but was scared because of getting hit to hard but after the crack of his first hit he gets addicted to hitting people as hard as he can and he goes hard every second of every quarter of every game.
The main characters i
Ben Wilichoski
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. This book was made for me because I love football and all the hitting that has to do with the game. I understand what happen to the main character in this book because of hard hits to the head in football it is easy to get a concussion. Arlo battles through the season with injuries to the head. This books main message is to warn people how physical and tough it is to play this sport. It shows you need agresiveness to play the game of football.The book shows how dangerous the g ...more
Damien Hernandez
May 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book is based on a kid names Arlo who has more intentions in football than his brother Lylo. I am not a fan of this book in general but Lylo ends up quitting and Arlo becomes a very damaged kid after he discovers how hard he likes to hit. That results in many concussions that aren't being said and that eventually hurts his brain.
Keagan Nicol
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever been told that you weren’t good enough. This is what JV Coach Kasperian told Arlo after starting off his high school football career on a bad note. Arlo’s journey to success is noted in Chris Lynch’s “Hit Count”. Arlo took note of what his coach told him after the first game of his high school football career, and kicked it into four wheel drive. During the summer between his freshman and sophomore year he worked out every day twice a day, to get bigger and stronger for the upcomin ...more
Courtney Pate
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a good book. It shows the scary side of foodball - the injuries and head trauma. It was a very gripping read.
Ethan Raabe
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I personally liked the book because I love the sport of football, and this book talks about the sport and injuries that can occur in the sport also. Hit Count by Chris lynch is about two brothers named Arlo and Lloyd. Lloyd was a stud in football and Arlo followed in his older brothers footsteps until one day Lloyd takes a bad hit to the head that ended his football career. Arlo however becomes a stud himself earning the nickname "Starlo" but is the football stardom really all that good for Arlo ...more
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Even with the clarity of the theme, it lacked the clarity for Arlo. My one major issue with this book is the lack of guilt and reflection. It was very show and not tell. Usually that is a good thing, but I wanted more of him telling the reader what not to do, actually voicing to the reader the danger and not to push themselves. The correlation to the changes in his personality and the personality of his brother was extremely clear to the reader, however it was not so clear to the character. I fe ...more
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Lloyd liked to hit hard and he taught his brother, Arlo, everything he knows.

Arlo makes the junior varsity football team his freshman year which is almost unheard of. Since Lloyd had taught Arlo everything, Arlo is good at hitting hard. A sophomore on the JV team, Dinos befriends Arlo and teaches him about conditioning. Football is more than just hard hitting, you have to be able to last the whole game. Arlo's dad was a proud papa. Lloyd, was jealous that he didn't make is as far as Arlo had. A
Logan Craighead
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Blake Norby
Jan 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
So this book is about a kid in high school who plays football and gets hit in the head, a lot, and likes it. This book will also repeatedly tell you over and over again that this is a high school football player who likes to hit and be hit a lot. Almost the entire book is an inner monologue of the very boring and repetitive main character explaining how he likes to work out and play football because he likes to hit and be hit. Oh yeah, there's a girlfriend and a mom who warn him about getting hi ...more
Zach Bergstrom
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hit Count was a really good book by Chris Lynch. The book is about a kid playing football throughout high school and about his problems with everything else. This book kind of related to me, always being under the wing of his older brother. I gave this book 4 stars because they don't let me do 4.5 stars and that it kept me on my toes for 3/4 of the book, but I knew what would happen after that. To conclude, it was a very good book that related to me.
Maisy Fling
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was an awesome book about sports, high school, and all the drama that comes with it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone even if you don't like football. This was my favorite book I read this year.
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, arc, sports
I both hate and loved this book in a way. I had some problems with it, but as far as a Sports YA book goes, it's solid.
Aaron Wahler
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was a very good book.Had a good plotline and good ending.I like the insight on concussions and how they showed what many hits to the head can do.
Gunnar Spreeman
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story was about a boy who plays football and is starting out as a freshman. He has an older brother who can no longer play and who is no influence to him at all. The main characters were the older brother Lloyd, The main character Arlo, and their parents. The main characters play football and the book tells about Arlo’s rise to be a great player but his demise as well. Arlo ran into a problem when he we kicked off the team for having too high of a hit count and damaging his own body. My fav ...more
Jeremy Nisly
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jeremys-shelf
The book is action filled but not superhero action, the action in this book is in a game. Football, this game is pretty much all about football, there are brothers Lloyd and Arlo, who both play. Lloyd does end up quitting because of a concussion but Arlo keeps playing. Even though his mom refuses to come to the games and is always quoting concussion stats. At the beginning of the book Arlo is afraid of big hits only being a freshman, but after he gives a big hit he becomes addicted and trains an ...more
Ethan Do
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hit Count is a book that combines the idea of sports and high school drama/problems into one story. Chris Lynch has Arlo, who is the main character in the story, learn to balance his football career and the people in his life that care for him. The plot is somewhat slow but contains lots of detail that teaches you a lot about the characters and gets you attached to them. Also at the same time adding that intriguing sport storyline, one comparable and similar to a book by the author Mike Lupica. ...more
Duran Davis
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
My book is called Hit Count by Chris Lynch. This book is about a kid named Arlo who loves playing football. He made the Junior Varsity team as a freshman in high school, but wanted to work harder to get better and eventually make the Varsity team. Arlo started working out everyday, going to the gym at least twice a day. He got stronger with all the weights he was lifting and by running all the time. In the offseason he continued working out and spent more time training than he did spending time ...more
Jameer McCall
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Everardo Herrera
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story is about a kid named Arol. He is in high school throughout the book. THe story is told through a first person narrative, by Arol. He is a reliable source of information because he was there going through everything the whole time. The story took place during 2014 in a small town. He lived in a nice house in a good neighborhood. I am not sure what state or city it was in but it seemed like a nice place. The overall theme of the book was to be careful and take care of yourself so you don ...more
Gabriel Atto
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ir-books
This book really caught my attention when I first picked it off the shelf, Chris Lynch really put some effort into his writing to make this book so interesting. However, I mostly thought this book could have had more potential throughout the story. This book revolves around the life of Arlo Brodie and his family through his high school career. Arlo Brodie and his older brother Lloyd loved playing football, Arlo's passion for the game grew on a rapid scale. Throughout the book, Arlo seems to play ...more
Jericho Machado
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book very much because the theme was very relatable its a constant reminder of hard work pays off in the long run as the main protagonist Arlo taking after his brother Loyd who was a big time linebacker and Arlo at the time was not even in the same level as him but all he wanted was to just be like his brother or even better, but he didn't want to admit that to anyone. The brothers mom was very concerd with them playing football because the fact of brain damage hins the nam ...more
Kyle Ferreira
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Hit count is an Okay book. The book gets slow and boring to read at time but can be filled with lots of entertaining action. It has a good story line as main character arlo is a great young football player until he gets kicked off the team from to many big hits and danger to his physical health and his brother lloyd is spiraling down into a low part in his life. I chose this book because I love football and I enjoy reading books about football and I think that if you don't enjoy football this wo ...more
Oct 18, 2019 added it
"I hit him so hard the clash of helmets and pads sounded like a gunshot across the field!" The book "Hit count" is a very heartbreaking book in some parts. It is a very touchy and sad book too. I think that this book is only recommended for teens and above. As there is drug and alcohol use, and adult language. This book is about a bad football player that works harder and harder every day till he is the star and and big and strong, but what you see in him on the outside doesn't mean you know wha ...more
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: eng-356
Arlo is a freshman on the JV football team, quite a feat. But when his older brother gets a concussion in their practice, and quits, his family becomes divided. Arlo is a big kid, and is giving big hits rather than receiving them, and with hard work he earns a starting spot and eventually is on the varsity squad. His family is divided, his father supports the sport, and the vicious way Arlo plays. But his mother is against football and won't even stand to come to his games. How will this animosi ...more
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hit Count by Chris Lynch is a phenomenal book about football in high school life and what it feels like to love the game of football. Hit Count follows the early career of a young man named Arlo Brodie and his experiences with the game at he grows up an continues to get better. It shows the struggle between the game players love and the consequences of playing that stay with them long after the game is over. Chris Lynch does an amazing job of conveying the love players have for the game and the ...more
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Chris Lynch is the Printz Honor Award-winning author of several highly acclaimed young adult novels, including KILL SWITCH, ANGRY YOUNG MAN, and INEXCUSABLE, which was a National Book Award finalist and the recipient of six starred reviews. He is also the author of FREEWILL, GOLD DUST, ICEMAN, GYPSY DAVY, and SHADOWBOXER, all ALA Best Books for Young Adults; EXTREME ELVIN WHITECHURCH, and ALL THE ...more

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