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A darkly comic high-school drama about brotherhood, body image, concussions, and toxic masculinity from Boston Globe–bestselling adult author of That Book About Harvard.

Wyatt has wanted nothing more than to play football on Grayport's championship-winning team. But not for the fame, glory, or girls. It's his last chance to build a relationship with his older brother Brett,
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Samantha (WLABB)
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, arcs, ya, contemporary
Wyatt had been obscured by his football hero brother's shadow his whole life, but by some odd luck, he finally got the chance to stand alongside him on the field. He saw this as his opportunity to foster a real and genuine relationship with Brett, but as he got to know the man under the hero suit, he realized that, maybe, that connection he wanted, was there all along.

• Pro: This book was so funny! The humor ran the gamut, from nerdy and slapstick to witty and wry. It all worked for me and left
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Carli
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
⭐⭐⭐⭐/5. This is a solid mix of relationships and sports. Wyatt has lived his life in the shadow of his brother Brett, who is the varsity quarterback in a town that lives for football. Grayport is a poor fishing town on the brink of financial disaster when the red tide starts to appear, and the residents live for Friday nights. When Wyatt makes the team and misses a block, causing a hard hit to Brett, he is torn between honoring Brett’s wish that he not tell anyone about his brother’s headaches a ...more
Beth Bryden-miller
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great writing, solid relationships built. A little crude due to the realistic high school football player settings. Not sure if I'll get it for middle school since I'd put it at more of a 9th grade book. But I enjoyed the voice and pacing from the writer.
Amanda Cawthon
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I very rarely enjoy books that are focused on sports. It's just not a topic I'm interested in. But Eric Kester's Gut Check had me hooked by the time I started the second chapter. Wyatt comes from a family of local football legends. His father was on the road to great things before an injury his senior year in high school, and his older brother is currently the star quarter back. When Wyatt makes the team, it seems like he finally has his chance to prove his worth to his brother. The dynamic betw ...more
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Eric Kester was born in Boston and attended Harvard University, where he wrote a column for the undergraduate newspaper, The Crimson. Now a featured writer for CollegeHumor.com, Eric has also contributed to the Boston Globe, someEcards.com, and Dorkly.com. His writing has been described as a perfect blend of Twain, Salinger, and Sedaris from critics such as his mom. He lives in Boston with his tw ...more
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