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3.41  ·  Rating details ·  463 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
Everything comes easy for Tim Temples. He’s got a sweet summer job, lots of love from the ladies, and parties with his high school buddies. Why does he need to go to college?

Then Tim falls hard for Helena—a worldly and mysterious twenty-two year-old. Their relationship opens his eyes to life outside the small town of Mattoon, Illinois. Now Tim has to choose: Will he settle
Paperback, 286 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Razorbill
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Jennifer Wardrip
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There is a trend among young adult literature to stage the proceedings in big cities, well-known towns of glitter and glam such as Manhattan, Chicago, and Los Angeles. And although there are books out there that feature the small towns of America, they usually feature made up burgs and use euphemisms to get small-town life across. This is not the case with CATCH, and for that I can be grateful. I can be even more grateful that the author set his story in Mattoo
Agatha Donkar
Jan 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
I've read a lot of YA novels; I've read a lot of YA novels written for a teenaged sports-obsessed male population. A LOT. And this was objectively one of the best: the writing's good, Tim's a legitimately sympathetic character (even when he's being an ass, and he often is, I absolutely understood the social constructs that made him that way, because Leitch sets it up so well), and it doesn't get a perfectly happy ending. I've read YA novels for teenaged, sports-obsessed, male audiences that were ...more
Apr 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Small town jock meets eccentric older girl who teaches him a thing or two about the world and the way he'd been wired by those around him. A quick read and an entertaining coming of age story.

My doctor saw it the other day and said "the only coming of age story he needed to read was catcher and the rye." But I like revisiting those paths of my life. This book put me back to my own youth.

I picture this book being read by those around the world who then say "that's America?"

Jasynda Pham
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jan 20, 2008 marked it as to-read
Recommended to stephanie by: A.
four stars from A.
Richie Partington
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
19 October 2005 CATCH by Will Leitch, Penguin/Razorbill, December 2005, ISBN: 1-59514-069-7

"She takes a deep gulp from her beer and emits a tiny burp. 'Oops!'
" 'Four years of sitting in your room reading, and now you're out here with the common folk,' I say. 'What did inspire you to suddenly make the trip?'
" 'I would have come sooner,' she says, brushing her hair out of her face. 'You just never invited me.'
"I can't decide whether this is true or not. 'Well, if you had spent as much time out her
Samuel Watts
May 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Book Review: Catch by Will Leitch

He we go again another jock with feelings and you actually have sympathy for him. NOT!!.
This Book somehow got my attention by me thinking every number that met me every two pages meant that I Completed a chapter, "If only". Tim Temples is on his way to college and he is trying to figure out what to do with his life BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH.

Tim Temples has it "All" and everything is going his way but then a taste of reality hits him harder Than Mr T. did Rocky. He
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I kind of liked this book and it was okay. What I liked about it was that I like how the main character and the girl met at work but i forgot their names. The main character likes the girl but the girl is very sassy and mean. He tries to be nice with her but she would be mean and throw him stuff. When it was her birthday, the boy gave her flowers and the girl was nice for the first time and he was surprised. Then they went to a club and hanged out and thats where they started to hang out every n ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read because it's set in a small midwestern town right next to my own hometown. It was very reminiscent of many Midwestern teens experience! I enjoyed it!
Flossmoor Public Library (IL)
3 stars

- Ms. Jenn
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
This one was required for “Contemporary realistic fiction” week.

I. Hated. This. Book.

Although Will Leitch can write. Keep this in mind. I mean, REALLY WRITE.

This book tells the story of the summer before college of Tim Temples, small town sports dynasty kid from Mattoon, IL. I checked on a map; this small town is an hour south of Champaign-Urbana, two hours west of Indianapolis, and according to Google Maps, a three hour drive from Chicago. And yet, these small town hicks have never been outside
Kate Johnson
Feb 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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May 11, 2010 rated it liked it
My independent novel, Catch, was a very good book. Will Leitch, the author of the book, did a great job of keeping me guessing about what was going to happen next. He also did a great job of showing people what most young adults go through in making tough decisions in their lives, such as college, love, work, and leaving home. Our narrator and main character Tim Temples shows his struggles on going about things from beginning to end. During the story Tim meets a girl, Helena, at work who he real ...more
Oct 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
I found this novel to be really appealing. The book is a young adult fiction novel. In the book, Catch, it relates to many high school students thinking about college and the future. The theme is repeated over and over again overlapping with some themes of young love and betrayal. The author, Will Leitch, presents this book with an easy to follow order, in first person. Using first person, the reader is able to feel the experiences of Tim and is able to make inferences into what Tim is thinking. ...more
Dalton Cowan
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What is a person to do in his or her last summer before leaving for college? This is the situation that Tim Temples, the protagonist of Catch by Will Leitch, must face as he prepares to go to college after graduating high school. The way in which Tim chooses to spend his final summer is how most teenagers spend their last few weeks at home--with friends, working, and finding a summer romance. These relatable choices along with the humor that Will Leitch uses throughout the novel makes Catch such ...more
Dec 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: baseball, guy-romance
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Mar 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Catch is a humorous and touching coming-of-age story. Told as a first person narrative, it is story that is so easy to fall into and it had me wanting to keep turning the pages.

Tim Temples is the narrator of this story. He is eighteen and this is his last summer before he goes to college. At the beginning of the story he is, quite honestly, a bit of an idiot. And yet, there is an endearing quality and likableness about him but that could be just because he tells us there is. Tim lives in the sma
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Apr 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, good-ya
I usually don't read books like this. When any type of sport comes up, I stay as far away as possible. I also stay away from realistic fiction where a guy is the main character because the first four I ever read, all I wanted to do the entire book was punch the guy in the face. I picked this up in a fit of rage. I had found a book that sounded interesting, but, like basically every book I see nowadays, it was the first book in a SERIES. Sometimes, all I want is to read a book, maybe two books, w ...more
“Catch” was a pleasurable book to read. The story of a small-town boy leaving his childhood behind for the bigger world is a scenario which many people can relate to. The writing style of the book is easy to follow and cleanly presented. The way it is written makes it seem as though we are part of Tim and are journeying through the process of maturity alongside him. The attention to detail of Tim’s life as a young teenager, like him and his friends playing the card game “asshole” or them going t ...more
Oct 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Will Leitch is able to capture the best of Tim Temples in his moving novel called “Catch.” Catch is not one of your classic teen love stories that take place in familiarized large urban cities. Instead, it takes place in a small town called Mattoon situated in Illinois Midwest America. I can’t say I’m the first to grab books of the shelves about small-town charm, but its good once in a while and Catch served its purpose. Most books fail to get that countryside feel across, but on the other hand ...more
Katherine Marple
Sep 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
" Catch " was a wonderful read. I love small town books because I'm from a small town! I was able to visualize the characters and their surroundings. Will Leitch got me to read descriptions without me even realizing it- he was very detailed in his writing without being overbearing.
Even in the heartbreaking moments, Will was able to stay HUMEROUS and light-hearted. It made this read extremely insightful and memorable.

The main character, Tim, is just 18 years old and is at his last summer before
Oct 28, 2010 added it
Catch, written by Will Leitch, was a pleasurable novel due to the many relations of a teenager’s life. Will Leitch understood how much pressure a teenager goes through right after high school. Catch is mainly about a boy named Tim who just graduated and is heading off to college, who meets his first true love, and wants to be the kind of guy people are proud of.
I know lots of teenagers who can relate to this book. I liked how I know many others who are going through or went through the exa
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Catch is an interesting novel the story takes place in the country side of America. It is about a home-town boy growing up in Mattoon. He is famous in his town and everyone loves him. He has to decide whether to stay or leaving for state college. During this time, he meets a woman five years older than him. He thinks she is a hot chick and decides to date with her.
What I like about the book is the style of writing is very easy to follow. The author gives a clear picture to the readers when desc
Kirstin Schnabel
Aug 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Catch, by Will Leitch, is a humorous, but drama-filled story that kept me turning the pages. Tim Temples lives in the small town of Mattoon and has one more summer until he leaves for college. Tim is treated like royalty from everyone around him because of his local hero dad who once was on a minor league baseball team. Even the police let him go when he is caught drinking and driving. Throughout the beginning of the book Tim and his friends spend most of their nights driving around town, eating ...more
Nov 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Catch is a novel written about the life of a teenage boy who has just completed his final year of high school and his life during the summer as he prepares for his 4 years of college. This book depicts the attitude and recreations of a “dumb” jock and the problems he faces in life as he battles new feelings that develop between him and his co-worker. The story takes place in the small town of Mattoon, Illinois. The book is very sophisticated in talking about feelings felt by the main character, ...more
Mar 23, 2016 added it
“Catch” by Will Leitch is a story about a guy named Tim who just finished high school is in his last summer before he leaves for college. He gets a summer job and is not really sure what he wants to do with his life. He starts working at a place putting boxes in a semi all day, where he meets an office worker named Helena, and he instantly has an attraction to her. She gives him a cold shoulder for the longest time. Eventually they begin to like each other and Tim starts to hang around her all t ...more
Dec 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novelist-reviews
Catch takes places in the summer before Tim Temples goes away to college. There's a lot going on: his loser brother Doug is home from college, his father is caught up in civic events and his best friends (The Horsemen) are already slipping away. But it's a new job — and a woman (Helena), a much older woman — he meets there that spin his life around. There's funny stuff (his pal Denny's four rules for keeping a woman happy) and there's tough stuff (a confrontation between Tim and his brother taki ...more
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
A pleasant read, verging on cliché, but one that many near-college age kids will relate to. The characters seem to be built off of 90s stereotypes, but the story still manages to touch an honest vein of emotion as Tim gets closer to leaving for college. Leitch doesn't have the writing chops or character development of fellow YA sports novel writer Chris Crutcher, but he successfully captures the inner struggles that most high school graduates feel as they prepare to leave everything that is fami ...more
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“Four years of sitting in your room reading, and now you're out here with the common folk," I say. "What did inspire you to suddenly make the trip?"

"I would have come sooner," she says, brushing her hair out of her face. "You just never invited me.”
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