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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  2,359 ratings  ·  412 reviews
QB of the varsity football team. Passing grades in all his classes. Dating the hottest--and smartest--girl at school. Summer job paying more than minimum wage. Things in Cody's world seem to be going pretty well. Until, that is, his girlfriend, Clea, is sent off to boarding school across the country, and a torn ACL ends his high school football career. But bad things come ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by HarperTeen (first published January 1st 2009)
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Ben Schneider
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Abrahams has yet to disappoint. A Master of his craft. A pleasure to read.
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teenagers
Cody is a Sixteen year old boy who only loves football and his wonderful girlfriend, Clea. Cody does not like school what so ever, he just tries to have his grades high enough so that he can keep playing football and hopefully get a football scholarship. All of his dreams get ruined quite quickly though.
Cody lives with his father, who is not the wealthiest; more like on the other side of the spectrum. Clea, his girlfriend, on the other hand is extremely wealthy. Clea’s father does not approve o
Jun 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-suspense
I could not put this one down. I really felt a connection to Cody, the main character. He has really only two things going for him - he used to be a great high school football player until he injured his knee and then dropped out of school, and he used to date the richest, most intelligent girl in town, until her dad sends her to an exclusive prep school in Vermont. When Clea, the girl, disappears, Cody gets in his car and drives from Colorado to Vermont, hoping to find her himself.
I loved how
Reianna Cambridge
May 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
The story was alright but there were so many things that I really disliked about the book. I would not let my teen read this book. There was underage drinking, gambling, pre-marital sex, tons of swearing, which are all topics and ideas I don't want to be putting into my teen's head. ...more
Narrated by James Colby.
Mar 20, 2011 rated it liked it
I don't have any misconceptions about the quality of this book. I've given better books less than three stars, but for whatever reason, I found this to be a very pleasant read at just the right time.

What's it about? The main plot doesn't get going until fairly late in the game, and I don't want to give it away. So I'll kind of dance around it. Cody is a star football player, not exactly an intellectual but sharp in his own way. His girlfriend, Clea, is a super-student whose intelligence is much
Kate Coombs
Sep 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Cody is a football star and is dating a rich girl in a small town in Colorado. Then his life goes down the tubes: Clea's father sends her to a private school in Vermont to keep her away from this kid from the wrong side of the tracks, and Cody suffers an injury that keeps him from playing football. Cody drops out of school to work at a dead-end job. Figuring he really is a loser, he avoids Clea's efforts to get in touch.

Then the news comes out: Clea has gone missing. Pretty soon Cody heads east
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cody is the star football player for his high school team. His grades on the other hand barely get him by. Cody lives with his father on the poorer side of town and his mother died when he was a child. Clea his ultra smart girlfriend has gotten straight A's all through school. She lives in a mansion and her dad is rich and loves to ride her horse Bud. When she has to tell her father she got a B, the life she is used to living changes.
When Clea tells her father he sends her to live in Tokyo for
Meghan Rau
Sep 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cody is the quarterback of his school's football team.He has a girlfriend, Clea. Clea is sent to a prep school out east to better prepare her for Ivy League colleges, and there is where she disappears.This book is really getting interesting. I want to check out the movie as well. I can't wait to find out exactly what happens to Clea and why.......Cody and Clea exchange emails and a phone call now and then. Clea was sent to live with her uncle in Hong Kong for the summer.When Clea returns, more b ...more
Reality Check
Cady Crowell

I loved this book because it kept me wanting to keep turning the page and read more to find out where Clea was and what happened to her. The author made her disappearance like real life by having her riding her horse in the forest and never coming back to the barn with her horse. The best part that made me feel that there are some great guys out there and it was nice that Cody went all the way to Vermont from Colorado to find out what happened to Clea. That really shows
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Personnel response: I did not like Reality Check as much as I thought I was going to like the book. The book said a suspense novel, and in my opinion,I did not think there was that much suspense or horror in the book. Although the character plotting in Reality Check was very outgoing, and the characters matched the book quite well. All in all I would not like to read this book again only because I never really thought the suspense was enough.

Plot: Ever since kindergarten Cody has gotten straight
Mitchel Broussard
This felt sort of a step down from Abraham's Echo Falls mysteries. Cody was an okay main character, but had none of the charm and wit of Ingrid from the Falls trilogy. And the most important thing about a mystery novel, the, you know, mystery, was way to simple.

Early on its established that Cody is from the poor side of town (he lives over a bar and his dad is a heavy drinker). But Clea, his girlfriend, lives in a mansion, has acres of farmland, and her own purebred horse. So when Clea leav
Kolden Baehman
Personal Response:
I really enjoyed this book. Throughout the whole book, I was wondering what happened to Clea. I thought that Clea was lost in the woods, but as I started to read I was starting to think that she was kidnapped.

Plot Summary:
Cody and Clea get out of school for the summer and Clea is sent to live with her uncle in Hong Kong. To keep himself busy, Cody worked and lifted for football all summer. Clea came back from Hong Kong and told Cody that she was being forced to go to Dover Acad
Jul 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
I really enjoy Abrahams' YA mysteries. Reality Check is not part of the Echo Falls series. Cody, our protagonist is a 16 year old boy, from lower-middle class small town Colorado. His girlfriend, Clea, is from a rich mining family. Her dad does not approve of Cody and when Dad catches the two of them in her room, he sends Clea off to a Vermont boarding school. When poor student and quarterback Cody, has a season-ending knee injury in the first football game of the season, he ends up dropping out ...more
Tanner Shirghio
Reality Check
Peter Abrahams
This book has 2 main characters named Cody (the football star),and Clea (his girlfriend). Cody and Clea were hanging out at Clea's house, not thinking of when her dad was gonna come home and see he was there. But when Cody heard her dad pulling in the driveway, it was to late to get out of there. So Clea's dad thought for disobeying his rules, she is going to go live with his brother in Hong Kong for the summer. When Clea gets to Hong Kong, her and Cody still talk...bu
Cody Laredo has a near perfect life. He is a football star, his girlfriend is the beautiful daughter of the richest man in town, and he looks to cruise through his next year of high school on minimal effort. Then he injures his knee, his girlfriend moves away, and he drops out of school. Apathetic and depressed, he learns of his girlfriend's disappearance on the other side of the country. He's got nothing to lose, so he leaves town to help in the search for her. What he finds in New England, doe ...more
Sarah Senft
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book!!! It was soo good!!!! This is my all time favorite book!! I think everybody should read it!!
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Nice plot twists! Engaging easy to read YA Mystery.
Ending was a bit rushed, but I fucking love the way Peter Abrahams writes.
Nolawi G
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book grasped my attention the moment I looked at its cover. I am a big fan of Realistic Fiction/Mystery books so I thought I’d give it a good read. The setting of the book also grasped my attention as I was (currently) in the mood for a “high school” setting vibe. (Which it greatly portrayed and then expanded on throughout the book). This book also received great praise from Stephen King, a popular novelist whose work (suspense novels) I’ve really enjoyed reading. Coming into the book, I ha ...more
Bryan Valleau
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book Reality Check by Peter Abrahams is about a boy named Cody who is on the top of the world, he is the star quarterback on the varsity football team and he is dating the most pretty and smart girl in school, Clea Weston. Everything was going great, but one day Clea, told him that she would be going to a boarding school in Vermont. Then to make things worse he toar his ACL that ended his high school football career. While Clea is gone word spreads that she went missing in Vermont. When Cody ...more
Tyler Twomey
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would recommend this book to any kid from middle school on, it is an easy read and keeps you interested throughout the whole book. The book starts off introducing the highschool football star, Cody. He may be amazing at football but he's not so great in school, unlike his girlfriend Clea, who is the smartest, richest, and most beautiful girl in town. They have been dating for awhile now but one day when Cody is at Clea's house without her parents there her dad comes home unexpectedly, and as y ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Peter Abrahams has tackled writing a drama-filled mystery when he wrote Reality Check. I like this book because I believe that this book is the perfect suspense story that anyone would love to read. I would recommend Reality Check to anybody who loves a solid mystery. I would definitely read this book again, due to its many plot twists. This book starts off with a young boy, Cody Laredo, and another young teenager, Clea Weston. These two have had two very different upbringings. Clea Weston is we ...more
Dayna McManners
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had so much fun reading this book. I had no idea what was going to happen until events started unfolding at the end. The characters were so well written, and as Clea herself said, you really don’t know who to trust.
Courtney Jacobs
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reality Check is a fiction story about a star football player, Cody who is dating the most perfect girl in school, Clea. Cleas uptight father makes her leave to go to a private school to keep her on track which is cody's worst nightmare. When Cody didn't think anything could get worse, his life falls apart. Clea goes missing. Cody does everything he can to find the girl of his dreams even as some are trying to blame him.

As a 16 year old junior in high school, I would definitely say this is a bo
Jan 31, 2018 added it
Reality Check can really get someones heart beating. Cody, the main character faces many challenges during his high school career. He was everything most high school jocks would want to be. Captain and quarterback of varsity football, has the best girlfriend (Clea) and overall just a well known guy around school. But then life hits him hard, his girlfriend ends up going to Hong Kong due to her Dads brother being an investment banker over in Hong Kong. She leaves for a while. Clea and Cody stay i ...more
Isaac Stuart
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book I will be reviewing today is a book called reality check. This is a nonfiction book and is not in a series so as of now it is the only one of that tells a story like this.As of reading this I am a junior in high school at about a high school reading level and overall this book was not that hard to follow. I recommend this book to anybody overall if you have the time I suggest to give it a read. Although if you are a slower reader like I am give yourself some time. It was not a fast read ...more
Daniyal Qureshi
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reality Check is about Cody: a sophomore in High school whose life couldn’t get better. QB for the varsity football team, passing in all his classes, working a summer job with great pay and dating the hottest and smartest girl in school. However, all good things come to an end when a torn ACL ruins his football career in High school and his girlfriend is off to a boarding school. But things get worse when he learns his now ex-girlfriend is missing after reading a newspaper heading: “Local Girl M ...more
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Peter Abrahams is the author of numerous novels, including End of Story, Oblivion, and Lights Out, which was nominated for an Edgar best novel award. He also writes the best-selling Echo Falls series for younger readers. He lives on Cape Cod.

Peter Abrahams is also writing under the pseudonym Spencer Quinn (Chet

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