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The Underdogs by Mike Lupica
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Underdogs: Book Review


The Underdogs by Mike Lupica is about a young boy named Will Tyler which is trying to save the football team in Forbes Pennsylvania. Will Tyler was a great football player “ nobody can match his love for the game” this is how the author describes him. Forbes was a very small town in Pennsylvania, before the Forbes Flyers factory left it was a nice, peaceful town. Now it is a very poor and sad place. I can describe this book as mediocre, I consider the story great but I think it's not written good.
The setting of the book is one of the keys of the story. Maybe one of its only bright spot. The setting is Forbes, Pennsylvania a poor town next to a richer town named Castle Rock. The author describes it as: “We were poor, our town was poor”. It describes how the characters see their town, people were leaving as a result of jobs leaving. This makes the challenge harder for Will as he tries to find player to join the team. He figures that everyone was leaving and that made it a harder challenge for him. If this town wasn't poor the story would lose it’s only good thing. In context the setting was great for the story. One of its key bases and made the story a little bit better.
The characters in this book were terrible, Lupica only describes fully one character, Will the main character was a good player but he was a little bit of a narcissist. You could consider him trying to get all the attention of the world. He was a great player but he just showed of. Him being a narcissist made him a sexist, Hannah the only girl in the team was the eleventh player they needed to be able to compete. With this Will decides to let her in at the last moment. He created excuses for her not to get in, she was better than him that also bothered him. “ Give the ball to me, I can make things happen” This says that he didn't trust his team, he wanted to do everything. I do not consider Will a hero but more of a villain. It was a very bad part of the book, not great for the overall review.
The conflict, a very plain, boring and not interesting conflict. The base of the story was great but a good conflict might raise it grade. This conflict about a poor team trying to beat their rivals is a bad, boring conflict. The author could have done better and made it a deeper conflict. “If we don't beat them, this will be for nothing”.
You could have wrote something that actually meant something and was good.
In context the setting and story are the things that attach you to the story and it is just terrible. If the conflict was better maybe someone could read the book.
In overall review you could consider this book as a bad one but maybe some people do like it. Maybe a 10 year old who is really into football. He has to like to read and to be patient. They also have to be good readers and understand words that are a little hard. 3 stars is what this book deserves, a great story that gets your attention for almost all the book. It is totally readable. Once you get deeper in the book you get a little bored because it does get a little boring. A bad book that can keep you hooked in.
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Diego Overall, I think I have to agree with this review completely. It well describes what made the book a not so good one and it even made a comment that really gets you thinking. "Will the main character was a good player but he was a little bit of a narcissist. You could consider him trying to get all the attention of the world. He was a great player but he just showed of. ...." I like how he made a different point of view. I can totally agree with this review since it perfectly describes what made this book mediocre, overall, This was a very nice review.


message 2: by N (new)

N if youre gonna criticize someones writing, at least use proper grammar...
"I can describe this book as mediocre, I consider the story great but I think it's not written good."


message 3: by N (new)

N if youre gonna criticize someones writing, at least use proper grammar...
"I can describe this book as mediocre, I consider the story great but I think it's not written good."


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