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Crackback by John Coy
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May 14, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: teen-s-literature

Crackback is a term for an offensive blocking pattern in football. When the play is not recognized and the team does not work together to prevent it, the opposing team can score, or worse players can get injured. In general, Mitch’s life is like a crackback play. There are so many things in his life falling apart, and most of it is because he has not recognized or been alerted to everything that happened before hand to set these types of things in motion. Mitch struggles to find his place on the football team. He is a highly talented player, but he thinks too much and does not always do exactly what the coach wants him to do. At the same time that he begins to be benched, he also falls out of respect with his friends, because he refuses to take steroids. At home, Mitch’s dad is as emotional abusive as usual, and his anger has only risen with Mitch’s benching. But, through this all, Mitch comes to realize that there are more important things in life. It is assignment in his history class, and his meeting of a unique new girl at school, that forge his understanding that perhaps there are more things happening than he sees. He comes to discover secrets that his father and mother have held inside for a long time, as well as discover the underlying reasons why his friends are taking steroids, and he is getting benched. Once he can begin to see that a lot of these situations arose from things outside Mitch’s control, he is able to recognize what causes the Crackback in his life, and angle around it successfully.

I would recommend this book to either junior high or senior high kids, especially young boys who may not be reading much but are very interested in sports and athletics

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