Gutless

Gutless

Book - 2016
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"The sports may hook readers, but the bullying will land them."-- Kirkus The wide receiver best able to hang on to his quarterback's passes, Brock Ripley would be a star for the varsity team--if he could just bring himself to put his body on the line. But he can't. Just like he can't bring himself to stand up for his friend Richie Fang, who has been targeted by the quarterback, known for his bullying. As events spiral out of control, Brock is faced with a true test of character. Can he find the courage to step up and do what is right?
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
ISBN: 9781328742063
9780544649613
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Deuke
Characteristics: 329 pages ; 22 cm

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joywolf83
Jan 13, 2017

Brock has a father that is chronically ill. He has a desire to be well-liked by a popular bully. Yet he's also friends with an Asian kid who is bullied aggressively at school. Brock also plays football and soccer. Understandably he's scared of taking a hit but gradually he gets better. However that spirit of cowardice is the theme of the book.

I guess I had too high of expectations based on the reviews and the author's track record. The ending was very disturbing, not because of the violence but because of the lack of accountability. It made me sick to my stomach how the bully had no negative consequences. Zero. There's some definitely alot of potty humor and rough phrasing: "mom having sex with an iguana" "taking dumps the size of logs that back up toilets" "shoving violin up the butt" "fangs little wang", detailed breast talk.

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