Over The End Line
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Over The End Line
Product DescriptionKyle Saint-Claire is everything Jonny Fehey wishes to be: a star on and off the soccer field, a brain, and one of Millburn High s most popular students. Jonny unhappily accepts his lesser social status--but then he scores the go-ahead goal in the county soccer championship and everything changes. Jonny is invited to victory party with the in crowd, and alcohol flows freely as toasts are raised in his honor. But in his moment of glory, a classmate is raped and Jonny's world begins to unravel. Through years of friendship, Kyle and Jonny have always stood up for each another, but suddenly their friendship is tested. All their training together, pain, and dedication become meaningless; Jonny s preconceived notions are shattered; and someone is out for revenge.Exciting sports action combines with an undercurrent of evil in a suspenseful tale of pride cometh before the fall--and an ending that Jonny never saw coming.From School Library JournalGrade 9 Up-High school senior Jonny Fehey is unhappy with his position as a substitute on the soccer team and with his lowly status in the school's social hierarchy. In addition to finding himself outstripped both socially and athletically by his neighbor and life-long friend Kyle Saint-Claire, Jonny must also contend with his father's long-ago abandonment, bullying, the death of a girl with whom he had a summertime romance, and his failure to intervene in the drunken rape of an exchange student with whom he is romantically involved. All seem like a bit much? Well, it is. There are simply too many issues swirling around for any of them to be treated with any depth or complexity. The author is obviously knowledgeable about soccer, and his descriptions of the passion that young men bring to the game are genuinely engaging. However, even the most die-hard soccer fans are likely to be disappointed with this offering.-Richard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT ENDReviewJonny s convincing narration reveals a sympathetic character with authentic teen issues he cannot control. --Kirkus ReviewsUsing soccer as the omnipresent backdrop for the story, Martino forces both his characters and readers to address difficult questions about the meaning of true friendship, the pervasive influence of sports in high-school culture, and the subservient, worshipful role of teenage girls within that culture. --BooklistRating: 4Q 4P S Martino, author of the acclaimed novel Pinned (Harcourt, 2005/VOYA April 2005), begins the story with a tremendous first chapter. The descriptions of grueling practices and soccer action are raw and genuine, but these descriptions never overpower the narrative. Teens, especially those who are involved in sports or feel invisible at school, will feel a kinship with Jonny. Some high school athletes may even feel empathy toward Kyle and the scrutiny he endures. The author's portrayal of a graphic sex scene and use of explicit language add to the novel's tension. Martino sets out to touch upon issues such as "the meaning of friendship, the power of the celebrated athlete, and the interactions between teen guys and girls." He succeeds in dealing with these issues in a compelling manner. --Voices of Youth AdvocatesAbout the AuthorSoccer and wrestling have been a part of Alfred C. Martino's life for thirty years. He has played soccer at the youth, high school and college club levels. In wrestling, he has competed on the midget, junior high, high school (Millburn, NJ), and collegiate (Duke '86) levels, as well as coached Millburn's youth program for five years. He has worked as a staff reporter for the El Segundo Herald (CA) and The Beach Reporter, a combined weekly circulation of 80,000, covering high school and professional sports, including the local high school wrestling teams. He currently lives in Jersey City, NJ.
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|Author||Alfred C. Martino|
|Publisher||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
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