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Leverage (edition 2012)

by Joshua C. Cohen

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Member:stephanieloves
Title:Leverage
Authors:Joshua C. Cohen
Info:Speak (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 432 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:sports, sports fiction, YA, young adult, rape, football, high school, bullying

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Parts of this book were so painful, I wanted to stop reading, but I could not put the book down. I’m glad I didn’t because the hopeful and uplifting parts were well worth it. ( )
  mtlkch | Jun 21, 2016 |
Really tough story about high school football culture and bullying. I thought the student characters were well drawn, but as usual adults were mostly missing. ( )
  Lylee | Apr 3, 2016 |
Wow! This was a dark and emotional ride. Told in alternating point-of-view between Kurt, a recruited football player with a history of sexual and physical abuse, and Danny a small gymnist whose team is being bullied by captains of the football team. The two boys form an unexpected friendship while facing extreme harassment. There is some very mature content in this book that many may not want to read, but the author tackles the subject in a realistic and educational way. I kept wanting to scream, "go tell an adult," but the reality is teens will be teens and they get scared and don't always make adult choices. What an extremely powerful book, I was engrossed from beginning to end. The audio version is just fantastic and the voice actor who played Kurt did an amazing job with Kurt's stutter; conveying the agony Kurt goes through on a daily basis. ( )
  clockwork_serenity | Jan 23, 2016 |
Wow! This was a dark and emotional ride. Told in alternating point-of-view between Kurt, a recruited football player with a history of sexual and physical abuse, and Danny a small gymnist whose team is being bullied by captains of the football team. The two boys form an unexpected friendship while facing extreme harassment. There is some very mature content in this book that many may not want to read, but the author tackles the subject in a realistic and educational way. I kept wanting to scream, "go tell an adult," but the reality is teens will be teens and they get scared and don't always make adult choices. What an extremely powerful book, I was engrossed from beginning to end. The audio version is just fantastic and the voice actor who played Kurt did an amazing job with Kurt's stutter; conveying the agony Kurt goes through on a daily basis. ( )
  clockwork_serenity | Jan 23, 2016 |
After being abused by his caretaker in a foster home, Kurt has another chance to remake himself. Due to his immense size from all the weight lifting he has done, he is recruited for his new school's football team. Carrying scars inflicted on him, both inside and out, make Kurt a loner.

Read more at: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/ ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525423060, Hardcover)

A Top Ten Best Fiction Book for Young Adults as Selected by the American Library Association

The football field is a battlefield

There's an extraordinary price for victory at Oregrove High. It is paid on-and off-the football field. And it claims its victims without mercy-including the most innocent bystanders.

When a violent, steroid-infused, ever-escalating prank war has devastating consequences, an unlikely friendship between a talented but emotionally damaged fullback and a promising gymnast might hold the key to a school's salvation.

Told in alternating voices and with unapologetic truth, Leverage illuminates the fierce loyalty, flawed justice, and hard-won optimism of two young athletes.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:30 -0400)

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High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.… (more)

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