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"QB1" Another great story by celebrated author Mike Lupica. Will Jake Cullen fall into a lonely path or be the great player he can be?

Jake Cullen is a freshman in a Texas high school. His brother Wyatt won the football state championship. His dad Troy Cullen is a local legend and NFL star. Needless to say they are a football family, Jake has always been talented and loves the game he aspires to be like his brother and father. However Troy is much more interested in Wyatt's college game. In Jakes grade there are two talented quarterbacks Jake and Casey Lindell. They had a face off to see who would start in their next game. Jake won and became the starting quarterback. Jake felt lots of pressure in their first game because he felt the need to live up to his family name. During the game Jake noticed his dad was not there, this deeply saddened him but did not stop him from playing. In the end of the game Jake ran for the game winning touchdown and took a nasty hit from a defensive linemen and got knocked out. When he woke up he still had the ball and his dad was hovering over him. He soon figured out he had a concussion and could not play in the next game. Casey would have to start the next game but to everyones surprise he was not performing well in fact he was doing quite badly. As a result of this Troy offered to help Casey. But will it be enough to win the championship game?

Characters - Jake Cullen, Wyatt Cullen, Troy Cullen, Casey Lindell.

This book has a great lesson and that is don't try to be anyone else and do not get stuck behind someone else's shadow. It also teaches the lesson that you don't need to rely on anyone and it can be better to be independent. I would recommend this book to anybody that enjoys football from ages 12 and up.
  TCox6226 | Feb 13, 2017 |
Peyton and Eli Manning meet Wyatt and Jake Cullen. Jake is a freshman quarterback in Texas where high stakes football is not just a game. Jake must live up to his older brother Wyatt's championship legacy and the pressure of his father, a former NFL quarterback.
  KilmerMSLibrary | May 29, 2014 |
Normally I love books by Lupica, but this one was just okay for me. I highly recommend it to young quarterbacks growing up in the shadow of an older brother who is also a quarterback. That's the target audience for this one. The game descriptions are just too specific to the quarterback position to appeal to other football players, and the conflict the main character, Jake has with his dad, is also very specific to being the younger son and ignored by your father. I just felt that something was lacking and I almost was too bored to get through the middle. I finished it, but only because it was by Lupica. I kept hoping for it to get a lot better. ( )
  JRlibrary | May 19, 2014 |

A Texas high school football story with heart that should appeal to fans of Friday Night Lights. The audiobook brings all the football action to life. Texas forever! ( )
  readingdate | Jan 7, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399252282, Hardcover)

From #1 New York Times bestselling author of TRAVEL TEAM, HEAT, and MILLION-DOLLAR THROW comes a cheer-worthy, family-friendly football novel set amid the Friday Night Lights world of Texas high school football.

Jake Cullen is a freshman quarterback playing high school football in the high-pressure land of Friday Night Lights (Texas). He is also the brother of Wyatt Cullen, who quarterbacked his team to the Texas State Championship last season--not to mention the son of former NFL quarterback and local legend, Troy Cullen. To be a Cullen in Texas is to be royalty . . . and a quarterback. All of which leaves 14-year-old Jake in a Texas-sized shadow, a tall order for any boy, especially one who's merely a freshman.

While his teammates assume the starting job will be handed to Jake on a silver platter, the truth is that he has to fight for every snap and every ounce of respect. Jake may be a Cullen and he may play quarterback, but he is not his brother or his father. Being a good teammate comes naturally to Jake; being a winner and a celebrity does not. He's just like every other boy--awkward around a pretty girl, in awe of his famous family, and desperate to simultaneously blend in and cast his own shadow.

Inspired by the real-life Manning family of quarterbacks (father Archie, Super Bowl-winning sons Peyton and Eli) and set amid the football-crazy culture of Texas immortalized in Friday Night Lights, QB 1 is a coming-of-age story perfect for the fan of MILLION-DOLLAR THROW, HEAT, and of course FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.

"This is a wonderful book by a great writer.  All football fathers and sons will enjoy it."--Archie Manning

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:51 -0400)

Jake Cullen, fourteen, lives in the shadows of his father and older brother until he becomes the starting quarterback for the high school football team and finally has his chance to shine.

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