Gutless

Gutless

eBook - 2016
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From the author of Gym Candy comes a novel of football and bullying, finding friends and finding courage.With both good speed and good hands, wide receiver Brock Ripley should be a natural for the varsity team, but he shies away from physical contact. When he gets cut from varsity, he also loses his friendship with star quarterback Hunter Gates who begins lashing out at not only Brock, but also Brock's friend, the quiet and smart Richie Fang. Brock wants to stand up for Fang, but he is younger, smaller, and doesn't want to cause problems. But when the bullying goes too far, will Brock be able to face his fears, stop being a bystander, and prove to himself that he is brave enough?
Publisher: 2016
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Boston : HMH Books for Young Readers, 2016. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 20971 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9780544869820

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Play-by-play action highlights this story of Brock, a high school freshman who has the great luck to make the varsity football team. His good friend, Richie, isn't so lucky: he becomes the target of bullies. Will Brock risk his social status to stick up for his friend?

Ninth grader Brock has a problem: on the soccer field and now on the football team, he'd rather drop the ball than take of a hit. Brock also stands by in silence as his friend, budding designer/engineer and surprise star kicker Richie Fang, is mercilessly bullied by the other guys on the football... Read More »


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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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