Top positive review
Wholesome, well written and quickly read sports book best enjoyed by tweens and teens. No spoilers:
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2018
QB1 is a high school football sports book written by NY sports columnist and author Mike Lupica. The book is well written and most likely aimed at the teenage demographic as its reading level and content fits there. In fact, QB1 was one of a number of school-supported summer reading books from which our twelve year old could choose. Having also read the book (so my son and I could discuss it) and without spoiling anything, I can describe the book as follows: Jake is a freshman in a Texas high school who feels the pressures to succeed as a quarterback. Jake feels added pressure to perform as his father and older brother have all left their mark as successful quarterbacks and as such are revered in their small Texas hometown. The story progresses mainly as Jake navigates his freshman year and deals with the stresses, politics, and teenage insecurities for himself and for the ancillary characters as well as the way life's pressures can affect kids on and off the field. The message is poignant and the storytelling wholesome. The story, however, is very formulaic from a sports point of view but the personalities of the characters and what makes them tick was interesting and speaks well to a middle school or high school kid. Both me and my twelve year old enjoyed the read.