Levi was simple, like a child. It was the best thing about him, and it was the worst, too.
When high school senior Jonas moves to Seattle, he is glad to meet Levi, a nice, soft-spoken guy and fellow basketball player. Suspense builds like a slow drumbeat as readers start to smell a rat in Ryan Hartwell, a charismatic basketball coach and sexual predator. When Levi reluctantly tells Jonas that Hartwell abused him, Jonas has to decide whether he should risk his future career to report the coach. Pitch-perfect basketball plays, well-developed characters, and fine storytelling make this psychological sports novel a slam dunk.
When 17-year-old basketball player Jonas Dolan moves to Seattle, he not only has to earn a spot on a new team, he also needs to spend enough time on the court to impress a college coach interested in giving him a scholarship. When the team's coach is injured, and young Coach Hartwell takes over with a fast-break style that's in line with Jonas's own, the team starts winning and Jonas finally has a starring role as point guard. But Deuker (Payback Time) provides enough foreshadowing for readers to understand that something is wrong with the new coach, who served beer to players at a party at his apartment and was involved in the accident that landed Coach Knecht in the hospital. The novel includes descriptions of many basketball plays and strategies, which should make this book particularly appealing to fans of the game. The plotting is otherwise somewhat slow despite short, rapid-fire chapters but once Jonas (and readers) figure out what's going on with Coach Hartwell, the pace quickens, and Jonas's struggle to do the right thing intensifies. Ages 12 up.
Best book I have read in my life!
I have never read a book better than this. It tells a story beyond sports which I admire and highlights one of the worst crimes in our culture today. Way to go Mr. Deuker!
This book is amazing its breathtaking and has surprising impacts definitely worth the time to sit and read it