I'm not American, do not play football, have never been to High School, and have never suffered the unfortunate exposé that Bobby Framingham did, but I really felt like I was living his life with him. The story had me completely caught up, being scared for Bobby, feeling elated, laughing out loud at times, and crying at others - slightly embarrassing when you are listening in the car!
The writer truly evokes in the reader/listener the incredible emotions that the characters experience as they find out about Bobby's "secret" - you can really feel for a lot of them, whether you are sympathetic to their opinions or not. Often the fear of something is far worse than facing the thing head on, and this is something most of the characters learn eventually. Their reactions struck chords in my own life, and how I have treated people who are "different" - so the story teaches many lessons.
If I have any criticism at all, it is that there is possibly just a little too much crammed into Bobby's life in the duration of the story, but in many ways this serves to heighten the whirlwind experience that he goes through in a very short period in his life.
The number of people that are involved could become confusing, but the narrator helps with his use of voices, and the personalities of the main characters are well defined and well preserved throughout the story. There are some slight hints of stereotypes, but generally these are obvious and deliberate, so there is no cringe factor.
I congratulate the author on writing such an affecting and interesting book, which should be compulsory reading/listening for High School aged students and sportsmen alike. May be Bobby Framingham could be an inspiration to more real-life sportsmen to come out of the pocket/closet.
I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover so I judge them by their title! Although this book wasn't what I expected from the title I'd recomend reading it, it brings up some really interesting topics and it's written with some great characters and an amazing plot that keeps you hooked the whole way through!
I started listening to this at about 6pm and I didn't stop listening until It had finished!
Really enjoyed this and recommend it!