A top selected or recommended title by the Kansas State Reading Circle Commission.
Author: David KLASS
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Year Reviewed:: 2016
Review: In reaction to the new principal’s requirement of sports participation for seniors, Jack and his non-sports friends stage an undercover rebellion against the school’s jock culture by posing as a JV soccer team. Their unwritten goals are to play, have fun, and lose. Their first loss to a middle school girls’ team earns them a verbal abuse and screaming session from the principal on the team bus. A video of his rant goes viral on social media, earning the team a kind of popularity they are ill-prepared to handle. This well-written quick read takes an anti-jock approach to humorously yet poignantly highlight the struggles of many students to be accepted.