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Because I was busy luxuriating in the memory of what it had felt like to kiss Jasper like I meant it, it took me a while to realize the voices had faded. Then there was a knock on the door.
This is the second book by this author I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Because I enjoyed Spectacularly Broken so much, it was always going to be a hard act to follow, but Playing for the Other Team turned out to be a fast pace read packed full of drama and conflict. Coming out is rarely simple, and this novel does a great job of illustrating the turmoil that goes along with it, as well as the contrasting ways in which friends, team mates and family members handle the news.
Bryson just wants to make it through the last few weeks of high school alive. Graduation is on the horizon, his grades are decent, and his biggest worries are, in order, his baseball performance, his graduation gown color, and his weird hair. Everything seems on track – until two heavy realizations hit him right in the middle of his senior prom: He’s gay, and he’s in love.
Warren had no idea what to expect, but he walked in. The first thing he saw was a poster-sized photo of a younger Victor, in a red long-sleeved shirt and black ski pants, with a bright blue helmet. He was sitting on a black sled in a tunnel of ice, with his feet stretched ahead of him.
The realization that you’re simply not good enough to succeed in your chosen field, whether this involves reaching the top of the best-seller list or scoring goals for your country, must be one of the harshest lessons to learn. Yet, as the hero of Love on the Pitch discovers, it doesn’t have to mean the end of the world, even though it might feel like it at the time. If this story has taught me anything, it’s that often we have to be knocked down before we can pick ourselves up again and uncover the talents we never knew we had.
Warren Updegrove’s best “friend with benefits” is Thom Lodge, a geeky grad student who tutored him in math when he was a struggling undergrad on the football team. After playing in the NFL for a year, Warren is released from the team and returns to South Florida, where he drinks too much and loses his pro conditioning. When he meets former Olympian Victor Ragazzo and joins Victor’s gay rugby team, he falls hard.
Lance had returned now that everybody was down from the mountain. He stalked up with a constipated expression. “I say we should take two runs and average the best times.”
Like the sport of snowboarding itself on which this story is centered, Secrets from the Edge is a thrill ride of highs and lows, triumphs and simmering tension. Fraught with conflict and the ever-present threat of discovery, it held me spellbound from the opening line and ended long before I was ready for it to be over. Prior to reading this novel, I knew little about snowboarding, but the author’s descriptions both of the mechanics and the emotions involved are so vivid that I had no trouble experiencing everything along with the protagonist.
Keith Williams is twenty-two and struggling to feel normal again. Once a rising super star in the competitive world of snowboarding, he’s only now healing from a horrible crash that almost wrecked his body and ripped his confidence from him.
Ben woke up facedown in the backseat of his car, one cheek pressed hard against the warm leather seat and a hand hanging down to the bristled mat on the floor. He yawned into his sleeve. He’d been driving for hours yesterday and was still exhausted. The last thing he remembered was parking up at the roadside late last night and pulling a blanket and coat over himself for warmth. He’d only intended to take a quick nap, but judging from the bright light, he must have slept until late morning. His groggy mind started to clear, and he turned over onto his back, pushed his coat away from his face, and stretched out.