Friday, October 4, 2013

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

Curveball is a fiction novel about an 8th grader named Peter and his trials and challenges as he moves to 9th grade. At the beginning of the book, Peter is an all-star pitcher on his school team, along with his best friend AJ. Life seems to be going perfectly for him until a number of things quickly go from great to terrible.
 Unfortunately, at the final game of the year while Peter is pitching for the championship, he blows out his elbow. While all his family and friends support him and believe he should be able to pitch again. Peter and his doctors know differently. Peter’s closest ally and favorite person, his Grandpa, a famous photographer, supports him and helps him by immersing him in photography.   Peter really takes to it and has talent at it. But this too goes from good to bad when Peter realizes his Grandpa is showing signs of dementia, and quickly declining. Both Peter’s mother and father are good parents but his father works mostly out of town and his mother seems to be behaving as if absolutely nothing is wrong with Grandpa. In the novel, Peter deals with each and every one of the difficult trials thrown in front of him and tries his best to adapt. Thankfully some positive things work out for him like one of the cutest girls in 9th grade, Angelika, becoming his girlfriend. I found this book interesting and entertaining, especially since it had very realistic circumstances. Also the way Peter dealt with all this adversity was also quite credible. I recommend this book to people who like fiction mixed with sports, relationships and many challenges (drama), and people who like to read about “real life” situations.  It was a very good book to read.

~A.J., Teen Book Reviewer

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