Monday, March 5, 2012
Darby Creek, 2012
Source: Received an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I'm not entirely sure what drew me to this book as it seems very aimed at young males, which I am not. Not that I'm old but I'm certainly above the reading level of this book. This does not make it a bad book but I can tell that I'm not the intended audience, so keep that in mind as I share my thoughts.
This is a very fast easy read that seems to be part of a series featuring a baseball travel team of young men who face various pressures. In this one, Danny is a center-fielder who makes a spectacular catch and garners a lot of attention. This includes catching the eye of a company who wants to sponsor him, bringing up conflict among the team as Danny acts like he is an all-star. But what happens when injury strikes?
Danny is a very nice kid, which is important to remember as his dad and other adults do influence him. His father is the one encouraging him to go for the endorsement deal and hey if your dad says it's okay, why wouldn't it be? He's still young and needs good guidance in his life. Through the course of this book, he learns about his actions effect the team and how to be a team player for the good of all.
However I must warn you that this book has a lot of baseball with many pages of description. Now I like baseball as much as the next person but these descriptions were a bit much for me. If you hate sports, this might not be the best read for you. But if you have a reluctant reader in your life who loves and/or plays sports, this might be a great suggestion to hand to him or her.