Mike Lupica Writes Another Winner

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QB1 by Mike Lupica is a captivating novel in which a high school boy tries to live up to his town's football expectations. It all starts with Jake Cullen.

QB1 by Mike Lupica is a captivating novel in which a high school boy tries to live up to his town's football expectations. It all starts with Jake Cullen. He is related to the two most famous people in his town, Granger. His father, Troy Cullen, was a former NFL quarterback until an injury took him out of the big leagues. Also, his big brother Wyatt led the team to victory in the state championships and is starting quarterback for the Texas Longhorns. Now, Jake is going into high school with high expectations from everyone in Granger, Texas. Right from the beginning he knows it will be a struggle. He is already third string quarterback and it hasn't even been a week yet. Then, in their first game against the Shelby Mustangs, Tim Mathers, their starting quarterback, takes a bad cut and the Granger Cowboys watch his ACL explode. Then, Casey Lindell, the hotshot quarterback from San Antonio, takes the field. But he can't get anything done. He is forcing throws and throwing picks everywhere. By the next series, it is 21-0. But then, Jake sees Coach McCoy put a hand on Casey's shoulder to stop him from going onto the field and suddenly, Jake is in the game. At first, he is clumsy. Dropping snaps, fumbling hand offs, and missing easy throws. But then, he starts to get something done. The Cowboys drive all the way to the ten yard line for the final play. Jake somehow manages to escape from a collapsing pocket and scramble to his right. Then, he gets hit hard, but not before he throws a high ball to Calvin, their best receiver. Calvin leaps for the ball…

 

QB1 is an enticing novel with romance, action, sports, and struggles. Mike Lupica combined all these elements to make a book that was practically glued to my hands until I was finished. At 267 pages, it was a bit of a longer read, but was definitely worth reading it, no matter what the length. I would give this four and a half stars out of five, because at some parts the author would linger too long on parts the reader wanted to skip. I would recommend QB1 to kids 10 and older, because there is some mild language.  I would definitely recommend reading QB1 as soon as you can.