How far will you go to fit in

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How far will you go to fit in

How far will you go to fit in

“Week after week, I had seen my team mates faces enter some kind of a zone. Finally, I was there too.” This quote from the book “Always a Catch” by Peter Richmond shows how badly Jack Lefferts wants to fit in with the other players on his football team.

Jack is a teenage boy who didn’t think he would stand a chance at getting into the prestigious Oakhurst Hall boarding school. His parents are very excited for Jack but he himself wasn’t too enthusiastic about the opportunity. Jack has good grades, and he also has an eye on the cross-country runner Caroline Coughlin. Jack’s band is not impressing the music teacher so Jack is afraid that he might lose one of his favorite things to do. At Oakhurst Hall, Jack decides to try out for the football team even though he has never played football competitively. Jack’s hobby is playing the piano as well as playing video games with his friends. After one football practice with the JVs, Jack receives a big surprise. The coaches want him to play with the varsity kids. Even during practices, the varsity kids play like they are on two different teams trying to injure each other and playing as competitively as an actual game. The varsity coach is very strict and happens to take all his anger out on Jack. All the varsity kids tell him that he has to start doing weights. Then, Jack gets introduced to the world of drugs and steroids. All Jack wants to do is fit in with the rest of the people but he knows that steroids can get him in trouble. Is he willing to take a giant risk just to fit in?

This book by Peter Richmond pulls you into the story and keeps you reading until well past bedtime. This story could happen in real life to kids who are into competitive sports. I would recommend this book for kids over 12 years old because there are lots of swear words that could be offensive. Kids who are into sports will definitely enjoy this book while others will learn about peer pressure.