“Foul Trouble” by John Feinstein

Foul Trouble by Feinstein

Foul Trouble is a sports novel that focuses on high school basketball players Terrell Jamerson and Danny Wilcox. The boys are best friends and high school seniors who are being scouted to play basketball in college. Terrell one of the best high school basketball players in the country, and soon college coaches, investors, and sponsors start lining up to offer him deals with large sums of cash. Danny sees that not all of these people offering Terrell these deals are looking out for him. Some of the deals could prevent him from becoming a pro if they were discovered by the NCAA. Terrell and Danny try to avoid getting sucked into a deal that is too good to be true when they are looking to play basketball for their dream colleges.

Those who do not know much about basketball may be confused while reading this novel, as it contains many descriptions of basketball games. Basketball terminology is used heavily, such as the parts of the court, positions on the team, and certain plays.  Readers can tell that Feinstein has done his research because there is mention of real-life college coaches, players, and important figures in basketball. While there is not much of an exciting plot, Feinstein makes up for this with interesting behind-the-scenes insights into the deals offered to high school players and how they may affect the players’ future careers.  It also examines the issue of people who want to be close to you because of your talent or fame, not because of who you are as a person. This book is definitely recommended for teens who are interested in an insider’s view of the sports world.

-Check out this book or put it in hold.

-Caylee P.

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“Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future” by A. S. King

Glory Obrien

Glory and her BFF (but not-so-much anymore) Ellie, find a dead, dried up bat which they end up mixing in some of their warm beer one night. The next day, the girls can see the past and future of any person they look at. Glory’s past includes a mom who stuck her head in the gas oven and killed herself when Glory was only four. The girls’ parents used to be close friends who started out together to create the non-commercialized counterculture commune) that is now owned by Ellie’s mom.

Glory is close to graduating high school but totally disengaging from her fellow students as well as her future, throwing away anything sent to her from prospective colleges. She is a loner who hides behind a camera, observing life around her rather than living it. Is she suicidal, like her mom? Her dad doesn’t help much, but sits on the couch most of the day with his laptop, assisting people with computer issues. Glory inherited her mother’s talent with a camera and has started using her mom’s basement darkroom. She discovers her mom’s photo journals, plus a secret hidden journal. Glory slowly finds her way back to a more normal, healthy lifestyle—literally developing a better life along with her photographs. Some sections of the book are pretty dark as Glory is struggling with depression; her thoughts and experiences are rather bleak for most of the book. Her new ability to see the future and the past is mainly a device to help Glory find a reason to care about others and her future. What she sees is pretty frightening—a future where women are unable to work via government decree, a second civil war with girls being kidnapped and taken across the border into rebel territory and counter-rebels using secret tunnels to sabotage the rebel leader and assist women and their children to flee to treetop refuges.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

-Mary Burns