A Spartan was an ancient Greek This was a great book. He is controlling and authoritarian, and Bo comes into frequent conflict with him. . Walker is the narrator of the story and Frost High School's top distance swimmer. Walker is always the one helping Long John out because he broke off the relationship with his parents.
It's an excellently written piece of literature, and is a great piece to look at during the school year to teach some lovely lessons! Generally reserved about private matters, Crutcher talks candidly about his life and how his experiences helped shape his character and his stories. Bo is humorous with his father and has been forced to join anger management. In fact, a few years later, I ended up hunting down the book couldn't find it in any of the local bookstores and one finally just had to order it for me because I missed it. The story takes place mostly at Frost High School, where the main characters go to school. At the same time, the novel is a character study which treats topics such as friendship and loyalty, adversity, racism, endurance, young love, and the effects of abuse and terminal illness.
He writes with crispness, integrity and wit that makes readers cheer or well up in tears, or both — simultaneously. Because he talks honestly about issues that matter. The main character, Walker, is an average kid. Elaine is psyched out of her gourd because she and some other cosmic wizards from Frost have been invited to take an Astronomy course at Gonzaga U. The boys go to State without him but swim for him. I also find it wonderful that a book which touches on such painful topics as physical abuse, suicide, the loss of both parents in an accident, and fatal illness is told in such a humorous, believable, normal-kid voice. When he was six, his older brother was thirteen.
The only reason that I'm awarding this book four stars instead of five is because I do feel that the characterization of Jeff is a bit lacking. Because those are the issues that matter most to students. It's the story of four guys-four friends, all on their high school swim team. During the book they also travel to Montana for swim meets. Speaking of the plot itself, I greatly enjoyed that the main plot was more focused on understanding the lives and secrets of the boys themselves.
They let him do anything he wants and mind their own business. Having an estranged brother who's known as the town drug supplier 4. I'm having a bit of an adjustment that someone thinks my son is old enough to read this, not get bogged down in the seriously yukky stuff, and learn from it. I found that story quite ironic, especially towards the end when Jeff begins to slow his swimming, then eventually not being able to at all. A bit edgy, yes, but he's I can't remember which novel I read first--Stotan! Walker's parents are older and don't show much interest in Walker's swimming or life.
Conventions I think that author used all the spelling and grammer correctly, and also had a somewhat good flow of the words. People just need to know that racism is wrong, and we are all the same, we should be treated the same. Elaine met us there like she always does. The four young men will soon experience the most mentally and physically grueling week of their lives. Although I think that he was smart to include it in his book, I also think that a better way to have included it would be treating it more like a serious issues than he did. The only flaw for me and hence the lack of the plus after the A is that I didn't think the female friend of the swim team a former swimmer herself was used as well as she could have been. I like that the main character, Walker, is always there for his friends.
All these friends have been swimming together since back when they were little kids during the summer league. The fifth day went the same but they worked as hard as they could so it ended a little early. After a couple days they got into the rhythm of the workout and sped the workout up. Being a late developer, I have a few scores to settle. I picked up this book from a friend in class because I needed to read a good book that was not lengthy.
It also went through many other things that teens go through such as friendships and love. I mean like, a few books or at least from my reading experience have happy endings and stuff, but a lot seem to have authors who want there characters to suffer so immensely until the end of the book, when it eventually because a little much. I had some reservations going in from other reviews I read on good reads. And the thing you have to assume when it comes to a Crutcher novel is that life is rarely pretty; those experiences Crutcher had as a child psychologist before becoming an author are impossible to miss. The authors also discuss Crutcher's experiences with censorship and his philosophical stance. We need to stop this, although abuse is not always directed towards children either. Sure, there'll be a ton of swimming going on and I'm starting to think that swimmers may be some of the hardest working athletes , but the book is never about the swimming.