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Publisher's Note:

Sometimes, the greatest comebacks take place far away from the ball field. Meet Peter Friedman, high school freshman. Talented photographer. Former baseball star. When a freakish injury ends his pitching career, Peter has some major things to figure out. Is there life after sports? Why has his grandfather suddenly given him thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment? And is it his imagination, or is the super-hot star of the girls' swim team flirting with him, right in front of the amazing new girl in his photography class? In his new novel, teen author Jordan Sonnenblick performs his usual miraculous feat: exploring deep themes of friendship, romance, family, and tragedy, while still managing to be hilariously funny.…

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip

by Jordan Sonnenblick

Overall Book Review:

Jordan Sonnenblick is one of my favorite authors for young adult fiction.  He has some trademarks to his style that make his books so brilliant.  Sonnenblick’s voice is spot-on and his dialogue is completely in-tune with popular culture.  He isn’t afraid to tackle serious issues in his books, but he keeps it real and gets the reader through it with abundant humor.  He brings emotional, social, and other issues into the narrative, but the reader almost doesn’t realize it as they are swept along by the characters.

In Curveball:  The Year I Lost My Grip Sonnenblick delivers yet again on all the fronts.  Humor, dialogue, characters, real problems, personal victories–it is all there.  He has done his research and the authenticity shows.  I could gush, but rather than spoil it I will just say, “Read it!”

If you have a teenage male reader between the ages of 12-16, I suggest introducing them to Sonnenblick.  You will be so glad you did!

Other recommended titles by Sonneblick:  Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie and After Ever After.


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  13 religious exclamations; 2 mild obscenities; 1 religious profanity.

Violence/Gore:  Students dissect a pig in class and there is some brief description and they joke around about some of it. 

Sex/Nudity:  Dialogue references “horny”, “hot babes”, “jump bones”, “hot/hotness”, etc.; vague/innocuous reference to fooling around; characters think other characters are cute/attractive; report of a boy kissing a girl when he was in 2nd grade; figurative reference to “a stack of dirty magazines”; reference to female athletes always wearing skimpy spandex; characters kiss on a few different occasions (no descriptions); girl adjusts her bra strap; photographer mentions he was the wedding photographer for the first legal gay marriage in the state.

Mature Subject Matter:

Alzheimer’s Disease, Chronic injuries.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Report of characters (HS freshmen) attending a party and drinking fruit punch that has been spiked.  Characters have a hangover the next day.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
2
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
2
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
2
10

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About the Reviewer

An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!