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To build a relationship with his older brother Brett the star uarterback before he leaves for college Now that their team has gained national attention a big win could be just what the small town needs in order to rebound from a fishing season that has been devastated by Red Tide But when Brett suffers a ter Surprisingly affecting story of a young man who’s playing varsity football in the shadow of his older brother the senior B and an environmental calamity that’s sapping the strength of the hard scrabble town folk Theres a drunk father a sweet girl and lots of football Well worth reading for fans of YA that builds on a solid football foundation Take the Fight Out of Food: How to Prevent and Solve Your Child's Eating Problems in order to rebound from a fishing season that has been devastated by Red Tide But when Brett suffers a ter Surprisingly affecting story of a young man who’s playing varsity football Take the Fight Out of Food in the shadow of his older brother the senior B and an environmental calamity that’s sapping the strength of the hard scrabble town folk Theres a drunk father a sweet girl and lots of football Well worth reading for fans of YA that builds on a solid football foundation

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Rible concussion Wyatt must decide if keeping his brother's secret is worth risking his scholarship future Told with irreverent humor reminiscent of Carl Hiaasen and a stark honesty about brotherhood and masculinity for fans of Andrew Smith Gut Check explores the struggle of grappling with uncomfortable truth With its focus on football and family this relatable YA novel will attract uite a few readers who often feel that their lives and experiences are missing from most of the books that are published The narrator Wyatt Parker has a distinctive voice notable for its self deprecation and lack of self awareness and even readers who aren't interested in books in which sports feature strongly will enjoy the book and root for Wyatt to find his place in the world Wyatt's the younger brother of star uarterback Brett expected to lead his high school team to greatness The boys seem to have little to do with each other peacefully coexisting in a house where their father slides further into his alcoholism and dreams of glory through Brett's accomplishments Wyatt lacks the competition instinct his brother has and although he'd love to be able to follow in Brett's footsteps he is ungainly and overweight which embarrasses him Still Wyatt tries hard and does make the Grayport football team But he faces a tough dilemma when Brett is injured and suffers a brain injury but plans to continue to play the sport Wyatt knows that to do so will endanger Brett's health but the town and his father are depending on him A football scholarship seems to be his only way out of the abusive family setting To add to all this red tide is killing all the fish and marine life on which the town's citizens are dependent for a living Although the ending is too good to be true and seemed a bit rushed to my taste there are passages describing the Parkers' refrigerator empty except for beer cans and how the brothers subsist on jello and meals at soup kitchens and neighbors' houses that strike just the right note and make readers' own bellies ache with emptiness While this isn't a perfect book it covers some unfamiliar territory uite well One of the most touching scenes concerns Wyatt's mother's inability to afford the expensive and flattering suit he tries on while shopping for the first suit he's ever even worn Origins Rising if keeping his brother's secret Keteknikan Videografi: Membuat Film Pendek dan Video Iklan untuk SMK Semester 1 is worth risking his scholarship future Told with Beware a Scots Revenge (School for Heiresses, irreverent humor reminiscent of Carl Hiaasen and a stark honesty about brotherhood and masculinity for fans of Andrew Smith Gut Check explores the struggle of grappling with uncomfortable truth With Humor Writing: Activities for the English Classroom its focus on football and family this relatable YA novel will attract uite a few readers who often feel that their lives and experiences are missing from most of the books that are published The narrator Wyatt Parker has a distinctive voice notable for The Dewdrops ... a journey begins its self deprecation and lack of self awareness and even readers who aren't The Dewdrops ... a journey begins interested Bußpredigt: Ein Krimi aus dem Bayerischen Wald in books Gëzofi folës dhe Luka i vogël in which sports feature strongly will enjoy the book and root for Wyatt to find his place Two Wheels and a Map in the world Wyatt's the younger brother of star uarterback Brett expected to lead his high school team to greatness The boys seem to have little to do with each other peacefully coexisting Two Wheels and a Map in a house where their father slides further Her Wolf Savior into his alcoholism and dreams of glory through Brett's accomplishments Wyatt lacks the competition Set Theory Objects instinct his brother has and although he'd love to be able to follow Antologia del Teatro Espanol del Siglo XVI: del Palacio Al Corral in Brett's footsteps he Y Tu Mama Tambien: Spiral (Spanish Edition) is ungainly and overweight which embarrasses him Still Wyatt tries hard and does make the Grayport football team But he faces a tough dilemma when Brett Getting Genki In Japan: The Adventures and Misadventures of an American Family in Tokyo is The Nose on My Face injured and suffers a brain Waiting for the Rainbow injury but plans to continue to play the sport Wyatt knows that to do so will endanger Brett's health but the town and his father are depending on him A football scholarship seems to be his only way out of the abusive family setting To add to all this red tide Der Talisman Des Rosenkreuzers Roman is killing all the fish and marine life on which the town's citizens are dependent for a living Although the ending Oi! 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A darkly comic high school drama about brotherhood body image concussions and toxic masculinity from Boston Globe–bestselling adult author of That Book About HarvardWyatt has wanted nothing than to play football on Grayport's championship winning team But not for the fame glory or girls It's his last chance Three stars A football book that explores some tough issues but it doesn’t follow through Wyatt is used to being invisible It’s Friday night in Grayport and the entire small town is at the big football game Instead of being in the stands watching Brett the star uarterback who happens to be Wyatts brother Wyatt is below the stands wearing a ridiculous costume to sell rain ponchos Things change the next year when Wyatt unexpectedly lands a place on the team What follows is the agony of football from fat shaming taunts and then the glory of winning Then football gets dangerous when Brett is injured and refusing to tell Will Wyatt dash the hopes of the town to save his brotherWhat I LikedGut Check is not your average football book This book has a lot going for it At times it is darkly funny then sad and also serious I appreciated the depth the emotions the humor and the exposure to the downsides of football This was an informative funny and entertaining read Wyatt is a fun main character When the book opens he presents himself as a pathetic fat loser He constantly pokes fun at himself especially when it comes to his weight Beneath his curves there is a kind genuine boy who wants to step out of the shadow of his older brother and be seen I adored Wyatt and I found myself constantly cheering him on I loved his successes and I also loved his defeats I appreciated that the author captured the intensity emotion and even the insanity when it comes to football in a small town Grayport doesn’t have much going for it except for it’s championship winning football team When Red Tide strikes killing the sea life and decimating the fishing boats things get even worse Football is all the town has Then things take a serious turn when Wyatt and Brett are dealing with the repercussions of a serious injury Is it right to put so much pressure on a young man when his health and life are in jeopardy These are the intense uestions the reader must grapple with I loved that the author made you see things through different lenses Surprisingly even though the book takes on some serious stuff it is funny I loved the humor It made me giggle out loud time and time again I also appreciated the complicated familial relationships Brett and Wyatt are completely different They may share a room and their DNA but they rarely even speak I loved how Wyatt idolized Brett and I liked that he was willing to sacrifice everything to save his brother I also loved how the boys formed a stronger open relationship The ending is bittersweet I was happy to see Brett and Wyatt going in a new positive direction but I was left wanting And The Not So MuchARGH What the heck The final part of the book centers around Brett’s football injury and the book builds and builds to this climatic point and then all hell breaks loose I was so disappointed that the author never finished that story line It is such an important part of the story and then there are no answers What gives What happened Was he evaluated What did they find out I needed the answers I couldn’t believe after all the coverage and the mentions of all the detrimental effects that type of injury could cause that we never get to see that story line completed So frustratingEven though I know it doesn’t always happen especially in real life I found myself longing for some type of positive relationship between the boys’ and their father That part of the story was dismal I hated all the fat shaming in the book Even though the author tries to make light of it fat shaming is disgustingGut Check was a book that started out strong for me I loved the characters the focus on football and the humor Sadly the book ended without completing several story lines including one of the major ones centered around concussions I wish the author had finished that story line I was left wanting much from this one I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review  Each Peach Pear Plum image concussions and toxic masculinity from Boston Globe–bestselling adult author of That Book About HarvardWyatt has wanted nothing than to play football on Grayport's championship winning team But not for the fame glory or girls It's his last chance Three stars A football book that explores some tough "ATLANTIS" SOLON AND PLATO FOR FROST? issues but Your Nine-Year-Old: Thoughtful And Mysterious it doesn’t follow through Wyatt Trusting Cade is used to being Thirty-Three Going on Girlfriend invisible It’s Friday night The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde & Weir of Hermiston in Grayport and the entire small town Handleiding voor 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10 thoughts on “Gut Check

  1. says:

    Wyatt had been obscured by his football hero brother's shadow his whole life but by some odd luck he finally got the chance to stand alongside him on the field He saw this as his opportunity to foster a real and genuine relationship with Brett but as he got to know the man under the hero suit he realized that maybe that connection he wanted was there all along• Pro This book was so funny The humor ran the gamut from nerdy and slapstick to witty and wry It all worked for me and left me either smiling or in stitches • Pro I laughed a lot but my other emotions got a workout as well Wyatt dealt with bullying fat shaming poverty emotional abuse alcoholism and living in a dying town That's a lot to chew on but Kester navigated all the issues so thoughtfully and in a combination which produced uite an emotional impact • Pro Being in Wyatt's head was such a treat This kid was a gem I hated the way he always put himself down but I loved his tender heart the astute and keen observations he made and how he was able to be this way despite the toxic environment he grew up in He was easy to love and easy to root for and I couldn't have asked for a better narrator • Pro The heart of this book was the relationship between Brett and Wyatt My happiness grew as their bond became and apparent They had to deal with some tough situations and seeing them lean on each other really tugged at my heart • Pro No lie I was wiping away happy tears as I read the last few chapters of this book It was all so wonderful and heartwarming My sappy self is still basking in the afterglow of all those feels • Pro All I am going to say is that the cupcake scene was stupendous That has got to be one of the most adorable scenes I have ever read I laughed I smiled my heart grew three sizes It was so good Never good bumping into our crush during a cupcake crisis of existential proportionsOverall I love football and sibling stories and this one combined the two in a way that was perfection for meARC provided in exchange for an honest review BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS


  2. says:

    Three stars A football book that explores some tough issues but it doesn’t follow through Wyatt is used to being invisible It’s Friday night in Grayport and the entire small town is at the big football game Instead of being in the stands watching Brett the star uarterback who happens to be Wyatts brother Wyatt is below the stands wearing a ridiculous costume to sell rain ponchos Things change the next year when Wyatt unexpectedly lands a place on the team What follows is the agony of football from fat shaming taunts and then the glory of winning Then football gets dangerous when Brett is injured and refusing to tell Will Wyatt dash the hopes of the town to save his brother?What I LikedGut Check is not your average football book This book has a lot going for it At times it is darkly funny then sad and also serious I appreciated the depth the emotions the humor and the exposure to the downsides of football This was an informative funny and entertaining read Wyatt is a fun main character When the book opens he presents himself as a pathetic fat loser He constantly pokes fun at himself especially when it comes to his weight Beneath his curves there is a kind genuine boy who wants to step out of the shadow of his older brother and be seen I adored Wyatt and I found myself constantly cheering him on I loved his successes and I also loved his defeats I appreciated that the author captured the intensity emotion and even the insanity when it comes to football in a small town Grayport doesn’t have much going for it except for it’s championship winning football team When Red Tide strikes killing the sea life and decimating the fishing boats things get even worse Football is all the town has Then things take a serious turn when Wyatt and Brett are dealing with the repercussions of a serious injury Is it right to put so much pressure on a young man when his health and life are in jeopardy? These are the intense uestions the reader must grapple with I loved that the author made you see things through different lenses Surprisingly even though the book takes on some serious stuff it is funny I loved the humor It made me giggle out loud time and time again I also appreciated the complicated familial relationships Brett and Wyatt are completely different They may share a room and their DNA but they rarely even speak I loved how Wyatt idolized Brett and I liked that he was willing to sacrifice everything to save his brother I also loved how the boys formed a stronger open relationship The ending is bittersweet I was happy to see Brett and Wyatt going in a new positive direction but I was left wanting And The Not So MuchARGH What the heck The final part of the book centers around Brett’s football injury and the book builds and builds to this climatic point and then all hell breaks loose I was so disappointed that the author never finished that story line It is such an important part of the story and then there are no answers What gives What happened? Was he evaluated? What did they find out? I needed the answers I couldn’t believe after all the coverage and the mentions of all the detrimental effects that type of injury could cause that we never get to see that story line completed So frustratingEven though I know it doesn’t always happen especially in real life I found myself longing for some type of positive relationship between the boys’ and their father That part of the story was dismal I hated all the fat shaming in the book Even though the author tries to make light of it fat shaming is disgustingGut Check was a book that started out strong for me I loved the characters the focus on football and the humor Sadly the book ended without completing several story lines including one of the major ones centered around concussions I wish the author had finished that story line I was left wanting much from this one I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review 


  3. says:

    I will review this book in two partsPart 1 Pages 1 100I am fat I have fat parts I am fatter than my brother I am fat fat fat and yes fat I have rolls of fat My fat continues to move after I stop Did I mention that I am fat? By the way I am fat continue for 100 pages Sorry for the snark but it really read like thatPart 2 The rest of the bookReally poor plot lines dialog and character developmentSummaryThis book could have been really good but the story was so forced that it was very difficult to read


  4. says:

    Surprisingly affecting story of a young man who’s playing varsity football in the shadow of his older brother the senior B and an environmental calamity that’s sapping the strength of the hard scrabble town folk Theres a drunk father a sweet girl and lots of football Well worth reading for fans of YA that builds on a solid football foundation


  5. says:

    A solid choice for my high school boys who are looking for a new sports book Humor football concussions poverty and parental addiction make this one a good choice There are definitely sports books with themes that are strongly presented but Gut Check will appeal in an area where students are always looking for choices


  6. says:

    Small town where football is life and Wyatt’s older brother the uarterback is on track to be the town’s savior And then there’s his no good drunk of a father his absent mother and the 2nd coming of the Red Tide that threatens the whole town My heart just aches for these two brothers You just wish for anything else for them


  7. says:

    With its focus on football and family this relatable YA novel will attract uite a few readers who often feel that their lives and experiences are missing from most of the books that are published The narrator Wyatt Parker has a distinctive voice notable for its self deprecation and lack of self awareness and even readers who aren't interested in books in which sports feature strongly will enjoy the book and root for Wyatt to find his place in the world Wyatt's the younger brother of star uarterback Brett expected to lead his high school team to greatness The boys seem to have little to do with each other peacefully coexisting in a house where their father slides further into his alcoholism and dreams of glory through Brett's accomplishments Wyatt lacks the competition instinct his brother has and although he'd love to be able to follow in Brett's footsteps he is ungainly and overweight which embarrasses him Still Wyatt tries hard and does make the Grayport football team But he faces a tough dilemma when Brett is injured and suffers a brain injury but plans to continue to play the sport Wyatt knows that to do so will endanger Brett's health but the town and his father are depending on him A football scholarship seems to be his only way out of the abusive family setting To add to all this red tide is killing all the fish and marine life on which the town's citizens are dependent for a living Although the ending is too good to be true and seemed a bit rushed to my taste there are passages describing the Parkers' refrigerator empty except for beer cans and how the brothers subsist on jello and meals at soup kitchens and neighbors' houses that strike just the right note and make readers' own bellies ache with emptiness While this isn't a perfect book it covers some unfamiliar territory uite well One of the most touching scenes concerns Wyatt's mother's inability to afford the expensive and flattering suit he tries on while shopping for the first suit he's ever even worn


  8. says:

    Title Gut CheckAuthor Eric KesterWyatt is a big kid in highschool he has always tried to be on the football team but never made it But something was different about this season he wanted to make it so bad so he trained hard all summer to be ready So when tryouts came he thought he was ready And after tryouts he had made it Wyatt's brother was the uarterback of the team and was really good And Wyatt's dad was also the all star uarterback in high school Wyatt doesn’t live with his mother any his mom left his dad The setting is in a small town named Grayport where fishing is how most people make there money Wyatt has a lot of obstacles in the book but he never gives up Wyatts football team rivals were from a town called Black And Wyatt has a really tough time in the book with a Black player named Derek Leopold who is always trying to hurt the Grayport players At the end of the book a really big game happens against Black and lets just say it was a really good one But Im not gonna give to many details so if you want to learn read the bookThe setting in this book really shapes the charactors with Wyatts family not even being able to pay the eletrical bill And when Red tide makes his family not have any money because his dad cant fish and make money Red tide shapes the charactors in this book a lot Wyatt has to go eat soup at a community thing for people who dont have any money for food But if all this didnt happen the book wouldnt be very good if all these bad things didnt happen a lot of things wouldn’t of happend in the bookMy reflection on this book is pretty good I really enjoyed this book and I normally have a tuff time finding good books I like I would tottally reccomend this book to anyone who likes sports or just wants a good funny book to read Theres is one reason I wouldn’t reccmend this book and that is that it uses some foul language but if you cant get past that it is a great book


  9. says:

    I adored this book I laughed a ton I got a little teary and my heart broke a few times for this loveable character Wyatt’s got a big heart and a big body that he’s not always proud of but he’s also okay with it Unless you are comparing him to his older brother football uarterback and town star Brett His body fat is non existent he’s a town god and is on track to make his mark until his arm gets severely broken in a game against cross town rivals One year later Brett is back and ready to regain his team and one of his starting blockers happens to be his little brother Wyatt Wyatt doesn’t even know if he likes football and isn’t even sure how he made the team but it’s the only thing that will connect him and his brother His dad also a high school football legend gave up on his existence long ago because he wasn’t a star and all of his focus is on Brett Wyatt’s not exactly upset about that but it’d be nice to have other interactions with him other than picking him up and putting him to bed after he passed out on a twelve pack of beer they can’t afford And after another red tide has the small fishing town bracing for an economic downfall things aren’t looking like they will change As long as the town has football they’re good A lot is happening for Wyatt in this less than 300 page story He’s on the football team made a few enemies like bullies is talking to the girl of his dreams dealing with only condiments in his fridge to eat an alcoholic parent a mom he misses and a HUGE secret that could impact not only his brother’s future but the town’s too Some silly moments managed to be unrealistic yet perfect for this story Especially anything with his BFF Nate An easy recommendation to those who like sports stories with some heart


  10. says:

    Yes there are comedic moments in this story but there is also so much the sense of a hardscrabble town holding on against adverse situations than anyone not living in one could imagine Many towns in my part of rural Maine are in uieter but no less desperate straights Then there's the evolution that Wyatt goes through one involving addressing his self dislike fear and feelings of being odd man out in his family As the story progresses his thoughts about his brother his best friend Nate and Haley the girl he barely dares to like move in interesting and healthy ways So too does the relationship between Wyatt and his older football hero brother Brett This is a great and emotional story about grit friendship broken families and survival in extremely adverse times Read the book and wait for the completely amazing event at the end which saves the day It reminded me of a 'Back To The future' stunt This is a great choice for any library where teens and adults like real life fiction