Out Of The Pocket by Bill Konigsberg

By Bill Konigsberg

Megastar quarterback Bobby Framingham, probably the most gifted highschool soccer gamers in California, is aware he's various from his teammates. They're like brothers, yet they don't understand one crucial factor: Bobby is homosexual. Can he nonetheless be one of many men and be sincere approximately who he's? while he's outed opposed to his will by means of a scholar reporter, Bobby needs to be able to earn again his teammates' belief and settle for that his route to luck may be extra public, and more challenging, than he'd was hoping. An affecting novel approximately id that still offers nice sportswriting.

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Georgina makes me feel uncomfortable. Early on she toted me up and decided I was short of whatever it is that she thinks is important. She’s studying marketing or something. I’m trying to bristle up so I don’t apologise. The kitchen shift always finishes at twelve. The fryer is always turned off about half an hour before. Same as it ever was. I shouldn’t have to tell her the news. She disappears from view. ’ I scuff out to the office. The roster is open on Emilio’s desk. Emilio himself is long gone, he slunk out at ten.

It would be a bad review. ’ I blink up at Hannah. ’ She shoots me an angry stare, as if I’ve somehow turned into her husband. She’s always doing stuff he wouldn’t like – two weeks ago she had her buttercup-blonde hair cropped short because Joost liked her to wear it long. But it’s not like he’d know. He’s back in the Netherlands, hoping she’ll sort herself out here in Sydney and eventually go back to him. She’s some sort of engineer, working at a firm in Frenchs Forest, being loaned out for a while from head office back in Amsterdam.

But the word ‘chef’ gives people a quicker visual. A wave’s coming, a good one, chest-high at least, and where we’re sitting we’ll get the shoulder. I turn and paddle for it, hungry in my belly. I’m on my feet when I hear a whistle and see the guy charging across towards me. I kick out, pissed off, and land in the water beside my board with a plop. It would have been a nice wave. I drag myself back on my board and paddle over to the kid. He’s still in my spot, lying down, looking back over his shoulder.

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