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  • Taschenbuch: 292 Seiten
  • Verlag: StraBeCa Books; Auflage: 2 (30. April 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0615987184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615987187
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,7 x 22,9 cm
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Bill Konigsberg is the award-winning author of OUT OF THE POCKET (Lambda Literary Award, 2009) and OPENLY STRAIGHT (Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, 2014). Before turning his attention to fiction, he was an award-winning sports writer for ESPN.com and The Associated Press. He lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his husband, Chuck Cahoy.

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In the locker room, the word fag is tossed around jokingly between teammates. What they do not realize is that among them is someone struggling to accept that he is different, that he is gay.

It is one thing being gay - it is totally another thing playing a testosterone-driven sport, being the star quarterback, and being gay.

Bobby Framingham, star quarterback, who dreams of playing for Stanford, is an all around good guy; handsome, popular and gay. No one knows yet and he is not ready to tell anyone, either. Bobby realizes that there are a lot of issues and angles that need to be worked out before coming out. There is a matter of family, friends, teammates, and, of course, Carrie, the girl who is his best friend and who wants more than he can give.

There is one problem, an over-zealous student reporter that would love to do a story on him coming out - and who outs him sooner than what Bobby wishes. As if being a teenager isn't hard enough, how is an outed star athlete going to handle such public exposure?

As to date, while there are many famous gay people in the arts, there are no openly gay people playing football, baseball, or basketball. Two people admitted to be being gay but it was long after their retirement. So many reasons to keep quiet - fear of being cut, hostile locker rooms, loss of fans. However, the world is changing and our sports culture needs to change, too.

Hopefully, we will see more young gay athletes challenge homophobic views held by others on who should be involved in sports. One line in the book that stands out is "being homophobic is just as bad as being racist."

OUT OF THE POCKET is a good coming-of-age story with an honest and realistic portrayal of all of the character's reactions.
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Okay to be gay as long as you're a masculine sports player. 1. Juni 2012
Von Zach B. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'll preface this review by stating that, like the protagonist of the novel, I am a senior in high school. I happen to be gay. I play sports (not football, but I consider myself an athlete of sorts). I do not consider myself a masculine or effeminate male, because I honestly have no idea why that should matter.

I read the reviews for this book before I started to read it, and expected a character that I was easily able to relate to, and in some cases this was true, though not many. It seemed as though the novel was portraying a character that was gay, but gay in the "okay" way. It pushed me very much the wrong way. I got inklings of this throughout the novel, but it didn't hit me until Bobby was writing his article about Finch.

"Being gay means you're supposed to be effeminate..."

I felt as though the whole novel surrounds a theme that his friends and others accept him because he's gay, but because he's gay AND masculine AND attractive AND the most popular kid in school. Not because he's gay, but because his other traits make his sexuality less apparent or less "flaming". Which is hypocrisy in and of itself. I feel as though this novel was promoting acceptance of gay people, as long as they don't dye their hair neon colors and wear scarves and talk with a high pitched voice. Or that people that are not out of the closet that dress and talk this way have no need to come out of the closet, because it's "obvious" that they're gay. That theme reinforces the statement above, being that gay men are effeminate and effeminate men are gay, which detracts from what I believe the author intended, that gay people come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities and cannot be defined by a stereotype. I think that this book will actually hurt the feelings of many gay teens who are struggling with their sexuality, because if any of these teens dress in such a way or even think that they are effeminate, this novel will make them feel as if the way they are is not okay, and that they should change.

Also, during one of Finch's talks with Bobby, Bobby asks Finch if he is gay. Finch says something along the lines that he thought he was but that he likes girls too much. Why couldn't Finch just say he was straight? Did the element of questioning his sexuality have to be brought up simply because he was nerdy/geeky/not a jock?

Another point that irked me was the introduction of the character Bryan, who, when introduced, seemed to be a sketchy stalker. Bobby, who wasn't even out, didn't feel like dealing with the creepy reported who had showed up to his games because he wasn't ready for a boyfriend or to go on a date. Then Bryan used the word "cruise" which gave me the impression that Bryan was looking to "hook-up". This made Bobby run to his car and jet. Then later in the story, Bryan calls Bobby on the home phone, and all of the sudden Bobby is extremely into the conversation and excited, as if he'd completely come to terms with himself and was ready to have a boyfriend, one week from when he ran frightened from the same guy.

Also there seems to be some conflicts in Bryan's character. He is introduced as a creepy stalking reporter who is an indeterminate amount of years older than Bobby. He seems to be looking to hook up. Not only do we find that Bryan is only one year older than Bobby, but he's also a very caring, innocently intended gay college kid. I felt as though his scary introduction was misleading and unnecessary. Later, Bryan and Bobby went on their date, and then out of nowhere, Bryan tells Bobby he thought he was sexy from seeing his picture, and therefore he had to go and stalk him. Which was also completely out of the character that had been established since.

That type of language was literally never used again, which I was thankful for, because the book was really not at all about sex, and there have been many gay teen novels that I have read that might as well be pornographic.

Also, there was a rather interesting conversation between Bobby and Bryan on the phone the night before the championship game, where Bryan told Bobby he loved him. I thought this was incredibly sweet and that Bobby's reaction was typical for someone who had come to terms with himself all but a month ago. The only problem with this was that it was never resolved! I finished the book waiting to know what Bobby's response was!

Overall, I felt as if the novel was supposed to attest to the very popular fantasy that many gay teens have had, that a jock at their school comes out of the closet and is perfectly okay with himself. That was felt. I stated the points of the novel that I did not completely agree with and why. I feel as though the writing itself (in style and syntax) was very well done, and the dialogue was very well placed. I very much enjoyed the relationship between Carrie and Bobby, and thought that their humor was hilarious! Carrie was most definitely my favorite character in the novel. I read this book in one sitting and for the most part enjoyed it.

Thank you Mr. Konigsberg for writing this novel, it's always great to see a novel with LGBT themes, even if I disagree with how some of the novel was presented.
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A great story - for any audience 28. September 2008
Von B. Beyea - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It's amazing - I couldn't put this book down. Whether you're interested in football or coming-of-age dramas, you'll be hooked on this one. The characters and plot were as compelling as they come. Just like I felt like I was "in" the game as each play unfolded from the quarterback's perspective, I couldn't remain on the sidelines as Bobby's world comes unwound. The story centers on his coming to terms with being gay - while being thrust into the national spotlight without warning, role models or a plan. I was cheering and holding my breath the whole time - hoping that he'd find the strength to be true to himself (whatever that might mean), that his family, team and friends would support him, and that his dreams of winning on the field wouldn't be compromised by everything going on off of it.

I loved the honest portrayal of the range of emotions that each character demonstrated, as well as the ongoing humor and great sports moments throughout. It's a perfect book for adolescents -and their parents - who want to see what it's like "inside the pocket" and inside the world of a kid who must come to terms with who he is -and fast. Beyond Bobby's story of coming out, it's a well-crafted picture of how we all play a role in each other's lives, whether we want to or not.

Buy it. You'll be glad you did.
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As if Being a Teen Wasn't Difficult Enough 6. Oktober 2008
Von Barbara Berg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Sportswriter Bill Kongisberg has written a winning book with OUT OF THE POCKET. This Coming of Age story is also the Coming Out story of Bobby Farmingham, a high school star quaterback who has dreams of making it into pro football. But much as Bobby is the perfect team player on the field the secret he carries-he's gay-threatens to set him apart from the others and dash his hopes for the future. Or does it?
Bobby's dilemma: how to be true to yourself without risking the affection and respect of those you care about and who care about you is one that will resonate deeply with adolescent readers. How Bobby navigates the path to greater self-actualization forms the plot of this very humane and compelling book. The author vividly portrays the complexity of teen life through Bobby's friends,fully realized characters whose flaws are revealed with humor and compassion.
Thanks to Bill Konigsberg's taut writing we worry right along with Bobby about how his teammates, his quasi-girlfriend, his parents will react to his news. We feel the shock and sadness as betrayal and family misfortune complicate his senior year and make his private life a public matter.
This is a thoroughly absorbing and important book, perfectly capturing the quest for identity that all teens-no matter their sexual orientation-experience.
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All Heart, All Action, Pure Genious 29. September 2008
Von Todd J. Englander - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Memorable. A keepsake of fiction, a work of heart, expertly weaving together unforgettable action from the football field with the innermost fears and dreads and joys of teen life, teamwork and love. A coming-of-age, coming-out story like no other. Powerful and unstereotypical characters, rivoting dialogue, great twists, good laughs... and plenty of tears. Economical, masterful narrative down to each chapter, paragraph and sentence. A curious blend of sweetness and suspense sure to earn a cherished place in the hearts of teens, families... and anyone who savors the struggles and lessons of life lived to its full potential! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Left Me Spellbound and Swept Off My Feet!! 12. September 2009
Von Jeffrey Erno - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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More times than I can count I've praised authors who have produced "well-written" books. In this particular case, I do not think such a description would do justice to such a beautifully articulated story. The writer's voice of this author is purely melodic, and the flow of the prose is so natural and seamless that it literally carries the reader along until all of a sudden they've sadly reached the last page.

Out of the Pocket is without question a coming-out and coming-of-age story, but I'm reluctant to tag it with these labels simply because I fear that to do so would trivialize the magnificent effort that went into this amazing story. It is certainly an atypical coming-out drama for numerous reasons. Foremost among these reasons is the fact that the protagonist is not some angst-ridden adolescent who secretly pines for another guy. Instead we are introduced to a very strong and confident Bobby Framingham, high school football quarterback for the Durango Bulldogs. From almost the beginning of the story, Bobby expresses that he is aware of his homosexual orientation, and he decides early on that he must confide his secret to a trusted friend. It becomes a case of "and he told two friends...and so on...and so on."

Eventually a fellow classmate and reporter for the school newspaper convinces Bobby that he can be trusted. Bobby explains to the classmate (Finch Gozman) that he is certain that he's gay, but he is not yet ready to come out publicly. Gozman betrays Bobby and runs the story in the school newspaper. It almost immediately is picked up by the local media, then the Associated Press, and then the national television and print media. Suddenly Bobby is the poster boy for gay teen athletes--much to his chagrin.

Out of the Pocket is the story about how a gay teenager who doesn't fit any of the stereotypes is able to cope with the pressure of coming out publicly. It is a story about team camaraderie and family loyalty. It is a story about friendship and even gay romance. It is about finding the courage within ourselves which allows us to step outside of our comfort zone in order to do what we know is right.

My only criticism of the book was that the author often used so much sports' jargon that I felt as if I was reading in a foreign language. Frankly the description of plays and maneuvers on the football field was a litrary device that sailed right over my head. Sadly I missed the meaning of some of the descriptions and even the metaphors simply because I did not understand. I would note that the author should be aware of the target audience to whom he is writing. If he expected sports aficianodos to be his reader base, he was right on target. If he was writing to the typical gay-romance reader, I think he went a bit overboard with the sports lingo. I would add, however, that it was believable in the sense that a first-person singular narration by a teen football quarterback probably would include a lot of sports talk.

In spite of that one minor criticism, I must admit that this deeply moving and compelling story has left me spellbound. I was literally swept off my feet by Bobby Framingham and impressed beyond description by the author's masterful prose.

Out of the Pocket is an inspiring, uplifting, must-read for all who appreciate gay-themed literature. I also highly recommend it to all who value quality prose in any genre. Great job, Bill Konigsberg, and thank you for your incredible story. FIVE STARS!!
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