Pop by Gordon Korman


popQuarterback Marcus Jordan has a big problem. The team at his new school had a perfect season last year, so they aren’t interested in some hot shot rookie hitching a ride on their air-tight winning machine. Especially Troy Popovitch, the resident star QB who doesn’t like the way Marcus is eyeing his position–or his flirtatious cheerleader ex. So Marcus begins training extra hard at the local park in a hopeless attempt to win the team’s love, and it’s there he meets Charlie, a fit middle-aged man who not only seems to know his way around a football, but has an bone-shattering tackle technique as well. Even though Charlie is chronically forgetful and often shows up hours after he tells Marcus he will, he helps Marcus step up his game to the point where Coach Barker starts to let his butt off the bench once in a while. Then Marcus discovers that his buddy Charlie is actually Charlie Popovitch, famous retired NFL linebacker–and Troy’s dad. When Marcus tries to talk to Troy about his famous father, Troy goes ballistic and warns Marcus to stay away from him. What is going on with the Popovitch clan? Why won’t Troy acknowledge his well-known parent? And how is it that Charlie seems to know everyone in town, yet sometimes appears lost on his own block? When Marcus finds a unique way to pay back Charlie for all the help he’s given him that will help restore some of Charlie’s former glory, he knows he’s going to get in big trouble with both Troy and the team. But he also knows he’d do anything for the man who taught him how to make his defense go POP. This Superbowl of a sports book is about a lot more than football (although there are some seriously tense on-field scenes). Korman also tackles themes of family, conscience, friendship and loss, scoring a touchdown on all counts. A perfect choice for the crisp, cool days of fall.

7 Responses to “Pop by Gordon Korman”

  1. Dan says:

    Nice review. I just got this book last weekend, but haven’t started it yet. Now I’m looking forward to it even more.

  2. Matthew Hovenstein says:

    I love this book!!! I just got it and it is the best book I have read in a long time

  3. pay per head says:

    I agree, Matthew. It’s one of the best books I’ve read!

  4. Dallas says:

    This is one of few books that i have actually read. It keeps you on the edge of your seat!

  5. catluvvergal010 says:

    This book was so sad… Normally, I like fantasy, but I really got lost in this. It has a deeper meaning than a lot of the books I’ve read.

  6. Manderz Tatumtot says:

    I loved this book. I had to read it for a school book report and it is one of my favorites. It had a great meaning and was very intertaning i would definetly recommend this book!

  7. I love POP says:

    This book was amazing and I would recommend it to all ages. Wow is what I have to say to on of the best book so have read ever!!

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