I hate not finishing something I started, which is why I just read the second book in the Football Genius series by Tim Green. I was hoping that this book would fill in some of the holes from book one. Maybe Troy’s dad would show up and explain why he left. Maybe the team would vote for him to quarterback permanently and Jamie and his dad would be out of the picture. I was sadly disappointed.
The second book, Football Hero, has nothing to do with the first book in this series.
- Both main characters are 12 year old boys who like football
- Both main characters have a bully whom they also play football with
- Both kids have an unconventional family situation
That’s it. These are stand alone books; not what I consider a series.
Ty Lewis is the main character of this book. Hey Mr Green, Ty Lewis is the name of an NHL hockey player. Find more imaginative names. He is sent to live with his aunt and uncle after his parent’s are killed in a car accident. They don’t particularly like children and resent having to care for him. He is forced to sleep on an old mattress in the back room, use and outside port-a-potty and work for his uncle’s cleaning company.
All Ty has to get through his miserable days are memories of his brother Thane, a big shot college football star. Seriously? Why would his parents make angry relatives his guardian, instead of his older brother? Makes no sense to me. Thane is a first round draft pick for the Jets. This is great for Ty, because they can have more brother time, but bad because the uncle wants to use him for insider information for a gambling ring.
While this book is better written than Football Genius, I still was not very impressed. It does not seem realistic that loving parents would choose angry, dysfunctional relatives to raise their child. There are also random facts thrown out that make no sense and only leave questions within the book; like why are we told Ty’s mom has a brother in Chicago whom she stopped speaking to around the time he was born? Is he the biological father of Troy from the first book? If not, why mention it and what is the significance of Chicago being mentioned in each book.
Maybe it’s just me, but I dislike books that leave too many questions unanswered. That said, I did find some quotes I liked. Read it and tell me your opinion.
Turning twelve didn’t matter to Ty. Birthdays, like Christmas and every other holiday, had lost their thrill.
This is from the first paragraph of the book. It sets the tone for how miserable and sad the main character, Ty, is. I think it clearly shows how grief can change the way we look at things. I feel bad for the kid.
It doesn’t matter what someone else thinks of you or what they say about you. You have to know what you are, who you are. That’s what matters.
This is the pep talk every parent gives their kid. Don’t let other people define you. Know who you are and what you’re worth. Then prove all the naysayers wrong.
It’s what’s inside that counts.
Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.
Again very good advice. It seems Ty’s brother, Thane, is full of these little snippets of wisdom. Starting to get redundant, though.
What makes you a football player is getting up after you get knocked down, or going out to catch another pass after you just dropped one. The harder the hit, or the worse the drop, the more important it is to keep going. That’s the game. that’s what a real football player does. If you can’t do that, then you shouldn’t play.”
This is true about any sport. If it was easy, everyone would do it. The great ones are the ones who push through the struggle.