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Publisher's Summary

Star quarterback Bobby Framingham, one of the most talented high school football players in California, knows he's different from his teammates. They're like brothers, but they don't know one essential thing: Bobby is gay. Can he still be one of the guys and be honest about who he is?

When he's outed against his will by a student reporter, Bobby must find a way to earn back his teammates' trust and accept that his path to success might be more public, and more difficult, than he'd hoped.

An affecting novel about identity that also delivers great sportswriting.

©2008 Dutton Juvenile (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A thought-provoking, funny, and ultimately uplifting story of self-actualization that masterfully defies stereotypes about both coming out and team sports." ( School Library Journal)

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not a lot of story

large sections of the story were unrelated to the story and just had not impact to the story.
the way the narrator voiced the gay parts seemed a little inappropriate.

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  • Donald
  • 16-04-2012

No truer words were spoken...

As a former football player, the character of Bobby Framingham was very personal and relatable. The self-realization and acceptance along with the fear of rejection and betrayal are so pointedly pronounced in this tale. Bobby’s journey produces a sense of hope that many can relate to, whether gay or straight. This is not just a ‘coming out’ story…but a tale that many can relate to when you find yourself Outside of the Pocket! Excellent Book!!

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  • Kevin
  • 26-03-2012

One of My Favorites

I listen to a lot of Gay and Lesbian audibooks. As a pansexual and a woman with close friends who are LGBTQ, it's a genre that personally interests me.

A lot of the books available on Audible disappoint me. This one, however, was /wonderful/. It really was.

The main character was this incredible very real teenage boy. I felt for him and was inspired by him both. People react to his sexuality in ways that are realistic to society. The story presents a very real issue without overdoing it and creating pointless drama.

I also love that while there IS a very sweet romantic story line, it's hardly the focus of the novel. The focus is the main character and his experience with coming out and his experiences on the football team.

A truly wonderful story. Three cheers for Bill Konigsberg. :)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Neil
  • 03-12-2009

Touching book.

An excellent read. Was very though provoking and touching.

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  • G McS
  • 18-11-2017

This is the 2008 edition (not updated)

Apparently the book was re released recently with updates. I didn't realize until almost end of the recording that the audio book wasn't the updated version. I haven't read the new one, so I can't speak to how different the two are.

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  • Psycho Kitty
  • 27-04-2017

Awesome story, except for the love interest.

Would you consider the audio edition of Out of the Pocket to be better than the print version?

Yes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Out of the Pocket?

When that little weasel who outed Bobby finally got busted, I was happy.

What about Joshua Swanson’s performance did you like?

I loved Bobby's voice. He was All-American and conveyed an innocence.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story of Bobby's father and his mother's confusion over his sexuality. It would've been perfect, if not for the thrown together love interest.

Any additional comments?

The only thing I didn't care for was the love interest.

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  • Breana
  • 08-09-2015

Not memorable.

I enjoyed this read, but it'll scarcely be remembered. To sum up my review "meh".

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  • Steve
  • 24-08-2015

Far too much cheese.

Would you try another book from Bill Konigsberg and/or Joshua Swanson?

The book itself was predictable, cheesy and kind of boring. The characters didn't so much sound like teenagers as they did 50-year-old divorcees trying to talk to their stepkids in the "foreign lingo". I kept waiting for the moment for the story to grab me, and it just never did. It was commonly worded, and a false sense of drama and forced metaphor hung over the whole narrative. I really hoped for more.

What was most disappointing about Bill Konigsberg’s story?

Not much character development.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joshua Swanson?

His performance would have been perfect, if he hadn't of tried different stereotypical voices for the different characters. One of the characters even sounded muppet-like.

What character would you cut from Out of the Pocket?

The best friend.

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  • Patrick
  • 29-06-2015

Okay

It was a touching story. I've read better though. Bobby wasn't interesting to me. Plot was ok, not much romance.

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  • Tim
  • 05-11-2012

A nice new twist on an old boring story.

A good easy listen with a positive message. It was nice to see the hereo stay the hero for a change.

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  • carolyn
  • 17-05-2012

A Wonderful Story About A Star Quaterback - Bobby

The title, "Out of the Pocket," by author Bill Konigsberg writes a great story about a guy named Bobby Framingham and he is the star quarterback at a popular high school in California. He has a great team that he trust, and they all formed a special bond like brothers. His teammates doesn't know that he is gay, and at the time he probably didn't either. However, his life starts to change after visions during inopportune time. They started popping up in his daydreams, telling secrets about himself he hadn't known. Disturbing as these day dreams are to him, initially, they eventually turns into desire. That part of Bobby that he had always known was different from all his other teammates, it reveals itself and he's enlightened after realizing that he is gay.
The story is well written and each character comes to life as Joshua Swanson narrates the story. You can vividly picture each character distinctly as they appear in the story.
The overall story is better than average, a great story. I tend to lean toward stories based off the unknown closet hangers, blinded and bound by their secret until one day reality kicks in and changes their lives forever. The out come will depend on the characters ability to deal with his own acceptance to who he is. Bobby Framingham have a lot to deal with and is forced into spilling his secret to a student reporter. How he deals with it at this point is when the story gets very interesting.
Back stabbing, betrayal, lust, trust, and fear all the makings of a good read. Adding the desire and determination to the story and you know you can't go wrong.