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.
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.
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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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. :)
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An excellent read. Was very though provoking and touching.
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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.
Would you consider the audio edition of Out of the Pocket to be better than the print version?
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.
I enjoyed this read, but it'll scarcely be remembered. To sum up my review "meh".
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.
It was a touching story. I've read better though. Bobby wasn't interesting to me. Plot was ok, not much romance.
A good easy listen with a positive message. It was nice to see the hereo stay the hero for a change.
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.
As a Brit (the name Americans like to call us) this book gave a glimpse in to the "jock" world with a gay point of view. A coming out story with a difference, and thankfully the author avoids the trap of extremes that you get with these types of books sometimes, so no finding half the football team is really gay, or rejection at every turn.
Most importantly this was an enjoyable listen... I just wish I knew where the pocket was on an American football field!
The narration is good and easy to follow, with reasonably distinct character voices that make conversations easy to track. Having listens to many audio books (mainly main stream, and a few gay themed), this has to be one of the best narrated gay audio books I've come across so far.
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I'm not American, do not play football, have never been to High School, and have never suffered the unfortunate exposé that Bobby Framingham did, but I really felt like I was living his life with him. The story had me completely caught up, being scared for Bobby, feeling elated, laughing out loud at times, and crying at others - slightly embarrassing when you are listening in the car!
The writer truly evokes in the reader/listener the incredible emotions that the characters experience as they find out about Bobby's "secret" - you can really feel for a lot of them, whether you are sympathetic to their opinions or not. Often the fear of something is far worse than facing the thing head on, and this is something most of the characters learn eventually. Their reactions struck chords in my own life, and how I have treated people who are "different" - so the story teaches many lessons.
If I have any criticism at all, it is that there is possibly just a little too much crammed into Bobby's life in the duration of the story, but in many ways this serves to heighten the whirlwind experience that he goes through in a very short period in his life.
The number of people that are involved could become confusing, but the narrator helps with his use of voices, and the personalities of the main characters are well defined and well preserved throughout the story. There are some slight hints of stereotypes, but generally these are obvious and deliberate, so there is no cringe factor.
I congratulate the author on writing such an affecting and interesting book, which should be compulsory reading/listening for High School aged students and sportsmen alike. May be Bobby Framingham could be an inspiration to more real-life sportsmen to come out of the pocket/closet.
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