Mercy Rule

Mercy Rule Danny s parents yanked him from the art school that let him wear a kilt and listen to bands that no one s heard of Now he s starting sopho year at the public high school the one with the gymnasium at

  • Title: Mercy Rule
  • Author: Tom Leveen
  • ISBN: 9781510726987
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Danny s parents yanked him from the art school that let him wear a kilt and listen to bands that no one s heard of Now he s starting sopho year at the public high school the one with the gymnasium at the heart of the building and the glorified athletes who rule it all The smart thing would be to blend in, but Danny has always been about making statements.Brady justDanny s parents yanked him from the art school that let him wear a kilt and listen to bands that no one s heard of Now he s starting sopho year at the public high school the one with the gymnasium at the heart of the building and the glorified athletes who rule it all The smart thing would be to blend in, but Danny has always been about making statements.Brady just wants to get out Go to college, play football, maybe reach the NFL He definitely wants to stop waiting for his deadbeat mother to come home, sleeping on park benches, and going to bed hungry But first he has to lead the team to the championships It all adds up to a lot of stress So who can really blame him when he and the football team turn their aggressions on the new freak Even the quarterback needs to blow off steam sometimes.Coach turns a blind eye to his players crimes because this year, they re going to States But maybe if Coach had paid attention they could ve caught it before it all happened Maybe it could ve been avoided.Maybe.With quick cuts between a large cast of unforgettable characters, and razor sharp plotting, Tom Leeven takes readers on a countdown to an inevitable, horrifying act This gripping novel offers an intense, smart perspective on the tragic, toxic mindsets behind the celebrated American sport and the monsters it creates.

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    1. I have mixed feelings about this book so this might stay at 4 stars or it might go down to 3.5 - not too sure yet. Full review to come

    2. So I don't even know where to start. Normally, a book about this kind of topic is a bit scary, but Tom Leveen hits it out of the park with Mercy Rule, which I think is his best yet of all that I've read from him. He has an incredible ability to create very real characters, and although this book has a lot of what I would call main characters, he makes it easy to 'see' each individual. The chapters were tight, the storyline was suspenseful, and the situations were extremely true to what I imagine [...]

    3. This is the best YA I've read in a looooong time. It's smart. I mean it's *really* smart. Its structure is smart, its narrative is smart, its characters are smart, its portrayal of high school is smart. This book and its characters are genuine. No one in this story is "evil" or one-sided. This story is real, but more importantly it's *fair*, and that's what makes the events in it so profoundly painful and hard to swallow. This book also got me to cry more genuinely than any other book I've read [...]

    4. So. I finished this at about 2pm. It's been a good four hours. And I am still recovering.I'm not going to give any spoilers. Instead, I'm just going to say that you should read it. Like all of Tom Leveen's works, this is a page-turner I couldn't put down, and time completely passed unnoticed while I was absorbed in the lives of the kids, and my own memories of what it was like to be that age.It's a timely book, which once upon a time would have been remarkable since the subject matter is a schoo [...]

    5. What would drive a person to open fire on a group of people seemingly at random? Could the action have been stopped?I knew, based on what I choose to do for a living, that this would be a tough one to read. I read it anyway. It was so much more than I expected. I can't remember the last time a book brought me to tears; I don't cry. I literally had to put this one down to cry MORE THAN ONCE.This book is SO important. This book is, unfortunately, relevant. This book is AMAZING.This is a keeper. I' [...]

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