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Publisher's Summary

Jake Cullen is a freshman quarterback playing high school football in the high-pressure land of Friday Night Lights (Texas). He is also the brother of Wyatt Cullen, who quarterbacked his team to the Texas State Championship last season - not to mention the son of former NFL quarterback and local legend, Troy Cullen. To be a Cullen in Texas is to be royalty…and a quarterback. All of which leaves 14-year-old Jake in a Texas-sized shadow, a tall order for any boy, especially one who's merely a freshman.

While his teammates assume the starting job will be handed to Jake on a silver platter, the truth is that he has to fight for every snap and every ounce of respect. Jake may be a Cullen and he may play quarterback, but he is not his brother or his father. Being a good teammate comes naturally to Jake; being a winner and a celebrity does not. He's just like every other boy - awkward around a pretty girl, in awe of his famous family, and desperate to simultaneously blend in and cast his own shadow.

Inspired by the real-life Manning family of quarterbacks (father Archie, Super Bowl-winning sons Peyton and Eli) and set amid the football-crazy culture of Texas immortalized in Friday Night Lights, QB 1 is a coming-of-age story perfect for the fan of Million-Dollar Throw, Heat, and of course Friday Night Lights.

©2013 Mike Lupica (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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Amazing

Great story about a young boy trying to follow his family tradition and make it big time. In more ways than you would think.

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It was a great book. Loved the personality.

LOVED IT GREAT BOOK GOOD READER GREAT PERFORMANCE GREAT WRITER GREAT BEGGING GREAT ENDING AWSOME !!!!!!!

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Very nice book

Pretty nice a little weird with the girl voices but I thought it was a nice book it's a top notch book

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Guys will enjoy this book!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not, but only because I'm not a huge sports fan. I have read several of Mike Lupica's other books and am always impressed by the balance between sports and the story. This book however was all sports and not enough story.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I could easily have done without all the play-by-plays of every game. I felt like I was listening to high school's Friday Night Fever rather than an audiobook.

Was QB 1 worth the listening time?

Sadly, no.