Rafe is a normal teenager from Colorado. He's been out since 8th grade, accepted by his peers & championed by his progressive parents....
Kyle Stilleno is the invisible student, toiling through high school in the middle of Nowhere, Texas....
Most people called it a cult. But for 20 years, Josh and Caleb called it home....
Would you live a lie to hold onto the one you love? Dean and Jason are best friends, like brothers since boyhood, now architecture students and college roommates....
Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job - any job - to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin's personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money....
When my ex walks into the resort bar with his new husband on his arm, I want nothing more than to prove to him that I've moved on. Thankfully, the sexy stranger sitting next to me....
Don't date your bodyguard. It was the one rule he had to break....
Daniel's relieved to have a job at a small college in Holiday, Northern Michigan, but he's a city boy through and through, and it's clear that this small town is one more place he won't fit in....
At 10 years old, Noah Jameson and Cooper Bradshaw collided midair when they dove for the same football. For three years they were inseparable...until one day....
As Jeremey and Emmet find their feet at The Roosevelt, they begin to believe they can be loved for the men they are beyond their disabilities....
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today....
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s in this hilarious and swashbuckling stand-alone teen historical fiction novel....
Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera....
Nick Stahlnecker is 18 and not ready to grow up yet. He has a summer job, a case of existential panic, and a hopeless crush on the unattainable Jai Hazenbrook....
After trading the barracks for a fixer-upper rental, Navy SEAL Zack Nelson wants peace, not a roommate - especially not Pike, who sees things about Zack he most wants to hide....
Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wisecracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation....
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.
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.
Had my doubts but was glad i listened to this, Its a good story to listen to while driving
as its easy to follow and just a feel good story.
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.
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.