It wasn't long before the kid from North Carolina had made friends at his new high school in Jersey. Ben is the kind of guy that everybody likes. He's the star of the wrestling team and he's spending a lot of time with Judy Voorst. So what's the problem?
Ben Petrovic has a secret. He’s not who everybody thinks he is.
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on Nov. 11, 2010 :
Though I don't know anything at all about wrestling, I still really enjoyed this book. After just a few pages I felt very invested in the characters, and found myself cheering Ben on each time he took the mat. I felt like this was a wonderful story from a teenage boys point of view, which is definitely outside of my normal reading. Overall I really enjoyed the book. I'm only giving it 4 stars because I felt like the ending needed a bit more. My teenage daughter is reading this now and is also really enjoying it.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
on Feb. 4, 2010 :
As a former wrestler I enjoyed the wrestling aspect of this book very much. The description put into the actual matches and what wrestler's go through off the mat was excellent. I liked the teenager dealing with aspects outside of wrestling angle also. Overall plot seemed interesting but the ending was less than stellar and I felt should have been developed better, it was to abrupt. My 13 yr-old is also reading it and loves it so far, he is also a wrestler. Kudos on on the effort put into this, your wrestler's POV makes it a good book to read no matter what.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on Jan. 30, 2010 :
Throwback would have been interesting if I were a wrestler because the author certainly goes into a lot of detail about the sport. I did like the honest portrayal of a teenage boy dealing with his insecurities, but the whole plot was unbelievable and the ending was flat and uninteresting, hence suitable for the book.