Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Out of the Pocket
Out of the Pocket is a fantastic book written by sports writer Bill Konigsberg, who came out in 2002 and shortly thereafter left ESPN.
Bobby Framingham is the star quarterback in his senior year of high school, and he has a secret, he's gay. Its beginning to eat away at him, the jokes, the expectations of his sorta kinda girlfriend. In a weak/brave moment he comes out to one of his good friends on the football team, who tells two other people, and at that point Bobby's life begins a slow spiral downhill.
If you don't like football, this book will not be a good fit for you, as you follow Bobby thru his senior football season, and a great deal of the book deals with football. Bill has written a very likable character in Bobby, he seems like a fella you'd want to be friends with. And that's one thing that made this book so enjoyable, besides the wonderfully written sports scenes, is just how likable the main characters are. There are a few guys on the team that are total douches, but they aren't the norm. My only complaint with the book is how easily the majority of the school accepts Bobby as being gay. Could it be that's all it takes is for someone that is at the top of the social heap to come out? I don't know, no clue on this.
Dutton Books 2008
available both in print and kindle
If you do enjoy sports, take a click and visit Outsports. On the main page today is several profiles of college athletes who have come out as gay. The day of needing to be closeted to play in major league sports is coming to an end.