Title: Touchdown Tommy
Author: Ace Collins
Genre: Contemporary novel
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)
Note: I received a free eBook copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
About the book:
My life was over! I mean really over! Here I was, a kid who’d placed second in the city tennis tourney, a top-scoring soccer player, lots of friends, loving my life in Chicago, and what happens? My parents were killed in an auto accident. And I was too young to live alone, so I get shipped off to Texas to live with my grandparents on a farm. A farm! Here I was in Hicksville with nothing to do. Boy, was I missing my parents and my life in Chicago.
Nobody here understood me. There’s one girl, Satara, who’s been nice, but she just doesn’t get me either. So you wonder how I got from here to having the nickname, Touchdown Tommy? Well, why don’t you open the book and let me tell you…
This is a wonderful young adult novel.
Tommy Hillman is an incredibly well developed character. The book is written from his perspective and his feelings are so well presented early on that my heart was breaking for him and all that he was experiencing.
In the very first chapter his whole world, as he knew it, fell apart when his parents were killed in a car accident. He is then launched on a journey to learn how to keep living and build a new life. I really liked the fact that a lot of the journey was Tommy learning to recognize what his attitude was and how it affected him as well as everyone around him.
This story is filled with very detailed accounts of six-man high school football games as well as 11-man college football games. Since I’m not a fan of football a lot of this basically went over my head. I’m sure those who love the game will thoroughly enjoy these descriptions.
I found this book to be very entertaining. I am recommending it and giving it a rating of 5 stars.
You can find out more about Ace and his books on his website at: http://www.acecollins.com/