Crackback by John Coy
Paperback, 208 pages
I wasn’t sure I was going to like this one from the start. I picked it up because I wanted more books with football to recommend to my students. I’m glad I kept reading. While the stereotypical thinking of football players (or jocks in general) is present in the novel, we also see the main character, Miles dealing with being in situations where these stereotypes are perpetuated, questioning them, and changing such that he finds the confidence to challenge what he doesn’t believe to be true.
Crackback also deals with the real pressures of playing football… to juice or not to juice, that is the question. Miles feels the pressure from his best friend to take steroids, and he has to decide whether or not his starting spot on the varsity team is worth it.