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Debut Novel: Coin Toss
Jeremy Savage, an 8th grade quarterback phenom, has just been given the offer of a lifetime from Coach Robert Fletcher, a local icon-to come and play football for him at St. Michael’s Preparatory, the best football program in the state. As Jeremy struggles with this choice, the decision becomes increasingly difficult for him as situations arise in which the deep bonds he has with his friends become stronger and stronger. While Jeremy continues to work through his thoughts, it becomes apparent that there are other forces at play which have a vested interest in his decision. Will he ultimately elect to attend St. Michael’s? Or, will he stay with his friends at Centerville High and attempt to become a local legend?
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Reviews of Coin Toss:
Thank you to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Coin Toss by Brian Amado Jeremy “Savvy” Savage is quarterback for the Eighth Grade Football Team and he gets the chance of the lifetime and is offered to play for a Championship High School Team. He is excited. But as he finishes out Eighth Grade real life issues hit him and his friends on the team hard. He quickly realizes some bonds are unbreakable. Family and true friends are formed and stand behind choices you make. This book is an amazing read for football players (and football moms) with the details of the game, the complicated, but needed bonding to make things right on the field, the friendships, and the struggles of real life jump off the page at you. Amado did an amazing job with character and team building in this read! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com
Brian Amado captures the impact of high school football on a small town through the inner turmoil of a young quarterback phenom. Jeremy Savage, an outstanding eighth grade football player, struggles with the decision many eighth graders face, which high school should he attend? He is being recruited by the local private school, St. Michael’s, with its long history of athletic success but feels a sense of loyalty to Centerville, his hometown school. St. Michael’s offers the opportunity to play for a legendary coach and an established program while Centerville is a school that struggles to compete. But Centerville will be where his close friends and the players he has grown up sharing the field with will play. Will he miss out on reaching his full potential by staying at the local school? Will leading an already established program to a championship offer him a better future? In between he deals with many of the issues facing a growing teenager. Of course the adults around town, living vicariously through the achievements of the young athletes, may be more involved in Jeremy’s decision making process than he is aware. COIN TOSS, Amado’s first book, is a good read and well worth your time. -Jeff Hoyle
The first point I would like to make about Coin Toss is Brian does such an excellent job at writing the story with the thought in mind that readers might not have a clue about the sport which helped me a lot in understanding terms used in the book. I thought this was an amazing touch and it made me want to continue reading feeling that I wasn’t missing out on anything or not understanding what things meant.
The second point I loved about this book is the main theme: Friendship. Friendship is something I struggle with in life. It’s not something that comes easy to me as someone who spends 90% of their time online/head in a book. What I love about Coin Toss is that the characters stick together through the good and the bad times. Jeremy has created these incredible friendships with a group of guys since they were young. They stuck by each other through choices that could tear them apart, family struggles and general life problems. When you see a tight group of friends it is very intimidating (for me at least) to get in with them but Coin Toss shows you that Jeremy and his group of friends welcome new friends with open arms who soon become like a brother to them also which is sooooo refreshing!!!
When I was reading through this book I was constantly in touch with Brian about my thoughts throughout it but what I didn’t tell him was there was this one part in the book (you know, when they are all around the breakfast table eating near the end) that made me tear up. It was such a perfect fit to the whole friendship group seeing them stick together and being there for one another that hit me hard.
Brian has a way of describing things like you’re actually standing there bang in the centre of it. For example at the start of the book the scene opened up to a football game and the way it was described truly made me feel like I was in the audience buzzing about this game. It was unreal.
In all honesty, you don’t need to know anything about American football to enjoy this book. It’s amazing, funny and sad all at the same time. You should be so proud of yourself, Brian. I know I am!– Claire T.
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Coin Toss is a YA book that touches your heart. It is about a boy who has amazing football ability. You would think it would make things easier when every coach wants you on their high school team, but Jeremy has to decide if deep friendships and loyalty are more important or being on the most elite team around is the ‘better’ choice…
I really enjoyed the relationship Jeremy has with his friends. True deep friendships where you may not understand each other all the time but the love is so deep… When hard times happen you are absolutely together!
If you love football and are from a small town, this is 100% a choice for you. Coin Toss definitely makes me miss my high school friends. I would still stop everything to sleep on a floor together to make things better for each of them!– Lauren S.
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