Harmon, Michael. Stick. Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. $17.99. ISBN 9780385754361. 229 pgs. Ages 14+. P8Q7.
Two unlikely friends, a football star, and an outcast form a friendship that helps each boy see the better in themselves. Stick, the football star, is feeling pressured to perform on the field and is not having fun playing anymore and Preston, the outcast, has his own demons to battle after watching his father get killed in a robbery gone wrong. Both characters face the challenges in their lives and although the depth of the novel is slightly lacking the characters are relatable and strong. The language at times is geared towards an older audience, although the novel itself is written for a slightly younger audience, which makes the story somewhat difficult to follow. It occasionally seems as if bigger vocabulary is added to make the story sound better, but it doesn’t necessarily fit.
January 2016 review by Cody Rosenthal.