JUST FOR KICKS by Paul Baczewski


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A funny if routine first novel in which Brandon's sister Sarah joins the football team as a kicker and easily clinches the state championship. Brandon and his two huge brothers agree that the only thing their high-school team needs to be invincible is a kicking game. Can they persuade Sarah to try out, or fanatic ex-Marine Coach Knox to let her? Can they survive killer drills with names like ""Burma Road"" and the ""Nut Buster,"" battle their way to the state finals, and defeat dreaded rival Vanden High in the Big Game? Can Brandon get anywhere with luscious classmate Janice Johnson? No real problem. But the humor here never rises above the juvenile, and, except for Sarah and Janice, who have to deal with the social pressures of being both girls and athletes, players and coaches are all caricatures--as are the game descriptions. The idea of girls playing football is treated better elsewhere, e.g., in Dygard's Forward Pass (1989).

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1990
Page count: 182pp
Publisher: Lippincott