Review + Giveaway: Biggie by Derek E. Sullivan

March 3, 2015 Lindsay's reviews 3

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review + Giveaway: Biggie by Derek E. SullivanBiggie by Derek E. Sullivan
on March 1st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: the author
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Henry “Biggie” Abbott is the son of one of Finch, Iowa's most famous athletes. His father was a baseball legend and his step-dad is a close second. At an obese 300+ pounds though, Biggie himself prefers classroom success to sports. As a perfectionist, he doesn’t understand why someone would be happy getting two hits in five trips to the plate. “Forty percent, that’s an F in any class,” he would say. As Biggie’s junior year begins, the girl of his dreams, Annabelle Rivers, starts to flirt with him. Hundreds of people have told him to follow in his dad’s footsteps and play ball, but Annabelle might be the one to actually convince him to try. What happens when a boy who has spent his life since fourth grade trying to remain invisible is suddenly thrust into the harsh glare of the high school spotlight?

I’m not sure what originally drew me to this book. I can’t really relate to Henry (aka Biggie) at all. I’ve been tiny for as long as I can remember, and I’m certainly not coordinated enough for any sports. But it’s refreshing to read a book so completely out of my comfort zone, and that’s exactly what this was.

There were parts of it that made me so extremely uncomfortable, but not for the reason you would think. Henry is so emotionally enclosed within himself, and sometimes his behavior left me feeling embarrassed for him. I really wanted to root for him, but I also wanted for him to be rightfully put in his place. The story would not have rung true if he had simply strolled through this book without learning from his mistakes. This story was never about Henry’s attempt to pitch a perfect game. It was all about how he changed and grew on his journey to get there.

This is why it is my pleasure to report that Henry DOES learn, and he DOES grow! And the best part of all? I didn’t want it to end! I felt like if this story could keep going, I would keep reading. I wanted to know where he would go from here. Would he succeed in life? Would his journey of personal growth continue or stagnate?

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Derek E. Sullivan is an award-winning reporter and columnist at the Rochester Post-Bulletin in Minnesota. As a reporter, he has written more than 1,000 stories about the lives of teenagers, which he attributes to helping him find his YA voice. He has an MFA from Hamline University and lives in Minnesota with his wife and three sons.
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One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3
  • Great review, Lindsay! I like to read something out of my usual sometimes I’ve found a love for new genres that way, too! 🙂

  • Victoria

    Thanks for your awesome review! This isn’t something I would read normally either but I’ll have to take your word for it and pick up a copy so I can check it out!!! Thanks again for sharing 🙂

  • Betül

    Thank you for th egiveaway