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All Star Winner of ALA Great Graphic Novels for TeensNominee YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses Firecracker Awards Graphic Novel As

  • Title: All Star
  • Author: Jesse Lonergan
  • ISBN: 9781561638352
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of 2015 ALA Great Graphic Novels for TeensNominee 2015 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, Firecracker Awards, Graphic Novel As the summer of 1998 nears, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa are racing each other to break the home run record, Bill Clinton is being questioned about a certain Monica Lewinsky, SWinner of 2015 ALA Great Graphic Novels for TeensNominee 2015 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, Firecracker Awards, Graphic Novel As the summer of 1998 nears, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa are racing each other to break the home run record, Bill Clinton is being questioned about a certain Monica Lewinsky, Semisonic s Closing Time is top of the charts, and Carl Carter is leading the Elizabeth Monarchs of rural Vermont to the state championship his senior year The world is Carl s oyster a full scholarship to the University of Maine awaits, going pro after college isn t out of the question, and he s so good he can do whatever he wants until, that is, he makes one very arrogant mistake Acclaimed graphic novelist Jesse Lonergan offers readers a thought provoking exploration of the fleeting highs of success in this engrossing book.

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    1. LolaReviewer on said:

      One of the worst graphic novels I have read in the past few months, and as you’ve maybe noticed, I’m not very picky when it comes to graphic novels, comics or manga. I really wanted to read this book, because sports are rarely the main focus of graphic novels, so I thought this ought to be different and entertaining.I can say for certain that’s it’s a fast read, which leads to us finishing the story in a short amount of time. Too short to even get to know well any of the characters, I da [...]

    2. Raina on said:

      I really loved Lonergan's work inJoe & Azat. And I admire that the three graphic novels I've read that he's written are all so distinctly different. He's tackled romance, travel/ex-pat life, and now, teen coming of age/sports. He writes accessible stories that feel real, using easy-to-follow panel layouts and comfortable dialog. This is a story about the pressures of being a high-achieving athlete in high school. Carl is a rock star, as far as high school sports goes. He's getting a scholars [...]

    3. Madi on said:

      I really liked the artwork, the realistic characters and the relationships with other characters.The story made me mad!The main character is the "golden boy" of the school because he can hit home runs and they're hoping he can take the team to state. What he is is a little turd! He's rude to his brother, he's rude to his classmates, and he seems like he just wants everything handed to him.He and his best friend get in trouble. He's given detention (because of the responsibilities he has to the b [...]

    4. Aleap on said:

      Actual rating: 2.5It's Carl's senior year and as the star baseball player on his high school team, he can get just about anything he wants. This all changes when, on a night out with his troublemaker friend, he decides to trespass in a closed convenient store and is caught. Although he ultimately gets away with it, things aren't the same with his friends, his team, or his family.This was realistic and had a nice selection of cultural references sprinkled throughout. However, the story was somewh [...]

    5. Emilia P on said:

      I like Jesse Lonergan. I met him once. He was cool! So I wish him only the best. But this foray into Teen Drama is just a little shaky visually and narratively, and the characters feel a bit broad-brushed even though they make some surprising and interesting choices. I appreciate Lonergan taking on the genre and making it his own, but I think perhaps he should have taken it a couple of steps further into his own world, because as it stands it feels sort of Safe and Dry. Ah well, nonetheless, I f [...]

    6. Jennifer on said:

      Carl is one of the best baseball players in the state with a full ride scholarship waiting for him. Will his one stupid mistake jeopardize the playoffs and his chance to go pro? Lonergan's graphic novel hits all the right notes about small town sports and the mischief that the teens get into. Carl's changing friendship with his best friend is believable, as is his relationship with his parents and his coach. This book should appeal to the sports-loving teens who may not like traditional books an [...]

    7. Susan on said:

      Despite having a pretty good message, this was nothing special. After he attempts to rob the local convenience store, Carl realizes what it means to be his town's golden boy---both in terms of privileges (earned and unearned) and in terms of expectations. I think my favorite part of the book was Lonergan's illustrations of the weight that Carl felt riding on his back, depicted through a cloud of the faces of all the characters with expectations for him. That was a pretty powerful visual for me, [...]

    8. Michael on said:

      An interesting look at how sports can effect a high schoolers life. I loved that the book was set during my own high school years. The story is more about Carl Carter and him growing up at the end of high school. He grew from just a partier to a kid that could see what was wrong with the way the world treated him. He didn't have a perfect family. He didn't have great friends. Carl could hit the ball. He could hit it hard, but was that enough? Some might say it is.

    9. Michael on said:

      via NYPL - Good book. Carl is a high school senior, star of the baseball team, and on a sports scholarship to college. When his best friend and he get into trouble, Carl begins an awakening to the privileges of his life and how others will never be treated as well as he is. The art is minimal, but effective, and the characters come to life on each page. Definitely worth a look.

    10. Derek Royal on said:

      I very much enjoyed this book. It's a bittersweet look at a high school athlete in the last days before graduation and the "privileged" life he's led because of his athletic prowess. I love the story's realism, and Lonergan handles the sports theme very well. It's been a long time since I've taught a sports lit class, but this would be a book I could definitely teach in that class.

    11. Carrie Shaurette on said:

      I really enjoyed the story of a baseball all star who makes a bad choice that changes his outlook and relationships, but the sketchy artwork didn't stand out and confused the story at times.

    12. Kay on said:

      Coming of age story about a high school athlete (baseball player) who's trying to find his place in his small town. Poignant and bittersweet (or maybe just bitter).

    13. Rod Brown on said:

      This would have made for a decent After School Special. Egotistic kid makes dumb choices and reluctantly learns lessons about life, the class system and brotherhood.

    14. First Second Books on said:

      Just finished All-Star by Jesse Lonergan which I really loved.

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