While the book was not on the caliber of "A Painted House", or "Schindler's List", that was not the intention of Thomas J. Dygard while writing this story. It was merely written to show that even in the face of adversity, you can overcome obstacles to reach the highest pinnacle.
In Larry Hudson's case, his fear of being tackled playing football was what he had to overcome. After being chastised by his teammates for getting special treatment because of his fears, Larry Hudson proved his nay Sayers wrong by becoming a complete Quarterback in a crucial game situation.
What I liked about this book was that Dygard built up suspense very well in the game situations. I found that when I was reading about the game, my heart was pumping.
The reason why I gave the book three stars instead of five was because it did not contain enough literary elements to differentiate itself from other cookie cut-out teenager- geared sports stories. While the setting was clearly fleshed out, and imagining what is happening as you read the book is easily accomplished, few occurrences of similes, metaphors, or personification stick out in my mind.