Out of the Pocket

Out of the Pocket The second edition of the Lambda Literary Award winning novel is finally available in paperback and as an e book This new edition includes two brand new bonus chapters a foreword by former NFL

  • Title: Out of the Pocket
  • Author: Bill Konigsberg
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  • Page: 344
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  • The second edition of the 2009 Lambda Literary Award winning novel is finally available, in paperback and as an e book This new edition includes two brand new bonus chapters, a foreword by former NFL punter Chris Kluwe, and an afterword by outsports co founder Jim Buzinski Star quarterback Bobby Framingham, one of the most talented high school football players in CalThe second edition of the 2009 Lambda Literary Award winning novel is finally available, in paperback and as an e book This new edition includes two brand new bonus chapters, a foreword by former NFL punter Chris Kluwe, and an afterword by outsports co founder Jim Buzinski Star quarterback Bobby Framingham, one of the most talented high school football players in California, knows he s different from his teammates They re like brothers, but they don t know one essential thing Bobby is gay Can he still be one of the guys and be honest about who he is When he s outed against his will by a student reporter, Bobby must find a way to earn back his teammates trust and accept that his path to success might be public, and difficult, than he d hoped An affecting novel about identity that also delivers great sportswriting A thought provoking, funny, and ultimately uplifting story of self actualization that masterfully defies stereotypes about both coming out and team sports School Library Journal A thoughtful, powerful novel Booklist It s tough enough completing your pass as the linebackers blitz, but when your private life is also crashing in, the game is about survival A hard hitting first novel about quarterbacking your life Robert Lipsyte, author of Raiders Night How I rooted for Bobby, and all his imperfect, complicated, oh so human friends Catherine Gilbert Murdock, author of Dairy Queen and The Off Season

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    1. Bill Konigsberg

      Bill Konigsberg was born in 1970 in New York City Expectations were high from birth at least in terms of athletics His parents figured he d be a great soccer player, based on his spirited kicking from inside the womb As it turned out, the highlight of his soccer career was at Camp Greylock in 1978, when he was chosen for the Camp s D team There were only four levels Bill played alongside the likes of the kid who always showered alone, the chronic nosebleeder and the guy with recurrent poison ivy.Early in his life, Bill decided he wanted to be a disc jockey, a professional baseball player, or the Indian from The Village People None of these career paths worked out for him Yet He still holds out hope for a Village People revival and has set up a Google Alert in case it happens.A B student throughout high school, Bill was voted Most Likely to Avoid Doing Any Real Work In His Life by a panel of his dismissive peers He proved them wrong with a series of strange but true jobs in his 20s driver recruiter for a truck driving school, sales consultant for a phone company, and temp at Otis Elevators.He moved to Denver in 1996 and was voted Least Stylish Gay Guy in the Metro Denver Area including Loveland for each of the years from 1996 98 His fashion free wardrobe robbed him of prospective dates countless times, as did his penchant for wearing a mustache that didn t suit him.He worked at ESPN and ESPN from 1999 2002, where he developed a penchant for sharing too much information about himself That character flaw earned him a GLAAD Media Award in 2002, for his column Sports World Still a Struggle for Gays That coming out essay made him a household name to tens of people across the country.He continued oversharing in graduate school at Arizona State, where he added People Pleasing to his growing list of character defects and parlayed that into the title of Most Chill Teacher of freshman composition.As a sports writer and editor for The Associated Press in New York from 2005 08, Bill once called his husband, who was at the time working a desk job, from the New York Mets dugout before a game I m so bored, Bill whined He slept on the couch for a week after making that call.He wrote a novel called Audibles at Arizona State, and sold that novel to Dutton Books for Children in 2007 His editor asked him to change the title so that it would appeal to people other than football players who read The resulting novel, Out of the Pocket, received strong reviews from his mother, father, significant other and one girl who had a crush on him in high school It won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009.His second novel, Openly Straight, hit the bookshelves in late May of 2013 He describes the novel as Twilight like, only without vampires and wolves and angsty teenage girls Also, set in an all boys boarding school in Massachusetts Otherwise, it s like an exact replica Openly Straight won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor and is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.Bill currently lives in Chandler, Arizona, which is the thinking man s Gilbert, Arizona.His blog and website is at billkonigsberg.

    493 thoughts on “Out of the Pocket”

    1. 4, 5 stars! Man man manNo, I mean Bobby, Bobby, Bobby. Or maybe Bill, Bil, BillI love this book!I had a work colleague who was an American and tried to teach me the rules of American football. He failed. My husband has a work colleague who watches a Super Bowl and who tried to inspire me with the idea to watch it on TV. Live. In Europe is a deep night at that time or better to say, an early morning! He failed! Actually, an American football is one of the biggest mystery in the world for me. I un [...]


    2. Out of a Pocket is a coming out story about of a 17-year-old Bobby Framingham, a senior quarterback. Bobby just starts to deal with having dreams about men, and realizing that he is gay. He decides to tell his best friend about it. But it escalates to something that he has not expected, because his best friend tells his other friend, and then suddenly an article about him being a gay quarterback is out, and it is impossible for him to keep the secret any longer.The book is told from Bobby's firs [...]


    3. This book literally changed my life. I know that it sounds a little heavy-handed, but there's no other way to describe the impact that Out of the Pocket had on me, as a former high school football player struggling with his sexuality.Unfortunately, I discovered this book about a year too late (I graduated high school in 2009 and didn't read this book until 2010), and I can't help but think that if I had read Out of the Pocket while I was still in high school, my approach to my homosexuality may [...]


    4. All-American star quarterback Bobby Framingham should enjoy his senior year of high school. He has a talented team to back him up, a weird yet funny best friend, and two relatively normal parents. But he also owns a secret no one knows about: he's gay. When his sexuality comes into the limelight, Bobby risks losing everything he's worked so hard for - the support of his teammates, a chance to play college football, and his relationship with his family. Now he must navigate the risky waters of be [...]


    5. Out of the Pocket has been on my TBR for quite some time, so when I got a chance to get it from the library of course I checked it out. AndI don't know. *shrugs shoulders* It certainly wasn't bad or unenjoyable. I guess I was just expecting a little more.Let's start with the positives first! So, Bobby is a very likable narrator. He's honest and realistic and just super nice. I also really like Bobby's friends Carrie and Austin- Carrie is super funny and Austin's a really supportive friend. I als [...]


    6. Начну с главного: романтических отношений у персонажа ни с кем нет. История (довольно нудная) в основном о повседневности подростка, активно занимающегося спортом (спорта очень много, прямо очень). Ангст показался поверхностным, не зацепил. Поведение персонажа вызвало мног [...]


    7. More times than I can count I've praised authors who have produced "well-written" books. In this particular case, I do not think such a description would do justice to such a beautifully articulated story. The writer's voice of this author is purely melodic, and the flow of the prose is so natural and seamless that it literally carries the reader along until all of a sudden they've sadly reached the last page. Out of the Pocket is without question a coming-out and coming-of-age story, but I'm re [...]


    8. I loved this book. It's the story of Bobby, a 17-year old quarterback who realizes he's gay and has to make the decision whether or not to come out and be accepted for who he is in his senior high school year. Or whether to stay in hiding, "play it safe", and not "mess up" his chances of becoming a pro football player (as he sees no openly gay role models in any of the four major American sports).The book brings out all the issues a highschool senior fights with in the context of him being gay a [...]


    9. Fucking groan. Mother fucking groaningggggggEveryone knows my distaste for Openly Straight, primarily due to the narrative of a gay man being able to conceal or change his sexual identity, but also my strong distaste for the writing style. Surprise! the same author wrote this novel. Frankly, I am astonished that this book has coveted such a wide following and particularly surprised by the high accolades it has received. It is one thing to compose a novel that is contrived and derivative when com [...]


    10. 4.5 starsOut of the Pocket won the Lamba Literary Award in 2009 for the Young Adult category and I can easily see why. This touching coming of age story is about a popular high school quarterback that is outed as gay against his will and he struggles to find his balance after this action. In the end Bobby not only accepts his sexuality and makes a positive impact but he has a lot of support and a hopeful, if uncertain, future. The great writing offers a glimpse back into glory days of high schoo [...]


    11. I can see why this is compared a lot to Openly Straight, but the differences were enough that it didn't feel like I was listening to the same story all over again. Bobby's a high school senior and starting QB of the football team when he's outed. He's also got issues at home unrelated to this that he has to deal with at the same time. There was surprisingly little drama. Though Bobby has to overcome some prejudices and deal with some homophobes, he's also got a lot of support. One thing to note: [...]


    12. Reviewed by coollibrarianchick for TeensReadTooIn the locker room, the word fag is tossed around jokingly between teammates. What they do not realize is that among them is someone struggling to accept that he is different, that he is gay. It is one thing being gay - it is totally another thing playing a testosterone-driven sport, being the star quarterback, and being gay. Bobby Framingham, star quarterback, who dreams of playing for Stanford, is an all around good guy; handsome, popular and gay. [...]


    13. What a heartwarming and skilfully written story! This book has a simple, forthright, straight-forward, All-American adolescent maleness all over it. Definitely a guy’s guy book, written with a decidedly male voice, that much is unequivocal. Konigsberg captures perfectly the horror, the confusion, the initial inchoate attractions for one’s own sex. Any man who’s ever experienced the first tremulous premonitions that something is “off”, that the way he looks at a woman’s breasts is not [...]


    14. This is a very good young adult novel about a high-school quarterback who is facing the fact that he is gay and trying to decide when and how to come out. He knows it could have an impact not just on his personal life but on his chances for a college scholarship and his acceptance by his current team. When he trusts the wrong person and his secret begins to leak out, he has some big decisions to make.I enjoyed this book. Bobby feels like a real teenager, and the reactions of the people around hi [...]


    15. A beautifully written coming of age story about a young gay high school senior, who happens to be a jock.At times, the acceptance seemed somewhat unrealistic, but I come from a different generation. When I graduated in the early 80's, I would never have dreamed of being so forthright with my schoolmates/friends. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, the dialogue and the very well thought out ending. If you are looking for a m/m novel filled with sex, forget this one. Its not there. And, that is what ma [...]





    16. Actual rating 4.5*Bobby is a the star quarterback of his high school football team. He’s adored and girls are throwing themselves at him but that means nothing to him. You see he’s gay and after an interview goes amiss being the gay quarterback becomes the most important problem in his life. Bill Konigsberg is amazing, Openly Straight one of this other works thoroughly impressed me and so did this one. Romance and drama with wonderful relationships and even humour. This book had it all.Spoil [...]


    17. I went to my thirtieth high school reunion a few years ago, and much to my surprise, our HS football star was there with his partner. Who knew he was gay—none of us, that’s for sure. Would that our Bobby (yes, he has the same name) and the rest of us could have read the story of Bobby Framingham in Out of the Pocket. I bet his high school years would have been a whole lot easier and more pleasant—not that any of us knew it was unpleasant at the time. Such is the tragedy of the closet.I acc [...]


    18. This is one of those stories that makes you laugh and cry all at once. See Bobby is a manly man who plays football and has it all. But he is keeping a secret a very big secret that could destroy his football career. His secret is he is gay and no one knows it. One day he is your average boy at school then the next day he is outed as being gay. But Bobby does not run away from being gay. He stands up for himself and lets everyone know that he is who he is and that being gay does not mean he is an [...]


    19. In his senior year of high school, football star Bobby Framingham has come face-to-face with the reality that he is a homosexual. The novel follows his journey through his decision of weather or not to “come out of the closet.” After weighing his options, Bobby decides he is not ready to come public for the fear that his sexuality will interfere with his recruitment to play college football. After speaking with a “friend” confidentially, Bobby soon learns that his secret has been let out [...]



    20. Finally a novel where a boy has the chance to prove that not all teenagers are troubled kid, and that, yes, it’s not simple to be gay, but it’s not even the end of the world. True, Bobby, the boy in question, is probably living in a better situation than the majority of the gay teenagers out there, and it’s easier for him, but still, what strongly comes out of this story (no pun intended), is that, if a teenager has a strong and supporting family on his back, and a good net of relationship [...]


    21. An American Star quarterback, Bobby, is living in a great year in his senior year in high school. He has an important position in his group, two best friends and caring parents. However, he's hiding a secret from everyone; he's homosexual. This isn't a seriously concerned matter for him until the news of his being homosexual comes out to the public unexpectedly. He was terribly shocked by this because he's never thought the reporter who happens to become his friend betrays him, writing an articl [...]


    22. I'll say that my own review of "Out of the Pocket" was influenced by a 3-star review posted on by Zach - a gay high school athlete whose own take on this book was really interesting and helpful for me.This YA novel about Bobby Framingham, a star high school quarterback coming out and dealing with the consequences, is refreshingly different from many I've read. It does not focus on a romance - although there is one suggested. I was so pleased that it is totally PG rated (except for the general d [...]


    23. Out of the PocketBy Bill KonigsbergThis is a novel that involves a 17 year old high school quarterback who realizes that he is gay. Bill Konigsberg’s writing is impeccable. Konigsberg writes in a way that grasps reader’s attention and forces them to feel what the main character Bobby is feeling. Bobby, the quarterback, struggles with the decision to tell people of his realization until he is about to be publically called out by the high school paper. This novel shows a different side to homo [...]


    24. I felt that Out of the Pocket was a great novel to break typical gender stereotypes and stereotypes about sexual orientation. Bobby, the main character, is the quarter back for his high school football team. He is gay but exhibits none of the qualities television and other media outlets would have you believe to be essential to all gay men. The novel makes a very good attempt to cover the entire teenage experience, not just a LGBTQ teenage experience. Bobby is a person and not just a gay footbal [...]


    25. Without having read and loved Openly Straight earlier this year, there is no way that I would have picked up Out of the Pocket. I’d never run across it in LGBT book lists, and the cover says “I am about a struggling football team” which makes Christina walk in the other direction tbh. Out of the Pocket is an excellent novel about coming out and also about football.My friends who love football (*stares intently at Gillian*) will love Out of the Pocket. There’s a lot of football in here. I [...]


    26. Bobby Framingham, wow what a great character. His whole experience is so beautifully and accurately written by Konigsberg that I felt as if this young man were real. I graduated in 2008, when this book was published, and to read it now, at a later stage in my life, was very moving for me because of how real each of his characters actions, reactions, values and dialogue seemed to me. At certain points it felt like I was reading about people I had known forever, I was that involved in Bobby's expe [...]


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