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Place(s) Traveled to: Kendall, New Jersey
A few years ago I fell in love with a TV show called Friday Night Lights which on the surface is a total not me kind of show. FNL, as its often refered as, was a show that revolved around the coach of a Texas football team and various players. If you know me then you know I’m not a huge sports fanatic. I like all the New England sports teams I should and I like to go to live games but I’m not one to just sit on my couch and watch a game. I tend to call myself a social fan in that I’m more into a game when in a social setting among friends. So the fact that I watch and liked this football-centric show was an abnormality.
But love it I did and when I read the description for Second Impact by David and Perri Klass I was hoping for a book that would recapture some of that same magic that I found in FNL. What I wasn’t expecting was for this entire book to be told in a dual POV using blog posts and emails to tell the story. As you know I love multiple POV stories and I am even a champion of stories told in non-traditional ways. So I settled in and expected to love this book it had all the right qualities to be a huge success with me.
Second Impact never quite lived up to its promise though. It lacked the heart and emotion that exuded every episode of FNL. The blog format is normally something that I love but in this case it just added a crazy amount of distance between the reader and the characters. I never connected with them. There was just a wall between the story being told and what I read. And while this story didn’t take long to read I never cared about anything that was going on.
There was also supposed to be this big crazy background story involving Jerry and while we get it told to us in bits and pieces you realize that he never faced any severe consequences for what he did. This story feeds into the philosophy that start sports players can pretty much get away with anything and still come out smelling like roses and I didn’t like that message. Kendall was also this whiny girl who meant well and she faced more consequences when trying to highlight a serious issue in her school than Jerry did and what he did was far worse. And while I know things like this happen in American high schools every day it doesn’t make it any more right.
Second Impact was a book with a message and its one that the authors used Kendall to preach about and try to brow beat into the reader. I don’t mind message books but this one was a bit over the top and seemed to follow a personal agenda and not highlight any big world issues. I wasn’t thrilled with this book but I did read it until the end. I kept hoping that there would be some bigger message or that the story would miraculously turn good. But that never happened. If you want a great football story then watch Friday Night Lights as this is not a book that I can recommend.
People who liked this book better than I did
Books in the Moonlight – “I thoroughly enjoyed Second Impact. I enjoyed it for the story and for the characters. You don’t need to be a football fan to appreciate this book. It’s definitely one of the best YA books I’ve read this year.”