Bill Konigsberg’s Out of the Pocket is a book I’ve wanted to read for a while, but never was able to find a copy. Well, I finally found one at Anderson’s Bookshop and I recently finished reading it. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of LGBT YA out there, so I had high expectations for this book. Guess what? I loved it!
My one reservation was that it was about a quarterback and the game of football continues to confound me, so I was worried there would be a ton of sports lingo. While there is a lot of football talk, Mr. Konigsberg includes it wonderfully, making the terminology relatively simple and sometimes even gives a bit of an explanation. His writing in general is great! He has given Bobby an authentic, believable, and likeable voice. The same goes for all the characters. Well, except for the bullies–they’re not that likeable, haha.
While Bobby gets outed, I wouldn’t necessarily call this a coming out story. It’s more of a story about finding support in your friends and family. I absolutely love Bobby’s friend Carrie! She had me cracking up, especially toward the end. And Bryan? Well, he’s just wonderful and although his and Bobby’s relationship happens quickly, it’s sweet and adds a nice romantic touch to the story.
I know this review is short, but I don’t know how to accurately express just how much I love this book. It’s funny, sad, and heartwarming. I like how Mr. Konigsberg tackled the “issue” of out gay athletes and I hope people give this book a chance, even if they’re not interested in sports or LGBT books.