• by Joshua C. Cohen
  • Narrated by Kirby Heyborne, Paul Michael Garcia
  • 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Part Friday Night Lights by H. G. Bissinger, part Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, this debut young-adult novel tells the incredibly powerful story of bullying and how—taken to the extreme—it can wreak havoc on the lives of teenagers.
Kurt is a talented but emotionally damaged football player. Danny is a rising star on the gymnastics team, an outsider in a school where the football team rules. But the two form an unlikely friendship, and when one member of the gym team is viciously assaulted by the quarterback and his cronies, Kurt rises to his defense and challenges the entrenched stereotypes of high-school sports.
Reminiscent of the early work of Markus Zusak, this is that rare book that authentically captures the voices, fierce loyalties, and harsh justice of teenage boys.


What the Critics Say

"Sports novels don't hit much harder than this.” (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Disturbing, but worth the read

In one way I wish I had never listen to this book. It is extremely disturbing. On the other hand I do feel that it is a book worth listening to. This is about bullying. It is about jocks. It is about being vulnerable. I know only too well what this is like. Fortunately, the physical abuse that is portrayed here never happened to me is all I can say. Maybe I???m not the person to review this book, but I guess I want people to be aware that this is not a book for children or even young adults, I feel.
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- Lifesavr

hard hitting truth about todays bullying

Would you consider the audio edition of Leverage to be better than the print version?

Did not read print version

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kurt. For some one to overcome brutal upbringing as he has. Experience the terror and abuse that he did that has left him with a near disability to be strong enough to not only bow to peer pressure in order to keep from becoming the target again but also stand up for those who cant protect themselves is beyond brave. To risk everything to do whats right and buck the system is so near impossible these days. But he did. Regardless of consequence.

What does Kirby Heyborne and Paul Michael Garcia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

That trimmer of emotion of fear. That true frustration when kirk cant
get his words out. The pure off their rocker rage the 3 captions have when the have lost it and are in that space in time of nothing but rage. They bring that to life like your right there with them.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could hardly break away. I did not get to Finnish it in one sitting. But did in a 24 hr period!

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- lauren

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-17-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.