Out of the Pocket

  • by Bill Konigsberg
  • Narrated by Joshua Swanson
  • 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 more public, and more difficult, than he'd hoped.An affecting novel about identity that also delivers great sportswriting.

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What the Critics Say

"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)

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No truer words were spoken...

As a former football player, the character of Bobby Framingham was very personal and relatable. The self-realization and acceptance along with the fear of rejection and betrayal are so pointedly pronounced in this tale. Bobby’s journey produces a sense of hope that many can relate to, whether gay or straight. This is not just a ‘coming out’ story…but a tale that many can relate to when you find yourself Outside of the Pocket! Excellent Book!!
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- Donald

One of My Favorites

I listen to a lot of Gay and Lesbian audibooks. As a pansexual and a woman with close friends who are LGBTQ, it's a genre that personally interests me.

A lot of the books available on Audible disappoint me. This one, however, was /wonderful/. It really was.

The main character was this incredible very real teenage boy. I felt for him and was inspired by him both. People react to his sexuality in ways that are realistic to society. The story presents a very real issue without overdoing it and creating pointless drama.

I also love that while there IS a very sweet romantic story line, it's hardly the focus of the novel. The focus is the main character and his experience with coming out and his experiences on the football team.

A truly wonderful story. Three cheers for Bill Konigsberg. :)
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- Kevin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-01-2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA and Audible