Tap Out (Paperback)

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Description


Seventeen-year-old Tony Antioch lives in Pleasant Meadows, a trailer park where questions aren't asked since everyone already knows the answers from their own experience. He dreams of rescuing his mother from her constant stream of abusive boyfriends but in reality can barely duck the punches that are aimed at himself.

When Tony is coerced into joining his friend Rob's Mixed Martial Arts class, he is surprised to find that he has a talent that he actually wants to develop. But with a meth-dealing biker gang that is hungry for recruits and a vicious cycle of poverty and violence that precedes him, Tony is going to need a lot more than blood and guts to find a way out.

Gritty, powerful, and unapologetic, Tap Out explores what it takes to stay true to oneself and the consequences of the choices made along the way in order to do so.

About the Author


Eric Devine is currently a writer, high school English teacher, and educational consultant. He is also the author of This Side of Normal, a novel about a teen struggling with type 1 diabetes. He lives in Waterford, New York, with his family, and can be found online at ericdevine.org and on Twitter @eric_devine.

Praise For…


Kirkus Reviews
"A boy who knows only grinding despair finds hope within the walls of a gym. . . . This is bound to have huge appeal."

School Library Journal Teen
"Devine instantly captures your attention and holds it until the very end. . . . The storyline, the drama and the characters were all thoroughly put together."

Publishers Weekly
"Devine doesn’t pull any punches."

LifeIsBetterwithBooks.com
"Highly recommended."

You Decide: Should I read it or Not? blog
“This gritting, life-on-the-edge novel of poverty and pain for mature high schoolers is a hard hitting, no holds barred of what it means to struggle and live life on the edge. It is honest, raw and emotional, and deserves a place on every high school and public library bookshelf. Its characters are heavy hitting, and any reader who has experienced even a modicum of pain in their lives can relate and understand their struggles as well as their victories. After you read it, pass it on to someone else. It struck an emotional chord in me.

When life hands you nothing, and you struggle to exist everyday, “Tap Out” gives you a chance to breathe and know there’s light at the end of your tunnel. Keep on keeping on. Don’t give up.”

You Decide: Should I read it or Not? blog
“This gritting, life-on-the-edge novel of poverty and pain for mature high schoolers is a hard hitting, no holds barred of what it means to struggle and live life on the edge. It is honest, raw and emotional, and deserves a place on every high school and public library bookshelf. Its characters are heavy hitting, and any reader who has experienced even a modicum of pain in their lives can relate and understand their struggles as well as their victories. After you read it, pass it on to someone else. It struck an emotional chord in me.”

Barefoot Dokusha blog
“It is a wonderful tale of realizing you have to make your own decisions if you want your life to go anywhere… It is a great read. If you can handle reading this book with the abuse and swearing, do read it! You won’t be disappointed!”

Starr K., The Literati Press blog
“The only word I can say to sum up what I think about Tap Out I hope that Tap Out finds its way into the hands  of anyone who needs the hope to keep fighting even what they get caught in an arm bar or clinch, or some other uncomfortable and slightly painful position in life. I hope that they understand that there’s power in not tapping out. is Wow!!! I love this book for so many reasons...  First, I have to say that Devine has accomplished a monumental thing. He has written a book that is relevant to teenage boys and one that they will read…. Another reason I loved this book was because the characters were well-developed and they came to life….Recommendation: Everyone needs to check this book out! But most especially those who work with teen boys who may be written off and not encouraged living up to their potential.What’s Next? I can’t wait to see what Devine’s going to write next!!!!”

Sharon the Librarian blog
“The book is very gritty, and completely unapologetic in revealing parts of our society that often get overlooked or swept under the rug. I think that is wonderful, because the youth in these situations are often forgotten or just seen as trouble because of situations they want no part of. …Tap Out is a book I would recommend to older teens and adults…. I think readers in situations that seem hopeless, or greater than they can overcome, would relate to the characters and might be able to see that there are choices they can make and others have it even harder than they do.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9780762445691
ISBN-10: 0762445696
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Publication Date: March 25th, 2017
Pages: 320
Language: English