Monday, February 11, 2013

Home Run - by Travis Thrasher

Cory Brand has been swinging a bat his whole life.  As a child, he swung to protect himself and his younger brother.  The practice garnered by necessity has exposed a talent that becomes a means to an escape.  But how does he escape the nightmares and the broken dreams unrelated to baseball that he has had to leave along the way?  Now that the baseball life is falling apart, where can he turn to heal the broken parts inside of him that baseball never really fixed?

I was unsure how to feel about this book.  The story of a childhood of abuse turning into the dream of a professional sports career was intriguing.  Yet, I had a hard time with Cory’s journey; because he seemed to not be able to look past himself to see the people he was hurting.  It rang true for a while, but his downward spiral seemed to continue too long without any hint of redemption.  I began to wonder whether there would be any change at all by the book’s end. 

I give this book 2 stars.  There was change in Cory’s life, but there was just so much damage and so little restoration that the story didn't balance out for me in the end. 

You can find the book HERE.
The author's website is HERE.
The book is "based on" this movie being released in April.  I think I'd be interested in seeing how this story translates to the big screen.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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