A Book Review of Gordon Korman’s Pop.
I’ve been a supporter of Gordon Korman for many years. He was one of the very first YA authors I had to the pleasure—decades ago—of recommending to my students. He can make me laugh, he can make me cheer, he can make me cry.
Pop was, for me, a don’t-stop-except-to-sleep read. I am no athlete. In fact, I have never been able to understand people who are. And I was still in love with this book about a football-loving teen who meets an ex-NFL linebacker, Charlie, in need of a true friend. I loved Charlie. I loved Troy. I felt empathy for Charlie’s family, and wished I could meet Mac in person. And I cheered on Troy as he made tough choices about—and took personal risks for—his new friend.
There are some sad moments in this book, but Korman handled them in a way that left me feeling good—hopeful—at the end of the book. I strongly recommend Pop.