Thursday, March 28, 2013

Home Run

My son is a baseball nut. He eats, sleeps, breathes, plays baseball. And the child needs reading material. He is homeschooled this year, after all. When I was offered the opportunity to review Home Run, I took it. (I was given a copy of the book in exchange for a review here. I am not obligated to provide a positive review and the thoughts here are my own.)

Home Run gives readers insight into a horrible childhood for two brothers, one of them destined for celebrity. Home Run is the story of Cory Brand, a star in anything and everything baseball and a bit of a mess everywhere else. He drinks too much, he has a problem with alcohol, he is disconnected from family, and lets his agent do all of the hard work of cleaning up the messes he leaves behind.

Brand's latest mess has his agent sending him back to his hometown to a 12-step program and to coach a boys' baseball team to both clean up and to make right a wrong he committed.

Home Run tells the story of how Cory Brand became a changed man. His journey is not an easy one and the book shows us the relationships that made a difference along the way.

I enjoyed the story. I started the book late one night and finished it the next day. I couldn't put it down. No "dirty" parts, no cursing, yet the subject matter is serious.  I handed it off to my son. He and I have had some interesting discussions about the events in the book. We are never too messed up to change, to be redeemed.

Stay tuned - the movie version will be released in April!

About the Author
Travis Thrasher is the author of more than a dozen works of fiction, including The Solitary Tales series, Isolation, and Ghostwriter. His writing is known for its honesty, depth, and surprising twists. Thrasher lives with his wife and daughters in Chicago

1 comment:

Jim Reeve said...

The last baseball related book that I read was called "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon". The book was written by Stephen King and its about a girl who gets lost in the woods and her love of baseball helps keep her alive. I really enjoyed it and I'm sure you guys will too.

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