Headlock

Joyce Sweeney, Author . Holt $16.95 (214p) ISBN 978-0-8050-8018-6

An 18-year-old trades gymnastics for a professional wrestling class—pursuing a chance to become "a WWE superstar"—in Sweeney's latest novel, which makes the world of wrestling as fascinating a backdrop as basketball was in her Players . In class, Kyle Bailey finds a strange community, including an ex-con and a librarian; he even starts dating the lone female. Kyle also finds that he excels at professional wrestling's blend of "acting and dance and acrobatics." But right after his debut performance in a wrestling show, Kyle's grandmother, who raised him, is hospitalized. When Kyle puts everything on hold to care for her, he begins to realize that he could lose everything. The author lovingly describes an unusual subculture here (in Kyle's debut match, he is scripted to lose to Rat Boy, who celebrates victories by letting his pet rat crawl over his opponent). Even though the story arc is fairly obvious, readers will relate to Kyle, who was abandoned by his own mother, and so feels compelled to sacrifice his life for his grandmother. Readers may have trouble believing that such unusual characters could bond so quickly, or that serious problems, including Kyle's girlfriend's drinking, or his tense relationship with his mother, could resolve as easily as they do here. But Kyle's "big soft heart"—and his amazing frog splash move on the mat—makes for a quirky combination that readers, especially wrestling fans, are sure to enjoy. Ages 14-up. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 11/27/2006
Release date: 09/01/2006
Show other formats
FORMATS
Open Ebook - 224 pages - 978-1-4668-7443-5
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.