Monday, February 12, 2018

Knockout by K.A. Holt

"Who am I?
I am Levi.
I am small
but fast
I am smart
but dumb.
If you move the letters of my name around
you get live.
So here it is.
This is my life.
This is what it's like
minute by minute

match by match

to live a Levi Life."

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Release date: March 6, 2018
Format: Hardback ARC from publisher

    Pages: 339

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Levi just wants to be treated like a typical kid. As a baby, he had a serious disease that caused him respiratory issues. He's fine now, but his mom and overprotective brother still think of him as damaged, and his schoolmates see him as the same class clown he's always been. He feels stuck. So when his dad—divorced from his mom—suggests he take up boxing, he falls in love with the sport. And when he finds out about a school with a killer boxing team and a free-study curriculum, it feels like he's found a ticket to a new Levi. But how can he tell his mom about boxing? And how can he convince his family to set him free?

I don't even recall asking for this book for review, or if it was just sent to me, but I'm so glad it showed up on my doorstep!

It's written in prose, and occasionally scattered throughout are pictures made up of words. Levi and his brother write back and forth to one another in a notebook, so those journal entries are included as well. Since it's written in this form, it's a fast-paced read, but still allows you to get close to all the characters and feel and understand why they do the things that they do.

I got quite annoyed with Levi's father and his brother on occasion, but hatred for characters is what makes a book next to love for them! I ended up really liking his brother, his dad on the other hand...could have used a backhand to the face a time or two.

All in all I really enjoyed this book about a boy trying to find his way after being sheltered all those years. I loved the boxing aspects in this as well, it made me a lot more interested in the sport because if it makes people feel THAT good, I want to see what all the fuss is about as well. Novels that make me want to do new things are always my favorite.

Disclosure: I may or may not have received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, all opinions herein are of my own and are not swayed by any outside factors.

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