Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

Crutcher is so good at writing sports novels. I remember meeting him in high school before I’d really read any of his books and I thought he was the coolest person ever. I had a bit of star shock to my little brain, but I still enjoy his novels! Also he’s like 74 now, just damn.

TJ Jones is not convinced that Cutter high school needs a swim team. But after witnessing one of the school bullies harass his friend over a letter jacket, he’s determined to pull together the least likeliest team ever and have them win big. TJ sets out for his team to get letter jackets even though they don’t have a pool, and only one of them can actually swim. But the Cutter All Night Mermen have spades of determination that will help propel them.

I loved this group of misfits! TJ was such an interesting character, besides his anger issues he had a very great take on how things should be. He stood up for those who needed protecting and was determined to not let the bullies of the world get him down. I was glad that he did slowly come to learn that he can’t solve every problem with fistfights.

This was such an inspiring story about a team of misfits that managed to pull off a very impressive stunt through hard work and a little bit of luck. While the ending was bit bittersweet, the overall storyline was really encouraging. Plus there was so much in this book that probably resulted in it being banned so A+ Chris Crutcher.

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