July 24, 2012
Love and football
Love, Football, and Other Contact Sports
by Alden R. Carter
Football players and their more intelligent girlfriends are the main characters in Carter's interconnected stories. It begins, hilariously, with A Girl's Guide to Football Players, which introduces the various members of the team, from linemen to long snappers, their roles, their cars, and their brain power. With guidance, these athletic young men fumble their way through life, love, and high school, while managing to prove that they're not all stereotypical dumb jocks (though the quarterback is still a jerk). These are guys who look out for their friends and stand up to bullies; some are even brave enough to reveal their sensitive sides. With colourful characters and feel-good endings, these are stories with broad appeal for both girls and guys.