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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; First Printing edition (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595140697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595140692
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 10 Up–During the summer between his high school graduation and leaving for state college, Tim Temples works and drinks hard and discovers that he is not alone at the center of his own universe. In the course of about 15 weeks, he watches his older brother–a former baseball star like their father–degenerate socially and physically for no obvious (to Tim) reason. It's during this same time that he is smitten for the first time in his young womanizing life. Helena is more than five years his senior, hard-bitten by life and her own sarcastic attitude, and only Tim believes that the affair has lasting potential. Daytimes are spent working in a food packaging plant, hauling boxes, and noticing that his old high school friends are quickly fading into the old men who staff the plant year round. Only belatedly does Tim realize that he is different from most of his friends, most of his family, most of the town. He's leaving to be a college guy, in a world just down the highway but very far away in terms of prospects. Leitch draws readers to Tim slowly and places him within a cast of characters who are finely etched, realistic, and memorably quirky. Teens will recognize people they know among these characters, some admirable, most deeply flawed, all genuine. This is a keenly felt and absorbing read about this bittersweet rite of passage.–Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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Gr. 9-12. The summer before college can be a stressful one, especially if you have a physically demanding, brainless summer job and you are in love with an older woman. Tim Temples has just these problems--as well as a reputation as a ladies' man that he can't live down and a golden-boy brother, who has just returned home without explanation. Catch could have been a formulaic, light YA novel, but in Leitch's hands, it becomes an authentic narrative of growing up in small-town America as the son and brother of well-known athletes--well known, at least, in Mattoon, Illinois. Tim is also a golden boy, and he suddenly finds himself evaluating his life, his future, and the reality of loving someone who may not return his feelings. Leitch draws his characters with depth and charm, creating mostly multidimensional individuals. Readers may wish for a better-articulated character in Tim's brother, Doug; his appearance is fraught with a mystery that is never divulged. But this substantive title will entice both male and female YA readers with its thoughtful, authentic, and romantic young man's voice. Frances Bradburn
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Customer Reviews

It is easy to read, informational and introspective.
Jordyn
This book really nails it dead on, of what life is like in small town america for a 18 year old kid.
John Hagen
I laughed; I cried; I hope Will writes another book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Canyan Ranch on December 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
What a moving, utterly memorable read!

This book entirely exceeded my expectations. Having little to no interest in baseball or the midwest, I still found myself completely riveted from beginning to end. The author has an excellent ear for dialogue and a seamless, natural style. Rich in evocative detail and clever nuance--though never in an obvious, overdone way--I would highly recommend CATCH to anyone of any age!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jame Marit on February 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
CATCH was the best book I've read in a long, long time. At least, the best book I wasn't forced to read.

The author made me understand what it's like living in small town America. He also touched on topics that were more familiar to me--maybe too familiar. Like, what it's like to leave everything you know to take a chance on things that are different, confusing, and maybe better than anything you knew before.

I felt Tim's happiness when love came his way, and his pain when things didn't work out the way he wanted.

All in all, Tim, the main character, has a good heart, and in the story, he discovers that. Readers do, too.

Pick CATCH up and go hang out with Tim Temples and his friends on their way from high school to college--and on Tim's way from selfishness to a sense of the world around him. It's a great ride, and you won't be disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Team LitPick on December 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
Tim Temples is a high-school graduate. He has

survived the four long gruesome years of hanging

out with his posse, drinking, and meeting nearly

every girl in their small town of Matoon. Okay,

so it wasn't that wretched. Not only that but the

Temples family are legend, for playing baseball.

Tim's father, Bryan, played in the minor leagues

and would have made it to the majors except for

injuries. Tim's older brother, Doug, was drafted

by the Cardinals, but went to collage instead.

Now when Doug comes back from that four year

scholarship Tim fears that it has ruined him.

Since Tim is the next to go to college, he fears

that he will also not finish, become fat, always

be angry at everybody, along with an assortment

of other things that changed his brother to the

pathetic state he is in now. Tim is facing his

last summer with his posse called the Horsemen,

and the normal routine. At his summer job of

carring crates, Tim meets Helena. Helena is 23,

gorgeous (with a full rack), and hates his guts.

This soon changes, and they become girlfriend and

boyfriend. They spend every night together, and

the Horsemen are forgotten. Things will change

with college soon approaching. Will his

relationship with Helena change? Will he end up

like Doug, fat and lazy? Who knows until the last

page.

Quick witted dry humor, cussing, romance, and

the average legend in a small town. The closest

thing that I can compare this novel to is J.D.

Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edwin Simon on December 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading CATCH and I was utterly moved. The characters are unique and involving and it perfectly captures that moment between high school and college, youth and maturity. Pick it up!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on June 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
There is a trend among young adult literature to stage the proceedings in big cities, well-known towns of glitter and glam such as Manhattan, Chicago, and Los Angeles. And although there are books out there that feature the small towns of America, they usually feature made up burgs and use euphemisms to get small-town life across. This is not the case with CATCH, and for that I can be grateful. I can be even more grateful that the author set his story in Mattoon, Illinois, a place that actually exists, is where Mr. Leitch grew up, and that is located only about two hours from both where I myself grew up and where I now reside.

Mattoon is a city, not a town, and is larger than my own hometown and yet smaller than the place I now call home. But when I opened up my copy of CATCH and immersed myself in the life and times of Tim Temples, I was immediately brought back to my own adolescent years. The Hardees parking lot where the high-school kids gather could be the same Hardees lot that I knew intimately from weekend cruising. The Lender's Bagels plant could be the reincarnation of the Quaker Oats plant that once resided in a neighboring town during my youth. Jacob Kuhns, the small-bit actor who is the most famous person ever to come from Mattoon in CATCH, and Tim's dad, who played Minor League baseball for a St. Louis Cardinal's affiliate in his younger days, could be dead-ringers for the celebrities of my own small hometown.

Tim's brother, Doug, attends the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, a college I myself once considered attending. Jessica, the good-girl of Mattoon, could be any number of girls I went to school with. Could be, in fact, me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Kurson on January 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book on a whim and spent the rest of the day with it. I loved Tim and his brother's fading connection through baseball, and thought the family dynamics were beautifully written. Tim's affair with an older co-worker was nicely portrayed with just the right amount of attraction and regret. I hope we get to meet Tim again when he begins his new life in college.
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