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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468507680
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468507683
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,776,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J. P. Flaim has been a cohost of The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, DC, for fifteen years. He has two children. This is his debut book. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The author comes off as overly arrogant.
skinsman82000
This book is a must read for anyone, especially Sports Junkies fans.
Tully J Knigge
Listen folks, the title says it all; this book will get you laid.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lurch's Pongee on December 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
Hey JP,

PG Country? Country? Really? Donk! There are only a few pages available for preview and in the first few pages you already have a typo.

Congrats on the book, Rick.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By skinsman82000 on September 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I don't see how his experiences warranted writing a whole book. Other than the author wanting to say that he wrote a book. This is a more depressing ending than The Mist, and much less climatic. The author comes off as overly arrogant. Taking a pro fight before ever having a amateur fight is a recipe for disaster. He's lucky he didn't get badly hurt. On second thought, enough shots to the head might be a good thing for this fool...might put some sense into him. He has none.

It was also poorly written with typos everywhere. You need more than spell-check to write a book. You need to know how to use them in the right context as well. This makes me want to condone book burning.
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jon Welch on January 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
If I had enough money, I would make J. P. rich just so he would leave the Junkies. But sadly I am down to the felt. The show is so much better when this donk is on vacation. Please, please, please, buy this book so the Junkies can split their check three ways!!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dustin Terry on July 9, 2013
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I do not read books often but I enjoyed Chasing Rocky. I am a fan of the Sports Junkies radio show, so I enjoyed reading about story leading up to J.P.'s fight.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Seth Edwards on June 5, 2013
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Really fun read that I ripped through in just a couple days. My personal favorite part was J.P.'s detailed descriptions of his boxing workouts, which inspired me to get my lazy self back into the gym...going strong for a couple weeks now! While it's clearly his first book (spelling errors, choppy at times), it was well worth buying, especially for anyone who listens to the Junkies.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric R. Lancaster on May 2, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Lots of junks inside lingo. JP can get a big repetitive, but Hey JP! that's who he is. Buy the book donks!
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Junkies on 106.7 inDC on December 25, 2011
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For anyone who has ever wanted to step inside the ring, get beat up by white trash, then go on to date way outside of your league, I recommend Chasing Rocky. The book is filled with witty jargon, wacky antics, and delicious tales of radio gold. The Latin Donkey's writing skills are a true example of the work ethic and talent that Eric Bickel will never have. Damn shame you can't punch the Lurch Papa in the Coke can, or bop Cakes in the head because he can't tell the difference between a bathroom door and a hotel room door. The fight produced a few months of great radio. Just don't do it again because if too much damage gets inflicted, we will hve to replace you with ROM.....Yikes!......Love, Hagerstown Steve
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary Moore on February 24, 2012
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I'm a long-time Junkies fan who bought the book despite thinking that I knew most of what J.P. and the Junkies went through before, during, and after J.P. stepped into the ring. I was pleasantly surprised, though. The book reveals that there was so much more going on behind what I heard on the radio.

The writing has a definite amateur feel to it. J.P. would have been well served by a professional editor to tighten up some phrases and eliminate parts of the training diary which tended to labor on and on. I say that knowing that self-publishers rarely have the luxury of a good editor. The book drags at times, especially in the middle, and some of the juvenile prose is hard to read and easily skippable.

However parts of the book are very, very good. Some moments like the first time he connects with his Arlington Boxing Club teammates are touching. A bunch of guys, some of them teenagers, who have very, very little in common still find a way to respect each other and bond over geting smacked around in sparring matches. I know it sounds like a formula for a crappy Sandra Bullock movie. It is. But this was a real moment. The chapter where he's stuck in the locker room waiting for his fight to start was completely riveting. Having been on sports teams myself, I could completely identify with the crushing anxiety that J.P. felt before his fight. The author did a great job of building up pressure for the reader.

In the end, it's a story about a guy who said "I'm going to box in a pro bout" then went out and did it. Most people would have packed up and went home when they got popped in the mouth in a sparring match on the second day of training. J.P. somehow pressed on and ended up achieving his goal of fighting a pro bout in front of thousands of fans at the Patriot Center in Virginia.
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