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Catch Paperback – December 1, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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
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".Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of those books I enjoyed an extra amount because I really related to it.
No I was never a baseball star or town stud, but I did grow up in a similar town, I... Read more
after reading this book i became a huge fan of Will Leitch. he is an amazing writer. this book made me laugh, it;ll make you cry. Read morePublished on July 1, 2011 by acestarz
I'm a middle-aged woman who left Mattoon in 1980--almost just as soon as I finished giving my valedictory speech at MHS--and have worked in publishing in Boston, New York, and... Read morePublished on June 6, 2010 by J. A. Cason
This is by far one of the best books I have ever read!
It is humerous, insightful, and very memorable. It is easy to read, informational and introspective. Read more
" Catch " was a wonderful read. I love small town books because I'm from a small town! I was able to visualize the characters and their surroundings. Read morePublished on August 22, 2008 by KMG
I'm a big fan of Will Leitch's DeadSpin website (although he recently left for New York Magazine), and happened to notice that he'd also written a couple of books. Read morePublished on August 2, 2008 by CopyGal
I really enjoyed "Catch". Will Leitch realistically captured Tim and his friends. There were many similarities to people in my life. Read morePublished on March 6, 2008 by C. Bower
I thought overall the book was very amusing and great read for young adults, although the rape scene semmed very out of placePublished on March 12, 2007 by Q-Tip
While the story itself is a good idea, the execution is awful. This author cannot write. The cliches, the awkward sentences, the forced dialogue . . . Read morePublished on February 3, 2007 by Nicole