Tap Out
Seventeen-year-old Tony Antioch lives in Pleasant Meadows, a trailer park where questions aren’t asked since everyone already knows the answers from their own experience. He dreams of rescuing his mother from her constant stream of abusive boyfriends but in reality can barely duck the punches that are aimed at himself.

When Tony is coerced into joining his friend Rob’s Mixed Martial Arts class, he is surprised to find that he has a talent that he actually wants to develop. But with a meth-dealing biker gang that is hungry for recruits and a vicious cycle of poverty and violence that precedes him, Tony is going to need a lot more than blood and guts to find a way out.

Gritty, powerful, and unapologetic, Tap Out explores what it takes to stay true to oneself and the consequences of the choices made along the way in order to do so.

Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 11th 2012 by Running Press Kids
Tap Out
***My Review***

Being raised by a single mother, who is abused by each boyfriend she gets, Tony wonders what is going to become of his life. When is the current boyfriend going to turn on him.

Tony’s friend Rob is into MMA and wants Tony to join too. In addition to getting into MMA, Tony is sucked into the life of dealing meth of a rough biker gang. He knows he doesn’t really want the life of a dealer, but what other options does he have? Even his mom’s current boyfriend is a part of the gang.

This book is one that makes you wonder what the main character (Tony) will decide to choose with his life. Does he want to continue with the training, and maybe even getting a scholarship, or even a good job…..or does he want to get into being a dealer and making quick cash. Even more, can he willing get away from the gang to be able to work on getting out of Pleasant Meadow?

Tap Out doesn’t sugar coat things that do happen in real life. It is a wonderful tale of realizing you have to make your own decisions if you want your life to go anywhere. There is a lot of abuse (his mother is constantly being beat) and cussing. It is a great read. If you can handle reading this book with the abuse and swearing, do read it! You won’t be disappointed!

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