Konigsberg, Bill. Out of the Pocket. New York: Dutton Books, 2008. Print.
2009 Lambda Literary Award for Best YA Novel
2009 Rainbow List for Young Adult Fiction
Bobby Framingham, the star quarterback at Durango High School, is gay, but he didn’t want anyone to know. Now that his secret’s out and been picked up by the national media, Bobby’s starting to wonder if he’s about to lose his chance at making it in the NFL.
“Maybe it does matter. I keep waiting for people to just accept that I’m gay, like gay and straight are equal. But they aren’t equal. Otherwise, would we be having this conversation? Would we have voted on whether I could stay on the team?”
Bobby Framingham is gay, but hardly anybody knows except a few close friends. He’s keeping it a secret because not only is he one of the most popular kids at school, but he’s also the star quarterback of his high school football team. Bobby knows that in order to be picked up by an outstanding college he needs to keep his mouth shut, at least for now. After all, professional athletes involved in team sports don’t come out until after retirement. Before Bobby can decide when – and how – he’ll come out, though, the choice is taken from him by a friend who spots a good story and splashes it all over the front pages of the school newspaper. Now Bobby’s secret is a national story. How will his family react? His teammates? Coach? Will Bobby be kicked off the team in the middle of his senior year? And what will happen to his chance to play college ball and then make it as a pro in the NFL?
Bobby’s scrambling fast to make a play now that he’s been forced out of the pocket…but can he recover from this?