Pop by Gordon Korman

August 6, 2009 at 1:18 pm 3 comments

pop“Pop” is the high a person gets when he crashes his body against another’s, as in football. Sixteen-year-old Marcus Jordan, though loving the game of football, is more than happy to avoid contact. Unexpectedly, Marcus meets Charlie Popovich, a former NFL player, who becomes his informal trainer. Marcus tries out for the team, only to learn that he is unwelcome. The Raiders team was undefeated last year and their QB, Charlie’s son Troy, does not want to make room for a new player. Charlie behaves oddly. He’s great when he plays football, but off the field he acts strangely. When Charlie breaks a car window, he runs away, leaving Marcus to take care of the bill. Marcus discovers that Charlie has early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Only Charlie’s family knows this and they want it kept secret. Korman describes Charlie’s deterioration and confusion, but he doesn’t include any medical intervention which in today’s world might alleviate some of the symptoms. There is a scene that doesn’t ring true when Marcus and Charlie’s family scout out the residential clinic that handles Alzheimer’s patients. It is doubtful that a patient would tour the facility and then his family would tell him that this is where he will go to live. This book will especially appeal to football fans. But Korman goes beyond the football field to write effectively about family relationships, illness, and friendship.

Lily Hecker, Pelham


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anonymous  |  September 5, 2011 at 2:32 am

    charlie dies in the end =3

  • 2. singh  |  February 12, 2012 at 10:54 pm


  • 3. singh  |  February 12, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    its a great book


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