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H have the drive determination and commitment to self sacrifice necessary to become a champion In the end though only one will stand in the center of the mat with his arms raised in victoryHas each boy prepared e. Brilliant And the author is tremendously handsome

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Nough Sacrificed enough Does each want to win enough All the training pain running and cutting weight ultimately comes down to a few short minutes on a wrestling mat leaving one boy the victor the other devastate. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a wrestlers head and know what they are thinking In the book Pinned by Alfred C Martino you will get to see inside two wrestlers minds as they go through their journey through their senior year season I would recommend this book to anyone that is a competitive athlete I enjoyed this book because I love wrestling I am also very competitive and I would like to know what other wrestlers are thinking or what they are thinking about before a match I could relate to this book because the boys in the book are in high school and going through some of the same things I go through In the first chapter we learn about Ivan Korske who is a wrestler in his senior year at Lennings High School who is extremely dedicated to the sport he loves He is so dedicated that on the first page of the book it says Every night regardless of how tired or hungry he was Ivan ran When his running shoes were soaked from rain he ran When his fingers were numb from the cold he ran The night his mother died last April he ran Martino 1 Besides running he is doing push ups and sit ups every night he is always checking his weight making sure he is underweight Throughout the book he is always trying to get better to be ready to be the state champion at 129 poundsIn the second chapter we learn about Bobby Zane who is also a wrestler in his senior year at Millburn High School He did have a winning season the previous year but he is not as dedicated and prepared for this season like he should He is taking it for granted and thinks he will have a successful season He is not as focused because of his parents fighting all the time and he is worried about how it affects his little brother Christopher He also spends a lot of time talking to this girl he likes After the first tournament when he gets beat he realizes that he needs to work harder if he wants to be the state champion at 129 poundsThe story continues back and forth through both of the boys minds on things they are dealing with in school wrestling their families their friends and how they are mentally preparing for tournaments They also talk about the struggle they have with their parents about deciding on where to go to college and filling out applications They struggle with feeling hungry and feeling dehydrated as they try to stay under weight The boys also tell about their problems with teammates and coaches It also doesn t help that the state tournament is coming up and they both know they will probably be wrestling each other in the finals I really enjoyed this book because I go through some of the same things these two wrestlers did It reminded me of how last year is the past and it doesn t matter and that this year is a new year and I have to work hard to reach my goals and take nothing for granted As a high school student athlete you would find it hard not to have some connection with the main characters Pinned by Alfred C Martino is a novel that high school athletes can relate to There were several times while I read the story where I felt like I was really in Ivan and Bobby s minds and not just reading a book

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Ivan Korske and Bobby Zane couldn't be different they come from different backgrounds different lifestyles and they have very different values and ways of looking at the world and dealing with people Yet they bot. I AM SO FREAKING MAD RIGHT NOWOkay enough all caps But seriously I am mad I was gifted this audiobook by SYNC during the summer It isn t a story subject I would normally find interesting nor would I choose to spend my time readinglistening to but it was free and I did find it interesting The character conflicts are what kept me in this book So I should be happy right I mean I got to see the characters grow overcome their difficulties and make it to the thing they d both focused on for so longButTHERE IS NO CONCLUSION NO RESOLUTION NO WINNERI know I said no all caps but I CAN T BELIEVE I DON T KNOW WHO WON I was rooting for one boy over the other I guess that s why the author decided not to give us the final outcomehe didn t want to leave us upset if our favorite didn t win But now I m upset because I don t know if he wonand I never willFor my sanity s sake I will just assume I know the winner and the outcome of his future Oh and for those of you who wouldn t dream of picking up this book because it s about wrestlers you should give it a chance The terms for different holds or whatever they call it are mentioned and I m sure a wrestle could visualize the exact moves but it doesn t interfere with the story being told I will tell you if you have no idea what a wrestler goes through for his sport and I didn t it will make you want your sonbrotherboyfriendbest friend to NEVER become a wrestler A sport reuiring such an unhealthy lifestyle should not for the sake of the boys playing it be encouraged in my opinion No offense intended to any of you wrestlers out there Kudos to you for being able to play such a competitive and hard sport


10 thoughts on “Pinned by Alfred C. Martino

  1. says:

    I AM SO FREAKING MAD RIGHT NOWOkay enough all caps But seriously I am mad I was gifted this audiobook by SYNC during the summer It isn't a story subject I would normally find interesting nor would I choose to spend my time

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    This book Pinned was definitely one of my favorite reads this year I really liked how each chapter would switch off from Bobby to Ivan I really wanted to keep reading because both wrestlers work so hard because all they wanna do is win the state championship I kept reading because every chapter would end on something that made you kept rea

  3. says:

    Personal ResponseI thought that pinned was a good bookbecause during the story it told about how much the effort it takes to be a wrestler There was very exciting points in this book like when Bobby almost got his girlfrien

  4. says:

    I think this book was very good one of my favorite books now The main reason why I liked this book is because wrestling is

  5. says:

    Brilliant And the author is tremendously handsome

  6. says:

    So I added this book to my to read list in 2011 And I have absolutely no idea why An intense book about wrestling? But I'm all in now taking it to the mat see what I did there? Anyway I have just started and so far not bad Martino is a very descriptive writer he does love his adjectives But you know what? So d

  7. says:

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a wrestlers head and know what they are thinking In the book Pinned by Alfred C Martino you will get to see inside two wrestlers minds as they go through their journey through their senior year season I would recommend this book to anyone that is a competitive athlete I enjoyed this book because I love wrestling I am also very competitive and I would like to know what other w

  8. says:

    Publisher Listen Live Audio IncThis book is one I would never even think  of picking up  So how did it end up in my ears?  Well it was offered up as a free young adult audiobook from SYNC YA as part of their free weekly audiobooks during their Summer Read program  I have found that most YA novels are not just very well written but have stories that are intriguing  Except for that glittering vampire seriesThe basic story is th

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    PinnedBy Alfred c MartinoThe name of the book is Pinned by Alfred C Martino The lexile for this book is 670L That lexile is for 6th to 8th graders The book takes place in present day New Jersey It is about two really good wrestlers who live very different lives but have the same goal to win wrestling state Ivan Korske was predicted to win s

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    Spoiler alertPinned is a great book for all teenage wrestlers to possibly learn new moves and for young kids to live in the life of a wrestler In the book are two characters named Ivan Korske and Bobby Zane The book talks about how the two different wrestlers that live in New Jersey and that go on a similar ride