Out of the Pocket

  • by Bill Konigsberg
  • Narrated by Joshua Swanson
  • 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Star quarterback Bobby Framingham, one of the most talented high school football players in California, knows he's different from his teammates. They're like brothers, but they don't know one essential thing: Bobby is gay. Can he still be one of the guys and be honest about who he is? When he's outed against his will by a student reporter, Bobby must find a way to earn back his teammates' trust and accept that his path to success might be more public, and more difficult, than he'd hoped.
An affecting novel about identity that also delivers great sportswriting.


What the Critics Say

"A thought-provoking, funny, and ultimately uplifting story of self-actualization that masterfully defies stereotypes about both coming out and team sports." ( School Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

An enjoyable listen

As a Brit (the name Americans like to call us) this book gave a glimpse in to the "jock" world with a gay point of view. A coming out story with a difference, and thankfully the author avoids the trap of extremes that you get with these types of books sometimes, so no finding half the football team is really gay, or rejection at every turn.

Most importantly this was an enjoyable listen... I just wish I knew where the pocket was on an American football field!

The narration is good and easy to follow, with reasonably distinct character voices that make conversations easy to track. Having listens to many audio books (mainly main stream, and a few gay themed), this has to be one of the best narrated gay audio books I've come across so far.
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- Michael

A gripping and affecting story

I'm not American, do not play football, have never been to High School, and have never suffered the unfortunate exposé that Bobby Framingham did, but I really felt like I was living his life with him. The story had me completely caught up, being scared for Bobby, feeling elated, laughing out loud at times, and crying at others - slightly embarrassing when you are listening in the car!

The writer truly evokes in the reader/listener the incredible emotions that the characters experience as they find out about Bobby's "secret" - you can really feel for a lot of them, whether you are sympathetic to their opinions or not. Often the fear of something is far worse than facing the thing head on, and this is something most of the characters learn eventually. Their reactions struck chords in my own life, and how I have treated people who are "different" - so the story teaches many lessons.

If I have any criticism at all, it is that there is possibly just a little too much crammed into Bobby's life in the duration of the story, but in many ways this serves to heighten the whirlwind experience that he goes through in a very short period in his life.

The number of people that are involved could become confusing, but the narrator helps with his use of voices, and the personalities of the main characters are well defined and well preserved throughout the story. There are some slight hints of stereotypes, but generally these are obvious and deliberate, so there is no cringe factor.

I congratulate the author on writing such an affecting and interesting book, which should be compulsory reading/listening for High School aged students and sportsmen alike. May be Bobby Framingham could be an inspiration to more real-life sportsmen to come out of the pocket/closet.

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- Andy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-04-2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA and Audible