Monday, April 15, 2013

Tap Out (DNF ARC Review)

Tap OutBook: Tap Out
Author: Eric Devine
Series: N/A
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Format:  ARC
Pages:  320
Source: Received through ARCycling
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.
Guys, I just couldn't bring myself to finish this one. it takes a lot to make me actually not finish a book and I couldn't get through this. Since I didn't finish I will not be rating this book. Who knows, it may have gotten better later on but I will never know.
My first major issue with this book is the amount of swearing. Yes I know teenagers swear. That is not a knew concept. When there is a curse word in most of the sentences, it really turns me off. It seemed almost like the author was trying to use cuss words to make the story seem grittier where the subject matter could have done that by itself.
I really couldn't even bring myself to care about the characters. I know it makes me sound harsh because of all that they deal with but come on, the main character brings it on himself. He is offered chances and he repeatedly throws them away. From what I read none of the characters really seem to have much of a personality and they were kind of just there.
All in all, I will not be picking this book back up in the future. I tried to read it and I admit I failed with this one but I'm totally okay with that.


  1. After reading the blurb, this book sounds really good. I'm sad to hear you didn't enjoy it. I've had my fair share of books where I didn't want to finish. However, I think I might like this book. Who knows. :D

    1. I hope you enjoy it. Maybe you'll have better luck with it than I did :)