Summer Book Review

Rush for the Gold

By John Feinstein

July 15, 2012

Genre: Realistic fiction

Number of pages: 320

What's the basic story line?

This story begins in the months leading up to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The two main characters are a 15-year-old swimmer, Susan Carol Anderson, and her boyfriend, Stevie Thomas. Susan Carol and Stevie are teen sports journalists for different newspapers, which is how they meet. After winning the Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, Susan Carol becomes a top American swimmer. With the help of her pushy agent, she is soon the most talked-about swimmer in the country, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. When she makes the Olympic team, the drama really begins.

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Brian Forbes

Are the characters believable?

The characters are believable to an extent. Susan Carol is six feet tall at age 15, which while uncommon, makes sense, considering her great athletic ability. However, despite being so exceptional in the pool, Susan Carol is basically an ordinary girl. Like many teenagers, she loves to text and video-chat. Stevie is an ordinary sports-obsessed teenager, and is therefore automatically believable. Susan Carol’s father, Minister Anderson, is a very believable character. He puts money first against his better judgment, showing that any person, even a minister, can be overcome by greed.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best) how would you rate this book?

Rush for the Gold is a great book. If you like swimming, then it is really an ideal book for you. The book shows how out of hand things can get when agents are trying to make money and control an athlete’s life. It also provides many details about the races, which makes it possible to picture what is happening. Overall, I give Rush for the Gold a 9 out of 10. A 9, because while I do not think it is necessarily compatible with all readers, I found it to be a page-turning story, and overall a great book.

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