Sunday, September 13, 2009

Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series by John Feinstein

"Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series" is the story of Stevie Thomas, a freshmen in high school who also happens to be a world-class reporter. He and his girlfriend, Susan Carol Anderson, are asked to cover the World Series for the Washington Post and Washington Herald. When they get there, they learn the story of Norbert Doyle: a 30-something rookie pitcher who's wife died in a fatal car accident years earlier. He pitches well in his first Major League start and he's suddenly the story of the series. But Stevie and Susan Carol find out there's more to Doyle's story than he's letting on. What could it be?

This book was not as good as I hoped it would be. I had read the three books preceding this one (Last Shot, Vanishing Act, and Cover-Up) and they were all fantastic! This one, however, was disappointing. Several choices the author made concerning the story and the characters were unpleasant and unnecessary. Eventually, everything worked out, but it seemed as if the author was attempting to make a secondary conflict carry the entire story, which made it fairly boring and tedious. I would still recommend this, but it is important to know that the first 100 pages are extremely unpleasant to read.

Reviewer Age:15

Reviewer City, State and Country: Westerville, OH United States

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