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Synchro boy, Shannon McFerran

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Synchro boy
Title
Synchro boy
Statement of responsibility
Shannon McFerran
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"Sixteen-year-old Bart Lively desperately wants to feel comfortable in his own skin. Sure, he's a competitive swimmer, but being a jock doesn't mean he isn't the target of gay jokes, and the macho culture of his swim club is wearing him down. At the same time, he becomes drawn to the art and athleticism of synchronized swimming, the idea of the human form moving to music under water. So he jumps at the opportunity to become the first boy on the synchro swimming team, even if it means others start questioning his masculinity even more. He starts finding himself attracted to his teammate Erika, and when she asks Bart to swim with her in a brand new event, the mixed duet, he commits to taking them all the way to the Olympics. But Bart's difficulty at achieving the skills he needs, and Erika's sudden decision to quit the duet, threaten to derail his dream and kill what made the sport so liberating and alluring in the first place. And it doesn't help that as he falls in love with Erika, he's falling in lust with her enemy and synchro rival Chelsea ... not to mention Dave, a cute boy in the diving club. Ultimately, Bart will have to give in to his intuition that leads him to realize there are many ways to be a boy. If he doesn't, he'll not only lose his friendship with Erika, but his new Olympic dream--and the joy he feels as he dances in the deep." -- Amazon
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Review
  • Grades 9-12 When 16-year-old Bart quits his high school’s swim team to become, instead, the only boy on the synchronized swim team, he creates quite a stir, along with allegations that he’s gay. Because synchro swimming is a girl’s sport, right? Nevertheless, he is quickly smitten by Erika, his teammate and swim partner. She returns his affection, and they begin a relationship. But then Bart meets handsome diver Dave, and, feeling an instant attraction, the two boys make out. But Bart’s straight, right? To complicate matters further, the team’s top swimmer, the aloof Chelsea, begins flirting with him, and he, in a moment of supreme stupidity, kisses her and is caught in the act by Erika, who, understandably furious, ends their relationship and their swim partnership. In this Canadian import, McFerran does a nice—though slightly didactic—job of dealing with gender stereotypes and the fluidity of sexual identity, while introducing readers to a not terribly well-known sport. Come on in, readers; the water’s fine. -- Michael Cart (Reviewed 9/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 1, p105)
  • Gr 10 Up—Sixteen-year-old swimmer Bart Lively is not sure where his dreams will take him—does he want to stick with racing or pursue synchronized swimming? Bart's father wants him to stay in racing, even though he has not played a part in his life. Bart is also trying to figure out his sexuality and sense of identity as he develops feelings for his long-time swimming partner, Erika. His attraction to another diver, Dave, are also evident. This novel has a strong, fully developed male protagonist. Teens who are struggling with their sense of identity and family issues will relate to the burgeoning romances and the drawn-out emotional conflict between Bart and his father. The secondary characters are less fleshed out than Bart and Erika, but young people will still want to pick up the book. VERDICT An excellent addition to YA shelves. Purchase where Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg is popular.—Amy Lukich, Tinley Park Public Library, IL --Amy Lukich (Reviewed 11/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 11, p78)
  • After Bart, a dancer-turned-competitive swimmer, impulsively joins his Victoria, British Columbia, high school's all-female synchronized swim team, he finds himself challenging heteronormative expectations both in and out of school. Even Bart's reasons for joining synchro—to prove to his former swim coach and homophobic teammates that he's 100 percent boy and to get closer to Erika, his half-Japanese/half-white duet partner—reflect his awareness of, and susceptibility to, social expectations for young men. Yet, even as he falls for Erika, he falls in love with the sport itself, quickly joining the push to include coed synchro duets in high-level competitions (including, hopefully, the Olympics). Through Bart's conversational style of narration, McFerran (Girls' Diary Project, 2014) interrogates toxic masculinity and challenges social expectations for all teens. This is evident both in Bart's comparison of synchro training to his old swim practices, in which he acknowledges the complex technical skill required for synchro, and in his exploration of the attraction he feels to both Erika and Dave, a boy on the diving team. Though he faces homophobic verbal attacks both at school and at meets, Bart, who is white, is supported by Julia, a gay black teammate. Bart's eventual acceptance that he is bisexual gives him the confidence to lean into synchro while easing off on the need to validate his own masculinity through sporting achievements. A nuanced, compassionate exploration of male sexuality and identity. (Fiction. 12-18) (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10739257
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McFerran, Shannon
Dewey number
  • 813/.6
  • [Fic]
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.1.M43463
LC item number
Sy 2018
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 10
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Bisexual teenagers
  • Young adult fiction
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Bisexual teenagers
  • Young adult fiction
  • YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Boys & Men
  • YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Coming of Age
  • YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBT
  • YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Water Sports
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Bisexuality
  • Interpersonal relations
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Synchro boy, Shannon McFerran
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Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1030900573
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
272 pages
Isbn
9781551527444
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1030900573
Label
Synchro boy, Shannon McFerran
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1030900573
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
272 pages
Isbn
9781551527444
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1030900573

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