Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The Contender by Robert Lipsyte
Alfred is on the edge. He is a high school dropout working a low-paying job at the local grocery store. He's trying to hold onto his friendship with James but when James joins a local group of thugs to rob the grocery store Alfred is more alone than ever. Threatened by the gang leader, Alfred decides to start boxing at a nearby gym. He dreams of being a champion but the owner of the gym tells him that first he has to work on being a contender. Alfred wants a better life but does he have what it takes to take the harder path to success?