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Geese Are Never Swans

By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Gritty take on teen swimmer fueled by grief and anger.

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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+
Really great book that talks about mental illness, trauma depression in an athlete's life. It gives a message of hope to those in need of help. The only downside is the cursing, very heavy cursing all book long, it also talks about suicide so bear that in mind.

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This heartfelt look at the price of elite competition and the lingering effects of grief can be a tough read at times. Geese Are Never Swans is told from the point of view of Gus, who's arrogant and full of rage, lashing out at everyone in his life, which makes for a frustrating narrative. Even though we see why Gus acts the way he does, it's hard to sympathize with a main character who refuses to listen to anyone and is a total jerk for most of the book. The story shows the toll that grief and emotional abandonment can take on a young person. It also highlights the amount of work and focus it takes to be an elite athlete, while emphasizing that success shouldn't come at the expense of your mental and physical well-being. These are important messages many young athletes need to hear.

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