A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this book is about wrestling, but there isn't much actual violence inside or outside the ring. Kyle and his girlfriend have sex on the brain a lot -- and she participates in a lingerie-clad wrestling match. His girlfriend has a problem with alcohol, and another wrestler passes out after taking Ephedra.
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What's the story?
Is it any good?
There's a sweet lesson in HEADLOCK about making time to go after your own dreams -- even when they're as crazy as wanting to become a professional wrestler. Readers will most appreciate the author's realistic depiction of wrestling. Kyle's wrestling ambition isn't just a device to draw readers in. The author provides great details about wrestling moves and seems to know -- and value -- the culture. She even compares it to Kabuki theater.
The story ties up loose ends a little too quickly in the end, but Kyle's big heart will win readers over -- as will the cast of crazy characters. This may be a good pick for any reluctant (male) readers you have in your house.