Levi just wants to be treated like a typical kid. As a baby, he had a serious disease that caused him respiratory issues. He's fine now, but his mom and overprotective brother still think of him as damaged, and his schoolmates see him as the same class clown he's always been. He feels stuck. So when his daddivorced from his momsuggests he take up boxing, he falls in love with the sport. And when he finds out about a school with a killer boxing team and a free-study curriculum, it feels like he's found a ticket to a new Levi. But how can he tell his mom about boxing? And how can he convince his family to set him free?...
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This novel in verse uses clever manipulation of letters and fonts and a distinct voice to tell the story of Levi, a boy whose overprotective family seeks to shelter him from life. Aware of the sacrifices they've made for him due to his medical condition, Levi is grateful but still wants to wring all he can from life. When the father who has been mostly absent from his life suggests that he try boxing, Levi does so reluctantly. But it turns out that he has talent, and he's willing to work hard to ...more
Levi wants to be just like anybody else, but sometimes he can’t breathe well, and lately it’s been getting worse. His mom and older brother hover over him, wanting to keep him safe. His dad tells him to toughen up, go out for a sport. He chooses boxing, liking the way he gets to feel strong while he hits a punching bag and the way he can strategize in the ring. But ignoring his health issues won’t make them go away. Instead, if he wants the chance to follow his dreams Levi must be honest with hi ...more
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Well, the only possible negative thing I can say about this one is that I wish it were longer! I just read House Arrest a few weeks ago in anticipation of this title, and I will say that although Knockout can be read as a stand alone, it is so so much richer after having read House Arrest. The verse is very accessible and the artistic elements used in some parts of the book are very visually appealing and I thi ...more
I'm invested in these characters, so it was fun to visit them about a decade later and find out how the author wrote their future. Levi's voice wasn't as compelling to me as Timothy's in "House Arrest" and didn't have the same depth of language or situation. I liked when Levi's family interacted by writing in a notebook because we heard from Timothy again.
I liked finding out what happened later in this family's life, but I wish we had gotten more information about some of the minor characters I ...more
This companion novel to House Arrest did not disappoint! This time readers hear from Levi as he fights to achieve what he considers a normal life. He examines his relationships with his mother, father, and brother, Timothy as he strives to move past his illness.
I received an early electronic copy from NetGalley.
I picked this up on a whim from my new book display, and I'm really glad that I did! I really enjoyed Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt, so I'm not surprised to enjoy her style of storytelling in Knockout. Unlike most free verse that I've read, I really like the beats that Holt creates with her line breaks. It is most effective when Levi is describing boxing, as you can feel the swift movements and jabs through the way the words are arranged. Of course, I also love the way she turns the words into pict ...more
Loved HOUSE ARREST better, but this is a solid second in a series. Can’t believe how old Timothy is, and I’m glad the dad didn’t change - makes it more realistic. Loved the journal, too, in this easy-to-read novel in verse.
Nice. Sequel to house arrest, sort of.