“I really enjoyed this book. It's funny and sarcastic. I scanned in the first chapter to show my students how well Lynch creates voice and tone in this work.”see full review » see other reviews »
“boring..teacher made us read it”Crystal wrote this review Sunday, September 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really enjoyed this book. It's funny and sarcastic. I scanned in the first chapter to show my students how well Lynch creates voice and tone in this work.”Meg G wrote this review Thursday, September 30, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Brotherly love at its best and worst! Crazy but lovable family. Great characters and good story. Even if you're not a golfer it's a good read!”Mrs. Porter wrote this review Monday, February 1, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Funny and full of oddball characters!”Susan T wrote this review Monday, December 14, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Introspective and curious, Jock is considering questions many people never get around to puzzling out: What is the true measure of success? Is it money? Or, is it somehow achievable merely by defining one's own vision of happiness and making it happen? While most young adults' values are defined by friends and family, lock's moral compass lacks an obvious pole to fix upon. His hippieish parents happily operate a barbershop with a backward business plan based on convincing would-be patrons to let their hair grow, and his younger brother brazenly takes materialistic self-interest, snarkiness, and sloth to laughable heights. Jock's main challenge in this crash course in self-discovery lies in figuring out if the employer he idolizes, the owner of the underutilized golf complex on which he works--and who also happens to be his grandfather--is a worthy role model or a tortured train in the midst of derailment. Unlike lock's parents, Grampus claims to believe in entrepreneurial ambition. He pursues those goals in idiosyncratic fashion, running and expanding his 13-hole golf course on his own terms, often shoeless and shirtless--and sometimes in a kilt. Jock begins to wonder if his grandfather's a winner, a loser, or something in between-until a series of unexpected visits and a mild stroke force the answer. The Big Game of Everything is a funny and thoughtful novel that considers the true nature of class, happiness, and success through the eyes of a teenage boy.--Jeffrey Hastings, Highlander Way Middle School, Howell, MI
“so far its a rely good story. its funny 2.”dylan b wrote this review Friday, August 7, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for TeensReadToo.com
Jock has lined up the perfect summer job working at his grandfather's golf course. He figures work will probably be sporadic and he looks forward to racing around the greens in one of the golf carts from Grampus's mighty fleet. But sure enough, just like in golf, he slices.
It turns out he and his bumbling, antagonistic, younger brother, Egon, are the only caretakers Grampus has hired for the summer. And the mighty fleet turns out to be only two golf carts, and Grampus uses one of them for his dates with the lesson of the week. Like Jock, Grampus embraces the sun and heat, and somehow it's always Jock, not Egon, who gets the chore of rubbing sunscreen onto Grampus's back so he can work wearing only a kilt, creating the 13th hole of the course with his enormous digger.
Is this crazy loon the same grandfather Jock has always admired? Is his life still the life Jock envies and yearns for?
When two old friends of Grampus' show up, flashing their bling and offering to purchase his cherished snooker table, Jock begins to see a side of Grampus that he's never seen before. Leonard, Jock's flakey barbershop dad, who tries to convince people not to cut their hair; Peaches, his psychic, palm-reading mother; and even Grammus, Jock's rich and independent grandmother, surprise Jock as they come together to help Grampus save his golf course.
Jock finds out that yes, life's about playing the big game of everything, but more than that, life is about family.
In THE BIG GAME OF EVERYTHING, Chris Lynch finds humor in the mundane, and turns the ordinary into the unexpected. This novel is great for a lazy afternoon when what you want most is a quiet, calming read, with laugher sprinkled throughout.”
“This book sounds pretty funny. Can't wait to read it!”Lauren R wrote this review Tuesday, April 7, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loving your family is hard, but when your parents are hippies, your younger brother is an animal, your sister is a bossy know-it-all, and your grandfather has about half of his original marbles, it makes it especially hard to love your family...especially if you're Jock. The Big Game of Everything follows Jock as he spends the summer working with his family at his grandfather's golf complex, and all of the surprising and crazy things that happen to them.
I had so much fun reading this novel. I read most of it last night and I just finished it up today. It's such a humorous and crazy fun book to read. My favorite character is Egon, who is Jock's younger brother by a year. He's incredibly funny and so different. Everybody in the family of Dingleberries (You'll have to read the book) is so uniquely made and way different.
The entire story is about Jock, Egon, and sometimes their just graduated from High School sister, Meredith, working at the Grampus' Golf Complex. Grampus is another one of my favorite characters. Actually I think all the characters, Leonard, Peach, Grammus. There all incredibly amazing and goofy characters. The whole atmosphere of the story is hilarious. Oh, the joy of a family of loving freaks. It's the kind of think that you just can't not laugh out loud at.
Chris Lynch provides the right amount of humor and sad emotions in this silly and lovable novel that you can't miss out on. He doesn't necessarily give much descriptions of the what the characters look like and the way the complex is, it just there. But that's okay, because the dialogue is the famous part of this novel. Don't miss out on this novel.
This book will be released for Harper Collins Publishers September 2nd, 2008.
(Reviewed for the Harperteen First Look Program.)
“Come on Jock! You can beat him!
The Big Game of Everything by Chris Lynch*
3 out of 5 stars
Release Date September 2nd, 2008
The Big Game of Everything by Chris Lynch was an interesting, confusing book.
Jock is having the perfect summer. He and his younger but bigger brother, Egon, are practucally running their grandfather's golf club. His sister is never around because she is off somewhere with her boyfriend. His freak parents are as happy and joyful as ever. Grampus is finishing up the fourteenth hole. And then... his divorced grandmother comes to town. The heat and stress levels build to breaking point. Old emotions burn and new emotions spark. Jock begins to understand that the loser in the big game of everything gets walked on, and to be a winner you have to stand up for want you believe.
The layout of the book was a little confusing. The first few pages were very confusing. I could not figure out who was saying what.
I believe the main character Union Jack aka Onion Jock was a very realistic and smart person. Jock was smart, sarcastic, knew right from wrong, witty, caring, and everything else you would want in a good person. The main reason for why I kept reading the book and to finish it was, just because I wanted to know what Jock would do and what would happen to him.
The Big Game of Everything was a little confusing but good because of its characters.
* ARC from HarperCollins Teen First Look Program