Pinned By Alfred C. Martino

By Alfred C. Martino
Narrated by: Mark Shanahan
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
Release date: 03-04-05
Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

This book is one I would never even think  of picking up.  So, how did it end up in my ears?  Well, it was offered up as a free young adult audiobook from SYNC YA as part of their free weekly audiobooks during their Summer Read program.  I have found that most YA novels are not just very well written but have stories that are intriguing.  (Except for that glittering vampire series.)

The basic story is that of 2 high school wrestlers in different parts of New Jersey and their climb to the New Jersey High School State Wrestling Champion.  Both come from different backgrounds, Ivan whose mother has recently passed away, and Bobby whose parents are possibly divorcing.  What kept me listening to the story was that each individual’s climb to the same goal was so different from the other.

While their story is told through the sport of high school wrestling, which by the way, has no ropes, rings, or folding chairs (which is why on the first day of tryouts in high school i left) it could have been any sport or common interest their story was in their dedication and progress.  The ending will confuse you for a moment, but after some contemplation you will reach that “Ah-ha!” moment.  I loved the ending.

Mark Shanahan delivered the audio perfectly and kept the story interesting with his vocal acting.


Publisher’s Summary
Pinned follows Ivan Korske and Bobby Zane, two high school seniors, as they embark on the most important winter of their lives in a quest for the New Jersey state high school wrestling championship.
Ivan Korske is the pride of Lennings, a rural town tucked away in the farmlands of western Jersey, and the odds-on favorite to be crowned state champion in the 129-pound weight class. For Ivan, the stakes are impossibly high. A state championship fulfills a promise he made to his mother before she passed away nine months earlier and will, perhaps, stem his father’s continued withdrawal from life. But mostly, Ivan dreams of getting a scholarship to a college far from his dreary hometown. To him, anything short of the title is failure.

In Short Hills, a wealthy town on the other side of the state, Bobby Zane protects his younger brother Christopher from the fallout of their parents’ impending divorce, while searching for comfort from Carmelina Carrillo, a girl from a depressed part of Newark. Despite the distractions from the intense pressures of adolescent love and the family’s breakup, Bobby realizes his quest for the coveted 129-pound state title may be his only hope for salvation.

Pinned chronicles Ivan and Bobby’s season-long efforts toward overcoming forces within and beyond their control toward a title that only one of them can capture.

©2005 Alfred C. Martino (P)2005 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.