There is a lot of content warnings for this series. This isn’t an easy series to read so please go through them if you want to read it.
I absolutely love this series 😂 I’ve seen basically all of the memes and headcanons; now and then I find a new one but then I see that new one like 50 times then 😂
Let’s go! I’ll be posting the rest of the series’ reviews the following Saturday’s! I really hope I can keep to that!
Disclaimer: I own this book and I wanted to read and review it. The featured image is my own. The summary is taken from Goodreads. All opinions expressed are my own.
Title: The Foxhole Court
Series: All For the Game (#1)
Author: Nora Sakavic
Narrator: Alexander Cendece
Year Published: 2013 (for audio and original)
Publisher: Self-Published. Audiobook published by Tantor Audio.
Cover Art/Designer: I think Nora’s sibling designed the covers?
Genre: Young Adult ~ Contemporary Romance ~ LGBTQ+ characters ~ Sports
CW/TW: (Taken from The Storygraph) Drug use, Violence, Sexual Abuse, Self-harming, Addiction. Mental illness, Abelism. A lot more.
Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.
Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.
But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.
This is one of the few sports I’d willingly sit and watch. That being said, I’m sad my joints aren’t up to field hockey anymore because I really loved playing that! Even just hitting a ball around the backyard would be fun. And also, if I had a bunch of friends who were also either into The Foxhole Court or just very into hockey-like sports, I would’ve tried creating a team. Would we have played often? I very much doubt it, but just imagine! For those of you wondering, I would go for a defensive position (in hockey I played Left Back – it was great because a friend was another Back and our other friend was the goalie so we’d just chill in the goalie box until the ball came our side. Oh the wonders of being on a lower team so we could get away with things).
This is another book that I’d say reads like fanfiction. Which is a very good compliment. I guess some might say that that’s not so much of a compliment but that’s fine! Everyone has their opinions and are allowed to express them.
Neil Abram Josten has my entire heart. Like if he were real and Exy were a real sport I would make posters (as in tape A4 pages together and write with my awful writing) and sit on the couch and watch every match. Because you know, he would see my posters. I just love him so much. ‘“I’m fine”, Neill lied,’ is the funniest and saddest thing ever because you get to know what type of character he is quite early on (or at least I know) – so I’m always just about shrieking at the book that he’s not.
Andrew is also another character whom I love so very much. I know some people might say ‘but he does drugs and is not really a great person’ and like a) basically all the characters make bad decisions and aren’t entirely good (except for Renee, she’s an angel) and b) there are valid reasons for him doing drugs. Andrew goes through a lot of character development and we love to see it! And he’s in therapy and does make an effort to better himself!
Coach Wymack is actually a character I recently started to come to love (thanks to Tumblr, lol). I saw a lot of discussion on Tumblr and then for myself when I re-read the series. He needs a lot more credit than what (I think) we originally give him. There would be a lot of others who would try to manage the team and not last the first month. And for that I think Wymack should get a huge raise.
I felt Wymack’s frustration when he specifically told the team to act nice on tv and Neil basically throws everything to the wind by majorly insulting one of the top Exy players. Iconic lines, though. Just some more truly iconic Neil quotes.
Another reason why I like to say this reads like fanfiction – the plot. It’s a bit wild, but then again, so are a lot of popular movies. Like any royal rom-com – does no one recognize the royal person? Does the town not have newspapers? But I love the plot of the series – where it starts, where it ends up, the journey the series takes the reader on.
And also, sometimes the more ‘outlandish plots’ are super fun. Like not all book series you read have to be serious and thought-provoking (but also nothing’s wrong with you if you do just like serious books). I, for one, love to read ‘cringey’ books.
I know I’ve already re-read this trilogy last year but… what if… I read it again?
Please leave comments down below to try to persuade me NOT to read it again!