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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Crystal Allen Narrator: Muhammad Cunningham Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781461804369
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Debut novelist Crystal Allen’s lifelong enthusiasm for bowling shines through in this gripping tale of a boy going after his dream girl—and trying not to land in too much trouble along the way. On the lanes, Lamar rolls dazzling strikes. But outside his favorite bowling alley, it’s all gutter balls with the ladies. Lamar has a few tricks up his sleeve, though, and hatches a plan to get everything he wants. Pulling off the hustle of his life, however, proves harder than the dreaded 7-10 split. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Crystal Allen has the rare ability to make you laugh out loud one minute and swell with tears the next. The tween book world has a new hero—Lamar Washington—as well as a brilliant new author.”

    Neal Shusterman, New York Times bestselling author of The Schwa Was Here

  • “Under all the braggadocio is a boy with a big heart, and from the first sentence Lamar will have readers hooked.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Allen has written an engaging and humorous story and created a compelling character in Lamar, whose wonderfully inventive, laugh-out-loud idiosyncratic voice will leave readers wanting to hear more.”


  • “Lamar’s self-aggrandizing narration is fresh, funny, and intriguing…Themes of sibling rivalry, the loss of a mother, knowing one’s limitations, peer pressure and greed are woven throughout the story, resulting in a more mature character than the trash-talking big shot from the beginning. Humorous supporting characters, such as the old women who mother Lamar from their porches as he walks by, are written with heart and add a believable texture to Lamar’s story.”

    Children’s Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 7/29/2011

    " I had to read this simply for the fact that it sold for a lot of money at auction. Balzer and Bray spent their dollars well. This is a funny book with a boy protagonist. It screams "Voice" from page one, it tugs at your heart strings...and did I mention it's hilarious? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ambri | 7/17/2011

    " Unbelievably sappy at the end, but a good example of how to turn a bad situation around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ponti | 7/5/2011

    " Great coming-of-age story whose plot follows a sport other than the cliche sports preteens read about. The dialogue in this book is also magnificent! It made the characters life-like & genuine to the age group Allen depicts. Excellent read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 6/21/2011

    " Not bad. Had a hard time liking the characters, but in the end it was okay. If a little saccharine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy | 6/19/2011

    " The voice really jumps at you from the very first line, and the book had me cheering Lamar on through his heartbreaking yet humorous journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 5/15/2011

    " A pleasant surprise. A great recommendation for reluctant boys! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martha | 3/16/2011

    " I got more into it the second half. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 3/11/2011

    " I laughed, I cried, I'd read it again. Lamar has a heart of gold and I found myself rooting for him from page one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 3/4/2011

    " A killer mix of hilarious and heart-wrenching. I fell hard for Lamar. Crystal Allen works magic on every page. "

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About the Author
Author Crystal Allen

Crystal Allen is the author of The Laura Line and How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy, which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was a Junior Library Guild Selection. She currently lives in Sugar Land, Texas, with her husband, Reggie, and two sons, Phillip and Joshua. You can visit her website at www.CrystalAllenBooks.com.