Garth Hood has a PhD in physics, and has applied at labs and universities all over the country for two years. But the only job he’s found in that time is as gym coach at a high school, and his bench press got him there, not his education. Angry, but still determined to do his best, Garth throws himself into his new role as weight coach.
But one of his students, a Doberman senior named Evan Silvers, takes Garth by surprise. Evan is aggressive, alluring, and exactly Garth’s type. For the sake of his future, Garth resists. But as time goes by, the school pushes more and more on Garth, and his frustration ramps up. Will Garth be able to resist Evan’s advances, find a way to make a difference, and break out of his cage?
Written by Tagenar and featuring 11 interior illustrations by NuDog.
I picked up this book because of the school theme, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. Being a teacher myself, it was fairly easy to identify with the main character in this book. However, it seems I have better luck than he does. The school Garth enters is every teacher’s worst nightmare. After a while, I was more interested in what else the school would come up with to make life miserable than on the relationship between this “coach” and his student.
The story was frustrating, depressing, and sometimes made me really angry, which is exactly the way Garth feels as he progresses through the book. I can honestly say that I really enjoyed this book, even though I don’t share the author’s (and artist’s) love for big bodies and big…appendages.
The brings me to the things I didn’t like: the illustrations. Most of the illustrations were more of a turn-off than a turn-on for me, as I’m just not into the whole beefcake and hyper thing. It just made things too unrealistic for me. Yes, I know I’m talking about anthropomorphic dogs here, but you get the point, right? Besides, it was quite difficult to read this book in the train. I just had to keep covering up the pictures with my arm. I know I shouldn’t really read something like this on the train, but it’s one of the few times I actively take the time to read, so bite me.
I really hope schools in America aren’t really like the school portrayed in the story. If the book is accurate, however, the states are headed towards a very dark future. Those poor teachers…
Overall, I had a very nice experience with this book and was sad it ended. I was also quite sad that Garth didn’t throw the vice-principal and that damned poodle out of the window, or at least broke the poodle’s desk in two, but you can’t have it all, right?
I’d like to recommend this book to those who get a kick out of school themes and even more so to those who like their men BIG!