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A small-town school in western Maine, milltown Greenspark has a single claim to fame: its high school basketball team. A hero on the court, senior Sam Styles has led Greenspark Academy to three consecutive state championships. He has become an off-court mover-and-shaker as well, and he sends a shockwave through the school's social hierarchy when he decides that capping hisA small-town school in western Maine, milltown Greenspark has a single claim to fame: its high school basketball team. A hero on the court, senior Sam Styles has led Greenspark Academy to three consecutive state championships. He has become an off-court mover-and-shaker as well, and he sends a shockwave through the school's social hierarchy when he decides that capping his own high school career with a fourth victory will not be enough: he wants the girls' team to win one, too. Standing between the girls and that state trophy is the person who is also their best hope of gaining it, a sophomore known as the Mutant, a/k/a Deanie Gauthier. She is attitude incarnate, a quicksilver playmaker on the court and a defiant pariah off it, as disliked as Sam is popular. If the girls are going to go all the way, Sam realizes, he will have to straighten her out. Saving Deanie from herself is no easy task, however. Behind the wild, tough girl, Sam discovers an unexpected soul mate, and he isn't prepared for the volatile, disturbing relationship that ignites between them and cuts radically across the grain of Greenspark's traditions. He wants her to take her team to the championships; she wants to take him where he's never been before. They both get more than they bargain for - Deanie must surrender the secrets shielded by her Mutant facade, and Sam must take on their burden. It is an exchange that will transform both their lives. One on One is a remarkably engaging story of sexual initiation and awakening into love, of how growing up breaks and remakes family, of an adolescent culture that makes its own rules and enforces them its own way. It is the story of a season full of pain and triumph, injury and healing, when the lives of two vividly realized human beings fatefully entwine. Tabitha King has written a vigorously honest, richly textured novel that brilliantly evokes those exhilarating, unsettling growing-up years....

Title : One on One
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ISBN : 9780451179814
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 528 Pages
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One on One Reviews

  • Lee Ann
    2019-06-03 17:24

    This is considered adult fiction, but has one of the best ever young adult love stories in it set against a backdrop of high school basketball. I read it one spring just after it came out and both the NCAA and the NBA championships were over and I was in basketball withdrawal. The hero is dyslexic and has a crazy mixed up family of a loveable sort and the heroine is one of the most complex and screwed up - think Raeanne from "My So-Called Life" but wayyyy more messed up and way more, well, pierced. I LOVE this book and wish it was still in print and more accessible. Look it up on B&N's site and request the publisher to put this book (and Tabitha's other titles) on NOOK or other ebook sites.

  • Nancy
    2019-05-29 21:43

    Among my favorite books of all time; one that lives on the "comfort reads" shelf. When I lost my copy, I got another one in hardcover.

  • Hallie Winchell
    2019-06-18 18:35

    A pivotal coming of age novel about the way relationships in a teen's life can be life changing -- for better & for worse. The characters are strong & significantly well developed. Tabitha King is a very good author, who builds a world that entrances the reader immediately, drawing the audience into a place where we don't even question the need to suspend any disbelief: we just run with her narrative and don't look back. I believe this is an interesting novel for teens or young adults, as the sexual elements offer some good habits to demonstrate for a life that can begin with similarly healthy sexual expression (the use of protection & caution with which the characters progress in their relationship on a sexual level). Also, the way Sam protects his girl, the abuse she suffers and the way he begins to care for her despite their formerly adversarial encounters, and although in the end he doesn't walk away unscathed & he doesn't follow the path his family expected Sam ends up happiest walking another path. This novel will make you laugh, make you hold your breath in fright for Deenie, & cry with the life-altering changes that happen to both these amazing characters.

  • Darling Cruella
    2019-06-18 16:27

    This is one of my favorite reads. It's beautiful and haunting with the imagery that King uses in depicting how two mismatched kids fall in love against a backdrop of basketball, emotional woes, abuse, and high school. The characters are wonderfully rendered in all their imperfections and the love story is so bittersweet that the ending will leave you with a permanent ache in your heart. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to read something that's not perfect by any means, but definitely powerful and stirring.And, as I believe a graffiti stated in another book written by another author named King: Sam and Deanie forever.

  • Autumn Doughton
    2019-06-15 14:38

    When I first picked this book up, I was jostled by the tense that it was written in, the artistic, gritty descriptions, and the strangely different female protagonist. About 40 pages in, I found the flow of the writing and I was completely taken by the story. It was brilliant and I'm so glad that I discovered how talented MRS. King is!

  • Donna Burtwistle-Popplewell
    2019-06-23 17:43

    I am so grateful for Sue D. for recommending this novel to me. As my book club was discussing a short story by Stephen King, we stumbled upon the fact that his wife was also a writer. Tabitha King has compiled an amazing story here. Would I have ever picked up a 440-page novel about basketball? Not likely...but I am so happy that I did. Obviously, this book is about far more than basketball. It is about two young high school players: Sam Styles and Deani "The Mutant". Both seniors, Sam is the reigning VIP on his team; he sets a goal to see both the boys and girls team with the state championships this year. He will, however, have to convince the girls of this goal, so he has to get the Mutant on his side. The Mutant is a rebellious, head-shaven, pierced, aggressive and crass girl, who has developed a terrible reputation, known by everyone in the small Maine town. As Sam begins his so-called quest, he is drawn to her, curious about her outlook on life and how she survives a daily existence due to an obvious lack of money and parenting. Surrounded by friends who are limited by the town, Sam yearns for a better future. The relationship that develops between Sam and Deani is heart-pounding; I could not put this book down. Tabitha King has created an amazing story here; the dialogue and character development is excellent. I believed every word I read. I believed that this story was really happening. Although this novel is perhaps geared towards a YA audience, I believe that adults should be equally exposed to this amazing book. I will be recommending this to everyone.

  • Laylah
    2019-06-05 20:19

    Mixed feeling. The story drags towards the end. Love the hero, sympathetic to the heroine. However, they're wrong for each other. No, as a matter of fact she's wrong for him. But I'm not going to complain about that. Mismatch couples happen all the time, in books and real life.Bad things happen to them. A lot. Sometimes over-the-top bad. Everything in this book is extreme, the personality of characters, the mood swings, the language. Not a single kid in the school (or in other schools for that matter) seems mentally stable. I mean..are we this bad in HS? I think not.The only anchor that holds the story together is Sam, and I feel bad how he ends up. I can't help but think he's got a stinking end of the bargain. Some might feel uplifting after finishing this book. I? Nothing but sad and a little depressed. 3 and 1/2 stars

  • part time librarian
    2019-05-30 20:47

    Read this years ago and still have it, and Yes, I read this first because S.King is and always will be my favorite author but, after I started this book then I forgot all about him and got sucked into this story. It is really a great book and I so enjoyed the tough girl in the book. So I now have all of Tabitha's books, ha ha! she needs to write more!!

  • Venner-johnston, Anisa
    2019-06-12 15:31

    This book was fantastic. I loved this book and it was very good. This book, in my opinion deserves a sequel to show the life of Deanie and Sam. To see if they had a family or if they truly did make it. I would recommend this book to everyone in the world. Very good work here indeed

  • Pam Nugent
    2019-06-24 15:36

    This is one of my favourite books. I just love the interplay between the family members and that time in your life going from high school to real life.

  • Pamela
    2019-06-20 17:20

    This book is heartbreakingly well written and contains the truest, most beautiful depiction of teenage relationships I've ever read (plus some of the best love scenes).

  • Goth Gone Grey
    2019-06-24 19:32

    My favorite book of all time - I own two hardcover copies and read it at least yearly. One was to replace a well-worn paperback, and the second was an autographed copy that I could not leave on the bookshelf at my local bookstore.This is the story of Deanie & Sam, both of which have challenges in their life. They're an unlikely couple, united intially (and reluctantly) through their love of basketball. The challenges continue through their unconventional courtship. It's often dark, gritty, and too real - I've loaned it to friends who couldn't read it due to that. But it's well-written with obvious affection for the characters, some of whom also appear in other books by the same author.

  • C.I. DeMann
    2019-06-20 13:25

    I came for the basketball, but I stayed for the coming-of-age. One of the better flawed romances I've ever read. There are some seriously damaged people in this book, but they find a certain peace in spite of it all. In addition to the great romance and coming of age, this is also a brilliant look at life in a small time. The erotic scenes are damn impressive as well. Very explicit and very well done.

  • Jd
    2019-06-21 20:32

    This book was so disappointing that I decided to write my first review. I see absolutely no reason for this book to be 485 pages long. There were so many parts that were inconsequential to plot or character development. I'm no prude, but the sex scenes were not only gratuitous, but there were way too many. When I picked this book up, I didn't realize I'd be reading 50 Shades of Basketball. I played basketball in high school (high school basketball in Maine is the back drop in the book), and the basketball scenes were written atrociously. For instance, the main character, Sam, jumps up and tips the ball in but gets fouled. He's described as getting two foul shots. Unless you're fouled shooting a three pointer that goes in, there are no four point plays. Another example is the author used "block" and "blocked" as defensive words but not as in "blocked a shot". She would write things like, "They blocked them on the outside", meaning they shut them down defensively.I have no idea what the tone of this book is supposed to be. At times, it was VERY cheesy and read like an after school special. At other times, it went for comedy. It tried to tackle serious issues like rape and child abuse, and those parts were serious. It was just a jumbled mess. Other than all that, I loved it!

  • b.Reading
    2019-06-06 14:29

    Basketball superstar of a State Champion winning team decides to make sure the girls' team also wins a State Title but ends up lusting over (and loving) a girl called "The Mutant." Deannie, "The Mutant," comes from an awful family. Her step-dad verbally, physically, and sexually abuses her, her mother is in a drug-addled stupor, and she barely has enough to eat. She doesn't trust that Sam actually might like her, nose ring, face chains, tattoos, and all. This book made me uncomfortable, but I think in a good way. VERY sexual, but not really in a sexy way, and very frank. Deannie was used to sex as a means to end, a punishment, something to check out during. Sam wants to please her (good for him). A lot of this book deals with sex, a lot with basketball, and a lot about family. This book made me think of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, but a far uglier and grittier version of that tale. A bit overly long with an anti-climatic ending for me, but still an intriguing read and a great example of an adult book that would probably be marketed as YA today (originally published in the 1990s).

  • Jeff Curtis
    2019-06-18 13:32

    This was the first book I read from Tabitha King. I liked it. I would have changed the ending a little bit. I would have had Sam being o.k. from his jump off the beam in the mill. Maybe an injury that he would heal from after a few weeks at the most. Not permanently leaving him unable to play basketball. I don't feel it was necessary to the story line for Sam to become injured like that.I'm glad that Sam and Deanie are still together at the end. I also like the fact that Tony got his in the end. But it was too costly. Sam and Deanie were going to be together even if Sam played ball in college. The way Tabitha ended this story was not a real happy ending. It was more of a murky ending. Sam and Deanie are still together but Sam who was a great basketball player could not play any longer because of his injuries? Why? If I were the author of this book I would have ended it with the happy ending. That's what this book calls for.

  • John Wood
    2019-05-31 20:46

    For years I have been curious about Tabitha King and finally read one of her books. "One on One" is a great book with well defined characters and an interesting story. It is an edgy teen romance by two star highschool basketball players who seem to have nothing but basketball in common. He is a fairly straight-laced greasemonkey and she is a potsmoking freak with a shaved head and a toxic homelife. AS we experience the interplay of the teens in the school, we witness a realistic interplay of drugs, sex, graphic language and many not so pc situations. The development of our heroine, Deanie from a outcast known as "the Mutant" and our hero, Sam Styles and their unlikely relationship is well written and offers insights into the realities of our society especially in small town America. This is an adult not a YA novel. I really enjoyed it and plan on reading more Tabitha King somewhere in my pile of must reads, which include many of her hubby's (my favorite author) books.

  • Shawn Leslie Dixon
    2019-06-19 15:41

    Starting into this story I hadn't any idea of what kind of story it was.It is a love story... It's usually not my thing.BUT, this book started out with a healthy string of quality writing and dick jokes, a combination that always intrigues me. The characters were amazingly rounded, realistic and troubling. I had a great time reading this book.From the beginning I was endeared to continue, the chance of dread compelling in a wonderfully handled sense.The relationships were complex and lively from every side. Deanie and Sam built and then melted into a really fucking heart warming relationship.The ending had me racing.Smiling, frowning, laughing, angry and then a bunch more smiling.Great story, well-written and endearing.

  • Melanie
    2019-06-23 15:45

    I first read this book in high school, and I read it several times. I recently purchased a copy and finished it again. I will agree with some other reviewers and say that the story does drag a bit at the end. But I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK! I love Deanie, and how real and raw she is. As the story unfolds, you can understand exactly why she is the way she is, and why she makes the (poor) decisions she makes. And Sam is a classic hero- honorable and moral but with this own flaws and weaknesses that make him so real and likeable. I would have to say this is one of my favorite books. This is one of those books I love to read again and again. It's just a really good love story full of hope and redemption.

  • Jennifer Day
    2019-06-22 15:19

    I found this book and realized it was written by Stephen King's wife and read it for no other reason than that. I fell deeply in love with this story of a boy and a girl who on the outside couldn't be more different. The love and acceptance they find in each other is inspiring. The story is multi-faceted and very well written. I found myself finished with it much faster than I realized because the story is fast paced and there are a few different points in the novel where I just couldn't stop reading. Tabitha King is extremely talented and I wish she had written more than the few books I've been able to find.

  • Liz
    2019-06-18 14:23

    You probably never heard of Tabitha King, but she has a great series for those who like a little more soap opera and fewer monsters. No horror -- at least just the regular human kind, nothing supernatural. This book comes near the end of a series about three generations of a rural town in Maine. I like the book Pearl the best, but I re-read this one periodically too. A violent love story between teen basketball players who've got a few problems... and as a bonus for King addicts, their team plays the Castle Rock and Derry teams, and Richie Tozier's brother gets a mention.

  • Nancy
    2019-05-28 15:42

    I devoured this book. What a powerful description of teen feelings and the absolute horror that some children live with every day. Because of my age, I don't have contact with adolescents, and although these same problems have always been present in our lives, the prevalence has increased over the past fifty years. Ms. King has brought the characters of Deanie & Sam to life on the page. She makes us a part of the development of their relationship. I will certainly read more of Tabitha King's books.

  • Sherry Chiger
    2019-06-06 16:38

    Tabitha King's previous (and sadly, subsequent) novels only hinted at the wealth of insight and evocation that has made One on One among my favorite books. The characters are fully developed and believable; the events in which they are caught up and/or instigate come across as natural outcomes of their nature and their milieu. And in Deanie, the female protagonist, King has created one of the most memorable and realistic adolescents in fiction, one I want to spend more time with and watch come of age.

  • Stephanie
    2019-06-02 13:37

    I don't know how I missed adding this to my 'read' list! I thought this was fabulous. I hadn't realized that Mrs. King was also an author, and what a great introduction to her. Frankly I thought her fiction writing was up there with, maybe even surpassing her husband's best (of what portion of his work I have read). She brings characters and events to life in a thorough, realistic, heart-rending gripping way that really impressed me. Highly recommend!

  • Emma
    2019-06-10 15:27

    Just a tad too much swearing for my particular tastes, but I know the Kings like their language Fruity and so I forgive... I liked this coming of age story,not a drop of saccharin in this taut tale about love and baskets... I left this wishing the protaganists well , but my particular penchant for supporting Characters was also fulfilled to the Max...When characterisation is this rich, it could not fail to be a winner!

  • Melissa
    2019-06-09 21:36

    Sam is the high school basketball star, Deannie is the troubled girl who is also a basketball star. And Deannie has a horrible mother, molesting mother's boyfriend, has manged to make herself look like a freak and Sam wants her in every way; no matter how many times she turns him down. I read this book when it first came out and couldn't put it down, it was a very tense and different book. Worth the read. If I could give it 3 1/2 stars I would.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-25 14:47

    I didn't read about this book enough before starting, and had the mistaken impression it was going to be light reading. On the contrary - it's dense writing and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone with a low tolerance for sex, drugs, child abuse, violence, swearing, weird slang, or detailed descriptions of basketball games. If you can handle those things, though, the character development and arc is unmatched.

  • David
    2019-06-10 14:33

    Having read this book a while back I did not remember that I'd read it when I joined Goodreads. I really enjoyed this book. My only problem with it was that I was sure that it was at least in part written by Stephen. I'd read another book by Tabitha and this one did not seem to have the same rhythm as the other. This one had the rhythm of Stephen's writing. Guess we'll never know the answer to that question.

  • Goldingurl
    2019-06-05 21:30

    I was pleasantly surprised reading this book, i wasn't sure what i would think of it but was blown out of the water when i did read it. I really did love this story I can't say exactly it was that made me love it so i just know that i do. I didn't think i would care about teenagers playing basketball but Mrs King makes it hard not to the characters you fall in love with are always the ones you never suspect to.

  • Lady Gunslinger House-Targaryan
    2019-06-15 19:28

    Meh. Not a complete waste of time but definitely not a book I'd buy. I borrowed this to read as I sat in court waiting for the justice system to dole out justice to a dirtbag....This book was a time killer but, it was just ok. If you have time to burn, and the reading selection is sparse, borrow this. Or, just nap!