John Coy’s novel Crackback is a football story and a family story. Miles Manning is not that smart, not that good looking, but he can play football. Miles’ father is very angry and critical of his son’s football performances. Miles walks on eggshells and home and now with a change in coaching, he has to be guarded at school also. Mix in the regular high school drama of finding a homecoming date and the pressure is intense. Does Miles take steroids to bulk up and improve his chances on the field and make his coach happy? What is hiding in his family’s past that causes so much tension. A tight story where ‘you can’t always get what you want’ is the rule and not every story ends happily ever after. A good story and a quick read.