Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Trophy Son

Anton Stratis grew up in the beautiful suburbs of Philadelphia. But his childhood was anything but beautiful. A gifted tennis player, his light began to shine at six years old. When his brother Panos did not fill the shoes their controlling father desired, the attention turned to Anton and the spotlight never left him, not for one moment. Anton stopped attending school after 8th grade and trained night and day, as his father calculated his rise in the tennis world. It is not until much later in his life that he struggles to take back control and live according to his own rules and desires. Anton’s narration of this incredible story takes the reader from tennis courts around the world to the depths of his very soul. He has mastered the psychology and strength it takes to be a professional athlete but does not know what it means to have a true friend, or the meaning of unconditional love. He yearns for normalcy and feels the world is passing him by. Everyone else looks so darn happy. People think it would be so grand to be a celebrity but happiness is priceless and finding it is life’s true gift. Remember parents, whether its an athletic event or the SAT’s, when things with your kids get out of hand you have to say to yourself - “Will this really matter 5 years from now?” Hope this starts some conversations, I know it will be perfect for book club! Highly recommend this unputdownable read.  #SummerReads #beachreads #FathersDayGift


  1. Wasn't this fantastic?! I was one of those kids with an overbearing sports parent (though it was swimming rather than tennis) and Brunt 100% nailed that experience and what it does mentally to the child in Trophy Son.

  2. I LOVED it!! (Reminded me of OPEN by Agassi.) Great book club pick, lots to discuss! Your blog looks great and I am really enjoying your posts!!