Ryan Stone doesn’t lose. He doesn’t get second place. He’s a winner, destined for the big leagues, until he meets Beth and falls head over heels in love. She’s a skater girl with piercings and a checkered past who has no place in his golden boy life. Ryan has always dreamed of the of playing Major League Baseball, but will he risk his future for the girl he loves?
Throughout Dare You To by Katie McGarry, Ryan constantly struggles with his place as a “jock” in his high school. He swears he’s more than a just an athlete, and we know a few other characters who can relate!
Check out our top jock picks, and vote for your favorite below. Did we miss someone? Let us know in the comments!
Annabeth is a whole lot more than your average jock. She’s smart, strategic, and, oh yeah, a demigod. Her physical prowess is certainly impressive, but it’s the brains behind it that allow her to regularly defeat monsters.
Football’s always been important to Matt, but it’s only a freak accident that makes Matt important to football. His time on the second string made him a little bit nicer and more empathetic than his starter buddies, and we love him so much more for it. He’s sensitive, athletic, and artistic to boot — so, it’s no real surprise when the coach’s daughter falls for him.
The only way to out-jock a jock is to coach them. McKinley High has a top notch squad of Cheerios, led by the most intimidating and conniving sweat-suit wearer on television. Sure, Sue can be kind, and she does actually have feelings, but she’s the most fun when she’s fighting for her team.
Petra is a no-nonsense, hard-working member of Ender’s “Jeesh.” She’s loyal and obedient to the point of sacrificing her happiness to support Ender in their missions, but it’s her skills in the zero-gravity war games in Battle School that give Petra her jock status.
Bee is clearly the most athletic of her friends, and her passion for soccer gets her through a lot of the tough breaks in her life. She’s the kind of jock who uses her sport to make herself better rather than just make herself seem better. And that’s something we can get behind.
This list wouldn’t be complete without the biggest hero of the most popular fictional sport in the world! Viktor Krum is sullen, quiet, and (we’re led to believe) not super bright. And while he many embody some typically jock-like qualities, he’s also incredibly loyal with a clear sense of right and wrong.
A star on the football team who is ashamed of hooking up with a not-so-popular girl? Matty’s a jock all the way. Although he’s grown a lot over season two, we’re still pretty big Team Jake fans. Sorry, Matty.
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