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SOURCE: VOYA, October 2000 (Vol. 23, No. 4) <%ISBN%> 0679886729
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Posted June 5, 2011
My book was Playing Without The Ball. It is about a boy whose parents are divorced. He doesn't make his school basketball team because the couch would rather have young kids on his team. So he plays on a church team. He works at a bar. He plays pickup games at the local Y with kids and adults. At the end he gets a girl friend.
My opinion about this book is I liked it and would recommend it to people that like basketball. There are some weird parts in it so only teens and adults should read it. I don't like how the coach didn't pick him for the school basketball team. It was nice of him for playing on the church team and sometimes he went to the church.
Posted October 17, 2007
I like books that are honest and real, and Playing Without the ball is among some of the best I have ever read in that category. Wallace does a amazing job of capturing a life that most of us will never know, and he captures it beautifully. Playing without the ball is one teenager's journey though the adolescent landmines of sports, life, and loneliness. By the time you finish this book you will walk away looking at things differently. I highly reccomend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 14, 2004
(Playing without the Ball)By Rich Wallace... a basketball player wishing to become a star one day.You would imagine someone like that would be rich or something but this guy only lives on Church street in an a apartment the one with the three on the door.There's not much to look at there's a mattress and a bathroom nothing special about it.This is a story about Jay a boy whom never had sex or never has done drugs in his life.He only moved here because he and his mom got into a fight and he never forgave her.He goes to the Y every once in a while to play basketball because of his boring life.The one day he went he caught the wrong people at the wrong time. He met Jana a girl about his age and goes to his school. Now his life is suspensful he never knows what's going to happen next.They drank one time and Jana drank too much and ended up in the hospital. I give it 4 out of 5 stars it's boring in the begining but towards page 30-35 it gets interesting.When I read the other reviews they were like it was the best book ever but when you read it you'll have your own perspective.The theme is to never just do something to fit in. Do what you do and what happens happens,and if you make a mistake you know your real friends will take you back.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2004
Playing without the ball This book starts out confusing, but it gets better s you read. Jay is the main character who loves basketball. He doesn¿t live with his mother or father because they got divorced, and his father moved out to California. Jay works at a bar, and lives above it, in the apartment. Jay goes out for the school¿s basketball team and doesn¿t make cut, but joins a church¿s youth group basketball team. Meanwhile he works, has sex, and two girls are fighting over him. He crushes on Spit, who is in a band, and then falls for Julie. Brenda is a tennis player, whom Jay thought he liked. They have sex, and he doesn¿t see her for a while. Julie comes back, and they almost go out, but spit comes in and ruins it. In the end Jay gets Julie, Spit and him are just friends, and he might go to college. I think that Wallace get use less profanity less talk about sex, and alcohol use. One thing that made it good, was the detail.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 30, 2004
The story is abouta kid(Jay) who's parents are divorced and left him to live by himself. He works for rent and food for his dads friend who owns a bar and a little appartment above it. Jay also loves basketball and plays everyday all the time. When him and his friend don't make the high school basketball team the play for the church league. During the time he also has these five girls that he likes and doesn't know what to do with at a point in the book he hurts a girl and winds up hurting himself too. After awhile though he settles down finds the girl he wants and he wins the church league. I like this book becuase he is sorted how i am in certain ways, like loving basketball, liking girls and getting into trouble. People who probably have divorced parents or parents who lefted them should read this book beacuse to show how you can do well without you parents or parent. Lfe is tough but if you have friends that will help you, you can get through it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 12, 2003
Jay was abandoned by his mother when he was nine years old. His father recently left to live in California. Jay, however, chose not to go with him. All Jay wants is to make the high school basketball team; it's his last chance. He must concentrate also on survival. Could you imagine being independent and answering to no one? What about food, money, and dates? Follow Jay on this incredible journey through his Senior year in Sturbridge, PA. Read about his struggles and love of basketball in this wonderful book by Rich Wallace. Discover the reality of independence Jay faces each and every day of his life. Your reality will be seen from an entirely new perspective after reading this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 28, 2002
Playing Without the Ball is a good story about 17 year old named Jay Mcleod. He lives alone and works as a cook. His life is basketball. He is cut from his highschool team and joins a church league where his confidence grows. Jay is constantly offered drugs and alcohol from his friend Spit and other kids his age. Jay always makes the right dicision and says no. This is a book that shows how hard peer pressure can be and how Jay fights back.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 11, 2001
This is a story about a guy named Jay who lives on his own. He is cut from his high school basketball team and joins a ymca team for the local church league. He is only seventeen and works as a cook at a bar. He gets in trouble with the wrong girls and messes up with the right ones. His good friens Spit, is a singer at the bar and she is in his life throughout the whole book. Read this book to find out what happens to Jay as he struggles through life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 11, 2011
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