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The familiar inner-city downers of racism, crime, family disintegration, and sports-as-salvation are handled with extraordinary intelligence and sensitivity in this episodic story. Teenager Nancy Takahiro, a shy, six-foot Japanese-American basketball player, lives in a small suburban tract house with her divorced father, Wendell, a high-school math teacher and football coach. When Wendell invites his girlfriend, divorcée Claudia Webber, a circulation manager for the L.A. Times, to move in with him, Claudia, an African-American, brings her daughter, Raina Webber, a ferociously aggressive basketball star who plays at a different high school that's in a different league. The two girls are not only the same age but also "members of the family"—that is, lesbian. As their parents endure racial stigmatism from former friends, what could have been a simple sibling rivalry becomes something far more complicated as Nancy becomes emotionally—and sexually—infatuated with Raina, who, though five inches shorter than Nancy, has the gutsy, American street-smart confidence that Nancy feels she lacks. Author Revoyr dodges the easy clichés of ghetto melodrama—nobody gets pregnant or has a drug problem here; everybody has enough to eat; and violence and crime, while evident, happen elsewhere—as she sends Nancy and Raina toward an ultimate confrontation in a league playoff, where Nancy's turbulent uncertainties about herself, as well as her unrequited affection for Raina, make the outcome of the game more than a matter of winning or losing.
A quietly intimate, vigorously honest, and uniquely American hoop dream: tough and tender, without a single false note.
Posted September 10, 2005
I read this book when I was in tenth grade. It won my heart. I didn't even know my school carried books like this(homosexuality that is). Anyhow, it helped me through highschool knowing that I could relate to being in athletics and whatnot. If you haven't read it you'll love it when you do :).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted January 7, 2004
'The Necessary Hunger' is a wonderful book. I never put it down, I could relate to alot of things that happened in the novel. All female basketball players could relate...I enjoy the fact that even though it is fiction, it is just enough drama to keep the reader interested!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 6, 2003
from the first page it will have you hooked--especially if you're a basketball fan. although i may not have much in common with nancy other than our sexuality, i felt like i was right there with her understanding every move she made and every feeling she had. at times it was hard to remember that nancy and i come from such different places. you really root for her. also, if you play ball, it's crazy the way the author describes the game, move by move, including rituals and emotion. especially good for girls in high school.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 18, 2000
This book is one of the best books ever. Some people might be intimidated by the number of pages but once u pick it up and start u feel as if though u were standing right there next to Nancy. Although i don't share the same feelings as Nancy i do feel some aspects of her life. Like living in America as an Asian I feel Nancy all the way there. Everyone must read this book. Although many facets of the book are way to mature for certain audiences.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.