From Geoff Herbach, the critically acclaimed author of the Stupid Fast series, comes a compelling new YA novel about basketball, prejudice, privilege, and family, perfect for fans of Jordan Sonnenblick, Andrew Smith, and Matt de la Peña.
For Adam Reed, basketball is a passport. Adam’s basketball skills have taken him from an orphanage in Poland to a loving adoptive mother in Minnesota. When he’s tapped to play on a select AAU team along with some of the best players in the state, it just confirms that basketball is his ticket to the good life: to new friendships, to the girl of his dreams, to a better future.
But life is more complicated off the court. When an incident with the police threatens to break apart the bonds Adam’s finally formed after a lifetime of struggle, he must make an impossible choice between his new family and the sport that’s given him everything.
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About the Author
Geoff Herbach is the author of Hooper and the award-winning Stupid Fast series, as well as Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders. His books have been given the Cybils Award for Best Young Adult Fiction and the Minnesota Book Award, selected for the Junior Library Guild, and listed among the year’s best by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, and many state library associations. In the past, he produced radio comedy shows and toured rock clubs telling weird stories. Geoff teaches creative writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He lives in a log cabin with a tall wife. You can find him online at www.geoffherbach.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
While I’m not the biggest fan of basketball I did very much enjoy this funny and heartwarming novel. Adam was a very likeable character, he was sweet and kind but also flawed. He had anger issues, some childhood trauma, and trouble speaking. The supporting characters had a lot of personality and I loved most of them but Barry takes the cake. I loved Adam and Barry’s friendship and how they supported and looked out for each other. I also loved the author’s writing style, it was written how Adam talks since it’s his POV. There was some repetitive swearing (the s-word) and a scene that didn’t really need to be in the book, those are my only complaints. Overall I really enjoyed this book, if you want a feel-good and fast paced contemporary sports I would definitely recommend you read it! Rating: 4.5 Stars! Recommendation: Sports and contemporary novel lovers ages 14 and up FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review