Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery

Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery

by John Feinstein
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Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
gilkeson-L More than 1 year ago
The book "Last Shot" is about a boy and girl that win a writing contest and get to write articles for the final four. The boys name is Steve Thomas and the girls name is Susan Carol. When Steve and Susan get to the final four they meet each other and they get to know each other. One day they get lost and they try to find their way back to the lobby and then they run into one of the basketball teams and heard the player and coach talking about setting up the game. So Steve and Susan try to figure out what exactly happened and they try to stop it. I like this book cause it talks about basketball and I like basketball. It kept me reading and there were some funny parts to the book. The book had some surprising parts to it so it kept you focused and kept you attached to the book. I don't like how it takes a little while to get into the action of the book but that is the only thing I dislike of the book. I would recommend this book to people who like sports. Especially people who like basketball cause it is really intense. For people who like cliff hangers and leave them suspecting something.
BookLover44 More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! I love basketball and I was really into this book. It's probably one of my favorites! I'd recomend it to anyone and everyone who loves and has an obsession about basketball and mysteries!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like basketball you should love this book. I read it for a book report for school and I loved. You are on your seat for all of it and it is also a great mstery. READ THIS BOOK.
Andrew-B More than 1 year ago
In "Last Shot" by John Feinstein, 13 year-olds Steve Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are two of the USBWA (United States Basketball Writer's Association) and are granted press access to the Final Four in New Orleans. Steve is a little skeptic of Susan at the beginning but they end up working well together. The two overhear Chip Graber, Minnesota State's star point-guard being blackmailed to throw the championship game or else his transcript would be changed to make it look like he failed, and his dad would be fired as coach. Steve and Susan then make it their mission to find who is blackmailing Chip. One theme I got out of this story was that you never know what goes on behind closed doors. When you watch sporting events like the Final Four on tv, all you see is what your given. But although this book may be fiction, it's deffinatly possible that scenarios like this can or have gone on before. This book does give a good scenario of what can really happen that people are not aware of. I really liked the journalism aspect of the plot, because that is a career field that I want to get into. I chose this book because I saw that it combined one of my favorite things, basketball, with the career field that I want to persue. I also liked the mystery aspect of the story, and it really keeps you on the edge of your seat at the end of the story. I didn't like how i felt kind of bored in the middle, and it didn't seem to pick up again until the end when they solve the mystery. It also seemed like there was too much of a mix of material that bores adults and would entertain young teens, and material that only adults would understand. If you are really in to basketball, I would reccomend giving this book a try. Also if you are in to mysteries, this book is perfect for you. It really appeals to both sides and mixes them together well. I have not read any other works by John Feinstein, but there are for sure some more out there like "Last Dance" and "Caddy For Life" that are true stories unlike this book. I give this book three starts because although it apeeled to me at first because of its topic, it really lived up to the Final Four "buzzer beater" because it really didn't get too suspensful until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Favorite book ever
Linda Pentaleri More than 1 year ago
I can't believe what some of these reviews say! This is one of my favorite books. If you are a boy or girl you will like this book as long as you have some interest in basketball. By the way the guy who said to stick to Mike Lupica books are better is total wrong Mike Lupica is horrible, John Feinstein books are WAY more exciting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this thrilling, sports related story John Feinstein uses many cliffhangers to write about Stevie Thomas who travels to New Orleans as a result of winning the USBWA writing competition. Then, when he gets there him and the other competition winner, Susan Carol, finally meet each other for the first time.. Wearing press passes around their necks Steve couldn't be happier. Until he and Susan Carol are nosing around in the Superdome and overhear Minnesota State's star player, Chip Graber, being told he has to throw the championship game. It is up to Stevie and Susan Carol to find out the mystery of the Final Four and to stop the blackmailers. This book is a great choice for children that are ages 9-13. This amazing story gives you a behind the scenes look at the way reporters work as well as a page turning story about the Final Four and all the work that goes into making a quality story, that makes the newspapers, possible. This book puts a brand new perspective on the way you look at collage basketball and all the coaches and staff that are on the team.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love it
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Last Shot' was a very good book. It's about a boy named Stevie Thomas, who wins a writing contest to go to New Orleans with a press pass to interview all the players at the NCAA Final Four! It's Stevie's dream! That dream turns to a harsh reality when Stevie and his co-winner, Susan Carol Andersen, overhear Chip Graber, the start point guard for MSU, being blackmailed into throwing the championship game! This was definitely a thrilling book. You couldn't predict who did it! By chapter 17, I was so confused. They left you hanging and had a terrific ending! This book deserves 5 stars!!
praveen1 More than 1 year ago
This was an exceptional novel that depicted a boy, Stevie Thomas, who won a writing contest and 2 tickets to the Final Four which he shared with his dad. There he meets the other contest winner, Susan Carol Anderson, and they overhear a professor blackmailing the star player, Chip Graber, to throw the championship game, which they could not leave condoned. I thought that it was very interesting and entertaining how these two kids managed to sneak into a hotel without a key and weave their way through guard after guard to get information from Minnesota State University’s star, Chip Graber, about the blackmail. This book kept me on the edge for the whole plot where there was a cliff hanger at the end of every chapter. I was exhilarated to get to the end of this book and find a huge turning point which would push me off my seat, but I was disappointed to find that the ending didn’t give me the final blow I was expecting from such a great, suspenseful plot. The idea was not that cliché, but the whole ending was very predictable because it was the most obvious one. Although, the book had been spoiled from where the conflict was going to be solved because by the title Last Shot, you would know that the last shot would go in after all of the hints dropped by foreshadowing in the story. But the idea of the final shot being the game decider is very, very cliché in basketball stories so it didn’t keep the suspense going. I could tell that Feinstein was trying his best to keep that shot very suspenseful, but it has happened so often in media stories that it’s not a fresh idea anymore. However, this book was published in 2006 when it could have been a fresh idea, but I wouldn’t know. The intended audience for this book is most likely teen basketball enthusiasts who have some prior knowledge about the Final Four and the colleges that compete in the NCAA (college basketball). I did not like that we had to have some knowledge about the good teams going into the Final Four before reading this because people introduced to basketball would not be able to keep up with the story. With this and the predictable ending, this book does not deserve a 5 out of 5 star rating, but it was most definitely a very interesting book overall, so I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3 words: 4th best book EVER behind: coverup by feistein rush for gold also by feistein and the watsons go to birimingham-1963 i love feistein new fav author #<3feisteinandboston #bostonstrong
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The last shot is an exhilarating novel which keeps you at the edge of your seat form chapter one. This is a sports book made especially for teens who love sports and are die hard for college basketball. I happen to be both a teen and a sport fanatic and i enjoyed all the real life characters and events displayed in the book. The Last Shot takes place in March Madness, which is the most prestigious college basketball tournament. The main characters Susan Carol and and Stevie are excellent writers who were selected to be journalists at this tournament. What they don't know is that they are in for more than just journalism. I loved the Last Shot from start to finish, and I will continue to read other books from the genius of John Feinstein   
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The Last Shot, by John Feinstein is immediately enticing with its fast paced and twisted plotline following two young reporters caught up in what is truly a &ldquo;Final Four Mystery&rdquo;. Main character Stevie Thomas is an interesting depiction of a young reporter who has found his true passion in the game of basketball. Susan Carol Anderson the other youth reporter, is the perfect complement to Stevie&rsquo;s bitter and often stubborn attitude, as Susan Carol conducts herself in a mature and responsible fashion. The book is written in pretty simple and easy to read language and dialogue making Last Shot a perfect book for young readers and a quick read for those more experienced readers. Whether you&rsquo;re a basketball fan or just someone looking for a good book John Feinstein&rsquo;s Last Shot will not disappoint.
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This book is amazing!!!! This book has related to one of my favorite basketball teams, The Tarheel. I give this book 5 stars I really did like this book.
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