After the Shot Drops: Non-Spoiler Review

After the Shot Drops  by Randy Ribay

Published by  HMH Books for Young Readers on March 6, 2018


Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 339

Format: Arc

Source: Net Galley

2018 challenge: PSRC: Sports themed book!

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I would give this book 5 for a review.



Bunny and Nasir have been best friends forever, but when Bunny accepts an athletic scholarship across town, Nasir feels betrayed. While Bunny tries to fit in with his new, privileged peers, Nasir spends more time with his cousin, Wallace, who is being evicted. Nasir can’t help but wonder why the neighborhood is falling over itself to help Bunny when Wallace is in trouble.

When Wallace makes a bet against Bunny, Nasir is faced with an impossible decision—maybe a dangerous one.

Told from alternating perspectives, After the Shot Drops is a heart-pounding story about the responsibilities of great talent and the importance of compassion.

My brief Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I loved how this book was told from two boys POV and how it really focused on their friendship and how it changed over the course of the novel. It was such a impactful novel and it was super hard to put down. I thought the racial elements in this book was super well done and it was handled so well. I loved how sports was used to increase tension in this novel. I was equally invested in both POVS and loved the cast of characters that populated this world. I was super impressed by this novel as well! I will def.check more stuff by this author in the future!

My Extended Thoughts!!

Characters:  I thought all of these characters were so well drawn. I was equally invested in both boys POV. In addition to the main boys being well drawn the rest of the cast of characters were so well drawn. The characters made this book so relatable and it wasted a character driven book.

Plot: I thought the plot was hard to predict and had so many twists and turns. It was def a fast pace book and the duel POV book def made this even more fascinating to read. This book could have been predicable but it was actually super unique. I also thought it handled it issues like race in a really well done manner!

Pace:  I thought that alt. POV of the chapters really made this book super fast pace!

Future reading!  I would def red more by this author in the future!
















The Lighting Thief: Non-Spoiler Review

The Lighting Thief  by Rick Riordan


Published by  Disney Hyperion; 1st edition on May 2, 2009

Genres: Middle Grade, Mythology

Pages: 396

Format: Audiobook

Source: Library

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 5 for a review.


Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him.


My Thoughts:

I have not read this book in so long. I really loved returning to this world as a audiobook. I really loved the narrator in this series and will def re-listen to the whole series. I love Percy as a hero so much. I also loved the trio of characters that became the heros in this book. I really loved how the author was able to use so much real myths to craft this story. It was such engaging read and super hard to put down. If you like books like harry potter then you should def add it to my Tbr!!