After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on March 6, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary
Source: Net Galley
2018 challenge: PSRC: Sports themed book!
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!