After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay is one I’ve had my eye on for a little while. I work with a number of boys who are into sports, so I’m always drawn to sports books that aren’t just about sports. I bought it over spring break because I knew I had a student who was in need of a book and would just devour it. At the last minute, I decided I wanted to read it before I gave it to him. I’m glad I did (selfishly).
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
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