After the Shot Drops | Sticky Note Reviews

 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.

My Sticky Note Review:

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#bookaday After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay. #snrtbs I feel like After the Shot Drops is a story about basketball that isn’t about basketball. It’s a story where you come for the basketball and stay for this beautifully real story about two estranged friends and the messes that they manage to find themselves in as they try to come to terms with the hurt they feel and repair their friendship. It’s another fabulous example of how messy and complicated life is. How in some ways, fish-out-of-water isolation is self-imposed. How the kid who’s had tough breaks isn’t supported in the same way as the kid who has talent, even though they’re from the same hood. And this question: How do you balance getting yours with the consequences of another’s choices when the two are tied together? Wait. There was basketball in this book?

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