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Ball Don't Lie

by Matt de la Pena

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Impressive debut. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Ball Don’t Lie may foot you with the title and cover, but don’t let it fool you. This book is much more than just a simple Matt Christopher style book about basketball. Basketball is a big part of that, but it is mainly about the inspiring life story of a beat-around-the-block aspiring basketball player. The main character of the story is Sticky Reichard, an inner-city white 16-year-old surrounded y a predominantly black population. Sticky spends most of his life at the Lincoln Recreation Center, where he tries to perfect his basketball skills by playing the game constantly. Sticky tries to balance this life with his other one filled with stealing, drinking, and spending time with his girlfriend Anh-Thu. Sticky doesn’t do this because he is a bad person, he just has had a bad break in life, one in which he was diagnosed with OCD, abused, and bounced from foster home to foster home. This book not only explains the story of the present-day Sticky, but it forces us to confront the past the haunts him as well. As you read this book, you will find yourself in Sticky’s shoes as he continues to live with the burden he has had on his shoulders for so long.
Overall, this book was the best one I have read in a long while. This story combines the dreams of most teenagers to be a professional athlete with the heartbreaking story of the path Sticky has had to take to get there. What I also liked about this book is the third parallel that is introduced in this story: a shocking love story. The author does an excellent job of telling the story of an unlikely relationship between two people from different sides of the social class system, and what highs and lows that relationship can bring. I would highly recommend this book to all people and I think all of them would enjoy it a lot. ( )
  ahsreads | Dec 14, 2012 |
The title of the book that I will be reviewing is Ball Don't lie. This story is a sad struggle and desperate story. The story Ball Don't Lie is a bout a boy that is called sticky but his actual name is Travis Reichard he loves the game of basketball and he is a very good player but there is a conflict that is preventing him from doing what is dreaming.
His mother was a drug addict ( )
  Anthonydtw3 | Nov 9, 2010 |
I would recommend this book to a friend, because it is a great book and you will want to read it all the time, it's inspiring and touching.
5Q, 4P; Cover Art: Awesome!
This book is best suited for highschoolers and adults.
It was selected due to a love for basketball, which is what the book is about.
Grade (of reviewer): 9th
(BA-AHS-NC)
  edspicer | Nov 3, 2010 |
Sticky's been in and out of foster homes and is plagued by a compulsion disorder. His basketball skills have interested college scouts and his girlfriend Anh-thu loves him. Things are beginning to come together, but Sticky's not used to life going well.

The author of Ball Don't Lie went to college on a basketball scholarship himself, so scenes of pickup games are engaging and accurate. His descriptions of LA city streets (both affluent and seedy) are incredibly evocative. This is a particularly good recommendation for boys age middle school and up, but the emotionally charged content makes it an interesting story even for readers with limited understanding of basketball. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385734255, Paperback)

Sticky is a beat-around-the-head foster kid with nowhere to call home but the street, and an outer shell so tough that no one will take him in. He started out life so far behind the pack that the finish line seems nearly unreachable. He’s a white boy living and playing in a world where he doesn’t seem to belong.

But Sticky can ball. And basketball might just be his ticket out . . . if he can only realize that he doesn’t have to be the person everyone else expects him to be.

A breakout urban masterpiece by newcomer Matt de la Peña, Ball Don’t Lie takes place where the street and the court meet and where a boy can be anything if he puts his mind to it.


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Seventeen-year-old Sticky lives for basketball and plays at school and at the Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles but he is unaware of the many dangers--including his own past--that threaten his dream of playing professionally.

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