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Ball Don't Lie by Matt de la Pena

Ball Don't Lie (edition 2007)

by Matt de la Pena

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Title:Ball Don't Lie
Authors:Matt de la Pena
Info:Ember (2007), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 288 pages
Tags:P12, Basketball, Hardships, Love, Orphan, Abuse, Underdog, Ghetto, Up-and-Coming, Inspirational, Diamond-In-The-Rough

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Ball Don't Lie by Matt de la Peña



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People say a skinny white dude can’t ball, but Sticky don’t pay them no mind. He don’t talk much, but lets his mad balling skills do the talking. Once he steps onto the scuffed boards of Lincoln Rec with his boys and a ball, the world disappears. Balling takes him to a place where no one else can go.

Though shuffled from foster home to foster home all his life, and afflicted with a severe case of OCD, seventeen-year-old Sticky has one thing going for him – he can ball. He’s spent years perfecting his shots and, despite setbacks in his personal life, basketball has always been there for him. Sticky’s dreams of playing college ball and making it into the NBA are threatened on the day he makes the worst decision of his life.

“Ball don’t lie” is raw. It’s honest. It’s gritty. It’s a Broadway play waiting to be cast. It’s waiting for you.

Highly recommended for ages 14 and older, especially reluctant readers.

Book review link: https://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/2017/06/10/ball-dont-lie-matt-de-la-pena/ ( )
  sunshinealma | Jun 10, 2017 |
This writer is known for writing for reluctant readers but with his intensive basketball plays, I could see it turn off even the most die hard fan. I found myself skimming the last 20 or so pages to finish the book. The story went from past to present and it could be confusing for some readers. Vulgar language, drug and sex scenes although not graphic. ( )
  umbiela | Feb 16, 2016 |
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 |
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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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