A powerful novel about friendship, basketball, and one teen's mission to create a better life for his family in the tradition of Jason Reynolds,Matt de la Pena, and Walter Dean Myers. 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 decisionmaybe 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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After The Shot Drops Reviews
In the spirit of The Hate U Give with more appeal to boys. "Bunny" is a star basketball player who is now going to a private (mostly white) school. His friend, Nasir, feels betrayed by this so stops talking to Bunny and begins spending more time with Wallace. Wallace is in dire straights...absent parents (drug, crime) leave him living with and caring for his grandmother. A rent hike will put them on the streets soon. In desperation, Wallace begins betting against Bunny and his new team. Bunny ke ...more
I wasn't sure what to expect with this one but I really liked it. After the Shot Drops had a slow beginning but compelling characters that definitely made some elements of the plot worth the wait. I loved Bunny and Nasir and their complicated friendship is something that I don't read in YA often.
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I have always loved reading books about basketball and its role in life. So far, I don't think there's been a better book than this one. It has been a while since a book could make my thoughts and feelings one with a character's. From start to finish, After The Shot Drops explores many many themes surrounding a high school kid's life, and the pressure one feels, what with maintaining your grades, getting into a good college, getting into a college your parents can afford, staying loyal to import ...more
A gripping, heart-pounding story with incredible characters who were complex and funny and heartbreaking and real. I wanted to underline so many lines, and I wanted to stay in Bunny and Nasir's world forever. Suspenseful, powerful, complicated and deeply moving.
First published on Mass Consternation.
I received this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. If you've read my other reviews, you'll know that if it's bad, I'll say so, regardless of how I received the book.
I felt physically uncomfortable reading After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay. I was the kid who left town for a different life. I didn’t realize what or why I was doing at the time. Looking back I see the consequences of my choice, and what would have happened if I sta ...more
I think this is one of those books that will resonate with some readers more than others, and while the message and ideas were important, I don't think this was a book that worked for me.
Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.
This story follows two best friends, Bunny and Nasir. Bunny has recently transferred schools because of his basketball career and Nasir is having troubles accepting Bunny's decision to mo ...more
If you need another book as powerful as The Hate U Give, if you need a book with fantastic basketball, if you need a book about moving to a positive future without leaving everything in your past, if you need a book about decisions . . . basically if you need a book, you need this one.
This book about a black teen basketball star who transfers from his public school to a private school started out a bit slow but by the end I was fully invested. I would recommend this to students as young as 7th grade.