Genre: Realistic, Coming of Age
What did you like about the book? Travis is a teen living with his weed-smoking grandpa and his cancer-ridden grandma who prefers to escape the harsh reality of his youth with his heroin-junkie mom by shooting hoops with his best friend Creature; a budding author whose brief slightly erotic stories about Russian Princesses sprinkle throughout the story. This is a dark and truthfully realistic coming of age story with rough lives, friendship and “brothers”, romance, stupid teenage moments, touching moments, and a bit of emotional gut-wrenching towards the end. Good for any who wants something a bit more deep and gritty than the usual light coming of age fare.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Don’t be fooled by the title; this is not a light or funny memoir. It is beautiful but dark. Also, there is a LOT of basketball so if you’re not a fan you may run into a need to skim a lot or be dragged down in spots.
To whom would you recommend this book? Good for lovers of basketball and any for whom the troubles and relationships often found in Urban Fiction really appeal.
Who should buy this book? High Schools, Public Libraries
Where would you shelve it ? YA (Realistic) Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No, but a solid one for the top of the middle of the pile!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: April Duclos, Hudson Public Library, Hudson MA
Date of review: 9/18/16