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Blind Your Ponies by Stanley Gordon West
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Jan 10, 2014

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read from May 05 to 08, 2012

I really liked this book. It's not perfect, so only four stars, but the author is very good at making you care about the characters from the very beginning. It's a heartwarming story (about a high school basketball team from a town that can barely find five boys to play on the squad) that emphasizes making an effort when odds are stacked against you.

So, the negatives... too many typos, though not as egregious as many books. But the title page says, big and bold, "BLIND YOUR POINES". Really? Come on! Also, while the author is to be commended for not leaving characters flat and one-dimensional, in at least one case the attempt to show another side of a "bad" character seemed completely unnecessary and ineffective. The other biggest thing, imo, was that it was too long. It never lost my interest, but I do believe we could have had play-by-play on fewer basketball games. I read every word, but I think it could have been condensed somewhat.

Still, I definitely recommend this to anyone who thinks they might be interested.

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Parris Young The story of the ponies is not fiction, although the writer's interpretation is a bit off. We always considered the boys' plunge off the cliff as a willing sacrifice by very brave young men intended to trade their lives for the lives of their people.

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