Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Hoopster” as Want to Read:
The Hoopster
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Hoopster (The Hoopster #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  749 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
Andre Anderson is an African American teenager with a bright future. He loves to play basketball. He loves to hang out with his friends. He loves to laugh. Andre has skills, brains, and heart. He also has a dream. Then he is viciously attacked. Now everything he ever believed about the world has been called into question. Even his deadly jump shot. How can a man get up whe ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by Jump At The Sun (first published January 1st 2005)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

(showing 1-10)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book that I am reviewing is the Hoopster, by Alan Lawrence Sitomer. The book is about a group of boys that start off playing basketball, until it starts getting deeper into their lives. Like when they talked about where they worked and what they did at that job. They also explained about their personal lives like what they do in their free time. Or even what they like and dislike. But during the book my favourite part was the part when they first step on the court and it’s almost like your ...more
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"The Hoopster" by Alan Lawrence Sitomer is a very emotional book with one of the best characters that I have ever read about. This book is about an African-American basketball playing youngster, Andre, who enjoys writing. He works at a writing company, so when his boss gave him a front-page writing assignment, he worked at it for weeks. His final draft was about racism which turned out to be very popular the next day. He received a great amount of letters and attention. One night, when Andre was ...more
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Sitomer, Alan Lawrence. The Hoopster. Hyperion, 2005. 12-14.

With a title like The Hoopster and cover art depicting an African-American male holding a basketball, readers might think this book is solely about life on the basketball court, but it is much more than that. Andre Anderson has got it all: a summer internship at Affairs magazine, a fiery Latina girlfriend and stellar basketball skills to boot. But when Andre is asked to write a personal essay on racism for the magazine, his perfect wor
Aug 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, finished-in-2009
3 1/2 stars, really. This is one of those books that kids would probably be more forgiving of than adults, and kids are the target audience, SO, from a YA perspective, a 4 and an attaboy for Call-Me-Al. What I like best is the humor and the banter between the friends Andre (young black protagonist) and Shawn (young black protagonist's young white friend). Cedric, Andre's cousin, is an interesting kid because he's the clown in the book and creates tension by using "black humor" at a night club co ...more
Oct 22, 2010 rated it liked it
I chose this book beacuse to tell you the truth i seen a basketball on the front cover and though it was going to be about basketball.

The book started out in a neighborhood where lots of teens where out playing. All the kids out where playing a game of basketball. Also all the kids where also hanging on the court side litening to music.

Andre Anderson is the main characters name in the story. He plays basketball with his freinds most the time. Andre also has a job i would say making magazines at
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
May 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
this book was a kinda controversial, it involved a young african american male that is training to be a journalist and ends up getting beaten up by some racists. he ends up ok though. i enjoyed reading this book.
Angel Zapata
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Hoopster Book Review By: Angel Zapata
By: Alan Lawrence Sitomer

*Spoiler Alert*
During his “I Have A Dream” speech, Martin Luther King Jr. believed that one day, his children and other people in the future will not be judged by their race or the color of their skin, but by the actions and characteristics that define them. This book that I have read recently is an urban-fiction story called "The Hoopster" By Alan Lawrence Sitomer. This story is about an African-American teenager who is threate
Devin Palmer
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alan Sitomer’s book “The Hoopster” is a realistic fiction book. It describes the life as an African American boy who has a background in the sport of basketball. Andre Anderson has a normal life as a teenager. He loves basketball and brings basketball into real life situations and a way of living. He has a pretty normal family that loves him very much and hopes for him to succeed in life.
Andre Anderson had a dream of becoming a journalist. He loves to hang out with his friends and loves to have
Dillon Rice
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Hoopster is a very good story about how to cope with big problems in life. Andre Anderson is an amazing basketball player with a great girlfriend and a very good internship for writing articles. Everything is going right for him and his life couldn't get any better until he writes a controversial article on racism. Many hateful,racist, civilians take the essay the wrong way, causing many big problems for Andre. Andre is jumped and injured very badly. After this he refuses to have any social ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • A la Carte
  • Jason & Kyra
  • Autobiography of My Dead Brother
  • Begging for Change
  • Forest Gate: A Novel
  • My Life as a Rhombus
  • Ağrı'nın Derinliği
  • Dancer
  • Kendra
  • Rucker Park Setup
  • Fire from the Rock
  • Papa You're Crazy
  • Strange Fruit, Volume I: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History
  • Like Sisters on the Homefront
  • It's All Good (So For Real, #3)
  • Broken China
  • Good Fortune
  • When the Black Girl Sings
Alan Lawrence Sitomer is a California Teacher of the Year award winner and the founder of The Writer’s Success Academy. In addition to having been an inner-city high school English teacher and former professor in the Graduate School Of Education at Loyola Marymount University, Mr. Sitomer is a nationally renowned keynote speaker who specializes in engaging underperforming students. To date, Mr. Si ...more
More about Alan Sitomer...

Other Books in the Series

The Hoopster (3 books)
  • Hip-Hop High School
  • Homeboyz

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »