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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  766 ratings  ·  230 reviews
Drew Lawson knows basketball is taking him places. It has to, because his grades certainly aren't. But lately his plan has run squarely into a pick. Coach's new offense has made another player a star, and Drew won't let anyone disrespect his game. Just as his team makes the playoffs, Drew must come up with something big to save his fading college prospects. It's all up to ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 29th 2008 by HarperTeen (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jag D.Rose
Walter Dean Myers

Drew Lawson is an African-American who lives in Harlem and adores playing basketball; he is the lead player of his high school basketball team. His dreams are to play in a Division 1 college and get drafted to the NBA. Although the bad influences around Harlem and in school made it difficult to succeed, he was determined to be one of the few that make it out. Things change though, when a new kid comes and tries to take over Drew’s team. Drew has to learn to deal with
Jan 19, 2016 added it
This was a good book! Hope you guys are interested.
Aug 25, 2009 rated it liked it
"If you know you don't have a win, then there's no use for you being in the game."

—Mr. Ferguson, "Game", P. 58

"Maybe being loved wasn't enough; maybe there was something else you needed not to get in trouble."

—Game, P. 84

Walter Dean Myers has an outstanding acumen for urban teenage language. The rhythm and pop of street talk flows with full flavor in this book, setting a perfect scene while at the same time moving the story in several unexpected directions at once. A book like this one
Jovan Lynch
ame was one of my favorite WDM novels. Walter is a vivid writer who exemplifies the street life and portrays it to the reader. He has a way of painting a picture of the way the urban life no matter what race, sex, nationality or social class you can relate to Walters novels.
In Game we are introduced to a young talented player. He is a typical high schooler living with his mother, father and little sister, struggling with Othello and playing basketball. Now there's basketball then there's Drew
Josh Ginnett
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Game book review

In the book "Game" by Walter Dean Myers, Drew lawson is a black senior in James Baldwin Academy. He has a goal to play college basketball although where he lives that is tough goal to achieve. Drew lives in a town where robbery and poverty is common. When the season starts Drew is told that halfway through the season colleges start to recruit players. When the team meets for practice halfway through the season two new white players show up. Drew realizes one of them named Tomas
Sep 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ms. Yingling
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This story of a Harlem boy who wants to do well enough at basketball to go to college and maybe even play professionally will never make it back to the shelves. It is fast paced, has lots of descriptions of games and how people play basketball, and is interspersed at good intervals with other situations facing the characters, including a brother who is facing jail time for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When Myers is good, he is very, very good, and he is certainly on the top of his ...more
Tee Whited
Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was a lot better than I thought it would be. It just inspires people that things get tough and not everything goes your way. That was the case with Drew, he was the star of his basketball team until the coach brought in a new offense. This offense makes another guy the star and Drew is not satisfied by not being the star. This book kind of inspires people to keep pursuing their goal and be the best they can be. Drew does everything he possibly can to become better and put him in a ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Game by Walter Dean Myers is a book about a kid named Drew. He is playing basketball. His coach is named House. He and his team are trying to win the championship in high school basketball. He is pretty much the best in his team. Early in the story two white kids join the team from another country. They also think they are good. They have to find a way to work together as a team if they want to win.
I would rate this book as a good 9/10. This book was a very interesting book. I could never
Aidan Conroy
I think this book was a decent novel talking about the choices in a young athletic teenagers life.
Apr 04, 2017 added it
This was a really great book
Mar 15, 2018 added it
This was a very good book. It was one of my favorite sports book iv read with some interesting parts in it. overall it was a good book i recommend people read.
Sully M
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing

The novel GAME by Walter Dean Myers, takes place in Chicago and is about a high school student named Drew. Drew is on his high school basketball team and is the best player on the team. About halfway through the season, the team's coach, House, brings in a new player from Prague, a place in the Czech Republic. The new kid, whose name is Tomas, isn’t that good of a player when he is brought in and everyone knows it. House tries to make Tomas the team’s new star player, but Drew wasn’t going to
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Kendall Ratliff
Game by Walter Dean Myers made me really feel like I was there in the book, even though I wasn’t it made me feel though I was. Drew Lawson was the star of his school basketball team. He knew he had game and so did everybody else. Although the bad influences around Harlem and in school made it difficult to succeed, he was determined to be one of the few that make it out. But then a new kid comes and tries’s to take Drew’s team. Drew can’t lose his cool because he knows that basketball is the only ...more
J'rell Renford
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
I think the peron that changed the most from the beginning of the book to the end of the book was Drew. At the beginning of this book he was a self-centered, cocky ball player who thought of himself as the star of the team. Then when a new player Tomas came to the school Drew feels as though he needs to solidify his spot on the team in order to show him who the man is on the team. When the coach suddenly benches him he decides in order to play again he will have to change his mentality to ...more
David Gutierrez
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Drew Larson is an African-American who loves basketball. He is the main player for his high school team, it's his last season before he goes to college and hopefully plays ball there. As the season goes on they have another player come and try to take his role in the team. He can not lose it because that's the only way he will make it to college. He has to keep his cool and cooperate with the adjustments his coaches are doing.
Over all this book is very easy to relate to, it gives you a clear
Irvin B
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In this realistic fiction by Walter Dean Myers, Drew Lawson is a young African American male who plays basketball for James Baldwin Academy. Drew grows up in a very bad neighborhood in Harlem. Drew just wants to be the first to make it out of Harlem. Drew wants to play for Division on college team. Drew believes that playing basketball is the only way out of Harlem. There will be scouts watching the second half of the season, but there is one problem there are two new players on the team. He ...more
Feb 13, 2014 added it
Recommends it for: young athletes
Recommended to Dawson by: i picked it up walking in library
Drew Lawson,the outstanding African American basketball player. It's told in first person by Drew and he makes you feel like you are right beside him or in the stands. He had the most game in the city for his age group,he lived in a rough part of town so his mother is always cautious. Young kids were getting killed his age and it worried her. Drew had a dream to play in the NBA and his teamates thought he could too.

He was the leader of his High School basketball team. Until the new kid comes to
Cory Sanders
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who play a sports in high school
Recommended to Cory by: no one
Drew Lawson a senior in high school has dreams to go to the NBA. Drew plays point guard at James Baldwin Academy. The team almost made it to the regional finals in Drew’s junior year. in the first half of his senior year is going even better. He had been told that the second half of the season is when the scouts and the college coaches actively start searching for talent. however Drew runs in to a problem when two white kids join the team. this is a problem for drew because the coach is starting ...more
Stanilsav S
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a funny and a sporty book. It shows the work it takes to be a basketball player and what it means. This book is about a high-school teen that plays basketball for his high-school. They are on the road to winning a state championship! To see if they make it read the book. One thing that I loved about this book is how descriptive everything is. So it's really easy to get an almost accurate picture in your head. I don't like the time it takes to get somewhere in the book though. The ...more
Matt Miller
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Game by Walter Dean Myers is a fantastic read.

Drew Lawson is a phenomenal basketball player, with a dream of playing in college and maybe even the NBA. He is in high school, growing up in Harlem where he has seen people make it to the NBA,and has also seen people throw their lives down the drain. Drew has a passion for basketball like no one else and knows he can achieve his goal. With tough decisions and keeping his cool in very difficult times, Drew will fight harder than anyone else to win.
Eric V
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Drew Lawson is a star high school basketball player for Baldwin High School. He was a superstar until coach brought in new players and one of them turned into a star. It was up to Drew to play really well towards the end of the season as his team was fighting for a playoff spot. The team makes the playoffs, which was one of my favorite parts in this book. I like this book because there is a clear theme in this book to never give up. I was happy that Drew was able to commit to play at DePaul ...more
l Jordan l
Dec 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People that like Basketball
This bookk is alright. Its not hard to read and you should finish it quickly, but if you dont like basketball the n you shouldnt read cause it mainly about basketball. Its about this dude named Drew and hes in the schools Basketball team. He trys to get to the next level in basketball, trying to be the best to win the finals, but theres a lot of good players and new teammates. Inside he learns more about life and what hes going to do, going to a division 1 college. But you have to read it find ...more
James Stout
Jan 02, 2010 rated it liked it
A quick read that tells the story of a NY City kid who wants to play Division I college basketball. It's pretty well written and I can see how it might inspire young boys to work harder at life and avoid trouble, but it's not good enough for me to recommend.
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
If you like basketball this book is not bad. I think at times the author gets lost in what he is trying to do in this book and kind of wanders about in his story. Overall the book is entertaining.
Gavin McTier
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had no hesitation choosing this book honestly. I have done quite a bit of Research and read a lot of reviews on Walter Dean Myers. I knew he was the perfect author for me because the way he dives right into the story and it gets you hooked instantly. The Star in this book is Drew Lawson he plays the main character role in this book. He’s from a crime filled City of Harlem. Walter Dean Myers I think anyway does a great job by showing how bad this kid has it. Drew Lawson though has some big time ...more
John Fetty
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a fiction book about a high school kid named Drew and his basketball team on their journey to state the teams have their ups and downs but they get through them all in the end or do they. The theme in this book is that whatever life deals you, you can get through it and will if you give some effort. It might take several tries but keep dreaming and working till you get what you want.
The plot of my book takes place in the hood of New York. The main character of my book is Drew
Jon Morella
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Game, by Walter Dean Myers, is about Drew Lawson and his senior year at high school in Harlem. Drew knows that he is really good at basketball, but House, his coach, is holding him back. House has completely changed the team's offensive game plan which is making it difficult for Drew to play to the best of his abilities. Drew really wants to go to college and knows that time is running out. He also knows that his grades probably won't get him to college, which forces him to work extra hard the ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Goodreads Book Review on Game by Walter Dean Myers
The book Game focuses on a kid named Drew who has a fanatical love and dedication for basketball. Drew grows up in a very poor area with turmoil and gang violence all around him. He has a love for basketball because it’s one of his only tickets into college and it could make or break his life. Drew’s challenge in this book is a new offensive teammate who is out shining and challenging Drew’s skills due to the coaches favoritism. Drew must do
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.

After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from
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“If you know you don't have a win, then there's no use for you being in the game.” 13 likes
“No matter what...ball made my heart beat faster, made me want to jump up and down and be Superman. That's what life was about anyway, being Superman and living like life itself was important. Basketball made my life important.” 13 likes
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