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After The Shot Drops

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,577 ratings  ·  411 reviews
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 pee
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Published March 6th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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jv poore
Oct 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
When a 14-year-old, self-professed non-reader, enjoys a book so much that he enthusiastically encourages me to read it, I am going to read that book.
Jul 19, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hey, I wrote this book, too!
Bunny and Nasir used to be best friends, and a great team on the basketball court, too. But then Bunny got a scholarship to a private academy to play ball for them, while Nasir is still stuck at public school, hanging out with his questionable cousin Wallace. Now they're estranged, and they're both unhappy with how things are going. But neither of them can figure out how to fix the situation, either.
I picked this up at the beginning of the NBA finals. Then they were over all too soon for my tea
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Have they read Slam, The Hate U Give, Hooper, All American Boys, or The Crossover? After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay brings an amazing cast of complex characters together and tackles important topics like friendship, loyalty, identity, and privilege in a way that will be sure to resonate with readers. Basketball may be the hook; there are some great hoop scenes, but the relationships, for me, were the fire that kept this story burning to the very last shot.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fast read , I could have finished it in just one sitting . The characters are well written and the plot makes sense . This is a good book that deals with the fallout of bad decisions, mature friendships and life decisions. Simple but good book, nice representation of minorities.
Kelly Gilbert
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can’t remember exactly how I heard of this book, but I vaguely remember it being described as YA Ghost, which is a fast way to get me to pick up anything. And with blurbs from Jeff Zentner and Carl Deuker? Now we’re talking. I don’t think I heard a ton about this on social media, either, but with starred reviews left and right and a Colby Sharp shout out, I am not the only person who is like, yeah this book is a good purchase for a high school or mature middle school audience.

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Paired pretty closely with my first reading of All American Boys, this book is very similar in style, though centered on slightly different themes. There's not so much to do with police brutality here, and the two narrators are far more closely connected than Reynolds and Kiley's, being lifelong best friends...until now, when Bunny's transferred to a high-end Catholic private school and Nasir feels left behind. And that's just the beginning of the chips Nasir has on his shoulder when it comes to ...more
Laura (bbliophile)
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This books was really, really good. I didn't know much about it going into it, other than the fact that it featured basketball in some way, but it completely blew me away. I'd totally recommend this.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, gut-punch
This is how you write a story from different POVs.
Jenny Bruesewitz
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A sports book with such complexity. One of the best I’ve read in awhile!
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay was something I chose to screen for my class library. It has two narrators, Bunny (Benedict Thompson) and Nasir, both freshmen in Philadelphia schools, though Bunny now attends Saint Sebastian's private school while Nasir still attends Whitman. They were best friends before that, but Nasir feels betrayed by Bunny's choice to leave for a better future. Basketball will be his road to college and to helping his family with finances, and St. S's is counting on him ...more
Laura Gardner
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“A place is only as good as the people you’ve got around you.”
Race. Class. Stereotypes. Assumptions. Opportunity. Friendship. Betrayal. Not just about basketball (although there’s also plenty of 🏀 action!). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
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Nazir and Bunny (he’s got jumps!) are estranged best friends. Bunny recently transferred to a private school to play basketball and the team is headed to states. Nazir feels abandoned. Meanwhile, Nazir’s cousin Wallace is about to be evicted and
Jul 19, 2016 marked it as to-read
I want it. I want it noooow.
I don't know, man. I read Patron Saints of Nothing and really loved it. It was so nuanced in its exploration of the war on drugs and government corruption and family relationships.

Will claims that After the Shot Drops carries a similar nuance, so I was pretty pumped to read it, but honestly, I think he's seeing a complexity that isn't quite there. The question of who is responsible for Wallace is a big and important one, but I think the NOVEL's answer is clear: Wallace. Wallace is responsib
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think after the shot drops is a pretty good book since I loved to play basketball. 2 best friends broke up of one ditching another. 1 loves to play basketball and tried to be the state champions and the other was having trouble with his cousin getting evicted. Will they forgive each other? What will you do if your them? After reading this book, I really like the way the author wrote it. He described the setting and the feeling/emotions of the characters really well. I also liked how the author ...more
Jenny Ashby
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I am reaching my limit of books with African-American characters who live in bad neighborhoods and have to do desperate things or make horrible choices in order to try to get out of the bad neighborhood. I work with a lot of minority kids and I know they want to see themselves in books and it is still a struggle just in general to find enough books with diverse characters in them, but I have to think that if I were a black teen, I'd also want to see some books with black teens who are having st ...more
Gordon Jack
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Like a great basketball game, this book is fast paced with lots of surprising turns that made it totally engrossing. There aren't many YA books that do this good a job exploring complicated male relationships. Ribay shows us the pressures put on Bunny and Nasir by their friends and family and how difficult it can be for them to communicate their need for help. While the basketball scenes are riveting, it's the story of how these friends challenge and support each other that really made this a pa ...more
Joseph Moldover
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the Shot Drops is a book about a lot of, race, class, family, growing up...but most of all, it hit me as a book about friendship. There are too few books about male friendships, and fewer still that capture the complexities of love, loyalty, jealousy, and ambivalence that run through the bonds between boys this age. Randy Ribay's portrayal of Nasir and Bunny gets it right, and their friendship forms the foundation of a page-turner of a book.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
By the end I just couldn't put it down. Sticky Note Review @ the (book) supplier ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was a very interseting story with each chapter switching between perspectives with simmilar problems.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A powerful story! A must read for HS students.
Will Ejzak
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great YA. Lots of nuance here. Bonus points for the ending, which is as bitter and moving and deliberately unsatisfying as any YA I've read. Ribay doesn't sugarcoat anything. Some people are railroaded into tragedy. Nasir's central question--"Who is responsible for Wallace?"--is impossible to answer, but he knows enough to feel an instinctive revulsion whenever the older, "wiser" characters try to chalk it up to personal responsibility alone ("Wallace is responsible for Wallace"). Who is respons ...more
Ryan  Zhang
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall the book is pretty decent:
First of all, I loved the way that Bunny makes the people "shut up" for example when a person made fun of his name he answered back with a winning game and made that person "shut up"
Also, I like the theme which in my thought is don't be a ban wagon and a follower, for example, a ban wagon is just making them your favorite because they are good and also big-time fan favorites. But Bunny took down all of the bad things about his name and his school being really un
Stella (stellasbookishworld)
Before I say anything I want to add that I'm just giving my honest opinion here. it's nothing against the author. I hope to read more of his work because I did like the premise of the story.

I was really excited going into this book but, unfortunately, it didn't reach my expectations let alone exceed them. To me, every character fell flat and the much anticipated "big plot twist" I'd read about in reviews wasn't executed as well as I'd hoped.

*clears throat*

*opens books*

The first chapter starts at
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

Randy Ribay's stand-out contemporary YA novel After the Shot Drops tells the story of two teens as they make their way through painful turns in the aftermath of a friendship breakdown.

Told in alternating first-person narratives, readers follow rising high school basketball star Bunny Thompson and his now-estranged best friend Nasir Blake. When we first meet our two main protagonists, it is at the funeral of a neighborhood kid. Bunny, now a student and star player at St. Sebastian's- a private sc
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Man, this was a good book.

I have had this in my collection (a 6-8 building) for awhile, and have had VERY little traffic with it. Mainly because there is no AR test to go along with it, so many of my kiddos have no incentive to pick it up (that is a HUGE sidenote discussion I don't want to get into here, but it is a thing and Yes, it is frustrating). Anyway, the reason it finally moved up my TBR stack to defcon status is because my Scholastic Book Fair rep told me that this fall they are stockin
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cdl, library-2018
What a fantastic read.

Bunny is a basketball prodigy. His skills have earned him a place at a fancy prep school nearby. Now he is one of six black students and feels the need to control his actions at every turn. He left behind his best friend, Nasir, when he made the decision to leave Whitman, the public high school, for St. Sebastian's.

When Bunny left for that fancy prep school, Nasir was hurt. Hurt that his best friend did not take their relationship into account. Hurt that he had to hear it
Ms. Warchol
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nasir and Bunny were best friends, more like brothers, until a few months ago when Bunny transferred from their local public school to play basketball at the elite St. Sebastian's. Now Nasir won't speak to him and Bunny feels isolated as he tries to navigate everything on his own.

It might look like Bunny is popular because he's the star basketball player but he feels out of place. Because he lives in Whitman. Because his family isn't rich. Because his skin is shades darker than the majority of
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Randy Ribay is the author of the contemporary YA novels PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING (Kokila/Penguin 2019), AFTER THE SHOT DROPS (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018) and AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES (Merit Press/Simon & Schuster, 2015). He's also a high school English teacher, reader, gamer, watcher of great TV, husband, and father of two dog-children. He can probably be found somewhere makin ...more

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