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After The Shot Drops

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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
ebook, 336 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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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
Jul 19, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hey, I wrote this book, too!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}
I want it. I want it noooow.
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
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.

The plot contain
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, gut-punch
This is how you write a story from different POVs.
the (book) supplier
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
Lorraine McCullough
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bunny is our male protagonist who left his neighborhood high school to play basketball at a prestigious private school. When the gifted athlete says yes to the scholarship, many of his friends are not happy because they feel he is abandoning their neighborhood. Enter Nasir, Bunny's former best friend. Nasir feels ditched and left out from Bunny and his new all star life. He is also dealing with his counsin Wallace's soon to be eviction. Times become desperate, and Wallace enters a gambling world ...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
Evan Bosma
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-discovery
I have always loved reading books about basketball and its role in life. So far, I don't think there's been a better book than this one. It has been a while since a book could make my thoughts and feelings one with a character's. From start to finish, After The Shot Drops explores many many themes surrounding a high school kid's life, and the pressure one feels, what with maintaining your grades, getting into a good college, getting into a college your parents can afford, staying loyal to import ...more
Parker Peevyhouse
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A gripping book about friends figuring out what they owe each other. What do you do when a friend makes it big and leaves you behind? How do you help a friend who keeps getting himself deeper and deeper into trouble? This story wrestles with these questions in such realistic and heartbreaking ways. Plus, wow is there a lot of basketball talk and some seriously in-depth game descriptions!

I really appreciated the dilemmas these characters faced: how to find a way to fund their education, what to d
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
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a good yalit read and would be especially good for young men who don't necessarily enjoy reading. It was high interest and engaging and explores how young men navigate making decisions which aren't popular, but absolutely necessary and how those decisions impact their close social circle emotionally.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
If you need another book as powerful as The Hate U Give, if you need a book with fantastic basketball, if you need a book about moving to a positive future without leaving everything in your past, if you need a book about decisions . . . basically if you need a book, you need this one.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Friendship, future, decisions - this book has got it all. I could not put it down.
Mar 07, 2018 marked it as to-read
Susannah Goldstein
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-lit-read
I hate to get all cheesy and say it’s a slam dunk, but it is! This book is appealing as hell- it’s paced well, it’s thoughtful, and it’s great for discussion.
Fey (feysbookishworld)
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
Michael Miranda
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Suspenseful, rhythmical, and relevant to young men of color, Ribay intersects themes of friendship, loyalty, self identify, and self determination in this novel. While the basketball scenes are nail biters, Bunny's story is much more so. I read this cover to cover during a flight, and it kept my heart pounding like a bouncing basketball.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-mt-bookpile
Going to a private school can lead to a disruption on friendships no matter the reason for changing schools, but in this case it's not just the idea that Bunny has going to the "rich" school that upsets Nasir, it's also that he's left their basketball team for a better funded one, which will kill any chances they have of winning any game. It's the loss of both that upsets him. For Bonny, it's the opportunity to possibly get seen by scouts and into a good school, but life at the school isn't easy ...more
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
I think this is one of those books that will resonate with some readers more than others, and while the message and ideas were important, I don't think this was a book that worked for me.

Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.

This story follows two best friends, Bunny and Nasir. Bunny has recently transferred schools because of his basketball career and Nasir is having troubles accepting Bunny's decision to mo
Bianca Smith
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
First published on Mass Consternation.

I received this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. If you've read my other reviews, you'll know that if it's bad, I'll say so, regardless of how I received the book.

I felt physically uncomfortable reading After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay. I was the kid who left town for a different life. I didn’t realize what or why I was doing at the time. Looking back I see the consequences of my choice, and what would have happened if I sta
"After the Shot Drops" is the story of two friends, Bunny (affectionately named so because he's got 'hops') and Nasir. When the novel begins, Nasir and Bunny are not on speaking terms, mostly because Bunny has recently transferred to an upper crust private school to play basketball without talking to him about it first. While Bunny realizes he's out of place among his wealthy, mostly White peers, Nasir remains at his inner-city school and finds kinship with his cousin, Wallace, a troubled young ...more
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Randy Ribay is the author of the contemporary YA novels 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 making lightsaber sound effects with his mouth.
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