by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 19 Mar 2014 | Archive Date 05 May 2015
James Lorimer & Company, Lorimer Children & Teens
Playing ball is what keeps Podium Sports Academy's basketball captain going when things get rough. When there's trouble back home, Allie turns to basketball. Ditto when her relationship is in trouble or when she's at odds with her friends. But then tragedy strikes when an old knee injury resurfaces and Allie is told she might not be able to play again. With her hope of a future as an elite basketball player gone, Allie is overwhelmed with dark thoughts and feels she has nothing left to live for. That is, until unexpected support comes from two unlikely sources: her folks back home and her friends at Podium, her home away from home.
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Average rating from 16 members
A very well written book about teens in high school, who don't have just the regular pressures of high school and growing up to deal with, but are also high performing athletes. Alice is a basketball player with a great shot of getting a scholarship to an elite school based on her performance as the star of the team. She also has an injury she has been trying to hide and ignore, in addition to a strained relationship with her family. She feels isolated and shooting hoops is the one thing that gives her comfort, a sense of accomplishment and a way out. The book is really well written. It drew me into Alice's life page after page and kept me rooting for her as she tries to find her way through isolation to despair and then hope. Highly recommended to young readers.