After The Shot Drops

After The Shot Drops

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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Title:After The Shot Drops
Author:Randy Ribay
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Edition Language:English

After The Shot Drops Reviews

  • the (book) supplier

    By the end I just couldn't put it down. Sticky Note Review @ the (book) supplier

  • Kelly Gilbert

    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

    A sports book with such complexity. One of the best I’ve read in awhile!

  • Dan

    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.

  • Jackie

    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

    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 to get them to the state championship.

    Both boys are caught up in two worlds--Bunny feels split between old and new, Nasir's split between regular life and his cousin Wallace who is in some major trouble due to sports gambling. The two worlds collide.

    In the beginning, it's hard to like Nasir, but Ribay did an excellent job making him a dynamic character that you grow to understand. The basketball scenes are well-penned and easy to "see" as you read.

    This book is probably appropriate for 8th grade and up; there is violence--gun and otherwise, use of the "F" word--primarily by the Nasir and Wallace, and a party where a character is drinking.

  • Lauren

    is how you write a story from different POVs.

  • Ricky

    Paired pretty closely with my first reading of

    , 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

    Paired pretty closely with my first reading of

    , 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 Bunny - he also feels like Bunny took "his" girl away from him when Keyona was, of course, never "his" in the first place. And then when Nasir's cousin Wallace gets in trouble and Bunny's involved, like it or not...well, I won't spoil you, but the ending, in particular, will leave you GASPING.

    is my first, and certainly not my last, taste of Randy Ribay's talent. There are a lot of characters with which he populates this book, and a lot of thoughts provoked. St. Sebastian's school may have some level of diversity - it put a smile on my face to know there's an out gay dude on the basketball team - but still, Bunny feels very much unwelcome there as a black boy, and even further, he gets a lot of people looking at him like he's a sellout trying to break away from his community. (Nas included.)

    The best part of this book is that Ribay doesn't try to paint either of his protagonists as total angels. Both Nasir and Bunny are flawed in their own ways - deeply so, even - and yet, they both deserve everything to go right for them in the end. Which, of course, is easier said than done.

    Whenever Ribay comes out with a new book, you'll be sure I'll get ahold of it as soon as possible. Until then, I'll have to see if my library happens to carry

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  • Randy

    Hey, I wrote this book, too!

  • Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}

    I want it. I want it noooow.

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