“The Falconer is a novel of huge heart and fierce intelligence. It has restored my faith in pretty much everything.” —Ann Patchett, #1 New York Times bestsel ...more
"I'm not just the leading scorer at my school, I'm the leading scorer in the entire league for two years running, which you would think would garner me the same amount of respect Percy gets. But ...more
I read an intriguing interview about the author and the making of this book, which led to my requesting it from Net Galley. The author stated this is the book she wanted to read when she was a teen. It is very different from the usual books I pick up.
The protagonist is Lucy Adler, a very talented basketball player on the public courts in New York City. The story, set in 1993-1994, is a slice of life focused on Lucy’s 16th and 17th years and is told entirely from Lucy’ ...more
Reading it was about a seventeen-year-old girl in 1993 New York City whose passion was basketball and who has a crush on her best friend Percy, I wondered if I would care for the book. Sure, there was advance praise from Column McCann, Salmon Rushdie, Chloe Benjamin--but could I relate to the story?
I opened the book and started r ...more
Another recent random selection from the library's new release shelf that also by good chance turned out to be a real winner. I curse 'The Kirkus Reviews' for already using what I was going to write in this review - that The Falconer, the debut novel by sports journalist Dana Czapnik, was ...more
“The Falconer,” reminiscent of another famous back-pocket book, tells the story of that period of a young woman’s life as new experiences, triumphant a ...more
Lucy Adler, better known by her friends as Loose, is a seventeen-year-old student who lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in l993. Lucy's love in life is two things, basketball, and Percy, her best friend since childhood. They now attend different private schools but spend most of their free time together, shooting hoops or playing in pick up games in Riverside Park.
Lucy is a wild child. She questions everything in life and chases af ...more
I am not a sports person. Not even a little. My kids and grandkids know I cannot catch or throw a ball. Don’t even try.
This is a book about a girl who plays basketball. And yet I could relate to her. Basketball was made to seem poetic by the author.
When I was in high school the girl basketball players seemed so tough to me. So brave and strong. But seeing Lucy in this novel, maybe ...more
I was pleasantly surprised by this book! My immediate impression was that this was going to be a fiction largely based around a girl playing basketball (sports aren't my thing), but it was so much more than that. I will admit that I glossed over large sections of text where the author gave play-by-plays of basketball games (because like...no thank u), BUT! the focus of the story was less on "girl who plays sports" and more on "17 year old girl who is fig ...more
Thoroughly enjoyed this well-written, thoughtful coming of age story. Lucy is a kind of "average" New York teenager- not incredibly wealthy, not living in poverty- who loves basketball and (secretly) her best friend Percy. It's her senior year of high school, and she's navigating the minefields of soon-to-be-an-adult relationships, college, basketball, friendships, etc. Set against the backdrop of the early/mid-90s, it's a time an ...more
I waited a bit to do this review b/c I wanted to be sure of what I had to say. This book had a few good lines here & there, but overall it didn't leave me feeling like I had come across some great thing, which is a shame. It wasn't flat out bad, however. Partly I failed to relate to it b/c there are enough sports references to bore the hell out of me. It'd be a better fit for gals who are already into sportsball type stuff...more
Who are you? Who do you want to be? Who do you love? Why do you love them? In 1993 those are just a few of the questions plaguing Lucy. She is a street smart, trash talking baller, who is in love with her friend Percy, and trying to figure out what gives meaning to her life.
While I overall enjoyed reading this book, it was sort of bland and I felt it needed a lot of work. ...more
This book didn’t really have a plot? It just kind of follows Lucy around the streets of NYC as she goes about her life. I’m oka ...more
I LOVED this book!
Lucy is such a wonderful protagonist! She is so witty and bright. I really fell for her character. I was hopeful for her and at times heartbroken too. I thought the time period and setting of this novel were perfect,
NYC in the 90's! This isn't a book I would normally have picked up because I dont typically enjoy stories about teens, but the blurb sounded intriguing and honestly I didnt want this book to end. I read it quickly, it was really har ...more
Thanks to the publisher for the advance reading copy.