Mr B's review
A vivid coming-of-age story touching on feminism, philosophy, art and what it means to be a girl in a man’s world, complete with keenly observed snapshots of life in 90s New York. Seventeen-year-old Lucy’s confidence on the basketball court is juxtaposed with her gauche self-consciousness and insightful social awareness as she navigates her final year of high school and falling in love, despite herself, with her lifelong best friend. The stand-out feature of this book for me was the searing honesty of Lucy’s voice and experience, which will resonate not only with young women but anybody trying to find their place in the world.
An iBooks Book of the Year 2019, ‘Our favourite debut … a glorious, empowering, coming of age NY story.’
‘An electric debut’ New York Times
‘Exhilarating’ Claire Messud
‘Deeply affecting’ Salman Rushdie
Seventeen-year-old Lucy Adler, a street-smart, trash-talking baller, is often the only girl on the public courts. Lucy’s inner life is a contradiction. She’s by turns quixotic and cynical, insecure and self-possessed and, despite herself, is in unrequited love with her best friend and pick-up teammate Percy, son of a prominent New York family who is trying to resist his upper crust fate.
As Lucy questions accepted notions of success, bristling against her own hunger for male approval, she is drawn into the world of a pair of provocative female artists living in what remains of New York’s bohemia.
In her hit US debut, Dana Czapnik memorably captures the voice of a young woman in the first flush of freedom searching for an authentic way to live and love.
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