Author: Geoff Herbach
Teen Reviewer: Se Choi
Adam Reed was adopted off the streets of Poland when he was little and was brought to America where he was raised by Renata, his new mother. He grew to love basketball, and basketball became his life. Since he didn't speak good English, he stayed quiet at school, which made him unpopular. But he kept playing basketball for his high school, and he was the best player they had. He had one true friend named Barry that waited for Adam at the end of every game to buy him McDonald's. He decided to join a program that had kids like him--that were to advanced in their basketball skills. At the program, he accidentally showed off in front of the other players and caused them not to like him. But after talking, apologizing, and working together as a team, their group became tightly knitted. When one of them was in trouble, Adam would try to get them out of it. During that time, Adam lost interest in Barry and abandoned him once and went to hang out with his basketball friends instead. But in the end, he supports both his basketball friends and school friend from trouble.
You grow to like and understand the main character as you read on. I personally felt sympathetic when something bad happened to Adam, and felt comforted when Adam overcame something. The novel really carries you through a personal journey that you feel somehow involved with.