I don’t like basketball. Never have, never will. So I guess it’s a little surprising that I sort of liked Game by Walter Dean Myers. This book tells the story of Drew Lawson, a teen obsessed with basketball. He lives in Harlem, and he sees basketball as his only way out. He is a senior in high school this year, so he’s worried about his last basketball season and his chances to play college ball. It doesn’t help that there’s a new kid getting most of the coach’s attention. Drew has to always remember to keep his head in the game–not just the game of basketball but also the game of life.
Game is full of slang that I didn’t really understand and basketball speak that I understand even less, but the message is a good one. Even with everything going on around him, Drew never loses sight of what he really wants, and he does everything he can to make his dream a reality.
Game is definitely a “boy book.” Some girls interested in basketball will pick it up, but I think the guys in my high school will really enjoy it.