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Hoop Dreams: True Story of Hardship and Triumph, The Paperback – February 2, 1996
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Co-author of Race and Politics in Chicago,he is a resident of Chicago, Illinois.
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In Hoop Dreams, Ben Jorausky gives an exemplary outlook on the life of Auther Agee and William Gates. Hoop dreams is a touching and compelling story. This book gives the reader a deep insight on the lives of teenagers with professional dreams. By stressing the facts of every day life in a ghetto community Ben Jorausky repeatedly makes connections with the reader. This book is educational and is also a reality check. The author reaches out to all types of people who do not understand the life of a player and the efforts that are put into professional sports. I recommend Hoop Dreams to any young male or female who has aspirations of becoming a professional athlete, it is also an important book for people who do not take into consideration the hard work and time consuming efforts that are put into athletic careers. I give Hoop Dreams 5 stars.
After his freshamn year Authur's parents can no longer afford his school costs, even with him working at the school as a janitor so he has to go to a public high school for his sophmore year and from then on he is there with a different coach. Meanwhile, William gets his girlfriend prego and is happy because if he gets gunned down where he lives at least there will be a record (a child) of his existance. Because he is underage he is not charged and/or required to register. His girl resorts to passive/aggresive behavior telling him if he is not there for her, they are done. She has their daughter the day after the team loses in the post seasson. He did not want to tell his coach.
His junior year William hurts his knee at a Nike camp and names of other camp attenders are mentioned, several went on to the NBA. Willaim has surgery but eventually reinjuries his knee and has to have additional surgery. Additional family background is giving about both William's parents and brother and Authur's parents and their difficulties. Swearing throughout.
In their senior years Authur and William and their teams advance to post season before one looses and one goes down state to the finals before loosing, they had been watching Isiah Thomas and the Pistons but turned their interests to the Bulls and Michael Jordan and the Bulls as they begin to win.Read more ›
In this story Big Earl know talent when he sees it, and when he saw Arthur he knew had a chance in the NBA. Arthur was a skinny boy around age 14-15 with smewy arms that swept along the ground. Big Earl thought that he should be the one to discover him and take him under his wing. There where rules he need to think about that his father thought him, but Arthur was excited, it all went out the window when Big Earl mentioned Isiah's name. He was an excellent basketball player and went to St. Joe College. Since that's the college he attended now Arthur is thinking about it. Big Earl seems to be promising this young boy dreams pretty early. Big Earl got Arthur wrap around his finger and Arthur just doesn't know it yet.
He is too excited and loves basketball with a passion. Arthur grew up in a well discipline home with just enough support to get through life without begging for anything. He is very appreciative about what he got. His mom is struggling still for the family to eat and have somewhere to stay. She is a very hard worker and Arthur going on to play basketball will be a big break for the family. Arthur is a smart kid and new that this is what he wanted and one it also would make his mom and dad proud.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is very detailed, telling the struggles of 2 African American teen, having Hoop Dreams, earning their ways to the top, there are many twists also, from... Read more
This book is a story of a basketball player who makes his dreams come true with persistence and a ambitious will. Read morePublished on October 4, 2007 by Shelondria Gay
This is excellent reading if you enjoyed the movie. It just gives the reader a deeper look into the lives of Arthur and William. There is so much detail we didn't get in the movie. Read morePublished on June 21, 2007 by J. Payton
Summarized by, Isaac Sarate
Two kids dream of playing basketball is offered a chance to shine. Who will succeed, and who will fail? Read more
this story is about two young boys the grew up off the street playing basketball. They both went to the N.B.A. Read morePublished on January 18, 2007
Hoop Dreams was probably one of the best books I've ever read. I don't think I would have liked it so much if it hadn't been based on a true story. Read morePublished on December 13, 2005 by Kain
The book Hoop Dreams by Paul Robert Walker is one of my favorite books ever. Its a thrilling novel about two kids (Arther Agee and William Gates) that play basketball in high... Read morePublished on January 10, 2005
"Hoops Dreams" tells a great story; one that you don't have to be a basketball fan(or even a sports fan) to enjoy. Read morePublished on October 14, 2004 by Sam Jackson