out of 5
Review by Elizabeth
Pat Conroy has a way about him that makes you forget you're reading, and you just get sucked into whatever story he's telling you. This autobiographical story is no different. I don't particularly like basketball, and I've never experienced life at a military school, but I was pulled into this story and felt like I was right there with him, experiencing everything he was writing about. When it's all said and done, it's not really a book about basketball and military school - it's a book the human condition, about a boy who does something he's not particularly good at because he loves to do it, and about his struggles to figure out who he is in an environment that he doesn't entirely fit into. As with just about everything else Conroy has written, this book is well-written, thoroughly engaging, and very much enjoyable. It reads more like a novel than an autobiography.