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Ball Don't Lie Summary
Matt de la Peña

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Ball Don't Lie Summary

Plot Summary

Published in 2005, "Ball Don't Lie" is the first of four young-adult novels by Matt de la Peña. The book is a gritty coming-of-age story of a troubled throwaway named Sticky (his real name, Travis Reichard, is rarely used). Now seventeen, Sticky bounces from one foster home to another as repeatedly as the dribbled basketball that is his talisman and ticket out of the ghetto. The boy suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder that was spawned by a traumatic incident he witnessed as a seven-year-old: his birth mother's suicide when she slashed her wrists in their apartment's bathtub. Since then, Sticky has bottled up his feelings, except for indulging his passion for basketball, haunting the hoop courts at Lincoln Rec, a squalid public gym in the bowels of East Los Angeles. There, in the homeboy camaraderie of pickup ball games with its marginalized but likeable denizens, Sticky finds his only...

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