Ball Don't Lie Topics for Discussion

Matt de la Peña
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What attracts Anh-thu to Sticky when he first meets her?

Does Anh-thu remain a faithful friend to Sticky? What does she mean when she says she has "messed up"?

What are some reasons why Sticky is not at first appreciated by the other ball players at Lincoln Rec? How does he overcome these issues?

Contrast and compare the worlds of Lincoln Rec and the Third Street Promenade? Why does Anh-thu seem comfortable in both environments?

What role does repetitive, OCD behavior play in the plot line of this novel?

Why does Sticky have difficulties finding a permanent foster-care situation?

What does it mean to describe basketball as a metaphor in this novel?

How does Sticky change as a result of Ahn-thu's influence?

Why do Dante and Sticky become such good friends?

Who are the most likeable characters in the novel, and why? Who are the most disagreeable...

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