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Boost Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-11-23 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 17 user ratings
ISBN:0142415391
LANGUAGE:English

" Loved reading a sports fiction book geared toward my female/female-identifying 7th graders! Finally! " said.

"Boost is a great book for those who like Basketball and Realistic Fiction!

Savannah 'Savvy' Christopher, a fourteen year old, has just moved from New Mexico to Rhode Island with her sister, Calliope "Callie" Christopher, and her parents. They sold their old house with hot tubs, walk-in closets, a private pool, a basketball court and double-bed bedrooms to the government because their Dad, a retired golf player who had an accident, needed to go to school and start a new career. Their Dad, Mark Christopher, used to be a amazing golf player. Apparently, many people in the States know about him. When Callie, Savvy's sister, was five, their Dad was fixing a broken satellite on top of their house when Callie climbed up to the roof. When Savvy's Dad saw Callie, he was so shocked, and then he slid on a screwdriver and tumbled down the building, breaking bones in his back and neck. After the accident, he had to do a surgery. Now, he isn't supposed to lift anything heavier than a bag of groceries.

The family moved to Savvy's Aunt Betty's farm, Savvy's Dad's sister. She has a dirty barn, and a lot of sheep. When coyotes come at night, their dog would fight or scare them off. Sometimes. Aunt Betty might go out with her shotgun and gun the coyotes by herself.

Once Savvy moved to Rhode Island, she met Nina "Gonzo" Gonzalez at the elite 16U basketball team tryouts. After they finished the tryouts, they decided to join the elite 18U basketball team, Fire, despite being only fourteen. In the end, they made the team.

A few nights later, coyotes came at night. This time, Aunt Betty herself went out with her shotgun, but returned with a broken ankle. Savvy's parents took her to the hospital, with negative results. As time passes, more bad effects come, but eventually Betty returns home after a few months with a cast.

Savvy's team, Fire, wins many basketball tournaments. They have excellent teamwork, if they are desperate to win, their coach, Fitz, places Savvy in forward position. Usually, she is placed in middle but more likely she is on the bench. The rest of the team, Gonzo, Lori, Bailey, Ava, Olivia, Molly, Natalia (Known as "Bubble") had to feed the balls to Savvy because Savvy is the best shooter on their team. Her best shots are on the right corner, or on the free throw line. She is six four, and a great shooter and blocker.

Soon, they play against a Newport team, Power. The coach is Jennifer Kronos, who was one of Fitz's students during high school. Fitz hates her a lot because of something that happened during their time when Kronos was in high school. Apparently, Kronos begged Fitz to boost her game because they were competing in the state championship on the next week. Fitz kept refusing, but later, he asked Kronos to get him his water battle in his office. Never, in four years, had Fitz asked Kronos for a errand or favour. When she went into his office, she saw that his top cupboard was unlocked. She knew that Fitz never left his cupboards unlocked, and she saw a envelope inside. She didn't even have to open it to see that there were pills inside. Kronos kept begging Fitz to boost her game. Now he did, but not directly. She had a choice, to take it or not. They were amphetamines, and Kronos took them a few times. For many years, Kronos kept telling everyone the same story with a few lies. Fitz also hates Kronos for that.

To get to the national tournament in Orlando, the only way a team could compete in it was to win a regional qualifier. The first qualifier in New England was held in Warwick. Fire beat many teams easily, but in the middle of the qualifier, Lori's Mom spotted Steroid pills in Savvy's bag. During Fire's playing time, Lori's Mom contacted the police and they cut open the lock and searched Savvy's gym bag. The detective accuses Savvy for taking steroid pills, which are illegal. Apparently, Savvy didn't take the pills. After a many tests in the hospital, including urine test and a blood test, they finally saw that Savvy was clean. Then, they accused Marc, which was Callie's boyfriend, for putting the pills in Savvy's bag because Marc once told her that all he wanted was to get to a D1 scholarship, so they think Marc framed her because Savvy caught Marc a few times in Callie and Savvy's bedroom. Marc's parents took him to the hospital and took blood test, and he came out clean, too. Because the detective still thinks Savvy is the culprit, Savvy isn't allowed to play any tournaments until they find the real culprit or any real proof that Savvy is doing it. After many days, they finally find out that it is Callie that put the pills in Savvy's gym bag. Alyssa, Callie's best friend convinced Callie to do it.

Since Savvy isn't the pill consumer, she is allowed to play in tournaments now. Team Fire takes their last change at the last New England Regional Qualifier, and they beat Newport Team Power in the semifinals. But, they lose in the finals. Too exhausted to care that they lost a trip to the national tournament in Orlando, they celebrate their survival to the finals.

I think this is a great book for basketball players, because one of the main topics of the book is basketball. Again, I think this is a great book!
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" A compelling story about sibling relationships, finding your place, and fitting in. This story is appropriate for 8th grade readers who are able to deal with challenging moral questions related to privacy, drug use and complex relationships. " said.

" When Savvy moves to a new town, all she wants to do is make a couple friends and play basketball, her favorite sport. She settled in and made a good friend, But then she found steroids in her bag, so people spread rumors and she got a bad name. Then, she eventually found out that her sister hid them there so that people dont suspect her for doing anything. This story is about mistrust, friendship and honesty. " said.

"If you liked Catherine Gilbert Murdoch's Dairy Queen trilogy, you'll probably like the story of Savvy, an eighth-grader whose drive and determination - and friend who has crazy ideas - convince her to play for an elite 18 and under summer basketball team in her new town. Like D.J. in Dairy Queen, Savvy is carrying more of her family than she really should be, and she has to balance her family responsibilities with training. Occasionally the book isn't as nuanced and well-rounded as Dairy Queen, as it sometimes veers more toward a teen problem novel about steroids in sports, but overall this is a great book for people who like smart, gutsy, strong teen heroines." said.

"While drug use in sports, especially among girls, is an important topic, I really wish this one hadn't been so heavy-handed and one-note about it. Did we really need a lecture from a doctor about the evils of steroid use and an extensive Google search?

The basketball scenes were really well written - well, what I could understand of them. This is definitely a book for basketball fans, since none of the basketball jargon was explained (for example, while the move was used several times, I still have no idea what a "full court press" is). Perhaps this is a way to make sure the message reaches its intended audience?
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"All Savvy wanted to do was play basketball. She was always with a ball on and off the court. She played for a 18U team when she was 13 and met a new friend named Gonzo who also played. They were the two youngest players and not many people on there team liked them because they were so good. Savvy has a crush on this boy Marc who is her sister Callie’s boyfriend. They live in a ranch house with there great aunt who has a bad foot because she fell while trying to protect her sheep that are on her farm. The problem is, Savvy has had drugs found in her bag and people are mad. I like this book because it has a really nice plot. " said.

"Savvy, an 8th grader who lives for basketball, tries out for a high school age team and makes it, knowing that she is going to have to work very hard. There's a lot going on in her life-- the family has moved to be with an aunt on her farm because the PGA playing father has been disabled, Savvy's cheerleader sister is struggling with eating disorders, the aunt breaks her leg and Savvy has to pick up the slack on the farm, and there is a romantic interest-- a boy whom Savvy likes but who dates her sister. Wow! On top of that, there is the competition on the basketball court. When anabolic steroids are found in Savvy's gym bag, she is suspended from the team even though she doesn't know how they got there. Won't give away the ending, which was nicely foreshadowed. Even girls who aren't into sports will like this one for the story. Boys like stories about steroids enough that after they read Crackback, Juice, and Gym Candy, they might look at this." said.

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