Ball Don't Lie Essay

893 Words Jun 12th, 2013 4 Pages
Summer Reading

10th Grade

Ball Don’t Lie

Ball Don’t Lie by Matt de la Pena was a legendary realistic fiction novel in which a young boy faced the challenges of everyday life in the projects. The protagonist Sticky is a boy from the slums of California who spent a large portion of his life in an orphanage. Throughout the years he has changed foster parents, but has never found the right one. Sticky is passionate about basketball and is known to be a prodigy at what he does. He strives to be the best at what he does and would play endlessly at Lincoln Rec. The people around liked him and had a good reputation at school. Then again like all others in the streets he had a past and it wasn’t the best. It consisted of his
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It is amazing how a sport he had playing for his whole life create such a large impact. He had this desire for the sport since he was a child. Due to basketball Sticky became who he eventually became. Basketball had taught him to never give up and always strive for success.

In conclusion, Sticky’s past shaped him into the type of person he was and all the decisions he made throughout the novel. His life in the projects, no father and a mother for only a short time and basketball, all made a huge impact on him. The projects taught him the ways of living and survival, His family life did not have a positive impact on his development, but basketball had taught him to never give up no matter what the circumstances. All three of these ideas were vital components of his past which proved his actions and decisions in the present to ultimately be life lessons. Everything he did was based of his past and the impact was immense, and in the end it came down to how his past had made him the person he was at the end of this great

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