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Homecourt

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As a basketball lover, I enjoyed reading this book. It's a great book about friendship, basketball, and family. I love following Kaisely's journey- she moves to another part of the country, she makes new friends, and she grows her interest and skill in basketball.
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Pros: The author does a fantastic job bringing each sporting event to life.  He knows how to pace the action so it feels like you're right there in the thick of it. Since half of the book revolves around sports, this is a good thing.

Cons: Too much suspension of disbelief needed.  #1 - Kaisley, the main character, is on course to play tennis as a Junior Olympian, but instead, her parents move from Portland to the middle of nowhere, effectively ending her tennis career.  #2 - She's never played basketball before, but in the course of a few short weeks of extra practice, suddenly she's an amazing player and a leader on the team.  #3 - She gets in a fight and with her rival and ends up getting arrested after her middle school loses a football game.  #4 - She gets asked to the Valentine's dance by the boy her friend is crushing on and says yes, and then somehow she and the friend get over this betrayal - not likely in middle school. #5 - The names of the characters - Kaisley, Daxton, Tindley, Jayce...  

Overall, it's a quick read, and middle-schoolers would probably enjoy it if they don't think too much about reality.
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I am obviously the wrong audience for Homecourt. I didn't get far into it before I put it down as a DNF.
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Realistic.  Reminds you of how important everything is at 13 years of age.  To'have to leave your friends and move to a new school is felt to be a fate worse than death - you just know it will ruin the WHOLE of your life.  Everything is in startling black and white.  

Really enjoyed it - wouldn't go back to early teens for anyone.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I read an advance review copy of the book.  This review is voluntary, honest and my own opinion.
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As a non-fan of basketball, let me just say that this book is nicely done. I was expecting to be different, but it's good.

Kaisely is such a great character. Sure, she's hung up with the fact that she and her family have to move to the countryside, but I like her character development and her passion to her new sports. Her friends are also likeable. Tindley, Grace, Jayce, and her basketball teammates have their own distinct personalities, but their character development also shines through. As for her family, I have slight issues with her father, who seems to be too controlling for me, but the rest of them have likeable personalities that are interesting to read at.

Maddy is such a huge female dog (Yup. In accordance with the book, I'll keep this book review clean).  You can tell that this girl is so determined to let our heroine lose you can't help but hate her dirty tactics. That's what I like about Maddy - she's a well-written villain with a driven motivation.

The books starts with a slow burn, but at least this book picks up the pace and shoots the goal in the finish line. What a good plot all the way to the finish line.

OVERALL: Root for the well-rounded characters here, because this book is a winner for me, despite my lack of knowledge in basketball, you don't have to be a fan of that sport to enjoy this book.

RATING: 4 out of 5 stars
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A sincere thank you to the publisher, author and Netgalley for providing me an ebook copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I enjoyed this story very much and felt like I knew each character personally due to the description of them. I enjoyed the storyline. This is not my usual genre but in this instance I am extremely pleased and grateful for opening up my mind to something totally different. Thanks again.
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What an awesome and wonderful book that I just finished reading!!

The story about Kelsey Halcomb makes me remind of how much I missed a lot of great things back then but gained more great things after that.  Starting from she forced to leave her home in Portland (which she did not take it very well), and move to a new place called Enterprise where she realized that she found her heart in that place. New friends, amazing life lessons, great quotes of life, supporting teachers, everything!

This book covered what a 13 year old girl feelings on how to handle a mount of life changing situations where she found it in school, sports, friendship, parents and herselves. How I really touched by her parents character in here, they are very supportive also being fair, she still got punished by her attitude. Friendship problems between Kaisley and Tinsley also being written so beautifully, its true that friends doesnt always get along together, there will be some problems that will make them gone apart from each other. And what did they do to handle it? Both of the girls were handling it in a brave and full of pride, after all they realized it that they’re being grateful to found each other.

Oh my favorite part which is also makes my heart jumped so many times, when the story brings me into the whole world of football and basketball. How Jeff Roberson writing it is very much alive! I feel like I was there, watching the game and waiting the miracle is happening. Very detail, thrilling and understandable in a 13 year old girl perspective point of view. 

Last but not least, Jeff Roberson surely brings some of great life quotes which is truly needed for middle-grade readers (Martin Luther King Jr, Michael Jordan). Quotes that pretty much useful how to handle “being defeated” feeling is being written in a very inspiring way. 

All characters all well written, connected to each other, all have important rules, all teach and gives each other lessons, all is perfect!! I would recommend this book to a middle grade readers, specially who loves sports and really enjoying a competition challenge.

Thanks to NetGalley and Books GoSocial for the ebook provided.
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Earc from netgalley.

The story was actually not that bad, i liked that part, but the writing was just kind of weird. so, it is a little clunky, and at least in the earc there were some mistakes in the grammar.
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Kaisley Holcomb finds out that she has to move to Enterprise, Oregon and will have to give up her favourite sport, tennis amongst other things. When she arrives in Enterprise she finds that just as she had expected life here is in many ways different from where she lived before. However as she makes her way through grade 7 she also finds that there are many similarities: good people, nice places to eat and sports. After a run in with her nemesis Maddy Reynolds her dad gives her an ultimatum which leads to her playing basketball.
I love this book because it has relatable characters, vivid descriptions of various sports and inspiring, teachable moments without being preachy or condescending. I would recommend this book to anyone but especially readers of middle grade fiction who love sports.
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This was a great book that any middle school student would enjoy. It has interesting characters and lessons that anyone can relate to.
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I just finished a wonderful book! 
Homecourt is a realistic book by Jeff Roberson. 
Kaisley Holcomb is a 13 year old girl that had to move away from her home in Portland to Enterprise a town in the middle of Oregon. She find it hard to settle in at first but thme she starts basketball. 
I really enjoyed this book . One of my favourite parts is when Kaisley discovers her love for basketball. 
I would recommend this book to people who would like an easy to read over a day or two
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