Book Trial: The Cortlandt Boys

Posted May 5, 2015 by Virginia in Reviews / 0 Comments

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The Cortlandt Boys Book Cover The Cortlandt Boys
Laura Vanderkam
Sports, Romance, Mystery
Laura Vanderkam Books
December 18, 2014
Kindle Format
257 pages
Author

A small town high school basketball team wins the Pennsylvania state championship with an improbable last second three point shot. The Cortlandt Cavaliers celebrate their unlikely victory, but good fortune changes the boys’ worlds in unpredictable ways. This story revisits the characters 10 and 20 years later as the ramifications of their youthful success play out over the course of their lives, forever linking them and the people around them to this little town that has its ways of not quite letting you go.

Warning: This article may contain spoilers.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The author has never asked me or tried to influence me for a positive review, nor have I promised one.

My Impressions:

Plot:
Well written .The writing style is crisp and easy to follow.

Characters:
Maxine Wozniak, James and Micky O’Riley, Lawrence, Leroy, KC, Moe Cox,Gracie Kean, Raina Walker, Janie O’Riley.

Writing:
In 1994, the Cortlandt Cavaliers won the Pennsylvania state boys basketball championship on a last second three point shot. The small town in the northeastern part of the state was thrilled.The Cortlandt Boys were so consumed with basking in their stardom that it blinded them from seeking any sort of future.They stayed in the small town with the hope of hanging on to their fame forever, all except Max, who had wanted to be the high school newspaper editor but lost that to Raina. Max, who was at the game and a member of the school band, suffered an injury in the mayhem after the winning shot. She left the small town of Cortlandt and went to New York were she became a sports journalist for a major magazine.

Ten years later in 2004 Max returns to Cortlandt she is given an assignments for the sports magazine to do a feature story about the lives of the Cortlandt boys, the famed basketball champions achievements. Max’s returned to Cortlandt is bitter sweet. While doing research on the “BOYS” she meets James and Gracie’s daughter 7 year old Janie and also untangles a web of lies and secrets that she’d never forget. I love the way the author was able to combine the thrill of the games with romance and a twist of mystery. The characters jumped off the pages at me. I could feel their range of emotions – love, despair, victory and defeat.

The last part is twenty years after that unforgettable game, 2013-14. This is when Janie also attempts to recreate that special time by creating a scrapbook of that time 20 years ago. Her story, and how she becomes intertwined with the other players, is also very interesting. What became of some of the other players range from success to tragedy and these are all woven together in a book that is hard to put down. A book that will be enjoyable to most people.

About the Author:

Laura Vanderkam is the author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, All The Money In The World, 168 Hours, and Grindhopping. She is a frequent contributor to Fast Company’s website, and a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors. Her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, City Journal, Scientific American, Reader’s Digest, Prevention, and other publications. She lives with her husband and three children outside Philadelphia.

The Verdict:

Highly Recommended

Rating Report
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Overall: 5

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