In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle School & Library Binding – Oct 1999
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They were a talented team with a near-perfect record but a reputation for choking in the crunch of the state playoffs. Finally, after five straight years of disappointments, the Amherst Lady Hurricanes found they just might have what it took to go all the way. This is a fierce, funny, and intimate look into their minds and hearts during one very special season. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
When Pulitzer Prize-winner Blais pokes gentle fun at Amherst, Mass., where an infuriated teen-aged athlete in the heat of the fray may yell, "You ignore your inner child!" you suspect this will be a special book. And it is, as the reader follows the Amherst High girls basketball team-the Lady Hurricanes-in the 1992-93 season, from game one on December 15 to the final game on March 16, when they all but obliterated Haverhill, 74-36, to win the state championship. While this is the story of well-bred, upper-middle class, genteel girls who learned to be tough, it is also a picture of a changing period in American sports history, when a town rallied around its female athletes in a way that had previously been reserved for males. Alternately funny, exciting and moving, the book should be enjoyed not only by girls and women who have played sports but also those who wanted to but let themselves be discouraged.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
This is where Blais' being a journalist rather than a novelist hurts her. The lack of a strong narrative results in a lack of emotion. I understand the stakes and the astonishment of the team's victories yet with the same distance as someone on the outside looking in. There are little pockets of true insight, where you see a girl get in trouble in practice, or be upset at a loss, but not as close as someone on the inside.
The bottom line is that this book is essentially about women in athletics using the Amherst Hurricanes as a way into exploring that issue. The Hurricane's ascent to the top is chronicled faithfully, yet the narrative is sometimes overshadowed by an essay on the town or Title IX, for example. In this way, it makes it difficult to really know the girls and that is unfortunate because they are really the heart of this book. I was very disappointed to finish the book feeling like I didn't really know these very special young women.
Most recent customer reviews
I have read dozens of books about sports, and this one ranks up there with the best. First of all, Madeleine Blais tells a great story, start to finish, of an exciting basketball... Read morePublished on March 29 2004 by William Trippe
I first read this book while I was still a member of a high school girls' basketball team. While my teams never reached nearly the pinnacle that the Amherst team did, I think that... Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by Jenny
This was probably a great magazine article before being padded out with geography and feminism history lessons. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2003 by Richard Bouchard
Blais creates an elegant tapestry which depicts the struggles of families undergoing the rite of passage of adolescence. Read morePublished on Sept. 14 2003 by Ronald P. Sen, MD
As a former sportswriter and the father of a 10-year-old girl player, this is as good as it gets at capturing the essense of the sports experience from many angles. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2003 by Kevin Woodward
If you have a daughter playing basketball at the Junior High or above level, You have to read this book! Madeleine Blais has caught the hearts and souls of these girls of Amherst. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2001 by Tom calandriello
Last season, our coach gave us the assigment of reading this book. At fist, we all thought she was crazy. Read morePublished on June 25 2001 by Laura
Hope.. is a wonderful depiction of life, sports, and growing up. I live in Northampton, MA and now play on the "hamp" team that the book talks about. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2000
The most interesting thing about this book is that the reader sees several points of view, and is usually able to relate to at least one. Read morePublished on June 10 2000
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