Where to start. This one has been on my shelf for a while, but I kept delaying my read, thinking, "it's a book about basketball." It is a book about basketball, but it's so much more. I'm in total awe of Alexander's ability to tell such a full and layered story with so few words. Every drop of ink on the page is doing ten jobs at once. And while the poetry is astoundingly skillful in its rhythms and images, this is also a deeply engaging story about family and growing up and learning from one's mistakes. It's packed with humour. It's also achingly sad. And it's a total page-turner, which I never thought I'd say about a book that revolves around twin 12-year-old basketball phenoms. Engrossing from the very first page and profoundly moving throughout, this is one that'll stick with me. If I'm lucky, it'll make me a better writer. I know it'll make me a better person.