The Falconer

The Falconer A literary page turner brimming with intelligence energy and wit centered on an unforgettable young heroine that will thrill readers of all generations Colum McCann New York Seventeen year ol

  • Title: The Falconer
  • Author: Dana Czapnik
  • ISBN: 1501193228
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A literary page turner brimming with intelligence, energy, and wit, centered on an unforgettable young heroine that will thrill readers of all generations Colum McCann.New York, 1993 Seventeen year old Lucy Adler, a street smart, trash talking baller, is often the only girl on the public courts At turns quixotic and cynical, insecure and self possessed, Lucy is in un A literary page turner brimming with intelligence, energy, and wit, centered on an unforgettable young heroine that will thrill readers of all generations Colum McCann.New York, 1993 Seventeen year old Lucy Adler, a street smart, trash talking baller, is often the only girl on the public courts At turns quixotic and cynical, insecure and self possessed, Lucy is in unrequited love with her best friend and pick up teammate Percy, scion to a prominent New York family, who wishes to resist his upper crust fate As she navigates this complex relationship with all its youthful heartache, Lucy is seduced by a different kind of life one less consumed by conventional success and the approval of men A pair of provocative female artists living in what remains of New York s bohemia invite her into their world, but soon even their paradise begins to show cracks Told in vibrant, quicksilver prose, The Falconer is a wholly original coming of age story Chloe Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Immortalists , providing a snapshot of the city and America through the eyes of the children of the baby boomers grappling with privilege and the fading of radical hopes New York Times bestselling author Claire Messud calls The Falconer an exhilarating debut, adding that Dana Czapnik s frank heroine has a voice, and a perspective, you won t soon forget Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 288 pages Published January 29th 2019 by Atria Books More Details ISBN 1501193228 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leading scorer in the entire league for two years running, which you would think would garner me the same amount of respect Percy gets But Lucy is a high school student growing up in New York in 1993 She s a so called pizza bagel a mix of Jewish and Italian heritage She s not afraid to speak her mind, even if it s to trash talk, and she s a talented basketball player, comfortable playing among men and boys and she knows she s good, too I m not just the leading scorer at my school, I m the leading scorer in the entire league for two years running, which you would think would garner me the same amount of respect Percy gets But I m a girl, and I m really tall and I don t have Pantene commercial hair and I m not, let s say, une petite fleur, so everyone just assumes I m a lesbian As tough as Lucy appears, she also has a vulnerable side, especially when it comes to her best friend, Percy He s the heir to a major fortune, and things come easy to him, but he likes to pretend he s poor, likes to talk about how horrible America is and how hard people have it Lucy is in love with Percy, and although she knows he doesn t feel the same way about her, she isn t willing to give up hope, but she also isn t willing to follow him with lovesick stars in her eyes Even though I know Percy isn t remotely interested in Sarah as a person, he likes her in a way he ll never like me, so our jealousy of each other is mutual and equally damaging, which I recognize with the left side of my brain But I m a creature forever ruled by the right, the part that holds what a sentimental person might call the whims of the heart Lucy doesn t understand why men and boys are treated differently than women, and even portrayed differently in art Her favorite statue in Central Park is called The Falconer, and it depicts a boy releasing a falcon into the wind She resents how girls and women would be depicted as girlish, afraid of the world around him, yet this boy appears powerful and strong That s what she wants to have.Dana Czapnik s debut novel follows Lucy as she struggles with her relationship with Percy, with self esteem and what her peers think of her, and having to confront the uglier parts of life, people, and the betrayal of trust Lucy has courage but how do you keep strong in the face of adversity, how do you continue to have self confidence when you re constantly getting knocked down I found Lucy to be a very well drawn, vivid character I ve seen some comparison to Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye , and while I don t really see that, she definitely has a memorable, sometimes acerbic, sometimes vulnerable voice that sticks with you She is a character you root for, one you take into your heart.While I loved her character, I struggled with the book overall At times I felt as if it was told in a stream of consciousness style, with long play by plays of basketball games and meanderings through New York history, art history, etc It just didn t hold my attention as much as it hoped, so I found myself skimming through certain parts of the book.When The Falconer worked, it worked well It made you feel with, and for, Lucy It really captured New York City in the 1990s vividly as well While for me, the book was uneven, it clearly demonstrates that Czapnik is a storyteller with a great future, one whose work I ll be watching for.NetGalley and Atria Books provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making this available See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at flag 64 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Larry H Christine wrote Just starting this one later today, Larry Sure wish you had a higher rating Will come back afterwards and see what made this a 3 s Christine wrote Just starting this one later today, Larry Sure wish you had a higher rating Will come back afterwards and see what made this a 3 star read for you I ll look forward to seeing what YOU think, Christine Hope you enjoy it than I did and you can tell me what I missed Jan 30, 2019 05 56PM Kevin Ansbro It s as if Lucy s character deserves to exist in a better book Great review, Larry Jan 30, 2019 09 18PM Nov 28, 2018 Nancy rated it it was amazing Shelves publisher sent Sometimes a book finds me that I would not have found by myself That is how The Falconer by Dana Czapnik came into my life as an unexpected package from the publisher.Reading it was about a seventeen year old girl in 1993 New York City whose passion was basketball and who has a crush on her best friend Percy, I wondered if I would care for the book Sure, there was advance praise from Column McCann, Salmon Rushdie, Chloe Benjamin but could I relate to the story I opened the book and started r Sometimes a book finds me that I would not have found by myself That is how The Falconer by Dana Czapnik came into my life as an unexpected package from the publisher.Reading it was about a seventeen year old girl in 1993 New York City whose passion was basketball and who has a crush on her best friend Percy, I wondered if I would care for the book Sure, there was advance praise from Column McCann, Salmon Rushdie, Chloe Benjamin but could I relate to the story I opened the book and started reading The opening scene finds the protagonist, pizza bagel Lucy, playing basketball with Percy I ve seen basketball games Only when the tickets were free But the writing was so good, I found myself drawn into the scene, turning pages There was something about this book, about Lucy s voice.On the surface, I had nothing in common with Lucy And yet Lucy felt familiar, her concerns and fears universal In telling the story of one particular girl from a particular place and time, the author probes the eternal challenges of growing up female conformity and acceptance by one s peer group while staying true to oneself crushes on boys who don t see you concerns about our attractiveness what we give up for love is the world is chaotic and without order, or can we find joy and hope There was a multitude of lines and paragraphs that I noted for their wisdom, beauty, and insight I reread sections, scenes that elicited emotion or thoughtfulness.I felt Lucy was channeling Holden Caulfield, who I met as a fourteen year old in Freshman English class in 1967 The Catcher in the Rye was life changing for me, a voice unlike any I had encountered in a novel The New York City setting, the wandering across the city, the characters met, the rejection of the parental values and lifestyle, Lucy s misunderstanding of a song line Lucy is a female Holden, updated to the 1990s.Lucy tells us that in Central Park is a statue of a boy releasing a falcon She loves this statue but resents that only boys are portrayed in the way of the statue, that girls are shown nude or as children like the Alice in Wonderland statue She sees in the joy and hope in The Falconer.Lucy experiences many things in the novel, including some pretty bad stuff But she is resilient, holding to the joy and beauty she finds around her, the the perfect jump shot moments She will inspire young readers and offer those of us whose choices were made long ago a journey of recollection and the affirmation of mutually shared experience.I received a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for a fair and unbiased review flag 20 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Sherril I just heard of this book today on NPR in the review by Maureen Corrigan Did you hear it She really liked the book She also said Lucy can be compar I just heard of this book today on NPR in the review by Maureen Corrigan Did you hear it She really liked the book She also said Lucy can be compared to Holden Caufield, but an even better comparison would be Francie In A Tree Grows in Brooklyn I ve put it on my list I was glad to see your review Jan 28, 2019 10 22PM Nancy It was a great review by the great Corrigan I wrote my review before I read what others had to say and it s interesting how often the book is compare It was a great review by the great Corrigan I wrote my review before I read what others had to say and it s interesting how often the book is compared to Catcher I Did like her comment about Francie Jan 29, 2019 04 43AM Dec 29, 2018 Tess rated it it was amazing An absolutely beautiful coming of age novel set in Manhattan in the mid 90s Lucy is an amazing protagonist hopelessly in love with her best friend, an amazing athlete, learning about art, feminism, and the real world, and a character you fall in love with Your heart will break for her, but you will also cheer on her small victories and the lessons she learns A fabulous novel, one that will stay with me for a long time I was sad to leave Lucy s world at the end, but excited to let her go and An absolutely beautiful coming of age novel set in Manhattan in the mid 90s Lucy is an amazing protagonist hopelessly in love with her best friend, an amazing athlete, learning about art, feminism, and the real world, and a character you fall in love with Your heart will break for her, but you will also cheer on her small victories and the lessons she learns A fabulous novel, one that will stay with me for a long time I was sad to leave Lucy s world at the end, but excited to let her go and grow up flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 20, 2018 Ron S rated it really liked it Beautifully written coming of age tale about a 17 year old girl in early 90s NYC, obsessed with basketball and the unrequited love of her best friend The praise rolling in from Salman Rushdie, Ann Pathcett and Rivka Galchen is deserved I wish I d had this book to give to my daughter in her teens while knowing she might enjoy it even now, from her later perspective Positive proof that the oldest stories in the world e.g coming of age can be told with brilliance and verve countless time Beautifully written coming of age tale about a 17 year old girl in early 90s NYC, obsessed with basketball and the unrequited love of her best friend The praise rolling in from Salman Rushdie, Ann Pathcett and Rivka Galchen is deserved I wish I d had this book to give to my daughter in her teens while knowing she might enjoy it even now, from her later perspective Positive proof that the oldest stories in the world e.g coming of age can be told with brilliance and verve countless times in the hands of debut authors whose next work we ll eagerly await flag 5 likesLike see review Sep 26, 2018 David rated it it was amazing Great young female centered story that takes places in the 1993 Great slice of life, growing up story flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Michael rated it it was amazing The Falconer is a story about a girl growing up in a particular space and time, the Upper West Side of New York City in the early 1990s Whether or not that place and time speaks to you, the novel is really for anyone whose gone through the pain of growing up and having your illusions slowly, and sometimes all at once, shattered If you ve ever had the experience of discovering that the world is not exactly as you imagine it to be and that life is complicated than the neat boxes we try to p The Falconer is a story about a girl growing up in a particular space and time, the Upper West Side of New York City in the early 1990s Whether or not that place and time speaks to you, the novel is really for anyone whose gone through the pain of growing up and having your illusions slowly, and sometimes all at once, shattered If you ve ever had the experience of discovering that the world is not exactly as you imagine it to be and that life is complicated than the neat boxes we try to put things into, then this book is one that you ll enjoy It s also an interesting window into what it means to grow up as a young woman in a world that, then and now, is still very much a man s world, dominated by male ideas I really enjoyed reading it, and I wanted to get to the end quickly to see what would happen So quickly, in fact, that I read it in just two days More importantly, though, the book made me think While it was quick to read, I ll be thinking about it and talking about it for a long time to come flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 24, 2018 Eric Buchwald rated it it was amazing Not a book I would have normally picked up, as it is about a young woman high school basketball player, but I saw the blurbs, gave it a try, and it won me over I really found myself caring about the protagonist and couldn t wait to see how she grew as a person and what happened to her Feels like it should become something of a classic Beautifully written, absorbing, and realistic And the New York City scenes and the relationships are not cliches, but authentic flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Alexandra rated it it was amazing Dana Czapnik has crafted a protagonist who is complex and multi layered with a combination of heart wrenching vulnerability and inspiring strength Her novel draws the reader through the complexity of coming of age and the dirty and messy host of feelings and interpersonal interactions that go along with it A superb first novel that could not be put down flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Jonathan Braunstein rated it it was amazing We all have a period in our life, many of us in high school, where we think we ve figured the whole thing out Or, at least, the part that doesn t include relationships We see ourselves apart from the squares or worse that run things and wish only that they had our clarity of vision, for if they did, the world would be such a better place The Falconer, reminiscent of another famous back pocket book, tells the story of that period of a young woman s life as new experiences, triumphant a We all have a period in our life, many of us in high school, where we think we ve figured the whole thing out Or, at least, the part that doesn t include relationships We see ourselves apart from the squares or worse that run things and wish only that they had our clarity of vision, for if they did, the world would be such a better place The Falconer, reminiscent of another famous back pocket book, tells the story of that period of a young woman s life as new experiences, triumphant and otherwise, intervene in her worldview All along, main character Lucy Adler navigates the city she loves, the family and friends she loves and the game she loves.Debut author Dana Czapnik s characters are distinct, lived in and speak with voices informed by the streets, parks and prep schools of mid 90s Manhattan They live, breath, bleed and grow in the subtle manner of actual human beings, avoiding the lightbulbs and lightning strikes that plague lesser prose And while their references are of a particular time, their experiences and emotions are timeless Czapnik s love for New York and basketball and her ear for the poetry in both is evident and unique, but it is her love for these characters that that formative period of life she describes that elevates her novel and offers such promise for her future works.I can t recommend this book strongly for anyone who s ever thought deeply about the world in which they live and was open minded enough to learn something new when they least expected it flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 09, 2018 Brian Platzer rated it it was amazing Every part of The Falconer feels so real and though it takes place in the early 90s urgent Lucy Adler is charismatic, engaging, and flawed in the way real people are Czapnik s New York City is memorable and true What a debut flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Liz rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley Via my book blog at Adler, better known by her friends as Loose, is a seventeen year old student who lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in l993 Lucy s love in life is two things, basketball, and Percy, her best friend since childhood They now attend different private schools but spend most of their free time together, shooting hoops or playing in pick up games in Riverside Park.Lucy is a wild child She questions everything in life and chases af Via my book blog at Adler, better known by her friends as Loose, is a seventeen year old student who lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in l993 Lucy s love in life is two things, basketball, and Percy, her best friend since childhood They now attend different private schools but spend most of their free time together, shooting hoops or playing in pick up games in Riverside Park.Lucy is a wild child She questions everything in life and chases after the exciting stuff of being young in a New York, starting with basketball Luce doesn t care about femininity in the traditional high school sense of hair and makeup She wears baggy jeans, no makeup, has curly, untamed hair and lives a carefree life Lucy loves and respects her parents and has a full on crush on Percy.I loved this novel as it mentioned every place I know about New York at a time when we introduced our young daughter to the New York we lived in in the seventies and eighties As she walks up Broadway from HH bagels, past Zabars and Harry s shoes I used to buy shoes there , I remembered what I loved about the city that used to be dirty, dangerous, and amazing I miss it still.I love that Lucy not only was obsessed with basketball but had an intellectual curiosity that knew no bounds Dana Czapnik has written a skillful and heartfelt coming of age novel that deserves the attention of today s youth I routed for Lucy all the way She had to win all she wanted out of life She earned it.I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Vicki MyArmchairAdventures rated it liked it 3.75 stars Thank you Atria Books for sending me an early reading copy of The Falconer, due out in January 2019 I don t have much in common with the main character, Lucy Adler, a senior at a private high school in NYC who is half Italian and half Jewish a self proclaimed pizza bagel and the best girl street baller in town Regardless, I could identify with her and her frustration with the limitation society places on women Some of Lucy s random musings seemed to appear just to make the book 3.75 stars Thank you Atria Books for sending me an early reading copy of The Falconer, due out in January 2019 I don t have much in common with the main character, Lucy Adler, a senior at a private high school in NYC who is half Italian and half Jewish a self proclaimed pizza bagel and the best girl street baller in town Regardless, I could identify with her and her frustration with the limitation society places on women Some of Lucy s random musings seemed to appear just to make the book feel deeper while her unrequited love for fellow basketball player Percy was standard YA fare Still, I liked Lucy Adler and following her through her senior year of high school and would recommend the book to those who love YA flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Sylvia rated it really liked it Very well written book about the difficulties of being a smart, non traditional teenage girl Set in New York in the 1990s, it captures that time and place beautifully I kept wanting to either hug or applaud for Lucy and maybe both flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 24, 2018 Karen Osborne rated it it was amazing I totally fell in love with this book Its depth and intelligence is deceptive because it reads so fast and is so much fun I happen to love basketball, but though there are some basketball scenes, they re there to illustrate the protagonist and her development Really though, the book is a philosophical meditation on the tough choices we have to make as women Is loving a selfish guy anti feminist Should we be making practical choices in life, or should we follow our dreams and is it even p I totally fell in love with this book Its depth and intelligence is deceptive because it reads so fast and is so much fun I happen to love basketball, but though there are some basketball scenes, they re there to illustrate the protagonist and her development Really though, the book is a philosophical meditation on the tough choices we have to make as women Is loving a selfish guy anti feminist Should we be making practical choices in life, or should we follow our dreams and is it even possible for our dreams to be realized How do we respond to the world s injustices There were so many paragraphs and lines I savored I loved it flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Amy rated it really liked it Shelves arcs, fiction, books by non men, 2018, young adult Received an ARC of this from Atria Books I was pleasantly surprised by this book My immediate impression was that this was going to be a fiction largely based around a girl playing basketball sports aren t my thing , but it was so much than that I will admit that I glossed over large sections of text where the author gave play by plays of basketball games because likeno thank u , BUT the focus of the story was less on girl who plays sports and on 17 year old girl who is fig Received an ARC of this from Atria Books I was pleasantly surprised by this book My immediate impression was that this was going to be a fiction largely based around a girl playing basketball sports aren t my thing , but it was so much than that I will admit that I glossed over large sections of text where the author gave play by plays of basketball games because likeno thank u , BUT the focus of the story was less on girl who plays sports and on 17 year old girl who is figuring out the world I don t love slapping the cliche Coming of age Tale on just any book, but I do think it fits appropriately here.My favorite part of this book was the people aren t always what you think they are lesson that Lucy learns of basically all of the other characters most obviously about Percy her best friend with whom she is in unrequited love , but also her parents, her teammate Alexis, her cousin Violet, and duh herself Beautifully written with smart feminist undertones and I m a sucker for a story based in NYC flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Aaron Miller rated it it was amazing When someone first told me about this book I figured I would enjoy it because it was about basketball and I am sports fan However, I LOVED this book The sports element is great but the protagonist s journey through a year of high school during the 1990s in NYC brought back so many memories I grew up around NYC and the imagery and references really reminded me of a different time in my life It was beautifully written and I highly recommend this book flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 16, 2018 Michelle Olms rated it it was amazing Great book flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 11, 2018 Aria rated it did not like it Disclosure I received this book for free from

    I waited a bit to do this review b c I wanted to be sure of what I had to say This book had a few good lines here there, but overall it didn t leave me feeling like I had come across some great thing, which is a shame It wasn t flat out bad, however Partly I failed to relate to it b c there are enough sports references to bore the hell out of me It d be a better fit for gals who are already into sportsball type stuff

    Disclosure I received this book for free from

    I waited a bit to do this review b c I wanted to be sure of what I had to say This book had a few good lines here there, but overall it didn t leave me feeling like I had come across some great thing, which is a shame It wasn t flat out bad, however Partly I failed to relate to it b c there are enough sports references to bore the hell out of me It d be a better fit for gals who are already into sportsball type stuff Mostly that wasn t enough to make me lose interest, but fair warning that the book opens on a basketball court the 1st 14 pages or so is heavy on that kind of action There is other stuff happening there too, so I can t recommend jumping to p.15 to start it I d personally have put it down left it at that point if I hadn t received it as an ARC for review Like I said though, some readers will resonate with that world It s just a thing to know b c it will effect how appropriate a match the book will be for different readers Additionally, there were a few parts in the book wherein the writing became multiple paragraphs of rambly, stream of consciousness stuff where the MC was basically just describing things she saw while walking or whatever, but that added no content to the story, the character, or surprisingly even to our understanding of the her world It was just tedious I will recommend jumping past those bits if one has the desire to do so.

    I have 2 other major points of contention w this book The 1st regards a bit wherein the MC s mother basically says it s good to have kids so you can know what it s like to have kids What a shitty point of view Maybe your kid doesn t understand why you don t regret having given birth to her despite what one must choose against having in order to do so, but telling her she should have kids so she might one day understand why it might be considered a worthwhile endeavor to have kids is some seriously messed up shit It actually made me angry Typing this now I am realizing that it still does, so I m going to move on before I really get into unpacking that pile of horse crap

    Finally, I am going to address my last major issue w this book partly by copying pasting bits from other recent reviews where I have previously had to address the same problematic occurrence, b c if I have to type it all out new I won t be so nice about the situation Mostly b c I would grow impatient with finding myself explaining the same thing, yet again, to writers who should know betterb c words I am sick of having to address this thing which I really do not think is such a difficult thing to understand, nor do I understand why writers of late have seemingly such a hard time using words that say what they mean It makes me twitch.

    Conflating anarchy with chaos is a serious pet peeve of mine It is at the top of my peeve list Although, if I m honest, it is most days tied w people who don t yield for traffic

    It s pretty simple

    More to the point

    To put it another way

    No one has to take my word for it, though This bona fide smart person quite succinctly states the whole reason why false conflation of the two terms is such a problem Just F.Y.I it existed to refer to the political philosophy long before malignant intentions began to confound it w the idea of chaos

    Coming across this error in a book sold as being a modern female coming of age story, chock full of the struggle against the confines of capitalistic patriarchy, well I found it to be especially deaf to the actual living history of female struggle It was particularly unsettling b c the long history of the political philosophy of anarchy is riddled chock full with some of the most bad ass people, but perhaps to the point here, bad ass women, one could ever hope to find My personal favorite, Emma Goldman, publicly said things like this, back when women were still wearing hoop skirts, child labor was seen as an unavoidable inevitability

    She was deported for her efforts, of course

    So, here we are Now that I ve attempted to explain myself w o overly boring any dear reader who has stuck w me thus far, I will wrap this thing up As I did not wish to be overly harsh, I waited some time to post my review I wanted the opportunity to reassess the situation and come back to it I actually took a photo of the offending paragraph relating to the misuse of the word anarchy w plans to upload it so as to better demonstrate precisely how particularly inappropriate the word choice was I then remembered there is a standing request not to quote from ARC s, for understandable reasons I will say that my ARC has this problematic word confusion near the top of page 155 If one crosses through the word anarchy and writes in the word chaos, one should find that the events being described clearly begin to make a whole lot sense Appropriate word usage has a way of doing that

    All that having been said, this review is now concluded However, because I am of late coming across this problem frequently, I searched out a decent starting point that I will link to for anyone who still fails to understand what I am going on about here Use it as a jumping off point to read about the topic if the info is found to be interesting, but please at least understand that this is not a new thing The false conflation of the concept with chaos violence is the newer problem, as you may have guessed, it s one I personally have lost patience with among certain groups who should know better.ch as those who utilize words their meanings for a living In sum, if you mean to write of chaos as an occurrence, then refer to it as chaos Just say, chaos That s literally why the word exists

    Some nice person was kind enough to write up this little introductory primer of sorts, so as promised I will link to it here

    Am changing my 2 star to a 1 star, mostly b c I am still ticked off about that crap the MC s Mom told her about having children In hindsight however, I will say that this book might have had some potential, but in my opinion it needs work before that can be accessed by the target audience I think they are going to lose interest in this listless girl As it stands, I unfortunately can t recall anything that would make me recommend it to anyone

    flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 29, 2018 Mwinchester97 added it Shelves won copy, own c I received an ARC of The Falconer from the publisher, Atria Books, and the author, Dana Czapnik A massive thank you to them.Who are you Who do you want to be Who do you love Why do you love them In 1993 those are just a few of the questions plaguing Lucy She is a street smart, trash talking baller, who is in love with her friend Percy, and trying to figure out what gives meaning to her life.While I overall enjoyed reading this book, it was sort of bland and I felt it needed a lot of work I received an ARC of The Falconer from the publisher, Atria Books, and the author, Dana Czapnik A massive thank you to them.Who are you Who do you want to be Who do you love Why do you love them In 1993 those are just a few of the questions plaguing Lucy She is a street smart, trash talking baller, who is in love with her friend Percy, and trying to figure out what gives meaning to her life.While I overall enjoyed reading this book, it was sort of bland and I felt it needed a lot of work The writing first of all was just sort of cringe worthy There was so much description Like over 80% of the book was description I love to have a beautifully depicted setting in my mind while I read, but this seriously overdid it on the description I know about how New York looks and acts then I ever really cared to.Also there was some cringe worthy lines and comparisons in this book For instance at one point this book made a comparison of nipples and faces Seriously As I stated above over 80% of this book was description The Falconer also suffered from a lot of run on sentences I certainly don t mean this to be rude, because I am an awful writer myself, but I kind of wonder if the author has ever heard of run on sentences and periods I feel like this book also could have been a lot shorter and it still would have got its point across It felt like we got a lot of filler There s trying to be poetic and whimsical and then there s a point where it gets to be too much The Falconer hit that point by about page 30 Hence the over descriptiveness made this book drag on.I know this book was about Lucy s life as she is coming of age and finding herself, but where was the coherent plot It seemed to wonder all over the place and then at the end it finally picked a weird vein to go off on.All my negative thoughts about the writing aside, there was some passages in this book that showed promise such as when Lucy looks at some of her pictures and thinks about the women and when it depicted the art Art was a large part of this book It kind of added a nice layer to this book Art helped to give several of the characters like Violet and Max voices in the book They really became three dimensional and you got an insight to their personalities through their art styles It also gave way to a lot of things to make you think and it also helped Lucy think through some things.I also liked the feminist things with book said I do feel the author stated those well If I were the author I would also cut a lot of the basketball talk Unless you are well versed in sports lingo, you may be lost just in this book at some points Lucy had a lot of potential to be an interesting main character but honestly she just felt kind of separate and off I liked her but I never connected to her I didn t understand some of her decisions and I questioned a lot of her choices I also do not understand why in the world she wanted Percy so bad Honestly he seemed like a complete d bag He suffered from the author making him try to sound so profound and it made him sound pretentious Like girl he is so not worth your time The setting was unique and provided a lot of nostalgia Even though I wasn t born until the late 90s I could relate to some of what Lucy saw and thought about While trying to find herself Lucy thought about people and what it means to be good or bad She struggles to make life choices because of her feelings and she can t get around them Her thoughts also compel you to think about all of these difficult things The Falconer was a slice of life story about finding yourself and coming of age I enjoyed it but it just left me wanting so much flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Kate rated it it was amazing A heartfelt coming of age story I LOVED this book Lucy is such a wonderful protagonist She is so witty and bright I really fell for her character I was hopeful for her and at times heartbroken too I thought the time period and setting of this novel were perfect, NYC in the 90 s This isn t a book I would normally have picked up because I dont typically enjoy stories about teens, but the blurb sounded intriguing and honestly I didnt want this book to end I read it quickly, it was really har A heartfelt coming of age story I LOVED this book Lucy is such a wonderful protagonist She is so witty and bright I really fell for her character I was hopeful for her and at times heartbroken too I thought the time period and setting of this novel were perfect, NYC in the 90 s This isn t a book I would normally have picked up because I dont typically enjoy stories about teens, but the blurb sounded intriguing and honestly I didnt want this book to end I read it quickly, it was really hard to put down It just felt so authentic For of my book content check out instagram bookalong Thank You to the publisher for sending me this ARC Available Jan 29th flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 15, 2018 Jayne Gerdeman Homsher rated it really liked it The Falconer is an interesting read for women sports participants I grew up loving sports and playing sports when I could on a farm If you are a city girl growing up and you played basketball on urban courts get involved in this novel The feelings of the author about sports can be felt in her writing and the character is very developed to a person I want to know even about hopefully in future writings Would have loved even strong characters introduced and adventures flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 16, 2018 Elaine Young rated it really liked it The Falconer by Dana Czapnik is an excellent debut novel that introduces Lucy Adler, a uniqueprotagonist, who is a seventeen year old senior at Pendleton Academy in Manhatton The year is 1993 and Lucy struggles with her unrequited love for Percy, a good friend and teammate as well asdealing with other issues most seventeen year old girls encounter The Falconer is well written, very descriptive, coming of age novel about a resilient, tough female who is trying to find her placein the world I e The Falconer by Dana Czapnik is an excellent debut novel that introduces Lucy Adler, a uniqueprotagonist, who is a seventeen year old senior at Pendleton Academy in Manhatton The year is 1993 and Lucy struggles with her unrequited love for Percy, a good friend and teammate as well asdealing with other issues most seventeen year old girls encounter The Falconer is well written, very descriptive, coming of age novel about a resilient, tough female who is trying to find her placein the world I enjoyed reading this novel I received this book in a giveaway from the publisher flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 11, 2019 Stephani Beltran rated it really liked it Shelves giveaways This is a brilliant and authentic coming of age story about 17 yr old Lucy, who is lovingly obsessed with basketball and the unrequited love of her best friend who is also tired of being treated like a girl The story takes place in New York in the 1990s and we see what Lucy goes through surrounding the High School days and the world in general This isn t a book I would usually pick up however, once I read the first few pages it instantly had me hooked and caring for the protagonist and couldn This is a brilliant and authentic coming of age story about 17 yr old Lucy, who is lovingly obsessed with basketball and the unrequited love of her best friend who is also tired of being treated like a girl The story takes place in New York in the 1990s and we see what Lucy goes through surrounding the High School days and the world in general This isn t a book I would usually pick up however, once I read the first few pages it instantly had me hooked and caring for the protagonist and couldn t wait to know about how she would grow up and what happens to her Keep in mind there isn t a lot of other character development or action, but mostly about Lucy and her thoughts of the world around her.My favorite part of the book is where she references a statue in Central Park of The Falconer, a statue of a young boy in tights, leg muscles, releasing a bird goes on to have her say that she s envious that there are always statues like that made of boys, but none of girls She compares how girl statues are always so dainty and elegant and questions why girl statues can t be of muscular legs in leggings releasing a bird She sees so much hope in that statue There were lots of lines in the book that had wisdom and such beauty that I jotted those down to reread later This was truly a page turner I would recommend this book to those who love the YA genre.This book reminded me of the movie Love and Basketball Have you seen it I was sent arc by Atria and and all opinions are my own flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Janet rated it really liked it Shelves arc, have met or will meet author, siba aba bea, whatiwanttoread I identified with so much Lucy goes through in THE FALCONER I loved basketball when I was younger I have a love frustration love affair with Manhattan I recall all too well what it felt like to harbor feelings for a best friend who wouldn t or couldn t return my affections in the way my teenage self craved This is an introspective, thoughtful read, with a gratifying dose of early to mid 90s NYC nostalgia flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 08, 2018 Lakesidefiction rated it it was amazing This was the best book I read this year A beautiful, important, meaningful coming of age story set in manhattan will leave you thoughtful and glowing Not only will I read it again, in sending it to all of my friends Czapnik will have you captivated from the very first page Perfect for your next book club pick flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 04, 2018 Kathy Webb rated it really liked it I won this book in a GoodReads giveaway thank you to everyone involved This is a book that revolves around Lucy as she is growing up has very true to life experiences flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 23, 2018 David Morgan rated it really liked it review of another edition In The Falconer, Dana Czapnik s coming of age story, we find a Jewish Italian seventeen year old Lucy Adler navigating life An exceptional basketball player in love with her public courts teammate, Lucy finds herself at once struggling with her feelings and then again finding her voice of reasoning and understanding Dana Czapnik does a wonderful job of bringing the reader along, sharing Lucy s story in a voice that s articulate and original Thank you to Atria Books and Simon and Schuster for In The Falconer, Dana Czapnik s coming of age story, we find a Jewish Italian seventeen year old Lucy Adler navigating life An exceptional basketball player in love with her public courts teammate, Lucy finds herself at once struggling with her feelings and then again finding her voice of reasoning and understanding Dana Czapnik does a wonderful job of bringing the reader along, sharing Lucy s story in a voice that s articulate and original Thank you to Atria Books and Simon and Schuster for the ARE to enjoy and review flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 18, 2018 Lynette Murphy rated it really liked it I disliked the first few chapters and would have stopped reading if I had not agreed to read the book and give a review Then I suddenly developed an interest and it just kept getting better I m glad I stuck with it as it turned out to be very good reading flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 03, 2018 Brian rated it it was ok review of another edition In this novel, we meet Lucy, a young girl who loves playing basketball and is tired of being treated like a girl She goes through some of the trials of high school including having a crush on a guy and dealing with the world as a whole Lucy s voice is very unique and realistic, making this a book with a very strong main character The book faltered a bit for me in having a less than coherent plot, with not a lot of action or character development and of the main character s thoughts on th In this novel, we meet Lucy, a young girl who loves playing basketball and is tired of being treated like a girl She goes through some of the trials of high school including having a crush on a guy and dealing with the world as a whole Lucy s voice is very unique and realistic, making this a book with a very strong main character The book faltered a bit for me in having a less than coherent plot, with not a lot of action or character development and of the main character s thoughts on the world 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    1. Dana Czapnik

      Dana Czapnik is a 2018 NYSCA NYFA Artist Fellow in Fiction from The New York Foundation for the Arts In 2017, she was awarded an Emerging Writers Fellowship from the Center for Fiction Czapnik earned her MFA at Hunter College where she was recognized with a Hertog Fellowship She s spent most of her career on the editorial side of professional sports including stints at ESPN the Magazine, the Un Dana Czapnik is a 2018 NYSCA NYFA Artist Fellow in Fiction from The New York Foundation for the Arts In 2017, she was awarded an Emerging Writers Fellowship from the Center for Fiction Czapnik earned her MFA at Hunter College where she was recognized with a Hertog Fellowship She s spent most of her career on the editorial side of professional sports including stints at ESPN the Magazine, the United States Tennis Association and the Arena Football League Her debut novel, The Falconer, will be published by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon Schuster, in January of 2019 A native New Yorker, she lives in Manhattan with her husband and son

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    1. Lucy is a high school student growing up in New York in 1993 She s a so called pizza bagel a mix of Jewish and Italian heritage She s not afraid to speak her mind, even if it s to trash talk, and she s a talented basketball player, comfortable playing among men and boys and she knows she s good, too I m not just the leading scorer at my school, I m the leading scorer in the entire league for two years running, which you would think would garner me the same amount of respect Percy gets But [...]


    2. Sometimes a book finds me that I would not have found by myself That is how The Falconer by Dana Czapnik came into my life as an unexpected package from the publisher.Reading it was about a seventeen year old girl in 1993 New York City whose passion was basketball and who has a crush on her best friend Percy, I wondered if I would care for the book Sure, there was advance praise from Column McCann, Salmon Rushdie, Chloe Benjamin but could I relate to the story I opened the book and started r Som [...]


    3. An absolutely beautiful coming of age novel set in Manhattan in the mid 90s Lucy is an amazing protagonist hopelessly in love with her best friend, an amazing athlete, learning about art, feminism, and the real world, and a character you fall in love with Your heart will break for her, but you will also cheer on her small victories and the lessons she learns A fabulous novel, one that will stay with me for a long time I was sad to leave Lucy s world at the end, but excited to let her go and An a [...]


    4. Beautifully written coming of age tale about a 17 year old girl in early 90s NYC, obsessed with basketball and the unrequited love of her best friend The praise rolling in from Salman Rushdie, Ann Pathcett and Rivka Galchen is deserved I wish I d had this book to give to my daughter in her teens while knowing she might enjoy it even now, from her later perspective Positive proof that the oldest stories in the world e.g coming of age can be told with brilliance and verve countless time Beautiful [...]



    5. The Falconer is a story about a girl growing up in a particular space and time, the Upper West Side of New York City in the early 1990s Whether or not that place and time speaks to you, the novel is really for anyone whose gone through the pain of growing up and having your illusions slowly, and sometimes all at once, shattered If you ve ever had the experience of discovering that the world is not exactly as you imagine it to be and that life is complicated than the neat boxes we try to p The F [...]


    6. Not a book I would have normally picked up, as it is about a young woman high school basketball player, but I saw the blurbs, gave it a try, and it won me over I really found myself caring about the protagonist and couldn t wait to see how she grew as a person and what happened to her Feels like it should become something of a classic Beautifully written, absorbing, and realistic And the New York City scenes and the relationships are not cliches, but authentic.


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