Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Book Review - Catch a Star by Tamika Catchings

Catch a Star: Shining through Adversity to Become a Champion

Catch a Star, by Tamika Catchings, is a brief autobiography of the Indiana Fever basketball star.  Tamika seems like the kind of person you would want as a friend: kind, hardworking, honest, and dedicated.  Her stories about growing up with hearing loss and bullying strike a chord, and the sincerity of her story is evident.  This book would not appeal very much to non-sports fans, though.  It is mostly about her basketball career, and how basketball and God helped her through tough times.  Fans and players of any sport will understand the role of basketball in Tamika's life, and her dedication to it.  It did seem like, as the story progressed to more recent years, that Tamika is much more willing to share her feelings on the court rather than real details of her life.  I enjoyed this book, but Tamika herself did seem to remain slightly out of reach.  That said, this book is a good read, and the message is a great one for teenagers, so I would really recommend this book for anyone with a teen who likes sports.  I also find that I suddenly would like to see an Indiana Fever game, after reading this!  (I've never been to any type of professional sporting event, just college ones.)

I received this book from publisher Revell for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.

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