The Falconer

The Falconer

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 insists he wishes to resist upper crust fate. As she navigates this c New York, 1993. Seventeen-year-old Lucy Adler, a street-smart, trash-talking baller, is often the only girl on the pu...

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Title:The Falconer
Author:Dana Czapnik
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1501193228
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Falconer Reviews

  • Eleanor
    Feb 27, 2019
    i think this will easily be my favorite book of 2019 and probably just a favorite book in general. i read some reviews afterward hoping they would do a better job of articulating why i liked it so much. the reviews are all very good. but didn?t really capture for me all i liked about...
  • Andrienne
    Feb 13, 2019
    Sharp and electric debut about growing up in NYC from the POV of an Italian Jewish female basketball player who is in love with her popular but rakish male best friend. It talks about life, love, art, basketball, opportunities, and longings. It?s pitch perfect for Gen X-ers. Than...
  • Dana Bundy
    Feb 12, 2019
    Great book with a strong female protagonist. Loved her. She thinks. She reads. She dribbles. She loves. I want to read more books with characters like her. Can?t wait to read something else by Dana Czapnik. ...
  • Sandy
    Feb 11, 2019
    This book was recommend by one of my favorite book reviewers, NPR?s Maureen Corrigan. She did not steer me wrong. I am not a sports person. Not even a little. My kids and grandkids know I cannot catch or throw a ball. Don?t even try. This is a book about a girl who plays basket...
  • Jenna
    Feb 18, 2019
    2.5 stars. Thanks to @atriabooks for sharing The Falconer by Dana Czapnik with me! It follows Lucy Adler, a seventeen-year-old tomboy ?pizza bagel? which apparently means a mix of Jewish and Italian heritage, who is a star basketball player at her school, has an unrequited crush on...
  • Rebecca
    Feb 02, 2019
    Thanks to the publisher for sending me an advance copy for review! Thoroughly enjoyed this well-written, thoughtful coming of age story. Lucy is a kind of "average" New York teenager- not incredibly wealthy, not living in poverty- who loves basketball and (secretly) her best friend ...
  • Tess
    Dec 29, 2018
    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 h...
  • Ron S
    Dec 20, 2018
    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 ...
  • Jacqueline
    Mar 15, 2019
    This is a really special book to me. It got me feeling all sorts of ways--nostalgia for a time I haven't experienced but always sort of fantasized about (being a teenager in the 90s), nostalgia for a time I actually did experience (being a seventeen-year-old girl dumb and in love, a lo...
  • Larry H
    Jan 28, 2019
    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...
  • Sylvia
    Jan 07, 2019
    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. ...
  • Lindsay
    Mar 13, 2019
    I accidentally ordered two copies of this for my library and because I have a weird guilt complex and worried no one would check it out, I did. And it was really good. I do love a good coming-of-age story. And this is literary without ever feeling inaccessible. And I mean the last line...
  • Kate Vocke
    Feb 23, 2019
    This is the most poetic, energetic and vibrant coming of age novel I've ever read. I won't forget about this one - probably ever - and Lucy will stay with me for a long time. She is an unapologetic teen in NYC, she's tough and observant, she's shy and insecure, but she is so wise b...
  • Christine
    Feb 03, 2019
    3.5 stars rounded to 4 stars I read an intriguing interview about the author and the making of this book, which led to my requesting it from Net Galley. The author stated this is the book she wanted to read when she was a teen. It is very different from the usual books I pick up. ...
  • Scott S.
    Feb 19, 2019
    "I watch the sky above New York turn from gray to yellow to a dark blue. I take out the blue felt pen that's been stuck in my hair and on the bottom of the page I write: 'Lucy Adler exists for no one.'" -- Lucy Another recent random selection from the library's new release shelf tha...
  • Amy
    Dec 23, 2018
    *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 more than that. I will admit that I glossed...
  • Nancy
    Nov 28, 2018
    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 c...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    Feb 21, 2019
    Set in the 1990's in New York, The Falconer is an unforgettable and eye-opening portrait of a girl coming of age between the neon-laced pop of the 1980's and the post-9/11 uncertainty of the 2000's. Following the story of Lucy, who is struggling to really find herself in a world where ...
  • Liz
    Jan 19, 2019
    Via my book blog at https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/ Lucy 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 childhoo...
  • Brian Platzer
    Oct 09, 2018
    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! ...
  • Caitlyn
    Feb 26, 2019
    In my senior year of college I took a fiction writing class, and there was a girl in my workshop who had the most beautiful style of writing. Packed with sensory details and emotional appeal, her writing never felt rushed, but would establish a setting with languor. I was so envious of...
  • Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
    Dec 09, 2018
    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)...
  • David
    Sep 26, 2018
    Great young female centered story that takes places in the 1993. Great slice of life, growing up story. ...
  • Carrie
    Feb 16, 2019
    Simply brilliant. Debut author Dana Czapnik writes with an incredible command of the language, each chapter reading like an vignette that shows how spunky, 17-year-old Lucy Adler grapples with growing up in NYC in the early 90s. My experience with YA novels is limited, but I valued the...
  • Eric Buchwald
    Dec 24, 2018
    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...
  • Karen Osborne
    Dec 24, 2018
    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...
  • Jonathan Braunstein
    Jan 06, 2019
    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 clari...
  • Michael
    Jan 09, 2019
    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 ...
  • Aaron Miller
    Jan 17, 2019
    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 me...
  • Alexandra
    Jan 20, 2019
    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...