Breaking Through: Beating The Odds Shot after Shot (Volume 1)
On the surface, Chamique Holdsclaws memoirs, Breaking Through, is an inspiring behind-the-scenes glimpse of what its like to play professional womens basketball. Its got the thrills, the spills, and the locker room gossip that any sports fan longs to read about and be privy to. Holdsclaw takes her readers on a whirlwind tour of life as a WNBA star, from the streets of New York to the streets of the world. From Astoria to Tennessee to Spain to Poland and eventually winding up in Atlanta, we follow Chamique up and down the court of life until we too are winded from the back-and-forth. But when we stop to catch our breath, we realize this is much more than another sports book. New York features prominently in these pagesits successes, its heartbreaks, its projects and its swanky gyms. The relative security and safety of Holdsclaws life at Christ the King High School in Queens stands in sharp contrast to her tales of life in the nearby projects, where alcoholism, drug abuse, petty crime and despair have a strong foothold in the rundown buildings and darkened bus stops. But Holdsclaw does not dwell; she does not sulk. She doesnt have the time, frankly, for we soon find that the life of a young basketball star is full of constant action. From sunup to sundown, Holdsclaw is practicing, shooting, running and negotiating. The decision about which college to attend is almost as harrowing for the readers as it is for Holdsclaw herself, and we breathe a sigh of relief when she makes what is obviously the right choice. And though we meet Jay-Z and Gabrielle Reece and many other famous sports stars on these pages, the personality we most remember is that of Holdsclaws grandmother and guardian. She is the calm in Holdsclaws storm, the light that shines into and illuminates the dark tunnels of choices no child should have to make. June Holdsclaws steadfast surety is something every child would be fortunate to have, and her granddaughters testament to her faith and love resonates in these pages. As Holdsclaw grows up and trades in the streets of New York and a busted up pair of hi-tops for the rigors of academia at the University of Tennessee, the burdens of success become more apparent. The stress of being a star on the court takes its toll mentally, academically, and of course, physically, but Holdsclaw bravely dribbles past these obstacles and fights to stay on top. Which isnt to say she doesnt have her distractionsfrom boys to friends to tough-as-nails coaches like Pat Summitt, Holdsclaws busy life bustles and buzzes throughout Breaking Through, making the pages hum with vitality. And only when Holdsclaws health fails her, when her team slows down and the winning streak seems to be over, does she come to realize that whats essential in basketballand of course, in lifeisnt speed, or strength, or who you know, or how hard you work, but balance: the fine line between not enough and too much, between carefree and careless. She finally finds hers, and thats what makes this book the powerful read that it is. At its core, Breaking Through is a testament to the places and people that make us whole and keep us saneits a shout out to hard work, love, faith and equilibrium.
- Physical Description: 6.0"x9.0"x0.6"; 1.0 lb; 260 pages
- Edition Info: Paperback; 2012-03-07
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