Book Reviews of The Basketball Diaries

The Basketball Diaries
The Basketball Diaries
Author: Jim Carroll
ISBN-13: 9780140249996
ISBN-10: 0140249990
Publication Date: 4/1/1995
Pages: 224
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 33 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
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This the best book that I have ever read. Jim Carroll has taken something so ugly and awful and made it beautiful. The movie was awful.Read the book.
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Jim Carroll is truly a gifted writer. His diary brings the New York City streets of the mid-60's to life. His vivid descriptions of growing up as a street wise kid on the mean city streets clearly paint a picture of the period.
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Not a bad book, but left some things to be desired. At times he rambled on a little too quick with too much slang to follow along. I understand that just fits with the style/personality of the book. And it had no ending. It was literally just over, like maybe I was missing pages. Again I understand its a diary so it shouldn't end. Overall a quick read, and something that didn't take too much thought.
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so much better of a book than a movie. Jim Carroll is a multi talented person , Good story
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Good book. Highly sexual though. LOw stars because of sexual content.
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I believe I wore the grooves out on Jim Carroll's "Catholic Boy" album. After reading the "Basketball diaries" I'm amazed he lived long enough to record it. Jim was inspired to start writing a diary at 12 after reading Jack Kerouac's "On the Road". It is a brutally honest look into life on the streets of New York. The progression into heroin addiction and the things he did to get the next high is chilling.
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This is a no holds barred look at addiction. Gripping!
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I am going to read the book but i watched the movie and it was really good.
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I watched the movie first, and I liked it. Than I read the book and LOVED it. The movie was a let down after the fact. Not only was Jim Carroll real, but he experienced so many things as a teenager that most adults have never done. He is a poet.