The Falconer
“Coming-of-age in Manhattan may not have been done this brilliantly since Catcher in the Rye. That comparison has been made before, but this time, it’s true. Get ready to fall in love.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)“The Falconer is a novel of huge heart and fierce intelligence. It has restored my faith in pretty much everything.” —Ann Patchett, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and co-owner of Parnassus BooksNew 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 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.”

The Falconer Details

TitleThe Falconer
Author
ReleaseJan 29th, 2019
PublisherAtria Books
ISBN-139781501193224
Rating
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

The Falconer Review

  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 more 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.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yrralh/.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars rounded to 4 starsI 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.The protagonist is Lucy Adler, a very talented basketball player on the public courts in New York City. The story, set in 1993-1994, is a slice of life focused on Lucy’s 16th and 17th years and is told entirely from Lucy’ 3.5 stars rounded to 4 starsI 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.The protagonist is Lucy Adler, a very talented basketball player on the public courts in New York City. The story, set in 1993-1994, is a slice of life focused on Lucy’s 16th and 17th years and is told entirely from Lucy’s perspective. We accompany Lucy on her coming-of-age journey as she tries to find a direction in life at a time when America is still essentially a man’s world. Lucy faces many challenges, including not being popular at school, being secretly in love with her best friend Percy who fancies many girls, grappling with feminism, trying to figure out how women can earn the same opportunities as men, and most importantly, how to stay true to herself at the same time. Despite her challenges, Lucy is able to find moments of joy, beauty, strength, and ultimately understanding. Here are some of the reasons for my relatively low rating. I would have enjoyed some introspection from some of the other characters; everything is viewed through the eyes of Lucy. I loved the scene Lucy shared with her mother - I wanted to see more of her mom. There are many descriptive passages throughout the book; a little less would be better. I did not care much for all the scenes with Violet and Violet’s friend Max. A few would have been fine, there were just too many and that thread became tiresome.I do, however, award 5 stars to Lucy. Lucy is an exceptionally strong character, and I will remember her and her spirit for a long time. Her story also inspires an older reader like me to think back and reflect on my own younger years. This is not standard YA fare. The Falconer is an intelligent book with significant depth. For that reason I have rounded my rating up to 4 stars and recommend it for both older teens and adults.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Tess
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Ron S
    January 1, 1970
    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 more 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 more 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.
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  • David
    January 1, 1970
    Great young female centered story that takes places in the 1993. Great slice of life, growing up story.
  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    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 more 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 more 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.
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  • Eric Buchwald
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Jonathan Braunstein
    January 1, 1970
    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 more 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.
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  • Brian Platzer
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 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 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 H&H 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.
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  • Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Sylvia
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Karen Osborne
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    *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 over large sections of text where the author gave play-by-plays of basketball games (because like...no thank u), BUT! the focus of the story was less on "girl who plays sports" and more 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 more than that. I will admit that I glossed over large sections of text where the author gave play-by-plays of basketball games (because like...no thank u), BUT! the focus of the story was less on "girl who plays sports" and more 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).
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  • Aaron Miller
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Michelle Olms
    January 1, 1970
    Great book
  • Aria
    January 1, 1970
    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- 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 Goodreads. ---- 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 better.....b/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 more 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 more 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 more 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 more 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…..such 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: http://www.seesharppress.com/anarchis... ) 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.
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  • Mwinchester97
    January 1, 1970
    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 more 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 more.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    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 Percy. It's her senior year of high school, and she's navigating the minefields of soon-to-be-an-adult relationships, college, basketball, friendships, etc. Set against the backdrop of the early/mid-90s, it's a time an 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 Percy. It's her senior year of high school, and she's navigating the minefields of soon-to-be-an-adult relationships, college, basketball, friendships, etc. Set against the backdrop of the early/mid-90s, it's a time and place that feels just old enough to be nostalgic. The best parts of the story are Lucy's relationship with basketball (this coming from someone who refuses to watch the sport- the shoe squeaks!), as her passion and confidence shine here.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    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 more of my book content check out instagram.com/bookalong •Thank You to the publisher for sending me this #ARC. Available Jan 29th!!
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  • Jayne Gerdeman Homsher
    January 1, 1970
    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 more about hopefully in future writings. Would have loved even more strong characters introduced and more adventures.
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  • Elaine Young
    January 1, 1970
    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 goodreads giveaway from the publisher.
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  • Stephani Beltran
    January 1, 1970
    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 more 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….it 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 Goodreads and all opinions are my own.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Lakesidefiction
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Kathy Webb
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • David Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Lynette Murphy
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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