Review / Falling Short

20220615ma_0804Book: Falling Short (2022)
Author: Ernesto Cisneros
Genre: MG, Contemporary

Opening lines from the book …
Marco’s repeated tapping on my window sounds like Morse code—really, really loud Morse code. I try to open my eyes, but my left one is being stubborn and refuses to obey. “Go away, Marco!” I say, almost pleading. “Five more minutes.”


1) I really enjoyed the two protagonists in this book: Isaac and Marco. They are so different and yet have this wonderful friendship. (Marco’s the really short one, by the way.)

2) I was worried about this book being your typical bully-book. What I liked is that it didn’t turn out exactly how I thought it would. Yes, there’s a bully, but Marco isn’t forsaken throughout the book, dealing with the awful bully on his own.

3) This book is for basketball lovers! (A lot of the basketball stuff flew over my head. Get it?) I love how Marco is determined to get on his Muggsy Bogues! (Even when he … well, he doesn’t really know how to play basketball.)

4) I really liked the teacher Mr. Slaughter! I really wanted more of him from this book. The set-up when we meet him is great!

5) The side plot with Isaac’s dad drinking too much is good. I felt for Isaac and his family.


Like I said before, this one is definitely for the sports’ enthusiasts. But even I enjoyed the friendship between these two boys.



Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Note: I’m posting this for Greg Pattridge’s Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday


7 thoughts on “Review / Falling Short

  1. I’d be lost in the sports details of this book as well, but it sounds so compelling—and anything from the author of Efrén Divided is bound to be good! Thanks so much for the wonderful review, Maria!


  2. I’ve been hearing good things about this book. I’m not a basketball person, but maybe I should give it a try. It sounds like it has a lot going for it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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