Growing up in Williamstown, Virginia, the one and only thing Sugar Rodgers had was family. Everything else had no guarantees. Sugar was a tomboy, but she didn't see herself as athletic until around fifth grade. Then her love of sports took center stage: golf first (she became a state champion), then football, and ultimately basketball. Just as the other pieces of her life had ups and downs, so did her basketball journey. Still, she kept looking forward, not back and ultimately reached the pinnacle of her sport: a member of the Minnesota Lynx Women's National Basketball Team.
Sugar Rodgers writes in a very conversational, matter-of-fact way that will resonate with young readers. She shares her strengths and weaknesses and life's highs and lows in a very accessible, realistic way. While her basketball journey is the main "storyline," at its core, this is a book offering life lessons and advice for teens. There are innumerable examples of the changes that inevitably come our way, and Sugar tells us about the ones she handled well, and the others she struggled with. One that stuck with me was her story about resisting a coach's advice to talk with a counselor. She shared her reasons and "prejudices" about counseling ... and then she tried it.
As good and accessible as the story is, it could have been more powerful. I wish that she had had an editor to help her smooth out the rough spots, know when to get out of the weeds, and added some closing thoughts to offer a bit of a "what's next" so to speak.
Sports lovers and athletes with dreams of being in the professional ranks someday will be digging in to learn what Sugar learned about herself as a person and an athlete.
There are descriptions of violence and drugs.
This is a memoir about WNBA plater Suga Rodgers.
In addition to being Sugar Rodger's personal history, the book presents lessons in perseverance, change, and family relationships, among others.
12 and Up
12 and Up
Borrow. Sugar's is a compelling story, it just isn't told as strongly as it could be.