I read the book Night Hoops, by: Carl Deuker. This book is about a boy named Nick that is dealing with some problems that are more than just basketball. He meets a boy names Trent Dawson who he was not too fond of at first, Trent is going through a lot more than Nick is in his home life, so Nick takes Trent under his wing to help keep him out of trouble. But at first Trent seems to resist and says he doesn’t need help. He ends up running out every night with his brother to get into some trouble.
Since he was a teenager he has always worked for a living by mowing laws, dressing up as Huck Finn for tourists, wiped down tables at the mall, and many others. Nick has always been a mama’s boy and thinks of his mother to be the best person in the whole world. However Nick’s father had unpredictable behavior and anger issues. He moves to New York where he works for a magazine years later after meeting Amy he got laid off which causes him to be lazy, displeasing, and time consuming for Amy, Amy Elliott-Dunne: A thirty-eight-year-old woman, inspiration to Amazing Amy, and she has a master in psychology. Amy used to work in magazines writing personality quizzes until she got laid off.
His constant attempt to find fulfillment through others reveals a bitter truth about him: he will never be fulfilled. Due to his indecisiveness, Nick’s life is constantly at an impasse. Originally from a “well-to-do” (6) family, his life would have been comfortable, a clear path set before
“I’m inclined to reserve all judgements” (1) Nick states at the beginning of the novel, which instantly sets up his passivity. His passiveness sparks complications early on, such as when Tom takes Nick to meet Myrtle in secret. Nick tags along because he “had nothing better to do” (24) and seems to have little qualms about the fact that Tom is cheating on Daisy openly. As Daisy’s cousin, it is expected that he stands against Tom’s infidelity.
Nick says “I graduated from New Haven in 1915, just a quarter of a century after my father, and I little later I participated in that Teutonic migration know as the Great War.” (3) Yale was a very popular university, it was known for athletic programs and its connection with the Military, it was one of the to universities. Nick was not much different than anyone else, he fought in Great War and soon after he enrolled at Yale. Nick also mentions, “ so I decided to go east and learn the bond business. Everybody I knew was in the bond business, so I supported it could support one more single man.” (3) After the War the economy was growing very quick and everyone wanted to be in the bond business, it was a quick way to get rich. Nick always admire his father, one of the things Nick’s father passed along to him was "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven 't had the advantages that you 've had" (1.2).
He is crisp, and the red and yellow leaves on the ground recommend fall—Neddy feels a "curious pity," the first occasion when he feels something besides bliss. Climate and season are not kind to Neddy from this minute on. He gets colder, sees more indications of fall, and transforms from a strong voyager into a despicable figure by the interstate. Harvest time touches base in full as Neddy completes his excursion, and the last pool he swims in has freezing icy water. As Neddy's upbeat life has found some conclusion, the cycle of seasons has been finished too, and it is clear before the end of the story that Neddy is entering the winter of his
Nick is a narrator expertly tailored to match the story he tells, recounting a world in which everyone he has ever known trades truth and transparency for the shining ideals of cultured living and wealth. He is a dishonest man in a dishonest world. Although he is convinced of this own veracity, Nick’s actions and lack of action suggest something else. He is dishonest with those around
Nick is a reliable narrator though he tells the full truth all the way to the end well at least to the reader not actually to the characters in the novel. The first time you realize Nick was not really being an honest narrator is when he finds out that Tom, Daisy’s husband was cheating on her, instead of telling
Nick’s social locations in 1920s New York society as a middle class, natural romantic, with a dissatisfied taste of humanity influence his actions. One way Nick’s social location as a middle class person influences his actions is during his visit with Tom and Daisy. “A breeze blew through the room, blew curtains in at one end and out the other like pale flags, twisting them up towards the frosted wedding-cake of the