... electric ... Lucy’s fierce first-person point of view is as confident and fearless as she is on the court; she narrates her story with the immediacy and sharpness of a sports commentator, mixed with the pathos and wisdom of a perceptive adolescent charting the perils of her senior year of high school ... Czapnik... captures nostalgia — for both a vanishing New York and Lucy’s evaporating childhood — with the lucidity of a V.R. headset ... Reader, beware: Spending time with Lucy is unapologetic fun, and heartbreak, and awe as well.
... electrifying ... a frank, bittersweet coming-of-age story that crackles with raw adolescent energy, fresh-cut prose, and a kinetic sense of place ... And Czapnik, a seasoned sportswriter, has written exactly the book that every smart, strange, wonderful teenage weirdo like Lucy deserves.
Here's a sentence of critical praise I never expected to utter: The descriptions of basketball games in this novel are riveting ... Lucy's sweaty, all-in passion for basketball, which Czapnik captures so vividly in The Falconer, gives me a sharp sense of what I missed out on ... In The Falconer, Dana Czapnik displays this same gift: In bringing Lucy to life, she sees the whole game.