The Basketball Diaries : The Classic about Growing Up Hip on New York's Mean Streets

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The story of Jim Caroll, who struggled with life and drug use. The story follows his struggles, how he quit school and how he turned to the streets to use and abuse drugs. The world the kid sees is a different one, and it breaks his mother’s heart. Finally, his mother helps and the boy gets better with the help of professionals.

What makes this book stand out?

The book is one of those books which depicts the pain of growing sober and growing up beautifully.

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The story is classically coming of age book, where Jim struggles with many things but finally gets over them.

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The book is surrounded by kids and other abusing drugs. The book becomes a little violent at times.

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