Dec 22, 2010

Reader Responses
I've gotten a lot of very kind and thoughtful responses from readers of Play Their Hearts Out. If I had to pick one that is my favorite, this is it:

Mr. Dohrmann,

I am a 16 year old from New Jersey. I just wanted to let you know that I am not a big fan of books and rarely read, but when I spotted Play Their Hearts Out at Barnes and Nobles, it looked interesting so I bought it. I finished it last night and absolutely LOVED it! It took me less than a week to finish, and I was hooked up from the beginning. I love basketball and play AAU myself, and am hoping to play college ball one day so this was a great read for me because it really applied to me. I loved it so much my mother has started to read it just to see how i could love a book so much. I just wanted to say thank you and keep up the good work!

Matt Hochberg

I'm not entirely certain why I liked this note so much. It might be that Matt is young and the book hit home with him, and I can remember when that happened to me in high school. I read Friday Night Lights and got excited and then I devoured sports book after sports book going forward. I also loved that Matt's mom had to read the book to discover what got him so jazzed. Really touching.

Anyway, thanks to Matt and all the readers who have reached out via email or on Facebook and Twitter. I love hearing your thoughts, positive and critical. Keep them coming.