Throw Like a Girl
by Sarah Henning
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 7th 2020
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Friday Night Lights meets Morgan Matson’s The Unexpected Everything in this contemporary debut where swoonworthy romance meets underdog sports story.
When softball star Liv Rodinsky throws one ill-advised punch during the most important game of the year, she loses her scholarship to her fancy private school, her boyfriend, and her teammates all in one fell swoop. With no other options, Liv is forced to transfer to the nearest public school, Northland, where she’ll have to convince their coach she deserves a spot on the softball team, all while facing both her ex and the teammates of the girl she punched… Every. Single. Day.
Enter Grey, the injured star quarterback with amazing hair and a foolproof plan: if Liv joins the football team as his temporary replacement, he’ll make sure she gets a spot on the softball team in the Spring. But it will take more than the perfect spiral for Liv to find acceptance in Northland’s halls, and behind that charming smile, Grey may not be so perfect after all.
With well-drawn characters and a charming quarterback love interest who’s got brains as well as brawn, Throw Like a Girl will have readers swooning from the very first page.
This is the story about Liv and the consequences of her actions. Liv is a softball star at a private school when she punches a girl on the rival team during one of the most important games of the year. Thus causing her to have to go to public school, the school of the girl she punched, and now she has to prove to the coach that she can be a team player and deserves a spot on the softball team. How she does this is the twist to this story. Liv was not gung ho about the idea of being the back up quarterback at first, but Grey offered her the one thing she wanted, a chance to get on the softball team.
What I really liked about this book was that our main character had to live with the consequences of her actions and the softball coach at Northland is not going to make it easy on her. She will not be able to just slide onto the softball team. I also loved the idea of a girl as a quarterback for a high school football team. It shows that girls can do anything if they put their mind to it.
I loved the relationship between Liv and Grey and how it slowly built up and that they had problems and it was not perfect. I also enjoyed seeing Liv’s interaction with her family and how they resolved not only the punch, but the fact that Liv was playing football as a way to get back onto the softball team.
In the end though, I really liked this story. It was believable and relatable.
Sarah Henning is a recovering journalist who has worked for the Palm Beach Post, Kansas City Star and Associated Press, among others. While in South Florida, Sarah lived and worked through five hurricanes, which gave her an extreme respect for the ocean. When not writing, she runs ultramarathons, hits the playground with her two kids and hangs out with her husband Justin, who doubles as her long-suffering IT department. Sarah lives in Lawrence, Kansas, which, despite being extremely far from the beach, happens to be pretty cool.
PRIZE: Win (1) of (2) copies of THROW LIKE A GIRL by Sarah Herring (US Only)
STARTS: 7th January 2020
ENDS: 21st January 2020
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