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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Book Review: Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning

Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning
Genre: Young Adult (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: January 7, 2020 
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Friday Night Lights  meets Morgan Matson's  The Unexpected Everything  in this contemporary debut where  swoon-worthy  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.

Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning is a fast pace read with quite a bit going on. I liked the characters, but I didn't find the story to be too believable. No one is that talented from their very first practice. No one. It's just not possible. I really liked the premise behind it though. The idea was fun, but everything came soooo stinkin' easy for her. There was a lot of sports talk too, so I found myself scanning over some paragraphs to bypass football strategy talk and get back into the story. Ultimately, this one just wasn't my cup of tea.

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.

To learn more about Sarah Henning and her books, visit her website. You can also find her on GoodreadsInstagram and Twitter.

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