Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas is too young to remember her dad’s glory days as a pitcher for the Yankees. So when her father is offered a coaching position with the Kansas City Royals, Annie is intrigued to see the baseball side of her dad. Of course, knowing he’ll be a mentor to hot young rookie pitcher, Jason Brody, certainly makes it more enticing.
After an awkward first meeting with “Brody” involving very little clothing and a much-too-personal locker room interview, Annie’s convinced she knows Brody’s type: arrogant, self-involved, bossy. As her dad grows closer to the pitching phenom, the friction between Brody and Annie increases. But when opening day arrives and it looks like both her dad and Brody may lose their dream jobs, Annie steps up and offers support. She and Brody call a truce that grows into friendship—and beyond. Falling for a rising star who’s quickly reaching a level that involves rabid female fans is not what Annie would call smart, except suddenly she’s getting hints that maybe this crush isn’t one-sided after all. Could someone like Brody actually fall for a girl like her?
One thing that I really loved was having Annie’s witty and cute facebook status updates. Along with Lenny and sometimes Lenny’s brother. I also thought it was fun to read the text messages between the characters. It really gave it a more modern feel because that’s what goes on. Social media is a big part of the world today.
I liked the baseball part of the book too. I’ve actually been to Kauffman stadium to see the Royals play the White Sox (it was actually during the RT convention one year). My husband asked me if he read the book (big baseball fan) if he would get mad about it. Which of course if you are super baseball fan you might be like that wouldn’t happen. I think what Julie is great at doing is having this baseball theme but not making it a big focus. I don’t want to read about every game they play, I want to read about Annie and Jason. So I think she does a good job with the baseball and I think it was interesting to have her dad as a pitching coach. It makes her access to the players and staff make more sense. It’s very well done.
I really really liked that Annie is also an athlete because athletes have a competitive edge that is always present in their life and it’s a great way for her and Jason to bond. Annie is such a strong character all on her own that it makes you want to read about her. Jason is of course the perfect guy. Man I would root for him if he was really on the Royals. When you have such great characters of these it makes the rest of the book fall into place easily.
I also love the friendship she forms with Lenny, who is in the world of baseball but not an athlete herself. It gives the book a great mix. Savanah the single mom is also in there and maybe there is a little side romance. Of course her dad and Frank are both strong adult role models in her life. I love when there are fleshed out side characters, for me it makes me feel like the book has more depth.
I can’t tell you if this story is YA or NA (technically YA) but I can tell you it’s a great story. An adorable romance and terrific/strong characters. I really loved this book, so read it and enjoy it!
**In case you are not aware the Kansas City Royals literally plowed their way to the world series. Going 8-0 in the postseason. I kept looking for Jason Brody on the mound. This is their first postseason since 1985….so Julie might be a little psychic?? Super Good Luck Charm?