Throw Like a Girl by Srah Henning

Title: Throw Like a Girl
Author: Sarah Henning
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 7th 2020
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance

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.

Throw Like a Girl is a cute story about a not so cute sport.

It’s a cool story. The High School by me has a girl that plays safety on the Football team. I honestly do not know that much about football so I found myself asking me husband questions. Mostly about the abuse your body takes with the sport. I didn’t feel like I needed to know a ton to read the story though. Although there are parts with the actual game, I think it’s pretty clearly spelled out and easy to follow along.

I had mixed feelings about Liv at times. I thought that she was really selfish and often couldn’t see beyond herself but at the same time she was caring. The thing is that I felt like she acted like a teenager...which she is. So I thought it was appropriate for her to annoy me at times because all teenagers annoy me at times. The other side of Liv is the fact that she is dealing with a parent going battling cancer. It was difficult for me with my dad as an adult to watch what cancer did to him. I can’t imagine being a teenager and having that happen. So Liv’s anger is probably a lot of pent up other frustrations as well.

I loved Liv’s relationship with her siblings. I hope my kids can be as close when they are in high school. They rely on one another and protect one another and still argue like siblings. It is always great to see a strong family in a book. My brothers would have flipped out if I played football but at the same time they thought it was cool when I wouldn’t let boys push me around. So it’s always fun to see that with other siblings.

Yes, the story has a romance and it’s about Liv and Grey. Also about Liv and Jake putting the past behind them. I felt like the story is really about Liv growing as a person and as a teammate. It was great to see that she did have consequences from her actions but she also learned from those and kept going.

I really enjoyed Throw Like a Girl. It’s a great contemporary and a fun light hearted read. Plus if you like sports, there are lots of sports talk.

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.

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STARTS: 7th January 2020
ENDS: 21st January 2020
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