I rarely read sports contemporaries even though they have a lot of potential, and when I first read the synopsis for this book I knew I had to get my hands on it. I’ve never seen a contemporary where both the main characters play sports and are very good at them, so that was the main factor that enticed me.
We follow Liv, who is a star player on her school’s softball team. However, at the most important game of the year she punches a girl from the other team and loses her scholarship, as well as her boyfriend, forcing her to transfer the nearest public school where she will have to face her ex and the teammates of the girl she punched everyday. She also has to convince the coach that she deserves a spot on the softball team. Then she meets Gray, who is the quarterback of the football team. He’ll convince the coach to let her join the softball team if she takes his place (as he’s injured) and plays until he can.
The most surprising thing about this novel is that there was no sexism. When Liv joins the football team and is the only girl there, discrimination is the last thing she faces. Her teammates welcome and encourage her to do the best she can, and she does.
Her romance with Grey also happens naturally and doesn’t feel like insta-love at all. They had great chemistry and I was rooting for them the entire time. Her teammates were also really supportive about that as well.
Overall, this was a really enjoyable, fluffy contemporary romance novel. The characters themselves were really interesting and the author was able to intertwine plot elements as well as character reveals very well. I highly recommend reading this novel if you’re looking for a romance with a little extra to it!
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.
Prize: 2 finished copies of Throw Like A Girl by Sarah Henning
Starts: 7th January 2020
Ends: 21st January 2020