Saturday, March 2, 2013

Book Review: Home Run by Travis Thrasher

Home Run
by Travis Thrasher
Received for Review
Adult Inspirational 
Released On: March 1, 2013
Published By: David C. Cook
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.30
Pages: 416

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis available on Goodreads:

Baseball star Cory Brand knows how to win. But off the field, he’s spiraling out of control. Haunted by old wounds and regrets, his future seems as hopeless as his past. Until one moment—one mistake—changes everything. To save his career, Cory must go back to the town where it all began. His plan is simple: coach the local baseball team, complete a recovery program, and get out as fast as possible. Instead, he runs headfirst into memories he can’t escape ... and the love he left behind. Faced with a second chance he never expected, Cory embarks on a journey of faith, transformation and redemption. And along the way, he discovers a powerful truth: no one is beyond the healing of God.

 A novel based on the major motion picture starring Vivica A. Fox and Scott Elrod, Home Run is an inspirational story of the hope and freedom God offers each of us.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel for review from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not obligated to write a good review nor am I receiving any compensation for writing this review. 

An Overview of the Novel: This novel is told from the perspectives of Cory Brand, a famous baseball player who's life is spiraling out of control, his brother Clay who desperately wants to see his brother get his act together, and Emma the woman he left behind. 

When Cory gets suspended from baseball and sent to his hometown for eight weeks, he is furious. His brother hopes that this might finally get Cory to change his life around, and Emma is determined to avoid him. Their relationship had been dead for dead years and she wasn't about to get involved with him again.

Cory doesn't need to change. He might be addicted to alcohol, but that's perfectly fine. He's a screw-up anyway and doesn't think he's good enough for anybody. But if Cory will just give it a shot, he'll learn about true redemption and the power of new beginnings. However, in order for that to happen, Cory has to want to change. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I went into this novel with high expectations. I don't know why but I just thought this one was going to be incredible. Maybe it's because I love reading about new beginnings or characters who embark on serious journeys of self-discovery or maybe it was because I love reading about sports (if they are done correctly, that is.)

The point is that I went in expecting this novel to be great. It exceeded my expectations. I didn't expect this novel to inspire me to change and to make me want to be better. I didn't expect to fall in love with Cory, Clay, and Emma, but I did. All of these characters felt so real to me. I felt like I really understood where each character was coming from and I loved that.

I also loved how the novel helped you understand why Cory was the jerk he was today. Cory's childhood and the belief that he would only screw-up everything he touched cut deep into his soul and helped readers understand the true battle he was waging. I just loved everything about this novel—the plot, the characters, the writing style, the overall organization of the novel, etc. 

This novel does involve Christian elements, but I believe that it's an inspirational story that can cross boundaries and touch anybody who wants to change their life around. The novel centered on an athlete, but I think that even people who hate sports will love this novel.

This novel is one of the more inspiring novels I've read and one that will stick with me long past I turned the last page. 

Seriously go buy this book today. You won't regret it. (Amazon Link).

So why 5 stars? In case you couldn't already tell, I loved this novel. It was inspiring. Any novel that transforms into words on a page to a story that makes me want to change automatically is one I love. The story was well-written and was engaging. It was entertaining, inspiring, and an engaging read. Rarely do I find a novel that is all of those things. 

In Summary: Travis Thrasher's Home Run is just that a home run. His novel is one of the most inspirational books I've ever read, but it was also entertaining, and engaging. I loved this novel and definitely recommend it to anybody and everybody. Rarely do I read a book and want to tell all of my friends to go buy it, but with this book that's exactly what I'm doing. 

The Wrap-up: Wow! I can't even begin to express how much I loved this book. It was just incredible in every aspect. This novel will be a memorable read and one that I'm seriously tempted to buy. 


Danica Page


  1. This sounds like an amazing book! I too love sports themes. Great review:)

    1. Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed my review. Sports books are incredible. Thanks for commenting.


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