Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: Whatever Life Throws At You by Julie Cross

Whatever Life Throws At You
by Julie Cross
New Adult 
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Pages: 320

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

Life loves a good curveball…

Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas's life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she's living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own—most of which involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring the Royals' super-hot rookie pitcher.

But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school “brats” who can run the pants off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love.

But baseball isn't just a game. It's life. And sometimes, it can break your heart…

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

An Overview of the Novel: For 17 year old Annie Lucas, it's always just been her and her dad. Her dad used to be some big-shot but that was before he lost this leg. Now they are just getting by.

But then he's offered the chance to be the new pitching coach for the Kansas Royals. Annie convinces him to accept and they are moving halfway across the country to live in Missouri. 

Everything is different there and living in the baseball community comes with its own unique set of rules. And then she meets Jason Brody.

Jason is the new 19-year-old pitcher for the team and he's undeniably attractive. Jess and her keep getting thrown together and feelings start building between them. But with the age difference between them and the baseball backdrop behind them, they might just be in way over their heads. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I had heard that this book was a cute read and so I was excited to read it. It was such an enjoyable read. I really liked the characters, the plot, and Cross' writing style.

It was so well-written. I don't even really like baseball, but I loved this story. It's well-paced and the story is just so cute. It has a depth to it that I also really enjoyed. 

Annie and Jason are easily two of my favorite characters in the YA/NA genre. 

If you like cute, light-hearted love stories, don't miss this one. You don't have to be a fan of baseball to read it. 

So why 3.5 stars? It was a cute read that I really enjoyed, but in order to have earned a 4, it would have needed to have just a little bit more umph. 

Warnings/Side-notes: In between YA and NA. I'd recommend it for 16+. There is some sexual content and some instances of strong language. 

The Wrap-up: A very cute read that I definitely enjoyed. Comes recommended for fans of the genre. 


Danica Page

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