Title: Throw like a Girl
Author: Sarah Henning
Publication Date: January 7th 2020
Synopsis: 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.
Disclaimer: I received and ARC from the publishers to review but all thoughts are my own
Spoiler Free Review
I really enjoyed this book, think I finished it in two days! The plot was enjoyable and I liked how prominent football was in the book. The characters were enjoyable, the main and the background characters. I liked how quick and easy this story was to follow even for people who are not familiar with football like myself.
Liv was a great main character. In the heat of the moment she punches an opposing teammate and is no longer able to attend the private school she currently attends. So now she must navigate her zoned high school where she knows no one but everyone knows her. But then she is recruited to play football by the staring quarterback himself. It was awesome how the author showed us so much of how hard Liv worked at football. The dynamic between Liv and the football players was nice to see and how well they got together. I wasn’t sure which way the author was going to go with the football players because there are people who think it is a male only sport, but I was happy to see the author didn’t go that route and the guys accepted Liv’s spot on the team. Though Liv puts on this tough outer shell it was nice to see this other side of her at times in the book where she let that shell come down. I liked how we got different sides of her as a character, it was nice and it added more depth to her.
Grey wasn’t what I thought he was going to be. I expected him to be this cocky and arrogant football star and he was that a little bit but not all the time. Just like we got to see with Liv, we got to see different sides of Grey. One thing that I admired about Grey as a character was he does something stupid throughout the book but in the end he owned up to it which wasn’t what I was expecting from him but I was glad to see him do it.
I was happy to see that almost all of this book focuses on football and not the budding romance. I wasn’t sure of the romance was going to take a front for this book but it was more of an afterthought. This book says its about Liv and being the only girl on the football team and it delivers. I do not watch football so I didn’t;t know exactly all the key terms they used and what they plays meant exactly but the author provides enough details to where that doesn’t matter. Like me, you could have no prior knowledge of football and have no problems understanding what is going on in the game because of the details the author provides.
One thing that I found a little unrealistic was Liv and her football abilities. Maybe this isn’t unrealistic like I think it is, but it just seems unrealistic to me which is why I have a little problem with it. Liv has never played football before, only really tosses a ball with her brother. And suddenly she is almost as good as the guys who has been playing forever. Like that just seems so unrealistic to me.
Overall this is an enjoyable read and I cannot wait for you all to read it when it is published!