Saturday, January 11, 2020

Blog Tour Review-Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning

Throw Like a Girl
by 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.

I’ve always loved the saying “throw like a girl”. People say it as an insult; but I ALWAYS took it as a compliment. That meaning has no merit in terms of trying to put down a woman because she isn’t as “strong” as her male counterpart. Instead, I’d like to think of it as meaning you’re badass and why the hell wouldn’t you want to throw like a girl? Being one is AMAZING!

That was the attitude that our main character, Liv, has. She’s an amazing athlete and she knows her worth—I loved her immediately. But she gets into some trouble at the start of the book, which causes her to get suspended from the team and lose her scholarship. Therefore, she ends up going to another school, the school that she punched a girl at no less, and has to earn her way on the softball team. She’ll do this by showing she can be a team player.

Enter football. What better way to show you’re a team player than by playing one of the most brutal sports in the world!? The star quarterback, Grey, sees Liv messing around while she’s throwing a football with her brother. It’s there he recruits her to be the second string quarterback. It’s also where sparks start to fly between the two. Have I mentioned that her ex boyfriend is also on the team?!

I thought this was such a fun read about sports. Girl in sports, to be more exact. What I loved most about the book was the relationship between friends and family. The closeness between Liv and her siblings is what it’s all about! It made me love an appreciate my siblings more.  The romance wasn’t too shabby either! If you’re in need of a light read featuring a tough heroine and an equally kindhearted (and very cute!) hero, this is for you.

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are subjective but my own.

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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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