Author: Julie Cross
Tittle: Whatever Life Throws at You
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, In between Young-Adult and New-Adult
Page count and format: 243 pages, Ebook
Published: October 7th 2014 by Entangled: Teen
Blurb (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…
This book was really good, I picked it up in a whim as I was looking for something fluffy to read, this book didn’t totally fall in the fluffy category but I throughly enjoyed it but I didn’t totally fall in love with this one as much as I wanted to.
Annie Lucas is a seventeen year old girl who lives with her father, Jim who lost his leg due to cancer, and her grandmother who has Alzheimer. Her mother isn’t in the picture but Annie is perfectly fine with that. Jim is offered a job as a pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals by his long time friend Frank Steadman. Frank just started his job as the new general manager and wants Jim to work with a nineteen year old young pitcher named Jason Brody. They have every reason to stay away from each other but things keep throwing them together. Eventually their attraction just overcomes their dislike and turns it into something much more
The plot is simple and great. I loved the protagonist Annie, she was mature for her age and knew how to handle things and situation. I liked how she was passionate about running. What I loved the most about her was that she constantly put into consideration other peoples’ feelings and situations. But sometimes I felt she was a bit racist whenever she mentioned her ex-gay boyfriend. I totally loved Jason. He was sweet and caring, he saw Jim as his father figure and respected him very much and that’s why he tried to stay away from Annie but finally they couldn’t. Oh and their first encounter was totally hilarious.
I seriously loved the romance in this book. It was totally awsome. The heat level was quite high. Their chemistry was undeniable. I don’t know how they resisted from kissing each other for so long. I was like, O’come on kiss now, pleaseee! And then they finally did and it was totally worth it.
Family plays an important role in this play. But as much as I wanted to read about a full functional family, that was not the case here. Annie’s mother, I totally hated her, how could she be so indifferent towards everything, her family, her only child. She was indeed a very selfish woman who only thought about herself but nonetheless I loved Annie’s father. He was totally an awsome dad.
The ending seemed a bit too rushed and predictable. It happened just like that. I don’t think in real life it could’ve have been that easily done. But who doesn’t like a happy ending. I was rooting for them since the beginning and finally and officially they ended up together. And sometimes, only sometimes, the pace felt a little slow. The sports factor was always present in the story but it did not overpower and dominate the story line.
This story was a mixture of everything, family, romance, a bit drama and sports. All in all, I really liked it.
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