Saturday, October 18, 2014

Whatever Life Throws at You →

whateverlife
Rating: 4.5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description: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…

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Natasha’s Experience:
An ARC was provided for in exchange for an honest review.
*Warning: this book will cause endless amounts of swoons. Proceed.*

When I first met Annie Lucas, I thought she was spunky and sassy and I loved her immediately. In addition to this, she has a great relationship with her dad and helps care for her ailing grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer’s. She’s got a lot on her plate, but she’s so selfless and wants nothing but the best for her family.

She’s also this insanely talented runner who thrives off of competition. Seriously, all these runners make me feel like I should probably go outside and exercise… Maybe I’ll just continue to read about running rather than do the actual running and live vicariously through fictional characters.

Jason Brody is kind of perfect to me. He’s this determined baseball pitcher who is running on nothing but ambition and loyalty. He and Annie become friends, which was fun to read about because their personalities were so strong and stubborn but they make it work.

I’m not a huge sports fan, but I was sucked into this story from the beginning to the end. I loved how fully the characters developed and how realistic the relationship between Brody and Annie was.

Brody was just…so swoon-worthy. Gah, I love that kid.

Julie Cross wrote this story beautifully. I love her style and how easy it feels to become Annie Lucas when reading. I appreciate books that make me feel like a part of the story, not just an outsider looking in and Cross definitely delivered for me. I can't wait to read more from her.

If you want to read a beautiful YA story on the importance of love, family and not always playing by the rules, this story is practically calling your name. ♥

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