Throw like a girl

Sarah Henning

Book - 2020

"When high school junior Liv Rodriquez is kicked off her private school's softball team and loses her scholarship she must join her new school's football team to prove she can be a team player, all while falling for the star quarterback"--

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Sports fiction
Published
New York : Poppy, Little, Brown and Company 2020.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
359 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780316529501
0316529508
Main Author
Sarah Henning (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Liv Rodinsky has softball on the brain: she's a star player at Windsor Prep, the private school she attends on a scholarship. But when a girl from the rival Northland team makes homophobic comments about Liv's sister, the Windsor Prep coach, during an already heated game, Liv decks her. Windsor Prep has a zero-tolerance policy, so Liv loses her scholarship and heads to Northland, a public school, for her junior year. The girl she hit may have graduated, but her teammates and coach remember, and if Liv wants to make Northland's softball team, she'll have to convince them she can be a team player. Then injured Northland quarterback Grey Worthington turns up with a crazy idea: he needs a backup quarterback, Liv has a good arm, and if she can survive the Northland football team, she can make any team. Fantasy writer (Sea Witch, 2018) and former sports journalist Henning offers up a scrappy contemporary debut in the vein of Morgan Matson. Sports fans and romance lovers unite—there's plenty to satisfy both teams here. Grades 8-11. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Olive "Liv" Rodinsky, 16, is a softball phenom, lauded by the private school she attends on scholarship. But when Liv takes a swing at an opposing player who makes a homophobic remark about Liv's older sister, she and her scholarship are abruptly suspended. Her family's finances are already strained from her mother's cancer treatments, so Liv enrolls at the local public high school (also the alma mater of the girl she socked and several rival players who aren't anxious to have Liv on their team). There, she is unexpectedly recruited by handsome Grey, injured star quarterback and son of the school's softball coach, to join the football team. Liv jumps at the opportunity, hoping to curry favor and place on the softball team. Determined and talented as a quarterback, Liv steals both Grey's starting spot and his heart. Henning offers a fun romance twined with a fast-paced sports story, and a headstrong protagonist who is easy to champion. Liv's relationship with Grey is the perfect mix of heat and heart, and her acceptance by the all-male football team, refreshingly easy. There is little doubt where the story is headed, but drama both on- and off-the-field propel this feel-good underdog story about a girl who refuses to quit. Ages 12–up. Agent: Whitney Ross, Irene Goodman Literary Agency. (Jan.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"When high school junior Liv Rodriquez is kicked off her private school's softball team and loses her scholarship she must join her new school's football team to prove she can be a team player, all while falling for the star quarterback"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Losing her cool and her scholarship during an important game, a talented softball player transfers to public school and tries to convince the coach to give her a chance by taking the place of an injured star athlete. By the author of Sea Witch. 20,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Friday Night Lightsmeets 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 its 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 just a flawless spiral for Liv to find acceptance in Northland's halls, and behind that charismatic smile, Grey may not be so perfect after all.With lovable characters and a charming quarterback love interest, Throw Like a Girl will have readers swooning from the very first page.