Gimme everything you got

Iva-Marie Palmer

Book - 2020

1979. Susan Klintock is a junior in high school with a lot of sexual fantasies-- but not a lot of sexual experience. No boy she knows has been worth taking a shot on. That is, until Bobby McMann arrives. Bobby is foxy, charming-- and the coach of the brand-new girls' soccer team. Sure, he's off limits. But that doesn't mean Susan can't try out for the team to get closer to him. And she's always liked a challenge. Between the endless drills and grueling practices, Susan d...iscovers she might actually love soccer. As friendships shifts, she finds her real passions might lie in places she didn't expect when the season began--and that discovering who she is will mean taking risks, both on and off the pitch.

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Novels
Published
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2020]
Language
English
Physical Description
392 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780062937254
0062937251
Main Author
Iva-Marie Palmer (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Susan Klintock doesn't have a ton of experience with boys. In general, she finds that they're not good for much outside of her fantasies, and when it comes to sexual satisfaction, well, she's got that part handled all on her own. But then Bobby McMann rolls into town, and everything changes. Suddenly Susan's got the crush to end all crushes. Suddenly it seems as if she's found a guy who might be worth risking everything for. Of course there are roadblocks: Bobby's not a new student; he's the coach for a brand-new girls' soccer team. It's also 1979, and girls' sports are hardly taken seriously. When Susan tries out for the team, she—like half the girls in her class—does it just to get an eyeful of Bobby in a tight pair of shorts. But after she makes it, Susan's surprised to discover a group of girls she can actually respect, a coach who desperately wants to do right by his team, and a sport that she may genuinely love. Palmer writes Susan's frank first-person narration with verve and wit and handles several story lines with grace. Susan deals with changing friendships, gets soccer tips from a neighborhood boy, handles her father's remarriage, and experiences 1970s-era sexism and feminism firsthand, but each thread feels essential and tightly developed. Simply put, this is a delight. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Title IX, "that legal thing where they have to have sports teams for girls," hasn't much impacted Chicago's Powell Park High or Susan Klintock, 16, who's more focused on sexual fantasies than sports. That changes in the fall of 1979 when hot Bobby McMann is hired to start up a girls' soccer team. Infatuated, Susan joins the team; wanting to impress Coach McMann on the field, she begins extra training with new acquaintance Joe, a former goalie from another school, who is nothing like the obnoxious jocks she knows. Practicing with Joe, Susan develops a passion for the game and for him, but her obsession with her coach may ruin her chance to develop a real relationship. Palmer's (The Summers) feminist novel offers readers a look at an earlier time in a genuine, humorous voice that feels thoroughly modern. Two strong, contrasting women prove influential to Susan: her mother, working hard to better her life after divorce, and her soon-to-be stepmother, who is unexpectedly supportive. Susan's awakening to new possibilities (i.e., winning an athletic scholarship) is gradual, making for a fulfilling read as she becomes more grounded and focused. Ages 14–up. (July) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 10 Up—The moment new teacher and coach Bobby McMann walks into Powell Park High School in 1979, every female student is instantly enamored, but no one is crushing harder than junior Susan Klintock. Ever since Susan hit puberty, she has been very aware of her budding sexuality, and Bobby ignites all of her yearnings. When Susan finds out he is launching a girls' soccer team in response to the recent Title IX legislation, she immediately tries out, hoping to get closer to her dream man. What she doesn't plan on is the discovery of her natural soccer talent and the realization that some things are more important than fantasy crushes. In this frank and funny book, flash points of the era are explored; women are dealing with inequality in all areas of life. But Susan's obsessive crush overshadows themes of toxic masculinity, her mother's struggles with workplace equality, and the gains toward equal rights that were meant to have been partially addressed by Title IX itself. VERDICT So much time is spent on Susan's idolization of Bobby that equally important themes of friendship and family, which are otherwise well handled, take a back seat to her lust. Jennifer Mathieu's Moxie delivers a similar message without the overt sexuality, but for teens ready for Susan's awkward and authentic appetites, this is a suitable feminist manifesto.—Ashley Leffel, Griffin M.S., Frisco, TX Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When she finds the new girls soccer coach attractive, high school junior Susan Klintock decides to try out for the team in an effort to get closer to him.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Trying out for the soccer team when she realizes that she is impossibly attracted to a new coach, a high school junior embarks on a 1979 sports season that challenges her to take risks and question her original ambition. By the author of The Summers. 75,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“One part Judy Blume, one part Amy Schumer, Gimme Everything You Got is incredibly warm, bracingly frank, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. I didn't want the game to end.” —Katie Cotugno, New York Times bestselling author of 99 Days It's 1979—the age of roller skates and feathered bangs, Charlie’s Angels and Saturday Night Fever—and Susan Klintock is a junior in high school with a lot of sexual fantasies . . . but not a lot of sexual experience. No boy—at least not any she knows—has been worth taking a shot on. That is, until Bobby McMann arrives. Bobby is foxy, he’s charming . . . and he’s also the coach of the brand-new girls’ soccer team. Sure, he’s totally, 100 percent, completely off limits. Sure, Susan doesn’t stand a chance. But that doesn’t mean she can’t try out for the team to get closer to him, and Susan Klintock has always liked a challenge. Between the endless drills and grueling practices, Susan discovers something else: She might actually love soccer. But being a part of the first girls’ team at school means dealing with other challenges.As friendships shifts, she finds her real passions might lie in places she didn’t expect when the season began—and that discovering who she is will mean taking risks, both on and off the pitch.Love. Lust. Soccer. Acclaimed author Iva-Marie Palmer returns with a fresh, funny, feminist coming-of-age comedy about learning to take your shot on the things that truly matter.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

'One part Judy Blume, one part Amy Schumer, Gimme Everything You Got is incredibly warm, bracingly frank, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. I didn't want the game to end.' 'Katie Cotugno, New York Times bestselling author of 99 Days It's 1979'the age of roller skates and feathered bangs, Charlie's Angels and Saturday Night Fever'and Susan Klintock is a junior in high school with a lot of sexual fantasies . . . but not a lot of sexual experience. No boy'at least not any she knows'has been worth taking a shot on. That is, until Bobby McMann arrives. Bobby is foxy, he's charming . . . and he's also the coach of the brand-new girls' soccer team. Sure, he's totally, 100 percent, completely off limits. Sure, Susan doesn't stand a chance. But that doesn't mean she can't try out for the team to get closer to him, and Susan Klintock has always liked a challenge. Between the endless drills and grueling practices, Susan discovers something else: She might actually love soccer. But being a part of the first girls' team at school means dealing with other challenges.As friendships shifts, she finds her real passions might lie in places she didn't expect when the season began'and that discovering who she is will mean taking risks, both on and off the pitch.Love. Lust. Soccer. Acclaimed author Iva-Marie Palmer returns with a fresh, funny, feminist coming-of-age comedy about learning to take your shot on the things that truly matter.