i'm not a huge sports fan but I loved this one from Lynn Stevens. Check out my review and preorder your copy for just 99¢.
All the Deatils
LYNN STEVENSISBN (ebook): 978-1-7326134-0-9
Release Date: 09.18.18 With Siren Press
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Victoria Hudson just wants to play ball. Will her father’s political aspirations interfere?
And what’s going on with the hot catcher?
Victoria Hudson is a seventeen-year-old with a passion for baseball. When her grandmother buys a new house in the city, Vic discovers a way to play the game for the first time since getting kicked out of little league. She just has to move in with her hippie grandmother and make sure her father, a U.S. Senator and prospective Presidential candidate, doesn’t find out what she’s up to over the summer break.
After proving her abilities on the field, she catches the attention of Daniel Cho, the team’s catcher. Everything seems to be falling apart, and yet falling into place. Vic settles into a life she’s always wanted, that of a normal teenage girl. But Victoria Hudson is anything but normal. Once the press learns that the potential First Daughter is crossing the gender line to play baseball, Vic is thrust back into the spotlight and making headlines. The life she tries so hard to get away from simply won’t leave her alone.
I never played baseball, but after reading about Victoria's passion for the sport, now I want to--especially if there's a smokin' hot, super sweet player out there for me, too!
This was my first Lynn Steven's book and although I don't typically read YA, I was sucked into the story from the very first page. Victoria reads exactly like you'd expect a teenager to: idealistic and impulsive, but ready and looking for realness in her life--and over the course of the summer spent with her grandmother, where she hides out to play baseball out of the public scrutiny of her father's political campaign, she looks for authenticity in her family, friends, love interests, and herself, too. As an adult reader, it was interesting to find that all the characters (even the parents!) were very relatable, and I was definitely swept away in the romance with Daniel. What a hunk!
What really jumped out about this story to me wasn't just a very engaging romance or the snappy dialogue--which were both present--but that there was a deeper message about being true to yourself, standing up for your beliefs, and never, ever letting anyone hold you back from following your heart.