Published by: Entangled Teen on October 7, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Sports, Young Adult
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...
Remember that amaaaazing book I read recently: I’ll Meet You There? Well, I finished that book and I was HUNGRY. I wanted another adorable, heart-wrenching romance that would sweep me off my feet. So I turned to Twitter and begged for suggestions. One awesome gal recommended Whatever Life Throws at You. IT WAS PERFECT!!!
I love a book that makes me fall in love with sports, and Whatever Life Throws at You did that with baseball. I was so into it!! I wanted to join the track team and convince my husband to take up baseball. I WANTED THAT LIFE!! And considering I think baseball is an extremely dull sport, that was saying something.
Sports aside, the rest of Whatever Life Throws at You was equally fantastic. There was kind of a two-say split: Annie and her father, and Annie and Jason. I LOVED THEM BOTH!! Annie’s relationship with her father was really sweet. He was basically a single parent, raising Annie on his own. I loved how close their relationship was (usually).
Then there was the delicious baseball star: Jason. Jason and Annie were PERFECT together!! I loved their interaction. They had adorable conversations like:
“If you could be any magical creature in the Harry Potter series, which would you choose?”
He scratches the back of his head. “I guess maybe one of those elves.”
“A house elf? Seriously? They’re slaves.” I shake my head. “Why would you want to be an enslaved elf? They can’t even wear clothes.”
And then there were the adorably awkward conversations:
“I’m wondering if,” I say, biting back any hesitation, “you’ve had a girl handle your parts and totally do it wrong? Like the worst hand job ever?”
I love how they actually covered some of the more awkward topics that people ALWAYS think about but they never actually go over in these romance books. Well, Whatever Life Throws at You TOTALLY WENT THERE!!
Whatever Life Throws at You was another book that I didn’t want to end. I loved all the characters—even the side ones—and I was addicted to the romance. Plus, this was another one of those books that made me all obsessed with sports and athleticism, I really like that! Even if the feeling only lasts for the duration of the book, haha.