Published by Entangled Teen on October 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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…
What I Thought…
• When I first heard about Whatever Life Throws at You I was so excited. I love sports and I love books about sports so it was a no brainer for me to preorder the book. The week that it came was perfect as I didn’t have a lot going on with school and I could dive right in.
• As I started Whatever Life Throws at You I started to worry that maybe I was too excited about it to read it right now, but I decided to go ahead anyway.
• It turns out I needn’t have worried. Whatever Life Throws at You was the perfect blend of sports, romance and cuteness for me. Even though Annie is in high school and Brody is not they are only 17 and 19.
• Annie was easy to like. She had a mix of grown up behavior and childish behavior, which I feel is perfectly normal for any 17 year old. She has had a good upbringing thanks to her dad, but struggles with her relationship with her mother. She knows what she wants, but isn’t always sure how to get it, or if she should get it.
• Brody is one of my favorite boys. He has a rough past that he is trying to overcome and he wants to do something with his life and make better choices than the ones he made in his earlier teens.
• So many awesome supporting characters! I absolutely loved Annie’s first friend in Kansas City, Lenny. Lenny has issues of her own but is also a good friend to Annie. Annie also often talks to one of her dad’s coworkers, Savannah, who becomes a kind of mom of sorts for her. Annie’s dad also wins the “Awesome Book Parent” award. Even though he isn’t perfect he is there for Annie (and Brody) and wants to make the right choices for her, even though that means picking up and moving all the way to Kansas City. While Annie’s mom isn’t all that great as a character she was exactly how I thought she should be when she finally reappeared in Annie’s life.
• I really enjoyed the baseball aspects of the story. They didn’t overwhelm you, but weren’t scarce either. There was one teeny tiny little thing about baseball that had me saying “Absolute No Way would that ever happen. Ever.” But the rest felt believable or lived up to what I already know about baseball.
Overall if you like baseball and romance this book is for you!