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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…
It didn’t take long for me to absolutely fall in love with Julie Cross’ writing. Whatever Life Throws at You is such a fun book. I mean, between Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, and Taylor Swift references, how could I not like it? Annie is a character that is easy to relate to and sympathize with. Cross pulls you into the story until you are unable to put the book down.
When I first read this I was fairly new to reading young adult romance, or really any romance in general. I was thankful that even though Whatever Life Throws at You does include romance, it isn’t overwhelming, unbelievable, or mushy. It was easy for me to become emotionally invested in what Annie was feeling and experiencing. The love story was told maturely in the aspect that “I love you” was not said after the relationship just started, but also in a way to where it’s believable that Annie is still in high school. Jason is also a really great character and completely swoon worthy.
This book follows the timeline of a major league baseball season, which made it exciting to read. Annie attends some of the Royals games, and Cross does an excellent job of describing what is happening. I, of course, was rooting for the Royals, and every time there was a game, I was on the edge of my seat reading as fast as I could. It was just like I was watching the game on TV, or even as if I was there in person. If the Royals lost, then I was heartbroken, and if they won then I found myself feeling elated. This was a wonderful bonus and a welcome side story, being able to follow the team throughout their season. There were also Facebook updates from Annie and her friends along with text message conversations which mixed things up and added an interesting aspect to the story.
Whatever Life Throws at You is a fun must read, whether you are into the whole romance thing or not. It’s actually a really great introduction to romance if that’s maybe a genre you’re interested in that is maybe outside of your comfort zone. Just make sure that you have enough free time to be able to sit down and read this book cover to cover because you will not want to put it down once you start.