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Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning
Young adult

Throw Like a Girl

by Sarah Henning

Quick take

A softball-fueled fistfight leads one girl to a new school, with new friends, and a whole new sport to try out.

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Why I love it

Brittany Lutes
BOTM Ambassador, @bookswrotemystory

It is a truth universally acknowledged that I love sports romance books way more than I enjoy watching and/or participating in any kind of sporting event. Baseball, football, hockey—I love to read about them all! That was why I was so excited to see that Sarah Henning was going to tackle (pun intended!) this genre.

Liv, a softball star in the making, finds herself in a bit of trouble after a hot-headed reaction during a critical game. The consequence of this leads to losing her private school scholarship and being forced to enroll in public school—the very school that she faced in that ill-fated game. Now, with a coach who doesn’t trust that Liv can truly be a team player, she needs a plan to get back into everyone’s good graces. Which is exactly what the school’s charming quarterback has for her: an opportunity to fill in for him on the football team while he works through an injury. Liv desperately wants to prove herself as a teammate and athlete. But does she have what it takes to become a football star, as well?

I thoroughly enjoyed the unique premise of Throw Like a Girl. What could have easily been a story about the challenges a girl faces trying to play on a boy’s football team was so much more in Henning’s hands. If you enjoy a story with an underdog you can’t help but root for, then this is a must-read book!

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Synopsis

When softball star Liv Rodinsky throws one ill-advised punch during the most important game of the year, she loses her scholarship to her fancy private school, her boyfriend, and her teammates all in one fell swoop. With no other options, Liv is forced to transfer to the nearest public school, Northland, where she'll have to convince their coach she deserves a spot on the softball team, all while facing both her ex and the teammates of the girl she punched... Every. Single. Day.

Enter Grey, the injured star quarterback with amazing hair and a foolproof plan: if Liv joins the football team as his temporary replacement, he'll make sure she gets a spot on the softball team in the Spring. But it will take more than the perfect spiral for Liv to find acceptance in Northland's halls, and behind that charming smile, Grey may not be so perfect after all.

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324 ratings
  • 62% Love
  • 32% Like
  • 3% Dislike
  • West Babylon, NY

    Really fast read, I love how badass Liv is. She's not afraid to push her limits and go hand in hand with the boys proving that girls are just as good at sports, even ones seemingly dominated by men.

  • Lawndale, CA

    This book has an amazing balance between sports and romance, family and friendship. Sports knowledge is very impressive. I loved the main character Liv - she was strong, courageous, and passionate.

  • Fryeburg , ME

    Books about girls in football can either be cringy or really well done. This book was very well written with chacters you want to root for. The romance was super cute and I loved the family bond.

  • FORT WORTH, TX

    I loved this funny and easy read, because it delivered just what I was expecting. If you're looking for a good read on a Friday night that will make you laugh and swoon, this is the one for you!

  • MUSKEGO, WI

    This book was amazing! It was slow to get going and at first I didn’t think I would like it, but give it a chance, I literally couldn’t put it down and I think it was such a good story.

  • Whittier, CA

    Definitely a teen book but such a good read. Loved seeing a girl take on a boy sport and excel at it. The family bond, the cute boyfriend and awesome bestie make it a complete package.

  • Missouri City, TX

    Olivia is great as a softball player, and after a fight, she lost her private school scholarship. Now shes playing football and kicking ass. Really an inspiration.

  • Aberdeen, WA

    I love football romance, but never thought that a book like this could be possible. I loved this book and everything that it wove into a young adult book.

  • Maroa , IL

    Favorite book ever!!! The characters, the authors writing was thee best hands down. I read this book in a few hours and could not put it down!!

  • Lowell, OH

    This book had everything I love about YA romance. Drama, swoony, great characters. It also helped me with missing high school football this year.

  • Searcy , AR

    If you love fierce friendships, awesome sibling dynamics, a freaking cute YA romance, integrity, heart, and sports, then this book is for you.

  • Kalispell, MT

    What asurprise! I didnt realize how much I missed sports or smart, tough get-it-done heroines. The cover does not even begin to do it justice.

  • Denver, CO

    A cute story of a young lady learning from past mistake and growing from it by over coming obsticales and trying new things.

  • Saint Paul , MN

    Sweet and fun romance with a unique plot and character structure. Not your typical rom-com. Very engaging and entertaining.

  • Stafford, TX

    This was a down to earth feel good book that had just enough angst in it to keep you reading. I loved it❤️

  • Idaho Falls , ID

    One of the best books I've read. There are twist turns and a lot of romance. I could not put the book down.

  • New Braunfels, TX

    So cute. I’ve been drawn recently to romances with sports aspects, and this book was very fulfilling.

  • Richmond , VA

    Cute, easy, and fun read! I loved the journey these character took and the ride we went on with them!

  • Frisco, TX

    I really enjoyed this book! It was super cheesy, but i felt had more depth than i had anticipated.

  • Parker, CO

    I breezed through this book. I equally loved the love story, football, and Liv’s coming of age.

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