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Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning

Young adult

Throw Like a Girl

by Sarah Henning

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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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  • Illustrated icon, Romance

    Romance

  • Illustrated icon, Feminist

    Feminist

  • Illustrated icon, Inspirational

    Inspirational

  • Illustrated icon, Light_Read

    Light read

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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Throw Like a Girl

1

In every baseball movie ever, it's the same.

Bottom of the ninth. Bases loaded. Two out.

The crowd breathless at the batter’s back. The players in the dugout on their feet. The opposing pitcher staring daggers from the mound with steam pouring from flared nostrils.

At the plate: the team’s star, bat pointed toward the wall, challenge clear.

In real life—in softball—it doesn’t exactly work out that way.

It’s close.

But not as if penned by a writer’s hand.

It’s the bottom of the seventh—there aren’t nine innings in high school softball. But the bases are loaded. And there are two out.

The crowd is breathless, the players in the dugout are on their feet, and the opposing pitcher has got the raging-bull thing going on from the mound.

But the team’s star isn’t at the plate.

She’s on it.

Wilted in the dirt after taking a sixty-mile-per-hour fastball to the back. Motionless. Eyes stunned open. All senses on pause, a rolling clap of pain drowning out everything else.

As the crowd holds its collective breath, I search for mine. My lungs don’t seem to be working, and the catcher and umpire both loom over me, outlines blurry with the same fuzzy energy as a 3-D movie left to the naked eye.

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Why I love it

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!

Member ratings (565)

  • Caitlin G.

    Bronxville, NY

    Loved this book of young teens trying to navigate homophobia, gender norms, and figuring out how to become adults based on their parents’ opinions and parenting styles! Read the whole book in one day!

  • Rebecca H.

    Canonsburg, PA

    Super cute high school sport romance!! Female empowerment at its fullest, girls can definitely play football! Great story and even better chemistry between Grey and O-Rod (lol) Enjoyed this immensely!

  • Sarah L.

    Rochester, MN

    This book was such a fun read. I enjoyed every chapter and I loved the MC. I personally love sports books and it's even better with romance. And who doesn't love the girl on guys team trope?! 5 stars!

  • Megan F.

    Wethersfield, CT

    This book is SO GREAT!! It really shows her vulnerability going into a guy dominated sport and GIRL POWER!! Although it is more of a "teen centered book", with the high school, great for sporty adults

  • Shakira C.

    Fall River, MA

    I adore a good high school sports stories! Besides the sin(homosexuality) that's normalized, I loved Liv and her family, her friendship with Addie, and her relationship with the football team/coaches.

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What the River Knows
As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow
Dragonfruit
The Reappearance of Rachel Price
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Check & Mate
Divine Rivals
Legendborn
Foul Lady Fortune
Anna K Away
I Must Betray You
A Wilderness of Stars
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Instructions for Dancing
These Violent Delights
The Boy in the Red Dress
Color Me In
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Throw Like a Girl
Frankly in Love
The Queen of Nothing
Wayward Son
The Stars and the Blackness Between Them
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Patron Saints of Nothing
The Kingdom of Back
Yes No Maybe So
Looking for Alaska
Permanent Record
Full Disclosure
Oasis
Where the World Ends
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Song of the Crimson Flower
When the Stars Lead to You
All the Bright Places
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The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World
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Night Music
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