My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: January 7th, 2020
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Sports, Romance, Friendship, High School
This is an easy enough book to breeze through.
It’s not a story that is going to blow your mind. It will probably not make its way onto your list of top favourites. You might even completely forget it in a couple of months.
It works. It’s a story that feels like it was written for the big screen so you know things are moving. Characters are talking. The heroine has personality. She’s not the most endearing one, I’m still unsure if I liked her at all.
But the plotline is kind of kickass. Already girls in sports in books are pretty rare so you know this one gains a couple of points pre-reading just for incorporating that. I had no idea girls could play football with the boys – although who cares if they can’t in the fictional world – so that was a really cool aspect I had fun witnessing.
I didn’t care much for the romance. I was really in it for the games. For the challenges Liv would be facing being in an all-boys team. For the way it would fortify her character. For the feminist message. Grey is a decent love interest if a romance is what you’re looking for.
But I sure as hell hope you’re looking for more because there are millions of love stories out there but only a few about girls who are brave enough to try a new sport with a whole new team and freaking kick lots of asses in the process.
Would love to see this become a movie.
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