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Throw Like a Girl

Narrated by: Devon Hales
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Summary

Friday Night Lights meets Morgan Matson's The Unexpected Everything in this contemporary debut where swoonworthy romance meets underdog sports story.

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 its 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 just a flawless spiral for Liv to find acceptance in Northland's halls, and behind that charismatic smile, Grey may not be so perfect after all.

With well-drawn characters and a charming quarterback love interest who's got brains as well as brawn, Throw Like a Girl will have listeners swooning.

©2020 Sarah Henning (P)2020 Little, Brown Young Readers

Critic reviews

"Liv's major obstacle is learning to forgive and trust again: the family who doesn't respect her decisions; the teammates who keep secrets; the boyfriend with an agenda; and above all, her own flawed, complicated, driven, triumphant self. This charming sports story reflects classic tropes of the genre while still feeling fresh and relevant. A winner." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Determination and grit mixed perfectly with sass and humor on every turn of the page. With mistakes come lessons, and this story tells it in a way that everyone can relate to." (Abbi Glines, number one New York Times best-selling author)

"[Sarah] Henning offers up a scrappy contemporary debut in the vein of Morgan Matson. Sports fans and romance lovers unite - there's plenty to satisfy both teams here." (Booklist)

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  • 09-03-20

Wonderful

I loved it and the Devon Hales was great. I LOVE that Sarah Henning was frank with the reality of concussions, accidents and the consequences of one's actions. The charactera were amazing and of course I loved that O-Rod was a girl on an boys football team. Definitely worth listening to.

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  • Doha
  • 07-03-20

Nothing New, Good For Passing Time

The book is just the typical story of a girl finding herself in the least expected places possible, I liked Liv's character, she has some spunk and she is girly at the same time, her friendship with Adi is goals .. nice book for passing some time
So the story is about Liv who got kicked out of her softball team and her school and she is trying to prove herself by joining the football team to replace the injured quarterback who happens to be the son of the coach of her softball team and from there the relationship between Liv and Grey blooms

The narrator was good, she did a good job performing this book but not the best I've seen

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  • mary warren
  • 28-01-20

Satisfying, Genuine Story

I am not the typical audience for this book-my children are grown, I was never an athlete and don’t really watch sports. But a friend recommended it to me and the title was intriguing. Very quickly Henning’s descriptive writing and wonderful story telling drew me in and I found myself back in high school feeling what it was like to navigate those delicate, complicated female, male, sibling, parental and teacher relationships. Henning is a master at painting a scene and making it come alive. Her characters are rich, their relationships are complex, nuanced and authentic. I found myself rooting not just for Liv and Gray but for all of the characters including the parents and coaches. I thought I was just going hear a predictable story about teenage athletes in love but instead I got a very satisfying and genuine glimpse into what it means to be a friend, a daughter, and a competitor. I listened to the book in two days because I could not put it down. Devon Hales’ narration is spot on-she captured Liv’s voice perfectly and her performance kept me listening and added to the satisfaction of hearing this well told story.

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  • Zach J. Payne
  • 15-01-20

Football in poetry.

This is some of the most gorgeous prose I've ever read. I'm not a big football fan. Not in the least. But I absolutely LOVED this book. It tackles a bunch of huge issues straight on, and you can't help but fall in love with the main character, and end up rooting for her. Perhaps one of the strongest character voices I've heard in a long time. The narrator does an excellent job as well.