Whatever Life Throws at You – By Julie Cross


Synopsis from Goodreads:

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

This is supposed to be your typical YA/NA contemporary romance story. Reformed bad boy baseball player and the good girl… except it really is so much more! What made this book a total page turner for me – were the amazing relationships and the amazing characters. Our main character Annie is strong-minded, strong physically and she knows what she wants. Brody is trying to find his way to redemption through drastically changing his life and becoming the person he wishes he could be. Lenny is not your typical spoiled rich brat, she is funny and a good friend.

The relationships between Annie and her parents are the complete and total opposite of each other. Her father so obviously loves her and is there for her and while her absent mother is so absolutely terrible that you feel even more connected to Annie. Brody and Annie’s relationship was also a highlight – the chemistry between them jumps off the page from the moment they meet and you can’t help but root for them.

This is a young adult / new adult contemporary romance that is definitely intended for older readers.

Drugs: Alcohol

Sex: There are quite a few sexually explicit scenes and comments.

Violence: I would say none.

Language: Coarse language.

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