First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.
- Finally… reveal the book!
In every baseball movie ever, it’s the same.
Bottom of the ninth. Bases loaded. Two out.
And the book is…
“Throw Like a Girl” by Sarah Henning!
Publication Date: January 7, 2020
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 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.
With well-drawn characters and a charming quarterback love interest who’s got brains as well as brawn, Throw Like a Girl will have readers swooning from the very first page.
Would you pick up THROW LIKE A GIRL solely based on its first opening lines?
Honestly, no. Haha I’ve never been much of a baseball fan, much less a sports fan and those opening lines just don’t pique my interest. I do admit it’s funny how true the statement is though. In every baseball movie I saw as a kid I always remember hearing that same exact line, and never understood what it meant. Years later, it still doesn’t make much sense to me. The only sport I really understood – only because my P.E. teacher was obsessed with teaching my class all about it – was football.
Would YOU pick up this book? 🙂 Let me know in the comments!
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