Life loves a good curveball…
Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas is too young to remember her dad’s glory days as a pitcher for the Yankees. So when her father is offered a coaching position with the Kansas City Royals, Annie is intrigued to see the baseball side of her dad. Of course, knowing he’ll be a mentor to hot young rookie pitcher, Jason Brody, certainly makes it more enticing.
After an awkward first meeting with “Brody” involving very little clothing and a much-too-personal locker room interview, Annie’s convinced she knows Brody’s type: arrogant, self-involved, bossy. As her dad grows closer to the pitching phenom, the friction between Brody and Annie increases. But when opening day arrives and it looks like both her dad and Brody may lose their dream jobs, Annie steps up and offers support. She and Brody call a truce that grows into friendship—and beyond. Falling for a rising star who’s quickly reaching a level that involves rabid female fans is not what Annie would call smart, except suddenly she’s getting hints that maybe this crush isn’t one-sided after all. Could someone like Brody actually fall for a girl like her?
Julie Cross lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast and longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former gymnastics program WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOUctor with the YMCA. She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of her reading and writing credentials, Julie is a committed—but not talented—long-distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar-weather survivor, and expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym-shoe addict.
Annie's main focus is getting a track/running scholarship and looking after her hard working father Jim and he elderly grandmother. Her life completely changes when the family finds themselves in a new state and working with famous baseball players. I imagine the love lives and lifestyles of professional baseball players is much like our English Premiere League football (soccer) players; dramatic and very different from everyday life.
Annie finds herself thrust into the spotlight where all her actions are judged. She really should stay away from Brody. As they develop a really sweet friendship I kept wondering if he would ever notice her...
I liked Brody and how respectful he was. Having learnt some tough lessons, he has a lot to loose if things go wrong. Brody's is still young himself and faces a lot of expectations.
I really enjoyed Whatever Life Throws At You because not only is it a fun coming of age story, but it also covers some complex and deeper issues. I was expecting Annie to be really immature, but apart from the odd moment, she wasn't. I liked her dedication to her family and how she stood up to her mother. I wasn't always entirely sure where the story was heading because there were a few moments when I thought one of the leads may do something unforgivable. No spoilers here, so you'll have to read on to see what happens...