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About the Book
by Clay Cormany
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: November 4th 2014
What does a high school boy do if he thinks the girl of his dreams will be an assistant for the softball team his mother coaches? Easy! He volunteers to be an assistant, too. That's what Jace Waldron does in Fast-Pitch Love. It might be his only chance to make a move on Stephanie Thornapple while her boyfriend is away. But Jace's plans go awry, and soon he faces the double challenge of coaching a team of mischievous preteen girls and learning there is more to romance than physical attraction.
About the Author
Before writing Fast-Pitch Love, Clay Cormany spent over 20 years as a writer and editor for Ohio's State Board of Education. His creative work has appeared in numerous central Ohio publications, including the Columbus Dispatch and Spring Street, Columbus State Community College's literary magazine. He has also edited numerous books, including a three-volume biography of Christopher Columbus and A Death Prolonged by Dr. Jeff Gordon, which received coverage in the New York Times and on PBS. Fast-Pitch Love reflects the two years Cormany spent interacting with softball players and coaches both in practice and competition. He contributes the earnings from sale of the book to girls softball programs in central Ohio and elsewhere.
Title: Fast-Pitch Love
Author: Clay Cormany
Format: Digital Copy
Source: Blog Tour/Author
This was such a sweet and fun read perfect for sports fans and anyone who enjoys a good coming of age story.
Told from a teenage male’s POV, something I haven’t read that often in YA contemporary books, Fast-Pitch Love tells the story of Jace and the summer he planned to win the heart of his crush Stephanie by helping his mom with their little sisters’ softball team. However, things don’t quite go as planned, but with the help of Stephanie’s sister, Sylvia, Jace remains determined to get what he wants. But sometimes what you want, might not be what you need, as Jace discovers during this fateful summer.
This was such a fun book to read. It kind of reminded me of one of my favorite teen movies from the 80s, “Some Kind of Wonderful.” While both had completely different plots and characters, the theme is the same: guy wants to win the heart of the popular girl, a female friend helps him out, guy realizes that maybe what he wants has been in front of him all along.
And I loved the relationships and bonds Jace forms with the team of girls he helps to coach. Plus they were absolutely adorable! While I never played a sport in my life, I have spent my entire life as a spectator at many sporting events whether it was my dad’s, brother’s, nephews’ or nieces’ playing or coaching. I was very excited to read this story and loved the scenes with the team. Jace and his experiences with the team were so funny yet real and I could easily relate as I have seen many of the same things happen on teams that my nephews or nieces have been on. Kids definitely teach you patience and how to enjoy the little things in life. You learn through them as well. Your words and actions have so much impact on them and you are a role model to them. This is something Jace learns as a coach and it really affects him and his behavior in the book.
Jace shows tremendous growth as a character in this story. His familial relationships grow stronger. His confidence grows and he learns what is important in life. I enjoyed watching the changes that he goes through. It was a great being able to see things from his perspective as well. While I did miss getting the female perspective a bit, it was a nice change. And who knows, perhaps the author could even write a second companion book with another character’s POV, such as Sylvia…I’d definitely be willing to read that one.
Overall, I would say that if you are looking for a sweet, romantic story with some humor and fun, then you should definitely check this one out.
My Rating: 4 Stars
*I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
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