Happy Sunday and welcome to my stop on the Throw Like a Girl blog tour!! I’m so excited to be on this tour, and I’m even more excited for you to read about Sarah’s favorite quote from the book! Read on to find out more about the book, author, and tour, plus enter a giveaway for a print copy of Throw Like a Girl!!!
Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning
Published on January 7, 2020 by Poppy
Genres: YA, Contemporary
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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 readers swooning from the very first page.
Do you have a favorite quote from Throw Like a Girl?
In Throw Like a Girl, the main character is Liv, but I think several of my favorite quotes are from her best friend Addie, who is a confident and wise three-sport athlete who is allergic to the word “can’t.”
During a particularly difficult turn of events in the book for Liv, Addie pushes back on Liv’s instincts, telling her “Standing up for yourself doesn’t mean walking away.”
That line is one of my favorites because I think it’s true. We spend time as human beings trying very much to remove ourselves from situations that are difficult because they’re unpleasant and, let’s face it, no one wants to live in unpleasantness if they can help it. But what Addie is getting at here is that sometimes it’s actually better to stick things out, especially when dreams are on the line. Sometimes it doesn’t benefit us to turn our backs on problematic situations, but to confront them and do our best to improve what’s made them challenging in the first place.
Personally, I do not like conflict at all. I like to mitigate the amount of it I engage in on a face-to-face level as much as possible. Sure, I’ll complain to my friends, and run through all the things I would like to say in my head, but I rarely actually say those things or confront people or situations that are unpleasant. That said, when the unpleasantness is associated with something you really, really want and have worked hard for and strived for, it is worth it to plow through that discomfort and challenge the problem, e.g., standing up for yourself doesn’t mean walking way. Sometimes, it pays dividends to be a stick in the mud and fight back.
Sarah Henning is a recovering journalist who has worked for the Palm Beach Post, Kansas City Star and Associated Press, among others. While in South Florida, Sarah lived and worked through five hurricanes, which gave her an extreme respect for the ocean. When not writing, she runs ultramarathons, hits the playground with her two kids and hangs out with her husband Justin, who doubles as her long-suffering IT department. Sarah lives in Lawrence, Kansas, which, despite being extremely far from the beach, happens to be pretty cool.