Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws: A Review

There's several covers for this, but this is what I have
Goodreads (description):

Going head-to-head with your best friend is never easy, on the court or off.

Josie loves hottie Ethan Lancaster, the captain of the basketball team, but she never can do or say the right thing in front of him. So how can it be fair that Ethan is only interested in her best friend, Cami, when Cami isn't even trying for his affection? Or is she?

Cami dreams of winning her basketball team's coveted MVP award, and earning the chance to take the court during a special halftime demonstration with WNBA star Rebecca Lobo, but her best friend, Josie, is a better player. So how can it be fair that Josie is a shoo-in for the honor if she is barely interested in basketball in the first place and isn't even trying to be the best? Or is she?

My Review:

This was another cute story by Janette Rallison.

I do have to admit though, reading about 14-year-old girls got extremely frustrating. That's not to say if they were 16 it would have been any different, in fact, the drama they came up with probably would have been more childish if it came from 16-year-olds.

Josie and Cami have been best friends for a long time. They both play basketball and they both like the same guy.

A cause for trouble.

The boy they like is Ethan.

Josie has made it quite public that she likes him and Cami keeps her crush hidden. So of course Ethan has the audacity to talk to Cami and not Josie. So Cami acts on this, flirting with him and such. When Josie finds out, she has a freak out and turns around and stabs Cami in the back, starting up a rumor that isn't true. Then Cami retaliates in a stupid way.

So the fight begins. Granted, it was extremely frustrating because 1) it was over a boy and 2) both girls were being very petty. Of course, they were 14, so I wasn't surprised and it fit their age group.

Finally, these girls get abandoned at a gas station on their way to the final basketball game where the famous Rebecca Lobo will be. They are forced to work together to find a way to the game--which thankfully leads them to get over their petty fight and make up.

It made for a really good story. It was the drama was a little too much for me, because it was over something so stupid as a boy--who didn't turn out to be worth it anyways. The story was very well written through, as if I really was reading from 14-year-olds. This isn't my favorite Rallison book, but she is a really good writer. I highly recommend her books.

I give this a 3.5 out of 5!

1 comment:

  1. This does sound good even with the drama, which I can handle if I know ahead of time it might be a handful. ;)
    Wonderful review!