Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Screwball by Keri Mikulski

[description from the back of the book]

Things have been sweet for fourteen-year old freshman fastpitch fanatic Ashley Clarke. She's happy and content as the starting pitcher for her stress-free fourteen and under ASA team. During her time away from the diamond, she's either sprinting down the soccer field, bouncing a basketball, or hanging at the beach with her BFF, Lizzy.

But one sizzling summer day, hottie junior jock Andrew spots her at a pizza shop and Ashley's life changes forever. Meanwhile, her friend, Kate, talks her into joining the Crush, an elite sixteen and under team loaded with tough competition. Shortly after playing in her first game, Ashley finds out new Crush teammate Christy not only hates her guts, but is determined to ruin Ashley's future for good.

Join Ashley as she struggles juggling sports, school, and a social life. Will Christy and her cronies force Ashley to quit the Crush? Or will she give it all up to spend more time with Andrew? And who's the new guy in Ashley's life complicating things?


I never really planned on reading this book, but I won it at an event and figured I might as well. I was pleasantly surprised.

Let me first say that I was annoyed by Ashley, the protagonist, for quite a bit of the book, but liked her in the end. She was a little too attached to her quarterback boyfriend and that got really pathetic. Thankfully in the end she wasn't too attached to said boyfriend anymore. She learned something about balancing her sports life and romantic life, which was very good. I also felt like she was easy to relate to. While many people aren't as hardcore athletes as Ashley, many people have to deal with balancing school, boyfriends, friends, and extra activities. Plus, her feelings were very real and teenage girl-y. If that second one makes sense.

I also liked how her quarterback boyfriend wasn't a stereotypical quarterback, the kind that cheats on his girlfriend and sleeps around with all the cheerleaders and is really nothing more than a hot, mindless jock. Andrew the Quarterback Boyfriend was not like that all, which was very...refreshing? I guess I could use that word.

And this wasn't a problem for me, but I think some people would have a problem getting into the whole sports and softball aspect of the book. There was a lot of mention of types of pitches and stuff, and for non-sport playing people it may be confusing. Not for me though, because as a young child I was forced to attend many of my older sister's softball games. That wasn't fun.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and recommend it.