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Posted May 29, 2008
Throwing Like a Girl
Throwing Like A Girl by Weezie Kerr Mackey is about a 15 year old girl who¿s parents make her move from her hometown in the heart of Chicago to the suburbs of Fort Worth, Texas during the spring of her sophomore year. Although she has never played softball she decides to tryout for the team in hopes to meet new people. Throughout the book she follows her instinct and helps her new friends and in the process falls for her cute partner in Behavioral Science class. Ella Kessler is the protagonist in the story. Although her parents just made her move she is optimistic about life in Texas. Throughout the novel she is helping other people and always puts her best foot forward. Rocky O¿Hara is responsible for taking care of her entire family even though she is only senior. Her mother¿s death and responsibilities at home required her to quit softball years before, but with Ella¿s help and determination she is able to rejoin the softball team mid-season. Nate Fontineau is Ella¿s partner in class. At first glance he appeared to be just another jock but he really is a down to earth guy who is even in the school play. As the story progresses Nate and Ella¿s friendship grows and they end up going to prom together. ¿As we run off the field howling and cheering, we toss our gloves into a pile, trade caps for batting helmets, and slap each other on the backs. `You can do it,¿ Coach keeps saying. `Base hits. Base hits. One more inning. This is your¿¿ And then she stops talking. Frannie says, `You swallow a sunflower shell, Coach?¿ But she still doesn¿t say anything. Past the stands a group of families has gathered to cheer for us. My first thought is that they¿re at the wrong field, because I don¿t recognize them. I don¿t think anyone does, until the men put on their bright yellow hard hats. And Mack Elliot steps out from behind them.¿ The softball field at the school is at the edge of the campus right next to a construction site. Debris from the building usually litters the field until one day Coach goes to talk to the supervisor, Mack Elliot, about the problem. To make up for the trouble they had caused Elliot sends flowers to Coach and takes her to dinner. Every day during practice the workers sit on top of the building and watch. It¿s like they are the personal fan club for the team. Showing up at the State Championship like they did showed how much support the team had from the community. In the softball game just before prom Ella gets hit with the ball and gets a fat lip. I thought it was great that she didn¿t make a big deal over it and just let it go. Her date just said, ¿You look really beautiful either way,¿ showing that in life people won¿t care that much. I also thought it was unusual that they had peacocks roaming around the school campus. In the book there are all different characters all with different personalities. Just like in life Ella must overcome the difference and learn to live with it. Even though there are some girls she doesn¿t like, she is cordial and just sticks with her group of friends.
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