Keeping Score [NOOK Book]

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When her son Sam asks to try out for a travel baseball team, divorced mom Shannon Stevens thinks it’ll be a fun and active way to spend the summer. Boy, is she wrong! From the very first practice, Shannon and Sam get sucked into a mad world of rigged try-outs, professional coaches, and personal hitting instructors. But it’s the crazy, competitive parents who really make Shannon’s life miserable. Their sons are all the second coming of Babe Ruth, and Sam isn’t fit to fetch their foul balls. Even worse, Shannon’s ...
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Keeping Score

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Overview

When her son Sam asks to try out for a travel baseball team, divorced mom Shannon Stevens thinks it’ll be a fun and active way to spend the summer. Boy, is she wrong! From the very first practice, Shannon and Sam get sucked into a mad world of rigged try-outs, professional coaches, and personal hitting instructors. But it’s the crazy, competitive parents who really make Shannon’s life miserable. Their sons are all the second coming of Babe Ruth, and Sam isn’t fit to fetch their foul balls. Even worse, Shannon’s best friend Jennifer catches the baseball fever. She schemes behind the scenes to get her son Matthew on the town’s best baseball team, the Saints. As for Sam? Sorry, there’s no room for him! Sam winds up on the worst team in town, and every week they find new and humiliating ways to lose to the Saints.
And the action off the field is just as hot. Shannon finds herself falling for the Saints’ coach, Kevin. But how can she date a man who didn’t think her son was good enough for his team … especially when the whole baseball world is gossiping about them? Even Shannon’s ex-husband David gets pulled into the mess when a randy baseball mom goes after him. As Sam works to make friends, win games and become a better baseball player, Shannon struggles not to become one of those crazy baseball parents herself. In this world, it’s not about whether you win, lose, or how you play the game… it’s all about KEEPING SCORE.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148376217
  • Publisher: Jami Deise
  • Publication date: 7/27/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 613,513
  • File size: 803 KB

Meet the Author

A lifelong resident of Maryland, Jami Deise recently moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, along with her husband Tom, son Alex, and dog Lady. A baseball mom for over 10 years, “Keeping Score” is her first novel. Jami is an associate reviewer at www.chicklitcentral.com and a generalist reader for an NYC-based literary agency. Along with women’s fiction, she loves all things horror and watches too much TV.
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  • Posted March 6, 2014

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    Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Keeping S

    Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

    Keeping Score by Jamie Deise tells the story of single mum Shannon Stevens whose son wants to try out for the local baseball team. She thinks it will be a good way to spend some time with her son Sam over the holidays but does not reckon on the competition. Unfortunately, the worst of the competition has nothing to do being on the field. The parents of the boys trying out are crazy, believing that their sons are the top players and that Sam shouldn't even be there. Sam loses out and ends up playing on the worst baseball team in town while Shannon’s best friend, Jennifer, does her best to get her own son onto the best team. Unfortunately, Shannon finds herself falling in love with the coach of The Saints, the best team, while her son’s team fails every week to make the score. Even her ex-husband gets involved and Shannon has to try to keep things on an even keel, while doing her best not to fall into the trap of becoming one of “those” mums!

    Keeping Score by Jamie Deise is a wonderful novel, a story of love, despair, desire, and hope all mixed into one. It’s humorous and serious at the same time. I found it to be an easy read, each chapter flowing naturally into the next. No awkward pauses, no thinking, 'What did I miss there?' It all fits perfectly. Jamie has obviously done her homework in this subject and it really shows in the way she weaves her tale! Hats off to Jamie Deise, fab story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Great read for travel parents!

    I loved the story and didn't want to put it down. I am a "basketball travel mom" and could relate to the story. The author hit the nail on the head with the parents, coaches and politics! I would highly recommend this book for all travel parents no matter the sport. This book had me laughing and shaking my head as I recalled real life situations similar to those listed in the book! The book also reminded me to always be humble.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Fantastic book. Keeping Score is hilarious good fun. The kids ar

    Fantastic book. Keeping Score is hilarious good fun. The kids are adorable. Shannon, the mom, is delightfully real. The ex-husband, David, is a trip. This book is even better than Field of Schemes by Jennifer Coburn.

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  • Posted September 16, 2013

    KEEPING SCORE by Jami Deise is a well-written chick-lit novel ab

    KEEPING SCORE by Jami Deise is a well-written chick-lit novel about a divorced mom and her son navigating through the competitive world of boys’ travel baseball.  It’s very true to real life with the requisite mean kids, overbearing moms, and overzealous coaches, but the author also adds a great mix of quirky characters (and some hottie leading men) who help keep the story light-hearted and lots of fun.

    Following Shannon and her son, Sam, on their whirlwind summer tour of ball tournaments made for a fast-paced read.  The play-by-play of Sam’s games was interesting (even for someone who doesn’t know a lot about baseball), and the drama in the stands was laugh-out-loud hilarious.  I’ve been to kids’ games where there was more angst on the sidelines than the field, but this book brought helicopter moms and their one-upmanship to a whole new level of crazy.  Poor Shannon also has to deal with her needy ex-husband and his trail of conquests, carpooling nightmares, and finding a little time for herself to choose between two nice guys vying for her attention.

    KEEPING SCORE is a great read—one I didn’t want to put down.  I would recommend it for anyone looking for a fun take on life, love, and kids.

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