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Posted March 6, 2014
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!
Posted November 25, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 22, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 16, 2013
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.
Posted December 9, 2013
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Posted November 24, 2013
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