Whatever Life Throws at You

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Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross

Life loves a good curveball…

Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas's life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she's living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own—most of ...

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Overview

Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross

Life loves a good curveball…

Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas's life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she's living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own—most of which involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring the Royals' super-hot rookie pitcher.

But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school “brats” who can run the pants off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love.

But baseball isn't just a game. It's life. And sometimes, it can break your heart…

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School Library Journal
01/01/2015
Gr 10 Up—Bone cancer ended his professional baseball career during his rookie season, but when Jim Lucas is offered the opportunity to become a pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals, life changes overnight for his 17-year-old daughter, Annie Lucas. Annie quickly learns the other side of pro baseball--families that smile and appear wholesome before the camera, but hardly speak to one another off camera, with media constantly in tow looking to catch players' kids doing something wrong. Annie finds true friendship in Lenny London, the daughter of a Royal, and Jason Brody, a 19-year-old rookie pitcher with a scandalous past. When Annie's father discovers that she and Jason have been secretly dating for months, he orders Annie to end all communication with him. In the end, Brody proves himself to Annie's father and their relationship earns his seal of approval. While characters are likable and the plot allows readers an all-access pass into the lives of professional athletes and their families, the numerous anf frank sex scenes between Annie and Jason make this a pick best suited for older teens.—Nicole Knott, Watertown High School, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622664047
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 43,473
  • Age range: 15 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Cross is the international bestselling author of the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy. She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere, a mature young adult romance, as well as several forthcoming young adult and new adult novels.
 
Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She's a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. You can find her online at www.juliecrossbooks.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2014

    Amazing!

    I read this book in three days. I could NOT put it down! A must read!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2015

    I could not put this book down! I kept wanting to find out what

    I could not put this book down! I kept wanting to find out what was going to happen next! I read it in 3 days and is easily one of my favorites...and to be honest after I read it in those 3 days I reread it a few times because I was sad that it was over!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    Favorite book yet......and I've read a lot of them

    This book is my new absolute favorite!!!!
    Stop, Drop what you are doing and Buy This Book!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2015

    I loved this book

    I loved this book.i hoping the is a second book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2015

    Great read!!

    Couldnt put this down

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2015

    I Loved the book, I couldn't put it down! 

    I Loved the book, I couldn't put it down! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2015

    Loved It!!!

    I purchased it just yesterday & I thought It was REALLY great
    I am a teenager and I aprove that this is a great book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2014

    Anonymous

    This book was truly amazing. It always kept me wanting to read more and I loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2014

    This is my first time reading a book by Julie Cross, and after h

    This is my first time reading a book by Julie Cross, and after hearing about how wonderful her and her books are, my expectations were pretty high. And she delivered beautifully!
    First, can we just swoon over the beautiful black and white cover with a touch of yellow - I love this color combo! Next, it isn't easy to balance a story that covers so many important life changing moments - new love, "career" choices, family decisions and personal growth, all while doing it in the public eye. There is a lot to take in, and the author gives us all the details we need to watch it all unfold...

    Annie is a 17-year-old that is doing well in school, loves to run and hopes to get a scholarship through track soon. She lives with her dad, a retired baseball player and cancer survivor, and helps take care of her maternal grandmother, who has Alzheimer's.
    When her father gets the offered a position to coach in the major leagues, Annie knows that this is an opportunity for her father that he cannot say no to. Baseball was his life, he left due to his illness and didn't return because of it. And when he tried to make a comeback of sorts, Annie's mother left, and he decided to stay home with Annie to give her the most stable life that he could manage for her. Annie knows that this will be good for him, he deserves this and wants him to be happy. She convinces her dad that this is not only a good opportunity for him, but for the entire family. 
    Within a weeks time, Annie finds herself in a new city. They're now living in a bigger home, there's a nurse to help take care of grandma and Annie will be attending one of the best private schools that offers one of the highest ranking track teams in the state. Annie is a bit out of her element here, but is determined to not only make the best of it, but to take advantage of all the good things that are finally happening to her and her little family.

    And then Brody happens.

    How Annie and Brody meet is hilarious and memorable. From the moment these two say their first few words to each other, I knew that their story was going to be fun to follow. The initial love/hate relationship is right now target. The friendship then blossoming into something possibly more. The immaturity they both display and learn from. The tug and pull they both do. Everything that they go through, say and end up with was so realistic and relatable. The age difference and the fact that they're both in such different places in their lives really creates a lot of problems for their relationship. Trust is a huge factor. And acceptance is key. In the end, I really did not know where they were going to end up. Together or now, they're both really strong and determined characters, and I loved that even though they'd have their moments, in the end, they both thought of others before themselves.  

    I have to admit - at first I was a bit disappointed that the author did not go into more details regarding Brody's past and family. We are told what he did, what happened and this is just it. Nothing really happens for him. It made me sad. But, I understand that in reality that this is the way things go for some people, unfortunately. And it made my heart ache for him just a bit more.

    Another part that I have to point out is the amazing family dynamic that the author created - absolutely beautiful. The father-daughter relationship was so spot on and refreshing. It was so nice to see such a strong bond between them. With Annie's mother breezing in and out of their lives so much, her father did everything for her and supports her in everything that she does. And Annie admiration for him was so sweet and heart melting. They had many moments that made me get all tear-eyed.

    Contemporary fans, especially those who love baseball, will really enjoy Annie and Brody's story. I hope we get to see more of them - even if it is just a cameo appearance in another story. I'd love to see them in their future...   


    *An eARC was sent to me for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2014

    Good

    ENOUGH SAID NO NEED FOR YOU OT ME TO WRITE THE EDITORAL OR SUMMARY. JUST READ

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2015

    Oh my god!

    It was amazing in every aspect.

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  • Posted February 14, 2015

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    I love stories featuring athletes.  I was very intrigued by the

    I love stories featuring athletes.  I was very intrigued by the cover and blurb of this book.  Athletes who become professional have lots of pressure on them and I thought it'd be interesting to read about how a teenage professional athlete handled the fame and fortune that came at him. Add another teenage athlete and someone who was forbidden and off limits and I knew I had to read this book.




    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.  I thought it was going to be a light easy read, but it turned out there was more substance than I expected and I enjoyed it. Julie Cross did a phenomenal job at showing how difficult it is for people to adapt to new surroundings and how different the life of professional athletes can be.  I really liked Annie and Jason.  Annie was down to earth and grounded.  She might have been a little jaded from seeing the toxic relationship her parents had and the effect it had on her father, but she was a good kid.  Jason too was dealing with new found fame and fortune while trying to make a spot for himself on the team and secure a position with the cards stacked against him.




    Jason and Annie had great chemistry together.  I really think Annie grounded Jason and supported him.  I know that any of sort romantic relationship between them was taboo, but I personally didn't think it was a big deal.  They were two years apart in age, and maturity wise they were both on similar levels.  They were supportive and beneficial for one another. 
    It seemed the reasons for them not to be together weren't based on strong, valid points. I also thought it was interesting the contrast that was provided by  Lenny and her family. They were dysfunctional to the extreme.  I also like how Julie Cross did justice to Annie's Gram and her having Alzheimer's. Annie's relationship with her father tugged on my heartstrings.  She was one lucky girl and he was one lucky dad.  Their bond is one I wish I could've had with my father.  




    I honestly feel you have to read the book to understand how nuanced and wonderful it is.  I picked it up thinking it was going to fun and instead found something with depth and far more enjoyable.  I read this book in a matter of hours.  I am very impressed with Julie Cross and will be looking up her back list to see what books I may have missed.  I'll also be keeping an eye out for any future publications.  

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    Posted January 14, 2015

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2014

    Get a free pink ipod

    Kiss your hand 3 times then repost this on 3 other books then look under your pillow

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2014

    Have not read the book..

    Is it good? Is it appropriate for 12 year old girls? I love to read and I am a mature reader. Please respond back to Paige thanks.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2014

    Results

    Made It In: <br> Torn, go to rebel result one. <p> Need More Time: <br> River, stay here <br> Dagger, stay here

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Wow. Basically if you love love and hot boys and baseball and fa

    Wow. Basically if you love love and hot boys and baseball and family and friendship.. Or even if you don't... Please read this book. ASAP.
    I stumbled upon it one night in a reading slump and fell so incredibly hard.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2014

    MISSOURI

    Missouri is not cold. Only in the winter. But in summer it is hooooot. By the way this book sucked.

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2014

    How?........

    HOW DOES EVERYONE GET FREE COPIES???????? NO FAIR!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2014

    Whatever Life Throws At You is my favorite young adult read sinc

    Whatever Life Throws At You is my favorite young adult read since the Pepper Jones series, and Julie Cross is my new favorite YA author. I was immediately hooked, rooting for Annie, her dad, and the sometimes arrogant rookie pitcher, Jason Brody. This was one of those books I had a difficult time putting down and was often reading until mere hours before I needed to get up in the morning. The author does an amazing job of creating authentic teen characters, angst-dripping conflict, and a sweet romance that borders on steamy without ever straying over the line.

    Annie Lucas and her father, a former pitching phenom before cancer took his leg, relocate from Arizona to Kansas City where her father will coach young Jason Brody. At only 19, he’s the youngest player on the team, and Annie watches as the rest of the team shuns him. As much as she’d like to tell him and his attitude where to go, she sees the vulnerable Brody beneath the cocky exterior.

    Annie starts to fall for Brody, but he’s she’s still in high school and he’s been told in no uncertain terms to stay away from high school girls. Plus he’s got a reputation for taking a different girl to his hotel room every night. When friendship blossoms between them, Annie realizes there is far more to Brody than his public persona. And just maybe some of that reputation wasn’t legitimately earned.

    Plot
    The main plot is the relationship between Annie and Brody, and Julie Cross has managed to create a page-turning young adult novel without needing to include  action or adventure components. While the main plot kept me reading, the subplots of Annie’s relationship with her flighty mother, Brody’s rookie season, and her dad’s pitching contract, all play beautifully into the main storyline. Everything is expertly balanced and all wind up with a perfectly satisfying conclusions.

    Characters
    Annie Lucas is infinitely likeable as is Jason Brody. Annie’s relationship with her father is believable and beautifully crafted. Annie’s new BFF, Lenny London, daughter of the team’s star first baseman, is a fantastic foil to straight-laced Annie. In fact, the overwhelming majority of trouble Annie gets into is due to Lenny. Savannah, publicity maven and all around assistant to the Kansas City Royals, is the perfect female role model for Annie who is sorely in need of one.

    Bottom Line
    Whatever Life Throws At You is one of the ten best young adult romance novels I’ve read this year. It has everything: a strong female protagonist, a swoon-worthy boy, a fun and spirited best friend, family dysfunction, and truckloads of angst.

    Disclaimer
    I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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