Fast-Pitched Love by Clay Cormany
Genre: YA Romance
Publication Date: November 4, 2014
Format: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review through a blog tour organized by YA Book Bound Tours.
You can purchase a copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Fast-Pitch-Love-Clay-Cormany-ebook/dp/B00P744M7Q
For most people, softball is a way to have fun, get exercise, make friends, and develop teamwork. But for 17-year-old Jace Waldron, softball is something more – a pathway to maturity. It is through that game that Jace learns what is important in romance and why physical beauty alone is not enough to make it work. Join Jace and his team, the Valkyries, as they come to the plate to take on all challengers, while gaining valuable lessons about life along the way.
Ok, so apparently this book was written in like 2006, and wasn’t published until now, so there were quite a few things outdated. For example, not to sound overly pretentious, but having a cell phone as a teen was a big deal, and people actually still used landlines to call each other (there was no caller ID either !!) and walked to visit each other.
I could really see Sylvia as a real tomboy, who actually knows a lot about softball. She seemed to be really genuine, interested in Jace and wanting the best for the softball team. Jace however, while he had some good ideas, he kinda just wanted to go out with Sylvia’s sister. And then midway, without a good explanation, he changed his mind and decides he wants to go out with Sylvia.
The book also had no real substance to it. Basically, the same events happened over and over again, until it just got stale, and then the romance wasn’t really that great either. It was confusing when it switched back and forth, and the names were hard to keep track off as well.
The scenes that I really liked were the ones where the softball team was actually in practice or playing against other teams. That’s where most of the action happens, and to be honest, they were the best parts of the book. I enjoy reading about sports and this book checked off everything I was looking for, sports wise at least. I also liked how there were mixed sports in there as well, including cross country and football.
The ending was kinda just thrown out there. I get what it was getting at and the overall theme but it was just an awkward ending for the rest of the book.
I think if this book was more updated to today’s time, the book would be a lot more interesting and the rating would be a lot higher. I think for the time it was written, the style was great and the plot was interesting.
Overall, I give the book a 5/10 (3/5 stars). I didn’t enjoy it that much as most of the interactions were outdated, and the writing style wasn’t that great. The one thing that saved it was the softball scenes and with the younger girls on the team, as well as Jace and Sylvia’s interactions then. If you are looking for a book with a lot of softball, and no real substance in romance or plot, I recommend the book.
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