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Pitch (Transitions #1)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  268 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
The day Jackson Kern walks into Taylor Andrews’s classroom is a momentous day in Taylor's life. He's had crushes before, sure, but as time goes on, this is starting to look a whole lot more serious. Still, Jackson doesn’t return Taylor’s feelings.

Taylor has his own admirers, though. Kevin Richards is used to getting what he wants, and what he wants right now is Taylor, so
Paperback, 180 pages
Published August 8th 2013 by Harmony Ink (first published August 7th 2013)
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Aug 08, 2013 Susan rated it liked it

2.5 stars

Hmmmm…I think reviewing this book will be a bit difficult for me. I am a fan of the author and enjoyed his other work “500 Miles”. However, this one…well for me personally, just didn’t connect.

0 – 70%: I can see someone who really is a YA “traditionalist” liking this. But, though I am a YA fan, this portion was just a little too…simplistic, unrealistic, and felt more like a book appropriate for a pre-teen or even younger audience. Juniors and Seniors in high school that I know don’t t
Aug 08, 2013 Bev rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, young-adult

Well, I really enjoyed reading this one, but not as much as I thought I would. Lots of YA cliches, BFF's, complete cowpat of a 'girlfriend', the super jock who was in the closet...sorry Will, but 3.5 rounded up to 4

Jackson Kern walks into his new school one day, and Taylor Andrews is immediately smitten. Bitchy Becca (yes, another one) is asked by the teacher to look after Jackson and show him around. He's good for her ego being a jock, clever and hot, and I hated her from the start...these che
Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader.

I'm always eager to pick up a baseball book and even though I've been interested in several and still plan to review a few of them, it has been a while since I've picked up a book from DSP's young adult imprint. From what I gather in the acknowledgements, this is Will Parkinson's debut novel. Sometimes it's a gamble picking books to read by a new author or an author I've never read, but that's another part of reviewing that I like. Reviewing gives me the oppo
Jules Lovestoread
Aug 05, 2013 Jules Lovestoread rated it it was amazing
Pitch is a story about friendship, love, honesty, redemption, and most of all loyalty.

Mr. Parkinson has written a beautiful book, with some fantastic characters. You will absolutely fall in love with Benny. Taylor, too...but, Benny is beyond fabulous. One of the best, best friends I've read.

My emotions ran the gamut while reading this, I loved it so much. I laughed. I sighed. I was in shock. I swooned. And, I even shed a few tears. Will does such a great job of developing his characters, that
Mary Wallace (Madam Aus)
Aug 03, 2013 Mary Wallace (Madam Aus) rated it it was amazing
I just want to preface this review with how much I love this book. Now I know for all of my friends and family who have known me a long time, most don't necessarily agree with my genres of choice and quite frankly that doesnt really bother me too much any more. More like I feel bad that so many of my friends will never get to know how fantastic some of my favorite authors are.
BUT this book Pitch is, more than anything, the story of five kids coming of age. Yes it is young adult and yes it is M
Anyta Sunday
Aug 06, 2013 Anyta Sunday rated it really liked it
4 - 4.5

Let me start by saying I read this in one sitting. I was hooked, and I couldn’t put the story down. Way past midnight I finished, and I think that speaks a lot for my enjoyment of this story. This was a sweet, gentle read and who cares if I was a grumpy poobum today, it was worth it.

The things I liked:

How well this story portrays the hopes, yearnings, and starry-eyed moments of youth.

That the book explored not only romance—in fact, that was almost a side story in this book—but emotions o
Aug 08, 2013 Brian rated it it was amazing
The following is from the Author’s Bio at the end of “Pitch”; “He wanted his characters to have their happily ever after, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to come easily.” That singular statement could not be more apt.

From the very beginning, Mr. Parkinson weaves a formidable and compelling story from a grand assortment of characters. This story will have you tears from the horrors beset Addy, the turmoil of Jackson’s life, to the ultimate price paid for by Taylor’s dread and obstinacy. Yes
Aug 12, 2013 Samantha rated it it was amazing
I have an Author friend to thank for introducing me to this book and the Author. This has to be one of the best YA books I have read for a while I’ve gone in melt down this story will stay with me for a while.
It’s a well written book with a storyline that will break your heart in a good way and bad way. It flows nicely I didn’t want to put this book down till I finished it and read it in one sitting.
I cried, I laughed, I smiled I even wanted to hurt some people and I just loved everything about
LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
Aug 10, 2013 LiveYourLife BuyTheBook rated it really liked it
4 Stars
A "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" Review

That was pretty damn sweet. I wish I had been like these boys in High School. Very good and sure of what they wanted. Through that want they learned more about themselves and became better people. That desire to make the person you love proud and to be worthy of their admiration. Even if they don’t love you, you want them to be happy. Very romantic and pure. I really enjoyed the day-to-day growth of these guys.

Taylor falls for Jackson the minute he w
Dec 20, 2014 Trent rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top
Thank you!!
Totally got this book. As a young male I connected with the character Taylor within the first few pages. I wanted to hit him sometimes which means he is normal.
Loved Benny and knew his secret pretty early on.
I am rushing off to buy Wet Paint.

Thanks again for a great book and loss of sleep Mr Parkinson.
Sep 29, 2013 Anke marked it as dnf
Funny, how different opinions can be. For me this book didn't work. I'm rather proud that I made it up to 47% but that's about it now. And I don't think that I'll give it another try later, nope, sorry. It started with the evil girlfriend, moved on to the speech with recapturing the sob-story that was the love-interests life and then came the Kevin-desaster. On top of all that there were stilted dialogues and the whole book felt unbalanced.
Vicki Dudley
Aug 08, 2013 Vicki Dudley rated it it was amazing
BUY IT!! So worth it!!!
May 18, 2014 Gina rated it it was ok
oh god..

I enjoyed this book up until the 50%. Taylor's unrequited love was so cute and heart breaking at the same time, Benny's straight and narrow personality was charming and likable, even the prince charming Jackson was good.

And then it started..

1. Unrealistic characters.
- MCs.. Taylor, Benny, Jackson.. They are all saint I tell you, All those teenagers worry about is making good grades, giving back to community, being a good son and student, spending time for volunteering. No raging horm
I found Pitch a wonderful story for many and varied reasons - the characters, the handling of very serious issues, the emotions, the happy ending!

Taylor and Jackson's journey was totally engaging and I enjoyed the emotional elements. The insight into Taylor's feelings was a sweet study of unrequited love and the details behind Jackson's own story came as a bit of surprise. There was something about both characters that drew me in.

The drama consists of scheming and deception to prevent Taylor and
Aug 08, 2013 Sara rated it liked it
Don’t let others choose the kind of person you’re going to be.

That line right there is the theme of this book. From the moment we meet Taylor Andrews we know that he has a crush on the new boy who has walked into school. This crush turns quickly to infatuation as he sees Jackson Kern on the pitchers mound at baseball tryouts blowing the mind of the coach and everyone watching his ability. We see Taylor as he struggles with his unrequited feelings for Jackson; only telling his best friend Be
Traci Kurtz
Aug 09, 2013 Traci Kurtz rated it it was amazing
I don't really know where to start. There are so many things that I loved about this book(BENNY!!!).

Will has a lovely writing style that really appeals to me. It flows so beautifully that I get swept away into the story and don't want to come out.

Taylor is a character that I felt so connected to that I had my high school crush in the back of my mind through the whole book. The hopeless longing, the wistful dreams and the bitterness of rejection are all there.

I could go on and on about every l
Christy Duke
I will preface this review by stating that I am not really a fan of young adult fiction. It's not a genre that really grabs me, probably because my own young adult days were equivalent to a horror movie where no matter how far you run, you just can't get away. However, I knew from the moment I heard that Will Parkinson was releasing his book, that I would read it. He's an incredible man and a beautiful writer so I knew that I would enjoy this story.

Taylor is a typically average high school boy,
Jul 22, 2013 Lucy rated it liked it
Taylor Andrews has a crush. A big one. He has unrequited feelings for the star of his high school baseball team, Jackson Kern. It’s too bad Jackson is straight and dating probably the biggest mean girl in the world, Becca. A boy can dream though, right? And dream Taylor does. He moons over Jackson, attends all the baseball games, volunteers for things important to Jackson. What he doesn’t do is talk to Jackson. In a scary-happy moment, Jackson turns up at Taylor’s house and of course Taylor is t ...more
Sammy Goode
Sep 14, 2013 Sammy Goode rated it it was amazing
High School is a tough place to be--even tougher if you are walking around with a secret that, if discovered, could change your life forever, and not necessarily in a good way. Taylor Andrews is gay. His best friend, Benny, is the only one who knows and Taylor would like to keep it that way. His resolve was fairly strong, until Jackson Kern arrived at school. Jackson was everything Taylor was not--confident, athletic, and unfortunately, straight, or so Taylor believes. As Taylor tries to strike ...more
Lauren Marks
Aug 11, 2013 Lauren Marks rated it it was amazing
Pitch was an amazing book. It flowed well and the characters didn’t just get one hurdle and then the perfect ending, they needed to work for it. It was sweet, adorable and just packed with emotions.

I read the whole book in one sitting, in the middle of my work week. Yes I had other things I should have been doing, but this was too good to put down.

Things I LOVED:

Becca, yes I know she is not meant to be loved. But she was such a teenage girl. I know these girls, I hated these girls in high school
Sep 14, 2013 GayListBookReviews rated it it was amazing
In full disclosure mode, let me start by saying that I didn't want to like this book. Why, you ask? Well, for the last couple of months there's been a new kid in town: Will Parkinson. Authors have been naming characters after him, praising him, long dedications have been seen and I felt like enough was enough. Who is this Will Parkinson person? Why, all of a sudden, does everyone love him?

You see, the answer to those questions is written all over Pitch.

Will Parkinson is an amazingly talented new
3.5 stars

I really haven't been reading much YA lately, but this one had been sitting on my Kindle. It was an overall good read that reminded me of all the things I love and hate about YA stories.

I enjoyed all the characters and I did get emotional over Taylor's struggles over not wanting to come out in HS and crushing on the presumably straight star of the school. Benny was a stellar best friend and confidant and I am definitely looking forward to his story. The mean girl was horrible and the v
Alexander Vaughn
Aug 14, 2013 Alexander Vaughn rated it really liked it
Life isn't easy! Plain and simple.This book isn't a cake walk. It deals with real life and very serious issues. One in particular hit home for me and HARD! It takes a lot of guts to venture into certain subject matter and give it the respect it deserves and the seriousness it must have. Not to mention doing that in a YA book. I commend Will Parkinson for tackling them and grabbing my heart doing it. I read the summary and I read the reviews and well first off I never judge reviews before I read ...more
Apr 23, 2015 Gigi marked it as dnr-dnf-not-4-me
MCs are too young for my interest level at this time.
Feb 03, 2015 Carly rated it really liked it
Set in Wisconsin, PITCH contains primarily high-school aged characters who encounter the full spectrum of emotional fluctuation one would expect from members of this age group, including ambivalence, acceptance and hate. The backbone of this story is rooted in how they react to their frequently complex and ever changing social environment. The time spent transitioning from adolescence to adulthood is never easy, but when those closest to you are sending mixed signals it's even harder to .

A multi
Becky Condit
Aug 16, 2013 Becky Condit rated it it was amazing
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I know the story behind the story of Pitch – how Will Parkinson grew it with fertilizer in the form of encouragement from fellow authors, until it was a full-fledged novel that was immediately accepted by Harmony Ink, a division of Dreamspinner Press. What I didn’t know until I had the privilege of reading it cover to cover was what an amazing voyage of discovery into the adolescent psyche it turned o
Ulysses Dietz
Aug 10, 2013 Ulysses Dietz rated it really liked it
Why do some of us never tire of reading YA novels? I really think it's because we never fully get over - or forget - our teen years, no matter how easy or difficult they might have been. Gay kids today seem, on the surface, to have it easier than we did a generation ago. But, really, is high school ever really easy? Nah.

Taylor Andrews is having a pretty good time of it. His best friend since forever, Benny, is big and strong and doesn't care that he's gay. Benny's got his back, and that's import
Susan Mac Nicol
Aug 10, 2013 Susan Mac Nicol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-romance-reads
I don't read a lot of YA (but because this is Will Parkinson, and I read his book 500 Miles which he wrote as Parker Williams and I absolutely loved it), I just had to read his latest release.
And I'm so glad I did. The story of Taylor Andrews and Jackson Kern is an inspirational one of youth trying to find its way into what it wants to be, it's the tale of overwhelming friendship and acceptance, the heartbreak of misunderstandings and overall, the commitment of two people to each other despite a
Aug 17, 2013 Dennysgirl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had high hopes for this book. If you are following the m/m writer community you have heard the name of the author on fb before, he is friends with some of the best-known names there. So I was curious.

And slightly dissapointed. I can't understand the good reviews. Parts of the book read like a blurb, jumping so fast in action that I had a feeling of fast forwarding. Then the reactions of the worked so smooth. Example: the camp (do they really let other boys "counsel"
Aug 20, 2013 Rosa rated it it was ok
This book turned out to be a huge disappointment despite the promising beginning. It was very angsty but I liked the fact that I couldn't tell what was going to happen and that it was focused on Taylor's friendship with Benny rather than just romance. Taylor's pining was quite endearing and something you could really relate to and sympathize with. Jackson initially seemed like an intriguing character too – a truly great guy anyone would admire but someone with his own insecurities that made him ...more
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