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Whatever Life Throws at You

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  7,920 ratings  ·  826 reviews
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
Paperback, 373 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Entangled: Teen
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Julie Cross I am definitely thinking about this...I don't want to get too repetitive always having athlete narrators and love interests (though they are my favori…moreI am definitely thinking about this...I don't want to get too repetitive always having athlete narrators and love interests (though they are my favorite MCs to write) but having some kids of players narrating could be one option among several. So glad you enjoyed the book!(less)
Julie Cross I think it really sits right between the two genres. Honestly, all my books sit between the two genres.

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Pearl Angeli
4.5 Jason Brody Stars!

This book makes me want to read more sports romance books. It's a Young-Adult-slash-New-Adult read that is all kinds of cute and adorable. I enjoyed every bit of it not just because everything was swoony but because the book also depicts life lessons and narrates a touching family drama that will make your heart melt. It wasn't just all about falling in love with someone but it also deals with family issues and morals.

When 17 year-old Annie Lucas met the gorgeous 19 year-o
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 baseball stars!

"Where's that story?"


A forbidden romance blossoms betweens Annie who is a 17 year old high school girl and Brody who is 19 year old baseball player for the Kansas City Royals. Annie, has grown up without a mom but instead with the love and devotion of her father. Brody, on the other hand, has given his family so much heartache and grief that they basically disown him. Overcoming defeating circumstances Brody lands a pitching position for the major leagues. As the new pitching
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always

Four things you'll absolutely love about Whatever Life Throws at You:

1. Annie was such a fantabulous protagonist. She was a responsible young woman who didn't whine or bitch about her life problems. At times, she was also pretty feisty and sassy, which made her character totally relatable. I also adored how passionate she was about running. She also constantly put into consideration other peoples' feelings and situations, making sure to give way to others. In short, she's a main character yo
Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.
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3.5 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below).I found this book relatable to on so many levels (not just because this book being about a sport, since I play one very vigorously). It was the characters in this book that really stood out to me because
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I loved this book! Color me impressed! I don't know if this author spent time in Missouri, specifically Kansas City, or just did her research, but this is the first book I have read that didn't make me cringe. (I am sure there are more out there, I just haven't found them.) From the weather - which on any given day can change 5 or more degrees, to people mistaking Kansas City Royals for being located in Kansas - they are in Missouri, Julie Cross thankfully wrote a book with accurate facts.
Reanell Tisdale
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book. AMAZING!

I'm going to try my best at putting words together to tell you how much I loved this book. I just want to scream at everyone and say READ THIS BOOK!! That should work right? LOL.

Life loves a good curveball....Isn't that the truth?

Annie Lucas is a seventeen year old girl who lives with her father(Jim) who lost his leg due to cancer, and her grandmother who has Alzheimer's. Her mother isn't in the picture but Annie is perfectly fine with that. Jim is offered a job as a pitc
Kylie Dennison
Jul 01, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not finish… this book is just plain weird. Plot isn’t even close to realistic and dialogue was hard to follow. Anyone who understands baseball in any capacity would be turned off by how inaccurate a lot of it is… I know it’s a book but every single character had literally the most dramatic trials and tribulations it’s almost comical at this point… Dad is an amputee/ex MLB star, mom is a flighty porn star (what?) , grandma has devastating Alzheimer’s, Jason is an ex convict who doesn’t speak ...more
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
3.5 “Loved the healthy sex talk” Stars
“Pressure is just that—pressure. It’s all in your head. It has nothing to do with what you can or can’t do.”


I re-read this and ended up enjoying a bit more than the first time, so my re-reading binge has been totally worth it. Kudos to me!

A light, enjoyable, YA sports romance book, that’s what this was. It didn’t mind blow me though.

The thing that I loved the most about this book was how our characters talked about sex. And ye
Paula M
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, arc
You can also read my review HERE.



Still not sure but what I'm sure is... I LOVE THIS BOOK. I DO. OMG WITH ALL MY HEART!!! Which is a surprise because have you seen the reviews of the author's other books? Yeah that's why my expectation wasn't that high. This book definitely surprised me. 

Annie is such a cool chic. She's a sporty one. Her father used to be this famous pitcher (i'm sorry if my terminologies isn't right) All I know that her father used to be a hotshot in the baseball game until
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it


“You are intimidatingly handsome. I’m just now getting used to looking at you.”
“And you are intimidatingly pretty.”

This standalone coming of age story was so sweet, so cute yet moving and just what I needed at the time. It wasn’t overly angsty, the characters won me over and I was left with a huge smile on my face, feeling all warm and mooshy inside as I became swept up in those heady feelings of first love

Even though I’m not that well versed in the sport of B
Nov 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: on-kindle
I do not remember a book that has required so much eye-rolling while reading as this one. I picked this book to read because I wanted a cute, fluffy YA romance and the reviews were all pretty solid. Not to mention, I love baseball. This book should have been right up my alley, right? Wrong.

First things first, I probably should have been more committed to the idea that the baseball-related things presented in this book wouldn't be the most realistic. That was my first mistake. No major league bas
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing


"You are intimidatingly handsome. I'm just now getting used to looking at you."
"And you are intimidatingly pretty."

Really loved this one! It follows 17 year old Annie who's father become a baseball coach set to train super hot 19 year old Jason Brody! It's a story about baseball, romance, family, and self growth. And it's got an extremely sexy pitcher who has officially been added to the book boyfriend list like Jason Brody, can you be more perfect?! *drools
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Athletes are definitely my favorite type of heroes so when it comes to sports reads, I may be a little biased in my ratings. This book is especially a pleasant surprise because I am already missing the World Series, which just recently ended, and the Kansas City Royals had a dream run before losing to the San Francisco Giants.

I enjoyed this book so much, I had a big fat grin on my face right from the first few chapters. I even stayed up really late—1:30 AM is really late for me, considering I c
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: entangled
4 - I don't know when this happened... I know for sure... I've developed a big fat crush on Jason Brody. Stars.

Julie Cross is the queen of NA in my opinion. Her stories are full of life, love and laughter and although not full of overly descriptive sexy times, her books still offer the reader buckets of sexual tension and sweet romance.

I loved Annie and Jason, polar opposites to some extent, but at heart pretty they are similar in their goals for life, both from broken homes, both overachievers
When it comes to authors, like Julie Cross, whose past work has received a variety of mixed reviews, I hardly know whether or not to invest in their trilogies. Is it worth my time to dive into those three books? Or am I doomed to emerge unhappy like countless readers before me? When Whatever Life Throws at You landed on my doorstep, though, I figured I had the perfect opportunity. Not only could I sample Cross's prose, but it was a contemporary stand-alone and bound to bring a heady dose of swoo ...more
Am I going soft? I feel like I've been stumbling upon a lot of awesome reads lately! I had really been looking forward to this book. I fell in love with Julie Cross's writing when I read Third Degree earlier this year and couldn't wait for her next novel. I'm happy to say that I loved Whatever Life Throws at You even more than Third Degree!

The positive parts of this review will likely be rather short and generic. I find it easy to moan and complain about all of the things I hated about a bad boo
Jaime Arkin
I think I can tell you that Whatever Life Throws At You may in fact make it on to my top reads of the year list. I feel confident in saying that even though it is only September.

To be honest, this book wasn’t even on my radar until I logged into Instagram one day and noticed a picture of the cover with a note saying how swoony Jason Brody is. You all know why this caught my attention right? I’m in the market for swoony boys ALL THE TIME.

I was not disappointed.

Annie Lucas is just a regular hig
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars

I need more NA books just like this one! I love the baseball theme and I love Jason Brody and Annie <3
nick (the infinite limits of love)

I haven't read a sport-centered romance in almost forever. So, when I saw that two of my favorite bloggers, Siiri and Danielle, had loved it, I was quick to purchase my own copy of Whatever Life Throws At You. I'm so glad I listened to them because this was such a sweet read.

Annie, the protagonist, was a completely loveable character. She was a sweetheart but she also had her feisty side which made her an endearing character. Rooting for her was effortless because she was genuine and easy to con
Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination)
I have all these great reads from last year unreviewed and I'm not entirely sure why? In any case, this is another favorite of mine from last year. It's more on the fluffy side, but it's such a great story with:

*mature characters;
*it features one of my favorite romance tropes (sort-of-starcrossed couple);
*it features sports in a great way that isn't confusing for people who know almost nothing about baseball *points to herself*;
*it has healthy family relationships and showcases a great father-da
Danni's Badass Books
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, 5-stars
⭐ 5 Stars ⭐

Wow this was such a great read! I don't really like sports all that much but that didn't stop me from absolutely loving this!

The baseball part of the book was still enjoyable as it wasn't too big of a focus. You don't have to know anything about baseball to know what's going on in the games, it does explain for anyone that is completely new to the sport though so I could follow along which was nice.

I loved the characters, they were amazing and worked really well together especially
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: baseball fans, mature YA fans
Re-read. Better the second time, but my original review still stands. But DAMN, Brody is hot. ...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
This story had its moments, but generally speaking, it just felt like wish fulfillment and not based in reality AT ALL. I read a lot of fantasy, but at least when I'm reading that, I know it's fantasy and I don't have to suspend belief because of that fact. But the things that happen in this book are beyond belief. It's just such a perfectly wrapped package and I'll admit that it was fun at times and that it was compulsively readable despite its flaws, but in the end, I am just not the target au ...more
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
O. M. G. Seriously. This. Book. I've had a couple of days to cool off and get over the book hangover Whatever Life Throws at You gave me because it was AMAZING. Ever since I heard it was a baseball romance, I knew that I had to have it. Baseball romances are my absolute favorite. I mean, who can resist a hot baseball player!? From the moment Brody was introduced to us, I was a goner…

When Annie Lucas's dad is offered a coaching spot for a major league baseball team, Annie pushes her dad to take i
Samantha (WLABB)
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I found, and fell in love with, Julie Cross via her Juniper Falls books, and have been working my way through her backlist. As with her other books, this book was an utter delight for me.

It was love at first page for me and Annie. I found her a bit sassy and snarky, and her musings made me smile. I also learned quickly, that beneath her gruff exterior, was a kind and big hearted person. Her love for her grandmother and her dad was showcased, time and time again, and I am all abo
Miranda Kenneally
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one and had a great time reading it! The main character was funny and sarcastic in a good way. I enjoyed how the author handled the sexual aspects of the story - it felt very true to life. I also was very engaged reading about the love interest's family problems and self-esteem issues. ...more
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review can also be found at My Midnight Musing

This month has definitely been all about contemporaries for me and so far the books have been nothing but hits. Whatever Life Throws at You is yet another sports contemporary romances that swept me off my feet. The story follows Annie Lucas, a seventeen year old who faces some new lifestyle adjustments when her dad takes on a position as a pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Annie is the one that encourages him to take this position as it se
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Review originally posted at Mostly YA Lit

Whatever Life Throws At You is a fast romance involving baseball and family. Annie is a seventeen year old runner with a Dad who could have been a baseball legend. Unfortunately her dad needed to have his leg amputated only one game into his major league career. When an old family friend and the Kansas City Royals team manager comes to coax Annie's dad to be his new pitching coach, they jump at the chance. And their chances are riding pretty hard on hots
DNF at 45%

I'm giving up. I really tried to give this book a chance, to give Annie a chance, but I just can't anymore. She's such a judgemental bitch with all her slut-shamig and whining and I.. just can't.
Add to that the fact that I didn't feel any chemistry between the protagonists, and the plot left me terribly bored, and you have the reason why I'm dnf'ing this now.

No rating for obvious reasons.
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Great characters, great story, & so much swooning!
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Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more!


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