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A Season of Daring Greatly

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  483 ratings  ·  153 reviews
When eighteen-year-old Jill Cafferty makes history as the first woman to be signed by a major league team, she goes head-to-head against coaches, players, and fans who are determined to keep baseball an all-male sport. The first step? Proving she’s talented enough to be there. An engrossing story about defying conventions and living up to impossible expectations, for fans ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published February 14th 2017 by Greenwillow Books
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Katie Burrows I'm not certain, but I really feel like there has to be! The ending was so abrupt and at an odd place, and I really feel like Jill's story isn't over …moreI'm not certain, but I really feel like there has to be! The ending was so abrupt and at an odd place, and I really feel like Jill's story isn't over yet. I left the story feeling very unfulfilled- but I also felt like I wasn't really sure where the author meant to take the story. It kind of just... ended.(less)
Sydney Depending on how young of a teen. There is your typical baseball language and opinions of women. I would probably rate it 14/15 +
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Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

This was a YA contemporary story about a girl playing for a major-league baseball team.

Jill was an okay character, and she seemed to take things in her stride pretty well. She also didn’t let fame get to her, and came across as generally a nice person.

The storyline in this was about Jill becoming the first woman to play major-league baseball, and all the pressures and problems that came along with it. I did
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lov2laf
So me and this author go way back. Way back as in I first read her when I was thirteen or fourteen…and I was enamored and hooked and in book hangover mode for years. When I think of her “President’s Daughter” series or “Life Without Friends”, I STILL have a strong emotional connection and remember the lead characters, Meg and Beverly, as if they were people I actually knew.

Her books had the unique distinction of dealing with complex and often dark subject matter while not being patronizing to a
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laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Jill Cafferty is good at baseball. Not just for a girl—she's good, period. And when scouts start sniffing around, Jill decides that if she's drafted before round ten and the team doesn't just want her for a gimmick but to actually play, she'll set aside her scholarship to Stanford and do it. Then she's selected in round three...and everything breaks loose.

I absolutely loved this book.

It's definitely not for everyone. White's writing style is, um, interesting, with lots of sentences broken by hyp
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Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Being the first person to review the book on Goodreads is a big deal because if you end up not loving the story, others might think it's not worth their time either.

I was super excited about A Season of Daring Greatly mostly because I can't wait for Pitch to premiere on Fox and because I love books about women playing sports. I knew I was going to read it the moment I read the blurb and I'm still glad I did but I sadly didn't love it.

To me, the book lacked that drive which usually makes me che
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Angie
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville

I think by now you're all familiar with my love for Ellen Emerson White's books. So you'll have no trouble understanding the level of excitement I've been living with ever since I heard she was writing a contemporary YA about the first girl to be drafted by a Major League Baseball team. Wild horses were having trouble keeping my anticipation within any sort of manageable proportions. It's difficult to believe that the release day has finally arrived, but it
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Katie
This was very good and solid. I really appreciated that the book dealt with the fact that the first female baseball player isn't just going to have to be good at baseball, she's going to have to be good at dealing with the pressure. And Jill and the people around her were very aware of it.

It was also just a good BASEBALL book. The struggle of the minors, the fact that most of the people in the low minors aren't going to make it.

I want more books!
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Kelly
Jill's at the end of her high school baseball career and being chased by both big, impressive colleges and the major leagues. So when she's a third round draft pick, she knows that she's in it for the big leagues, and more, she's making history as the first woman in professional baseball. This is a story about her experiences navigating the tricky terrain of "bro world" sports and being herself, when she isn't the sort of happy-go-lucky, stereotypical female people want or expect her to be. Thro ...more
Lynn
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes a particular book is JUST what you need at that particular time and that was the case with A Season of Daring Greatly for me. I'm a fan of baseball and also baseball books. I love an underdog story and a story with an engaging ensemble cast. I think I needed a book where a woman came out ahead in a male-dominated field. I got all these things and a huge amount of sheer enjoyment in A Season of Daring Greatly.

Jill Cafferty is 6'2" tall, strong, disciplined, has a 90 mph fast ball and wi
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Margaret Schoen
This is a review of an ARC from Edelweiss.

3.5 stars

Jill Cafferty is a 17-year-old pitching phenom from Rhode Island. In another world, she'd be taking her scholarship to Stanford and enjoying life on the west coast for a few years. But then the long shot comes in - and she gets drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sent to a minor league team in Albany, Jill has to make all the adjustments that any new player deals with, while making history.

This was an interesting one. I went in expecting this t
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Susann
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a treat to immerse myself in an Ellen Emerson White world. Yes, EEW's heroines have the same intellect + grit + show tunes knowledge, and her supporting characters are equally familiar. But I always fall in love with these characters, so that is more than fine with me. I raced through this and expect to re-read it soon.

I enjoyed and appreciated the details of life in the minor leagues. As I was describing the story to my boyfriend, he thought I was describing a non-fiction book and that he
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Lindsay
I wanted to like this so much more than I did. Hoping some of the technical issues I had with it (POV, formatting, italics in weird spots, random capitalized letters) will be fixed in the finished copy. The story just didn't click for me. Jill was *okay* but I never truly connected with her. And for someone who wants to be a professional pitcher she didn't always act like it. I did like Marcus and Scott though. I wish more could've been developed with their relationships. ...more
Knobby
Apr 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(I read the ARC version of this, even though it's been out for a bit, so some things may be different in the final version?)

I'm not a baseball person. I don't particularly care about the sport and find it tedious to watch, so this book holding my interest for hours is kind of a big deal. Jill Cafferty, 18, is the first woman to get drafted for a minor league team. Jill has to deal with a whole media circus as well as animosity from fans of the game and also the people she brushes up against in h
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Grace
I really liked this! It was lacking that little bit to bump it up to five stars, but this is a very good book - and on the off chance EEW plans on adding to this universe, an even better first book. (I don't mean this in a bad way. It's a very nice standalone novel, but there's also the potential for a lot more of Jill's journey and I would personally really love to see that.)

I really liked how much this captured the real uncertainties of the minor leagues, where the reality is that most players
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Michelle
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A great book for anyone who liked the TV show Pitch, about a female baseball pitcher.
Kat
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ACTUAL: 4.25

Really cute read. Finished in about 24 hours. Loved the sports aspects, the humour, and the maturity of the topics discussed. Great for sports and contemporary fans! Not very much romance though, I was expecting a bit more.
Erin
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
"You have intellect, and courage, and command. Play your own game, and don't worry about what anyone else is doing. That is what's going to give you a shot at making it. Comparing yourself to anyone else will just drive you crazy."


Cafferty is an extremely good baseball player, theirs only one problem. She's a young woman going into a male-dominated world that isn't known for playing nicely to each other let alone a young women. Women and baseball have never been treated properly. In th
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Karla
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never seen so many comma splices in a book. ...more
Shelley
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, 2016, buy-this
Jill is just about to graduate high school when she's drafted to the Pirates and heads off to the minors. At first, this was exactly what I wanted Pitch to be--funny, smart, showing the nitty gritty of how to build up to the majors. (By the end of the season, Pitch was exactly what I wanted it to be, too, though.) Then I got so caught up in the story and its own track that all comparisons went out the window. I loved Jill and her family, and her friendships, and how everyone felt like fully roun ...more
Julia
(3/15/17) Fans of Ellen Emerson White will know and love Jill from the very first page. Fierce discipline, personally competitive, quiet wit, and an introvert's gentle charm. I am not a baseball fan, but the process nerd in me loved every last page of Jill's training, mental game, and team building. I watched half a season of Pitch, despite its flaws, only to have A Season of Daring Greatly show me how this premise could have been executed with greatness. This snippet of Jill's life is wholly en ...more
Ashley
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was fine for me, but I think someone who actually knows/cares about baseball would like it a lot more. There were some things where I was like, okay, I know what all those words mean independently, but somehow when they are put together into this sentence I have no idea what is even going on. How does drafting work? What on earth is a pitch count? What are all these numbered seams? Four seamer? Two seamed? Is this something to do with the seams of the baseball? Do you use a different ba ...more
Joy
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great read from White, about the first woman pitching for MLB and her rookie season in a farm team. You don't need to be a die-hard sports fan to enjoy this book, as the characters are well-developed and the human angle to the story is ever-present. I didn't want it to end. ...more
Liz
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
As if I wasn’t already missing baseball and wanting the season to start.

I really enjoyed following Jill and the other players—their varying backgrounds and stories—were overwhelmingly good, too.

(“Mother” really stood out there.)

I loved the Williamsport details, too. They were accurate and it was nice to have a nod to that history.

Ultimately, I enjoyed the ending but it also felt a little too open to me. Hopefully that means more of this world, but even without it, I enjoyed spending my time he
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Amy
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galley, young-adult, 2016
I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. The writing style is not my favorite - lots and lots of italics, and way too much description about the mechanics of practices and pitching and getting dressed for games.
A.J. Richard
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book for young adults! Inspirational, real, solid, and a must read for girls. Empowering. Authentic. If I had a daughter I would save it for her to read as a teen.
Heidi
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: effing-angie
This book has a very niche readership I think because it's so technically heavy in terms of baseball, but for us girls who like baseball it's pretty great. Perfect ending. ...more
Kkharvey
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short Summary: Jill Cafferty becomes the first female to be drafted to the MLB as a pitcher right out of high school. She deals with the trials and tribulations of becoming a new recruit with the added pressures of making history for her gender.

What I liked: I really enjoyed Jill as a main character. She was well spoken, she was a great advocator for women in general without assuming that she spoke for all women. Her fears were real, her strength was real, I was totally enamoured with her story
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Charmaine
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great, inspirational story! Jill Cafferty is remarkable. Her story seemed absolutely realistic in such an unlikely scenario. I've never been a big baseball fan, but I already know I'd be obsessed with this kind of situation in real life. Jill, you're a rockstar and you absolutely MUST go into politics when you retire from professional sports!

This book was a feminist manifesto hidden behind a fun and inspirational story. It brings up public perception, prejudice, and a myriad of other cha
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Kristina Jean Lareau
A very good read about an eighteen year old woman who is signed into the Minor Leagues right out of high school and must then learn to navigate a male-dominated world of professional sports. This title brings a lot of great issues to the front--the interpretations of feminism, equality, talent, and passion. It is a good read, though there seems to be a great distance between the Jill and the reader. It all feels rather clinical and lacking passion.
Susan
I loved this book SO much. It was so good. I grew up going to minor league baseball games so this gave me the warm fuzzies. Be warned if you aren't a baseball fan you may not enjoy this. I thought it was excellent! ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Amount read: 2 chapters, just under 10%

I like my sports novels with a strong dose of romance. While I love the concept, I'm bored by the constant details about baseball. The voice doesn't do anything for me, and I just don't like sports enough. #notforme
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This talented writer attended Tufts University (and published her first book, Friends for Life, while a senior there) and currently lives in New York City. Ms. White grew up in Narragansett, Rhode Island. Many of her novels feature characters who reside in or around Boston and are fans of the Boston Red Sox (as is Ms. White). In addition to novels, Ms. White has published several biographies. She ...more

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