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Out of Left Field

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  394 ratings  ·  85 reviews
There’s no playing it safe in love or baseball in this sparkling debut, perfect for fans of Morgan Matson and Kasie West.

Marnie has never had a hard time fitting in with the guys. It would take a lot more than their goofy antics to keep her from joining them at the neighborhood sandlot to do what she loves best: play ball.

An added perk of hanging out at the sandlot? Spendi
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••

ARC provided by Edelweiss and Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review

You could say I'm a sucker for cute, lighthearted reads. Thankfully, this one did not disappoint.

In this book, we follow Marnie, a girl who loves baseball but feels she might fail as an official player. When Cody (star pitcher of their school's team and Marnie's best friend) gets injured, it's up to Marnie to step up and lead the team to victory.

To say I really liked this is an understatement. I love the F
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
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1. Lots of mindless reading. Out of Left Field definitely doesn't have a lot of substance. It's incredibly shallow and typical--which was fine by me! Y'all have to admit: We have these certain moods where we just want a fun read that doesn't require any thinking! This was definitely one of those books.

2. A best-friends-turned-lovers trope à la cheesy local rom-com. AGAIN I WAS TOTALLY FINE WITH THIS!!! Best friend r
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
I loved the idea of a girl playing on the boys team and the hint of a bff to more sold it.

I liked Marnie well enough. She’s tenacious and talented and stands up for herself. The rest of her friends and their dynamic was quite odd. I struggled with how they could be supportive of Marnie’s pitching when they played on the weekends, but after winning the spot on the school team, the same people she’s known since kindergarten now ignore her.

Plot wise it did get repetitive. There was a lot of telli
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This was pretty cute, but not my favorite contemporary! It had the friends-to-lovers trope so you know i'm in.
I also loved that it featured a female lead breaking the glass ceiling a bit with playing on the guys baseball team and OWNING IT.
I think where I didn't end up liking this is the miscommunication and back and forth of the relationship. It honestly didn't seem very healthy, even though they came around in the end.
Overall a quick, fun, fluff contemporary but not the best!
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This was such a cute book! If you like your contemporary YA on the sweet and light side, with a fun cast of characters and an underdog MC, "Out of Left Field" is a great choice for you.

So here are a few of the things that stood out for me with this book:
I really liked how Marnie and her friend Sara hung out with the boys and weren't super girly. It reminded me of the group of guys I hung out with in high school - we had so much fun! We were always going swimming or cliff jumping at a lake, or 4x
Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
Out of Left Field was a charming, lovable, and fun contemporary romance novel!

The main character, Marnie, was a strong and determined girl! There were so many times when people tried to tear her down, and she always stood up for herself. I loved how fierce she was and how she continued to show she was just as valuable and useful as any guy! Marnie's best friend, Sara, was such a supportive friend to Marnie. Their friendship was so positive and sweet, which warmed my heart. I was so happy that th
Laura's Book Addiction
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I honestly think out of left field is shaping up to be my favourite kindle read of the month, I can't believe that this is the authors debut novel.

It was utterly amazing and so realistically written, I felt like It could've involved any of my friends and family. A very relatable novel full of unconditional love and believing in yourself even when there are differences to other peers.

I can't wait to see what this author writes next!!

Thank you to netgalley and the publish for letting me review t
ضحى الحداد

so I finished this book in an airplane after postponding reading it so many times .. it was just so boring and nothing was happening ..the book is about a tomboy Marnie who loves baseball and has a huge crush on her chilhood friend Cody .. the concept is nice but the plot was really slow and we were just hearing Marnie's non-stop whining .. and the ending was so disappointing and wasn't worth it at all .. this was just a complete waste of time to me
Ashley Elliott
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
This was a fun fast read about a girl who wants to play baseball. There was definitely some fighting among the team after she joined but it wasn't the focus of the book like the blurb claims. It was mainly a cute rom-com and a girl trying to figure out what she wants to do in her friendships. I did enjoy the story but there were also small, like tiny, consistence issues I doubt anyone else will notice. I think it's more of a editing thing than story and I only noticed because I've sat at work an ...more
Kate R
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I was really looking forward to this book. I love sports romances, YA, and friends to lovers trope, so I thought this would be a hit with me. Unfortunately, I DNF at 35%. I can usually get through a book within a 24 hour period, but it took me almost 5 days, and I could only get to Chapter 9 before I finally gave up. The writing was pretty good. But, I found the characters extremely unlikable, esp
KarenJo Custodio
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars - Cute, fun and entertaining.

Out of Left Field by Kris Hui Lee is a lighthearted and charming YA contemporary read!

I’m not really into sports that much, so I don’t find myself immediately drawn to sports-themed books. I just never really know if I’ll enjoy the plot since I don’t do sports at all and most likely wouldn’t be able to relate to the characters. But, I do love romance and friends-to-lovers stories. The premise for Out of the Left Field also sounded really cute and fun, so I
Anne (The Reading Life)
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy for an honest review.

This book was actually really good! I can't be happier about the fact that I actually enjoyed this, because this book despite not having my typical first choice-romance-trope of hate-love relationship, I was surprised by how much I was invested (and ship) Marnie and Cody (damn Cody's hot).

The storyline was also really fun, and as a baseball player, I really appreciate the descriptive and extremely real description and wiring regarding baseball as a s
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out of Left Field is a lighthearted, sport-adoring, lots-of-fun novel that revels in the celebration of strong friendship, pushing the boundaries, and finding the courage to chase your dream. I highly enjoying reading Out of Left Field, and highly recommend it to readers who love playful, sport-centred YA contemporary.

Marnie loves playing baseball with her friends in the neighbourhood park. She loves baseball. But after an incident while pitching for the softball team, Marnie only plays for fun
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 5/11/18.

A fun read!

The emphasis here--as it really should be in YA--is more on Marnie figuring herself and her place in her world (with her family and friends, on the baseball team, what direction she wants her future to go in) and less on romance--though Marnie and Cody dance around things for the entire book, they don't really get around their we-might-ruin-our-friendship-forever fears until (literally) the last minute.

And really, this is fine.

Like Marn
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

When I started reading Out of Left Field I wasn’t in the mood to read. I had other things I needed to get done. So when I sat down to read I told myself I had to read at least 10% of the book in the first session. I was a third of the way through the book when I stopped reading the first time and I read the whole thing in 24 hours.

I was immediately drawn in to Marnie’s world. She is feisty, quick witted, intelligent, a good
❤ Aly ❤
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: september-2018
I love a sports story. This just wasn't the best and wasn't the worst. Decent debut.

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Cocktails and Books
2.5 Cocktails
I wanted to like this one so much more than I did. Discovering that your best friend has the same feeling for you as you do for him should have been one of those heartwarming, angsty young adult reads. Instead, I found myself not really liking Marnie all that much. She used her attitude as a defense mechanism but often took it to an extreme that made it hard to feel bad for her when something backfired.
So stinking cute. And engrossing. And giddiness-loaded. I loved this. The gang, the writing, the friendships, other familial relationships everything. I dunno why I’m not giving it 5 stars. Maybe because I’m trying to be a little stricter with my ratings.
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ACTUAL: 4.5 stars
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up from the library on a whim and I am so glad I did! “Out of Left Field” is packed full of baseball, friendship, humor and a sprinkle of romance. It was a quick YA novel that was a perfect summer read!
Ashley ❣️
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was super cute and such a fun read! I absolutely loved it! I loved how their was the sports aspect and how there was the whole family and friends and friends to lovers trope and it was amazing. I’d definatley like to try more books from this author
Rating: 4 stars ★★★★
If your looking for a fun, YA sports Contemporary, Out Of Left Field is the perfect read! The unique direction of the plot really makes this book stand out! I really liked it!!
Definitely going to be checking out Lee's future novels!!
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I don't read many sports-themed books and when I saw this one on Netgalley I thought I should rectify that. Many people like reading about sports or like the sports aspect with romance, so because this sounded cute and dealt with Baseball, one sport I know decently well, I gave it a try.

I'm glad I requested it because this is quite a cute story. I love how they called where they played baseball with friends the sandlot -- g
Kayla Fahy
3.25/3.5 out of 5.0 stars

There were parts of this book I loved and parts that could definitely use some work. I'm a sucker for sports romances, baseball and hockey ones in particular, so this is right up my ally. I thought it was fun and cute for sure! Marnie was a good lead character and her relationship with Cody was sweet. That being said, I think the author tried to cram too much into 300 pages. There were a lot of different plot points happening that ended up feeling like not enough of them
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was great fun, just the thing I was needing. At times, I had trouble forgetting that it wasn't a Kasie West book, because the author's style is so much like hers- it wasn't always a bad thing, but it wasn't always a good thing either. It doesn't make sense, I know.

I loved Marnie and how realistic and honest she felt as a character. Her voice and her sense of humor were my favorite. I could also really appreciate that part of her character arc devoted to her relationship with her mother, an
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
**3.5 Stars**

This book was super cute. It was definitely YA and very appropriate for young teens.

Marnie was your typical angsty with a side of slightly low self esteem, teen. She loved playing baseball with her friends and I liked that she decided to try out for the boys team. She was able to hold her own in a field dominated by boys and she always stood up for herself. I think that's a very important trait to give an h in a book geared toward a younger audience. I will admit that her actions t
May 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-debuts
1.5 stars

When a book is said to be perfect for fans of Morgan Matson, I instantly add it to my TBR. It also didn't hurt here that Out of Left Field was giving me Dairy Queen vibes. I had high hopes, and I couldn't wait to dive in!

The result? Out of Left Field left me feeling underwhelmed. I didn't love it nor did I hate it; instead, I felt indifferent.

The premise is what originally hooked me. It screamed girl power, and while I've never been particularly good at sports, I still enjoy reading
Angela ReadingCave
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marnie use to play softball for the high school team, until during her freshman year she choked bad in the playoffs. This led her to quit, she still loves the game but honestly baseball is so much better. Which is why she does the Saturday neighborhood pick-up games. It helps that her best friend, Cody is the star pitcher for their school. Only, he broke his arm during a game with his arch-nemesis Santino. Cody convinces Marnie to try out of the team and to everyone’s surprise she makes it. Too ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Ok so...

Cute premise, I contrarily enjoyed the love story and the characters' dynamics with each other and kinda loved their friendships. My problem was that I found it very hard to enjoy because some of the small details just didn't add up.

I liked the book, a lot, and don't want the people reading this review to think it's a bad book. It's just if the author had payed slightly more attention to the details, it would've been one of my favorite books.

Note - This is written by a girl who played b
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
As someone who was the only girl in a baseball league for years, and who, at age 14, was told by the all-male administration that I wasn't allowed to play anymore and to "go play softball" as if it's the same sport, I LOVE any book featuring girl baseball players, so I was so excited to read this book. (I am also a part-time assistant varsity baseball coach whenever I'm home from university. And I regret that I never tried out in middle or high school, so I'm a big fan of Marnie.)

Marnie's a bada
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Kris is a contemporary YA author who found success through the online writing contest Pitch Wars in 2015, where her submitted manuscript eventually became her debut novel OUT OF LEFT FIELD.

She is also a graphic designer and pianist.

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