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Throw Like a Girl

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,163 ratings  ·  424 reviews
When softball star Liv Rodinsky throws one ill-advised (but well-deserved) punch during the most important game of the year, she loses her scholarship to her fancy private school, her boyfriend, and her teammates all in one fell swoop. With no other options, Liv is forced to transfer to the rival public school, Northland High, where she'll have to convince the coach she de ...more
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Published January 7th 2020 by Poppy
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4 stars


This was such a cute YA sports romance! I have been wanting to read it since it was released and I'm so glad I found the time.

Liv Rodinsky's life has revolved around softball since she started high school, but due to an incident, she has to switch schools. The school she's going to is her rival team and they're not sure she's the kind of player they want, even though she's super talented. She has to prove she's a team player, but how? The injured QB of her new school's team has an idea.
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I don't normally go in for the cute, fluffy books, but the prospect of a female quarterback playing on an otherwise all-male team was too intriguing to ignore. My high school actually had a girl playing on the junior varsity team, and since I went to high school a while ago, people made a much bigger deal of that then than they did in this book. Sexism in sports is a real thing, yo.

THROW LIKE A GIRL is about a girl named Liv. She's the d
Jennifer Iacopelli
I'd say sports fiction is my favorite genre and category, except that I'm way too picky to enjoy most of it. So, please know when I say that THROW LIKE A GIRL is utter perfection, I well and truly mean it. Sarah Henning has done the near impossible, writing an epic, swoony romance and balancing it with the heart and soul of an elite athlete's journey to self discovery all the while keeping the on the field play authentic and exciting. Fear not sports-novices, the feats of athleticism are accessi ...more
Leah Waters
Oh how I love this book! Let me count the ways. *pauses* Oops, there's too many to count.

This is one of the best contemporary books I've ever read.

The characters should always be the driving force in romance, and Sarah Henning could not have developed Liv or Grey more. Every character was alive with voice that made them seem real, like someone I'd talk with in class. Liv was an inspirational narrator, with flaws and virtues that make her a wonderful protagonist. The chemistry between Liv and Gr
Anne Bogel
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny thing: I read three books last month with protagonists named Olive; this was the middle book, sandwiched between Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteredge stories.

I met the author (hi Sarah!) on a writer's retreat last fall and it was a joy to get to read some of her work. This book, her newest, just came out in January, and it was so sweet and fun.

Liv's hot temper got her kicked off her school's softball team, but then she's given a second chance at athletic success when her new school's quar
Jacob Proffitt
This exactly fit my mood, hit all the right notes, and provoked a few laugh-out-loud moments along the way. So that's a complete win. This is definitely a "grant the premise" book because Liv absolutely tops the chart of possibilities when it turns out that her competent athleticism includes natural talent that slots easily into football quarterback. It's not complete fantasy as she is a dedicated athlete with hard-earned and well-established leadership skills. But still...

But I loved her and sy
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
3.5 stars

First, I have to give this book high praise for the fact that it's a contemporary sports romance within the Young Adult genre. Maybe it's just me, but I typically have difficulty finding a sports romance in YA. I am able to find stories that include sports to some degree but the involvement of the sport in the story is usually minimal.

Another unique aspect within this particular novel is that the main female character plays a sport. This was very refreshing and different for me because
I desperately wanted something fun, so I dug into my 2020 ARC stash and this did NOT disappoint. Sports Romances in YA that contain actual sports are so rare, and this is one of the most knowledgeable ones I’ve read so far, which is no surprise given the author. On top of that, I really love the way it balances not just romance but all these great family moments and friendships. This was just everything I love about light contemporary romance. (CW: Homophobia, in the first chapter)
Susan's Reviews
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, ya
I love it when an author takes a trope and turns it on its head!

In Throw Like a Girl, you do indeed get all the usual tropes to be found in a typical YA novel.
Boy Meets girl, and they fall in love.
Boy talks girl into joining the high school football team as his relief quarterback.
Girl ends up helping to lead the team to the state championships.
But alas, boy harbors secrets that ultimately shatter her trust, and they break up.
Boy apologizes and she accepts his sincere apology, but won't tak
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super quick read, mostly fluffy book. Sometimes annoying but which book about teenagers (read by an adult) isn´t?
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Liv is a high school softball player who's looking to her sport to pay her way through college. All of that is at risk when she retaliates after an on-field homophobic comment about her sister who's also her softball coach. The fallout is major and leaves her unable to stay at the private school where she had been playing softball. After moving to the local public school, which is both the school of her ex and the school that she was playing against when the incident happened, her path to playin ...more
Melanie  Brinkman
She's in it to win it, even if it means making some plays she didn't plan on.

When softball star Liv throws an ill-advised punch during the most important game of the year, she strikes out. Her scholarship to her private school, her boyfriend, and her team, all gone in one swoop. Left with no other options, she transfers to the nearest public school, Northland, where she has the task of convincing their coach she deserves a spot on the softball team. That's not to mention that she also has to fac
Kris (frantic4romantic)
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
You know how sometimes you forget how much you like something until you do it again? That was me after reading this sweet highschool sports romance. Which I almost completely finished in a single sitting, I might add.

Liv, or O-Rod as she’s so loving called by her friends, is so spunky and determined. She reminded me of myself in highschool. Dedicated to the sport I loved. When Liv makes a choice that ultimately uproots her life right before her junior year of Highschool, an unexpected opportunit
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2020
It was cute and a quick read (bonus point for referencing Peter Kavinsky) but I felt like the plot had SO MANY thin places that I just couldn't buy it. ...more
Stay Fetters
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I try but fail to wash the loss out of my hair- Garnier Fructis can only do so much."

I have a confession to make... I’ve never read a book written by Morgan Matson or watched the television show, Friday Night Lights. So this was an entirely new experience for me and I was really impressed. This was an amazing girl-power read with some cuteness thrown in.

I went in expecting this to be another sexist read with a super swoony romance but it wasn’t. I was pleasantly surprised when things turned out
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book. Absolutely fantastic and I would definitely read it again.
I recently saw this book spoken about on book twitter, and the allusions to She's the Man just resonated with me, and I knew I needed a copy as soon as possible. After hitting a girl on the rival team in the final game of the softball season, Liv finds herself thrown out of her private school, and sent to Northfield, the school her team was playing against in the fateful game. With no softball to rely on, and very little chance of her getting the opportunity to play, she doesn't know what to do ...more
The Nerd Daily
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Ellie King

Throw Like A Girl is the contemporary debut for author Sarah Henning. With two books already on her roster, Sea Witch and its exciting sequel Sea Witch Rising, this new novel is a dramatic change of pace for readers. Henning’s previous works fall squarely in the fantasy pool, but this entertaining story introduces the reader to the world of elite high school sports.

It is the story of champion softball player Liv Rodinsky and the conseq
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This gave me all the feels! Liv is a cool girl, she loves her family and does what needs to be done. I was proud of her for defending her sister, even though the punishment was harsh. I enjoyed seeing her join the guys and stand up for herself on the football team and the playing scenes were fun. Grey was cute, and I almost cried when he hurt Liv. What a jerk, although the ending redeemed him and was sweet.
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
3.5/5 Stars

This is the kind of story that you read and can't help thinking that it would make a great movie. This is an adorable little dramedy that ticks off all the boxes on what would make for a good book-to-screen adaptation.

While this is a story that I enjoyed, it did not blow me away. It had the mechanics for a mind-blowing story but I think that either some of it was lost in translation or the execution could use some work.

I enjoyed this book but I just didn't fall in love with the stor
Caidyn (he/him/his)
CW: homophobic slur, cancer, and repeated head injuries

This was so much fun! Contemporary YA isn't a genre I often reach for, let alone with it focused around sports, but I trust Sarah and her ability as an author. And I so, so enjoyed it. All the characters felt so real and I loved that it was very light, even with it being somewhat tricky at times. I was worried when I read about one of Liv's parents having cancer since that's a major trigger for me, but it was more off to the side and impacte
Claude's Bookzone
3.5 Stars

Now that was a pleasant surprise! I’m not going to lie people, the title didn’t fill me with optimism. Post reading I still don’t like the title as I know that some YA Readers will make quite a few assumptions about the storyline based on it. They might be expecting a cheesy love story and an uplifting book that shows us all that ‘girls can do anything’ *said in a cheerleader voice whilst shaking my pom poms*.

What they will actually get is a story about an exceptionally talented and dr
Samantha (WLABB)
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Though her reasoning was solid, Liv should not have thrown that punch, or as she liked to call it, "the punch heard round the world." She acted impulsively, and now, she might have lost everything. But, she had a plan. She was going to prove, that she could be a leader, a teammate, and someone who could be relied on. With the help of the current QB, and support from some likely and unlikely sources, Liv was ready to set her plan in motion.

This was pretty much love at first page for me. Henning i
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
I’ve always loved the saying “throw like a girl”. People say it as an insult; but I liked to take it as a compliment. That meaning has no merit in terms of trying to put down a woman because she isn’t as “strong” as her male counterpart. Instead, I’d like to think of it as meaning you’re badass and why the hell wouldn’t you want to throw like a girl? Being one is AMAZING!

That was the attitude that our main character, Liv, has. She’s an amazing athlete and she knows her worth—I loved her immediat
Bonnie Wells
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I was really looking forward to this book, even though I don't read YA contemporary much anymore, because I'm a huge football fan, and the idea of a girl playing QB really drew me in. Overall, I thought this was cute, and I don't regret reading it. I do think it has proven that YA contemporary isn't really my thing anymore. The writing could be a little cheesy at times, but my biggest problem was probably the pacing. The overall timeline of the book just felt a little off somehow. I found myself ...more
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I didn't plan on reading Throw Like a Girl in one day, but I couldn't stop reading. The story is gripping and not in an anxiety provoking way, but in a, "these characters are precious I need to know what happens" way. Throw Like a Girl is heart warming. Henning is able to maintain a fabulous balance between topics of homophobia, college dreams, and romantic tension. It's about wanting
Anne (The Reading Life)
I received a free copy for an honest review.

You know the book is bad when I had started regret reading this book one chapter in (to be honest it's more like half a chapter, but I rounded it up just for the sake of accuracy).

I was starting to have a bad feeling since the very beginning, but I still forced myself to read at least 3 chapters to make sure that I am no longer physically able to tolerate it.

I’m not shy about my enjoyment of pleasure reads, so this book's generic storyline is not th
Sarah Henning
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure if this was just a case of right book right time, but I really loved this book! I read it in a day because I couldn't put it down. I loved all of the characters. I loved that Liv began playing quarterback, and all of the boys just accepted it and supported her when they realized she had talent. I loved Liv's family Danielle, Heather, Ryan, her mom and dad. I loved Grey and even her ex Jake. I really loved Addie. This book promised Friday Night Lights, and while the plot definitely d ...more
Justin Turczak
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable sports read. Had the right scenes start at right time and loved the flow of the book. And the MC was very relatable. Maybe only flaw I can point the author was trying but didn’t fully get was today’s day and age sports injuries especially head stuff. Hard to explain but was going to that story plot did it a bit but sorta did back burner and fill that plot line fast.
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Sarah Henning is a recovering journalist who has worked for the Palm Beach Post, Kansas City Star and Associated Press, among others. While in South Florida, Sarah lived and worked through five hurricanes, which gave her an extreme respect for the ocean. When not writing, she runs ultramarathons, hits the playground with her two kids and hangs out with her husband Justin, who doubles as her long-s ...more

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