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A feminist, sex-positive, and hilarious rom-com about a girl in 1970s Chicago trying everything she can to score—on and off the soccer field.

It’s 1979—the age of roller skates and feathered bangs, of Charlie’s Angels and Saturday Night Fever—and Susan Klintock is a junior in high school with a lot of sexual fantasies…but not a lot of sexual experience. No boy, at least non
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 14th 2020 by Balzer + Bray
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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
You either die a contemporary or live long enough to see yourself become the historical fiction.
Corina
Gimme Everything You Got is a YA romance novel set in the late 70s. The book is full of hormones, lust, and sexy daydreams. It’s also about discovering yourself, playing for keeps, and nailing the weak spot.

From the beginning the novel was entertaining, funny, thoughtful, and driven by hormonal teenagers. I laughed out loud, chuckled, and rolled my eyes – all at the same time.

Also, I was surprised how much more this book had to offer. It wasn’t just about high school girls playing soccer. Althou
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Lauren
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god, I totally loved this book! It’s literally the book I needed as teen. It has the unrequited crushes, the raunchy daydreams, the awkward sexual encounters, and really strong cast of female characters who unite to stand up to sexism in sports. A truly great book. I laughed and cringed in equal measure. 100% fearless!
Sammi
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, to-review
AGH! One of my favourite read of 2020!!!!
Full review to come.
Mary McCoy
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An irreverent, hilarious, raunchy, fearless feminist manifesto. I loved every second of it.
Stephanie Brown
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It reminded me of Are you there god, it’s me Margret by Judy Blume. Then it had all of these references to the70s which I loved. I was born in 1975 so it is very nostalgic. When they mentioned Bozo the clown o smiled so hard. This book is also sexy as these girls began to explore their sexuality. We follow Susan and her friends as they join a new girls soccer team at their school. They are mainly joining because the new coach Bobby is a fox. No one supports their efforts and t ...more
Lisa
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
The sporty feminist 70s romp you didn’t know you needed!

I loved this book’s take on a historical setting - it offered strong female perspectives naturally that were era-appropriate. Plus, this is truly a coming of age story with sex-positive values.

Susan is relatable and funny and figuring out what exactly she wants from her life. And I loved the focus on friendships and changing relationships with her parents while also leaving room for romance.

Fun and feminist, sporty and summer-y!
Kate O'Malley
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was delicious. I positively loved it. I was laughing out loud by page 2. I also did some crying, I’ll admit. Susan is the best kind of MC. So flawed and yet so likable with so many cringey moments and so many heart warming triumphs. I was devastated and uplifted by turns. Love love love!

I don’t want to give any spoilers at all so I will just leave it at that.
Thindbooks
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
*This book was given to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return*

I enjoyed this 1970s, feminist, rom-com novel. It's about a girl named Susan who joins her school's soccer team because of the hot soccer coach. Susan learns about herself and discovers what she really loves. I loved this book about how girls can do everything like boys can because some people still don't know that. This book made a lot of sexual references but remember this was written in the 70s setting. It was nice
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Kristin
I don’t normally like sports stories but this was so well written the 400 pages flew by. I loved the 70s setting reminiscent of Little Darlings and Fast Times at Ridgemont High mixed with Bend It Like Beckham. I loved all the 70s pop culture references though I would’ve liked more description of the clothes. 70’s fashion was so good. The last third of the book involving the wedding and two games against the boys’ team was especially thrilling. This would make a great movie. I’m excited to check ...more
Kelly
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book starts out sort of like Porky's with female leads and ends up being something more. Not my normal genre, but I thought it was a great, feminist coming-of-age story. ...more
Caitie
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
This was just okay....it didn't wow me and it was terrible. However, I did keep forgetting that it was set in the late 1970s and was only reminded when people would say things like "equal opportunity for women" in sports, etc. The writing was good, but the middle dragged on a little bit. I understand why some will love this book but I feel that, at times, some of the story was a little too focused on sexuality for my taste. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, just not quite what I wanted. ...more
Lesli
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Susan starts as an unmotivated teen, and grows into a young woman who knows what she wants. She makes mistakes on the way, but learns how to be a better friend, a great soccer player, and how to appreciate the gifts of an unconventional family, a hot coach, and reliable friends.
I couldn’t put it down, but also didn’t want it to end!
Aly
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was so unexpected but it’s everything that i needed. I absolutely loved it and I’m going to preorder, because I need to own this novel.
Shannon
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Time to play Two Truths and a Lie. . .

Truth #1: I stayed up until midnight finishing this book last night.

Truth #2: I had a hard time getting into this one, but I don't think the book was 100% responsible for that. I have been having a terrible time being able to stay attentive to anything during Covid-19. What a terrible waste of free time for a librarian!

Truth #3: I know the author. Not like in a pick up the phone text each other kind of way. More in the, she was the exotic older girl with lon
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Sharlene
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love it when a book surprises me. And this one really did. I honestly wasn’t expecting very much out of it. But this was a fun read that explores first love and also, women’s sports!

It’s set in 1979 in the US. And while I have lived here for some years now, I didn’t know about how Title IX (established in 1972) was set down to establish access to any activity that receives Federal financial assistance, and that includes sports. So in this high school, a new athletics coach arrives to set up a
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Rajasee Chatterjee
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Set in the 70s, this coming of age story of 17 year old Susie, captures all the highs and lows of adolescence in the backdrop of the rising momentum of women empowerment in USA. Consequently we are taken on a ride through various points of friendship, love and lust alongside Susie, who's struggling to be her own person in the face of conflicting ideals of what a woman should be like. A journey which is all the more difficult for her as she enrolls for the girls soccer team in her school at a tim ...more
happily_reader_after
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Really really liked this book. Very much enjoyed that it was set in the 70s, and a lot of it seemed REAL. It was like the REAL version of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Like this could have actually happened. I very much hope they went on the play the next year, and that they had some actual games and won a few! Loved all the characters, even the ones I hated. Highly recommend! ...more
Morgan- Nothing Better Than a Book
DNF @25% for now. Might come back to it later.
It's very sexual, and I feel like it's going to end up being just a girl empowerment book about girl sports becoming a thing. While there's nothing wrong with that, it's not the book I'm looking for right now.
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geena
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I loved this. True to the era in so many ways - fashion, music, feminism, the name Susan - it was an engaging read that I couldn't put down. Honestly, even if you only have a tangential interest in sports this delivers. ...more
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, physical-2020
This was SO MUCH FUN. I loved this and wish I had something like this to read when I was younger.
Nada
Aug 29, 2020 added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF at 40%.

(or in other words, my mental health deserves better and it's time that i stop reading books that don't bring me joy.)
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Jaye Berry
To say I was very bored and not so slightly uncomfortable would be an understatement.
Amber Parr
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kunz-13-25
It appears to be a typical young adult novel, but it takes place at an older time. The young female protagonist is attracted to a boy who she can't have, but that won't stop her from trying her hardest. She tries things she normally wouldn't all for the boy she likes, but in the process learns to actually like those things.

This is an older novel, but it seems like a classic young adult novel. It is a coming of age and feminist book that explores themes of finding the important things in life. O
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Maria Rose
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Despite being a simple tale of a girl who finds her potential as a soccer player, there are other underlying issues discussed in this book. The year is 1979 in normal for the time suburban town which includes different levels of people in terms of income. This period 1979, was the best of times of suburban living. Women who did progress into going to school past high school did start to enter into different fields of the workforce despite the backlash they faced trying to prove themselves equal ...more
Katherine
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
I am rating this book as okay. It just wasn't for me. I was looking forward to reading this book, but it turned out to be different than I expected. This book contained too much rude language and sexual references for me to fully enjoy. From the first pages, the sexual references began, which made it hard for me to get into the story. As I made my way through the book, I could see that the story itself was good and it provided a good message and empowerment for girls. However, if you're going to ...more
Georgia
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2020, humor
A rare five stars from me because I just loved this book so much.

It’s 1979 and Susan Klintok is a hilarious, honest, and horny 17-year-old who prefers fantasizing about her ideal love interest than dealing with the reality of an actual boy. She may have countless R-rated dreams that have her clutching her thighs together, but in real life she has no idea what she wants to do or be, she’s confused by her parents’ very amicable divorce, and she mostly avoids the subject of boys with her two more
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John Clark
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A feel-good salute to the end of the 1970s that reads like you're playing an emotional pinball machine. Susan is drifting through her junior year along with her two best friends. Her divorced parents get along, something that puzzles her, but both irritate her frequently. She's mastered the art of gratifying her sexual needs, perhaps a bit too well, as every time she considers dating a guy at her school, they pale in comparison to her fantasies. When the school hires Bobby McMann, a hot twenty-s ...more
Mary
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This frank, and at times, LOL-funny book was an enjoyable story set in 1979 about a girl who joins her high school's first-ever girls' soccer team. The only reason Susan and most of the other girls join is because the new teacher/soccer coach is a hottie. Eventually, Susan realizes her fantasies that she has about the coach are unrealistic and she becomes friends with a boy who helps her with her soccer skills. A few cringe-inducing scenes worthy of a John Hughes movie might remind readers of th ...more
Amy
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really, really liked this book. Mainly because it's about girls kicking butt and overcoming expectations (including their own).

I loved that the main character was nuanced. That she wasn't a shy wall flower or some uncoordinated klutz at the beginning of the story (as so often heroines are in YA). I love how she develops over the course of the novel. My only nit is that I didn't get understand her issue of "living in the real world vs. fantasy world" but the writing and characterization is so g
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