About the Book:
Hollis Taylor is allowed to break the rules. She’s coach’s little girl. And she’s good. If that means she gets to bump one of the guys for the starting catcher’s job on the Public High baseball team, then the others on the squad better suck it up and deal.
But breaking rules has taken Cannon Jennings far in life. One of the nation’s top pitching prospects, he came here to throw to his cousin and show college recruiters everything he could do on the mound. Taking his signs from a girl was not part of his blueprint, especially one that screwed over his favorite relative and best friend.
Too bad he broke the biggest rule of all before he knew exactly who she was.
It was just a New Year’s kiss. Totally forgettable. Especially under the circumstances.
So why can’t he stop thinking about it?
Author Ginger Scott wraps up her Varsity series with a bang! Her latest release, Varsity Rulebreaker, is a young-adult sports romance that features strong characters, great baseball, and hard challenges.
Hollis Taylor and Cannon Jennings both end up in Indiana because of baseball. A chaste New Year’s Eve kiss creates a spark, but that pales in comparison to the sparks that fly once it is known that Hollis is not only the new baseball coach’s daughter but also that she is trying out for the team. The angst and drama kick into high gear when Cannon gets caught in the middle since Hollis and his cousin Zach are trying out for the same position.
Hollis represents every girl who has had to struggle to be allowed to follow her dreams. She is talented, works hard, and has had to develop a strong spirit to carry her through the challenges of competing against the boys. Cannon starts off a bit weak; his ambivalent response to his cousin’s insecure, angry outbursts isn’t what you’d expect from the story’s hero. However, Ms. Scott accurately portrayed how difficult it would be for a young adult to choose between family loyalty and standing up for what is right.
Ms. Scott not only highlights some glaring issues facing female athletes but also calls out some of the ugliness of youth sports (i.e., overly involved parents whose expectations lead to less than desirable sportsmanship). The conflicts were well presented, but perhaps a bit too easily and quickly wrapped up. I enjoyed how the characters from the prior two books were easily folded into Varsity Rulebreaker. The dialogue and interactions feel authentic, and above all the Ms. Scott gives her readers engaging characters and situations that draw us into her stories.
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