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You Throw Like a Girl (mix) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-25 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings
ISBN:1481459848
LANGUAGE:English

" True rating: 4.5 stars.Another enjoyable tween book published under Aladdin's M!X banner, always an indicator of clearly written, wholesome stories that teach as well as entertain. Alpine's latest effort has a lot going on, but she keeps her chapters focused and her characters real. Special praise goes to artist Dung Ho Hahn whose super-cute cover illustration makes the book jump off the shelf. " said.

"What first attracted me to the book was the plot - girl loves baseball, but since there's no girls' baseball team in the town she's staying the summer at (the whole summer for the first time in her life), she must disguise herself as a boy.

Now, I'm a fan of a movie involving women and baseball - my favorite movie ever beingĀ A League of Their Own. So that's one of the reasons I picked up this book. Another one being the plot, as I have mentioned above.

I loved how it was partly predictable, partly surprise, and plenty believable with believable characters.

Any girls who are interested in baseball should definitely read this, and any older fans who aren't embarrassed to be reading a children's book should as well. Loved this! Definitely worth the money!
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" Fun summer read that made me wish for the days of softball games and hanging out with friends. Also, it makes readers consider what being true to yourself really means. " said.

" Cute. Gabby pretends to be a boy to play on the summer rec team. Meanwhile, her mom wants her to be in the local beauty pageant. Gabby agrees just to make her mom happy and distracted while her dad is overseas.Decent book about family, telling the truth, and how difficult it can be to stand up for what you think is the right thing to do. " said.

" Cute enough for a middle grade book. I certainly do need more books about girls playing sports. Just found it a bit.... predictable. Which yes I KNOW it's a kids book. But I'm reading this in the middle of a reading slump of underwhelming books and I was just hoping to be more in love with this than I was. " said.

"This book was a hit in my household! It was such a fun Mommy-and-daughter adventure. I read it aloud to my kindergartner, and every night at lights out she would plead with me "just one more chapter, please??" The main character Gabby is fun and entertaining, we both enjoyed the plot. As a parent, I really appreciated the lessons taught...finding strength during sad times (Gabby's father was serving overseas), family loyalty, importance of honesty, how to resolve peer conflict. My 6-year-old and I both give this middle grade novel 5 stars!" said.

"My daughter really liked this one. She's a softball player as well, and loves dresses and fashion. This really appealed to both aspects of her personality!

I'm a bit of a tough nut to crack these days. I had wanted there to be a bit more conflict with the boy that she had befriended as "Johnny" (I should really write these reviews right away, I think the boy's name was Owen). I wanted him to be more upset about the deceit (Was everything about our friendship a lie?!). I had also not been 100% happy about the characterization of the boys in general. Like all they did was hit each other and toot or whatever?? Another thing that turned me off was when she went to the pizza party with the team and lied about playing video games. I mean, it just made it sound like girls aren't interested in gaming, which turned me off personally.

There were some great things in there as well. I was really concerned when her father didn't call back and liked the relationship with her mother. I liked the friendships she mended and how she mended them.

All said and done, it's a good read. It does all the things that a well written book should do. It just wasn't for me, personally.
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"Gabby loves playing softball, especially playing as the pitcher and following in her dad's shoes, but when she ends up having to spend the summer at her grandma's house her summer plans are ruined. Not only is she too far away to play with her friends, there isn't even a team in her grandma's town. Instead, all the girls are signing up for the Miss Popcorn pageant. Yuck.

When Gabby decides to play for the boys team...and sign up for Miss Popcorn to make her mom happy, she ends up in a tangled web of lies and hard work. Who knew it took so much training to be in a beauty pageant! Gabby doesn't want to disappoint her mom, but she's just no good at these "girly" things and she also definitely doesn't want to let her dad down either, so she has to throw the winning pitch in the championship game for him! So that means that she has to keep up her boy persona to stay on the team, but also perform well in the pageant to make her mom proud, but how can she balance all that...especially while wearing heels!?

Through the book Gabby makes new friends, learns to confront bullies, and also connects with her mom in a new way. Sure, Gabby may not be interested in wearing dresses and makeup, but she learns that wearing dresses and makeup doesn't disqualify girls from playing baseball, being strong and having interests beyond makeovers and manicures. She also schools the boys in learning that gender does not determine athletic ability (YES!).

Although I liked that Gabby does make new friends, both guys and girls, I wish that the author had gone a different and more original route with her bully, a typical pretty rich mean girl. We can definitely see that Jenna, the mean girl, is trying to live up to the high expectations of her mom, but we never got to see Jenna and Gabby interact in a different way from the trope of the MC and the mean girl.



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