Double Play: Baseball Genius (Jeter Publishing) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-22 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" Good book.this was a goodreads giveaway " said.

"It all comes down to this: should baseball genius, Jalen, help aging Yankees superstar James Yager get back in the groove, or does he play with his new traveling baseball team to defeat his bullying rivals? Because of course, the championship game will be played at the same time JY needs his assistance at Fenway Park.

Revisiting the same cast of characters that we met in Baseball Genius, Book #1, Jalen struggles with morals and ethics, doing what's right, keeping promises, all the while trying to advance his own baseball career. At a mere 12 years-old, these struggles are compounded by an emerging maturity.

A big surprise is awaiting the reader at the end of the story, ensuring that there will be Book #3.
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"I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review.

So, I probably should start off by disclosing that I am not a baseball person. Or a sport person. Or male. So perhaps, I am not the target audience for a book about a boy who plays baseball. Keeping that in mind, I'll try not to let the baseball impact my review too much.

Double Play is about a boy named Jalen who plays baseball and has a knack for telling what kind of ball will be thrown. Using his talent for predicting pitches Jalen helps JY, a professional baseball player, to win games. Immoral? You tell me.

The worst part of the book was the characters. They are all so bland. They don't even begin to resemble actual humans. I understand that this is a kids book but that's not a good enough reason to have absolutely no character development. Also, I don't even know if this book passes the Bechdel Test due to the severe lack of female characters.

The writing style was once again bland. The pace of the book was so slow. Nothing of importance happens within the first 3/4ths of the book. Even the dialogue was dry!

The only thing I enjoyed about the book was Jalen's father. The mystery about where his mother is could have been very interesting but the authors choose not to take that route and instead left that mystery for the sequel.

I recommend this book for boys between the ages of 9 and 13 who are baseball fanatics and do not yet care about things like plot or writing style.

Rating: 25/100
Age: 9 & up
Warnings: bullying
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