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When her son Sam asks to try out for a travel baseball team, divorced mom Shannon Stevens thinks it'll be a fun and active way to spend the summer. Boy, is she wrong! From the very first practice, Shannon and Sam get sucked into a mad world of rigged try-outs, professional coaches, and personal hitting instructors. But it's the crazy, competitive parents who really make Shannon's life miserable. Their sons are all the second coming of Babe Ruth, and Sam isn't fit to fetch their foul balls. Even worse, Shannon's best friend Jennifer catches the baseball fever. She schemes behind the scenes to get her son Matthew on the town's best baseball team, the Saints. As for Sam? Sorry, there's no room for him! Sam winds up on the worst team in town, and every week they find new and humiliating ways to lose to the Saints.
And the action off the field is just as hot. Shannon finds herself falling for the Saints' coach Kevin. But how can she date a man who didn't think her son was good enough for his team... especially when the whole baseball world is gossiping about them? Even Shannon's ex-husband David gets pulled into the mess when a randy baseball mom goes after him. As Sam works to make friends, win games, and become a better baseball player, Shannon struggles not to become one of those crazy baseball parents herself. In this world, it's not about whether you win, lose, or how you play the game... it's all about keeping score.
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By NEW NAME on 03-21-15
Does/did your kid play a travel sport?
If your kid plays/ed a travel sport, particularly baseball, just click add to cart!!! This book made me laugh, smile, and just left me feeling lighter somehow.
This book is about the relationship between a mother and son and their introduction to travel baseball at age 9. There were no steamy scenes but there were several romances going on that had you rooting for some couples and cringing at others, and all the while there was a 9 year olds journey into Travel Baseball, and a mother’s journey about watching her son grow up.
Sam was so happy to be invited to play Travel Baseball with a REAL summer team, but the experience wasn't exactly what he thought it would be. His mother, Shannon, has her own problems with Travel Ball, culture shock doesn't exactly cover it. As she battles to not turn into one of THOSE parents...the parents that are rooting for a 10 year old to drop the ball, or engaging in brawls in the stands about a little kids ball game; she is faced with her ex husbands antics, his new hot (and barely legal) girlfriend, her own attraction to an opposing teams coach, former friends turning on her, learning what snack-shack time was...and all this before the first tournament!?!?!?!?
This story was great! I laughed at all the real life people it reminded me of (why exactly do parents feel the need to facebook status every move their kids make?) But I also really enjoyed the way it made me remember my sons first few years in travel ball. I sincerely hope there is a sequel!!! *hint hint*
Great for sale, credit or *gasp* PURCHASE (yeah I liked it that much folks!)