The Game Can't Love You Back
Eve is used to being the odd woman out. As the only girl on her school's baseball team, she knows exactly how to put sweaty, macho baseball players in their place, and she's focused on one thing and one thing only—being the best pitcher she can be.But when a freak accident forces her high school to be absorbed by the neighboring town, Eve has to contend with a new group of guys who aren't used to having a woman on their team. And the new team's star pitcher, Jamie, has no interest in being ousted from his throne. He can't afford to give up his starting slot to a new pitcher—even worse, to a girl.As the competition between Jamie and Eve starts to heat up, so does their attraction to each other. Can they keep their heads in the game, or will they end up getting played?

The Game Can't Love You Back Details

TitleThe Game Can't Love You Back
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 15th, 2018
PublisherSwoon Reads
ISBN-139781250163899
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Young Adult, Sports and Games, Sports

The Game Can't Love You Back Review

  • Karlita
    January 1, 1970
    Full Review at Tale Out Loud | Facebook | Twitter | InstagramWhen an electrical fire broke out at Farmington South High School, students especially those who are member of the sports team didn’t have any choice but be absorbed by the Farmington East High School.Female baseball player, Eve “Phenom” Marshall was forced to join the Pirate’s baseball team playing along with their star player, Jamie “Ace” Abrams. Not only they’re both vying for the same trophy but they also instantly had the connect Full Review at Tale Out Loud | Facebook | Twitter | InstagramWhen an electrical fire broke out at Farmington South High School, students especially those who are member of the sports team didn’t have any choice but be absorbed by the Farmington East High School.Female baseball player, Eve “Phenom” Marshall was forced to join the Pirate’s baseball team playing along with their star player, Jamie “Ace” Abrams. Not only they’re both vying for the same trophy but they also instantly had the connection but not the kind you are thinking because well, they hate each other. A lot. Would they ever get along to win the game or the competition between them will just hit the home run?Eve is a badass female character who is a strong athlete — driven, confident with an intense determination. Though Jaime had done things that supposed to break her, she was someone who would never easily give up. The only thing she ever wanted was to have a chance to prove that she’s a team player too because Eve believe in herself that she can play with one of the boys and not just the odd girl out.Gender-based eligibility where female players and even coaches who, more often than not are marginalized and undervalued is an ongoing issue in the world of sports. And as timely as it is, I love how the author made a character out of Eve as a shout out to every female athlete who strongly believe that gender shouldn’t matter as long as you are passionate and love what you are doing.On the other hand, Jaime may carries an air of arrogance and could be a complete jerk at times but as I read the story, I found out that he was a kind, tender person with a big heart who will do anything to help his mother and protect his sister. I finally understood why getting the Cy trophy or scholarship was very important to him because beneath his hard-ass personality lies someone who’s experienced rough times.Told in alternating dual POV, I really like how the main characters become relatable from being unlikeable. Eve and Jaime didn’t exactly started as an endearing persons with flying colors because they were both jealous and have their own selfish pursuits. But eventually, they changed, grew and earned each other’s respect. And when their hate at first sight ended into a stealthily relationship (which I’m annoyed that they have to make their relationship a secret), they have to choose what’s more important — baseball or their feelings for each other.Sports romance needs a lot of research like any other genre such as fantasy or science fiction and just by reading every detail of play the story had which was believable without a doubt, I knew instantly Karole Cozzo did hers too. She even watched Pitch to give more justice to the sports aspect of the story and was also able to address topics like breaking stereotypes, gender equality, living under government assistance program and an issue about bullying.However, I wish I’ve seen more of the familial bond and friendship within the story. If Eve and Jaime’s parents could have been more included into the dialogue, it would surely added more depth to their emotional outlet. The friendship between Eve and Marcella also felt like it just went into a flash or how Jaime’s relationship with his sister, Olivia was, which were the two things I’m actually looking forward to know more into the story.Overall, I couldn’t not enjoy the story even if it has the same predictability like all the hate-to-love YA romance I’ve read. I had so much fun waiting for Eve and Jaime’s stubbornness to melt and reading the cutesy scenes like the naked half mile and Turn the Hoses car wash were some of my favorites. The best part was how they learn, hurt and along the process, realized that they're actually on the same team.The Game Can’t Love You Back is a story about acceptance and taking the leap that pitch just the right amount of humor and drama with a grand slam cast of main characters, and Huzzah filled moments of crazy banter!***Thank you to NetGalley, MacMillian Children’s Publishing Group – Swoon Reads, Xpresso Book Tours and Karole Cozzo for providing me an eARC in exchange for a fair and honest review!
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  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    January 1, 1970
    I was on the promotional blog tour for this book! I also received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley!4.5 out of 5 stars!This was a great YA Contemporary Romance to read, as the summer months begin and the baseball hots up. As I am from England, I was a little bit nervous to see what the baseball storyline regarding the main character Eve would be like. But rest assured, it was really refreshing to read a sport that I don’t often see portrayed in YA Fiction. After her h I was on the promotional blog tour for this book! I also received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley!4.5 out of 5 stars!This was a great YA Contemporary Romance to read, as the summer months begin and the baseball hots up. As I am from England, I was a little bit nervous to see what the baseball storyline regarding the main character Eve would be like. But rest assured, it was really refreshing to read a sport that I don’t often see portrayed in YA Fiction. After her high school is involved in an accident, the sport teams from the high school end up merging with a different high school. Truth is, Eve is the only girl on her high school’s baseball team and not everyone is accepting of that. She meets Jamie, one of the star baseball players who always seems to want it all, the fame and trophies but she wants to be the best that she can be, not second best. Throughout the novel, their interactions are key, I can also relate to the only girl on a sports team aspect as I was on my old high school’s basketball team with a dozen other guys. I enjoyed the writing style, it was easy to get into the story with good pacing. I liked reading from both Eve and Jamie’s POVs as I was curious to see what the other was thinking during their encounters.I also like the fact that the novel stands alone, the ending really tied up the storyline well. Eve as a character at times could get really emotional but also, try to stand her ground. It was a good coming-of-age novel and would happily re-read this again! The romance involved wasn’t too insta-love either since this aspect is actually a pet peeve of mine. This is a prefect read for teen girls and no, you don’t need to be a huge expert in baseball to read this one. The conversation that Eve and her Mum had at the end was really heartwarming and one of my favourite scenes overall. In conclusion, add this one to your summer TBRs!
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  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsAs a fan of books about sports, the enemies to lovers trope, strong female characters, and Karole Cozzo, The Game Can’t Love You Back just screams recipe for success. This book is empowering and follows the story of the only female athlete on a school baseball team. It is both cute and significant, and it lived up to my every expectation.Full review on The Candid Cover
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  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    as always, this review's on the blog as well!---This is my second book by Karole Cozzo and it has a completely different tone than her last novel—The Truth About Happily Ever After. This isn’t bad at all, actually, and I loved that she’s able to write such different characters with really different voices.For the most part, The Game Can’t Love You Back is a good book. I liked the plot, I liked the romance—and the build-up to it!—and the characters. It was well written, had great swoony scenes, a as always, this review's on the blog as well!---This is my second book by Karole Cozzo and it has a completely different tone than her last novel—The Truth About Happily Ever After. This isn’t bad at all, actually, and I loved that she’s able to write such different characters with really different voices.For the most part, The Game Can’t Love You Back is a good book. I liked the plot, I liked the romance—and the build-up to it!—and the characters. It was well written, had great swoony scenes, and all the sports talk didn’t haunt me! (You have to understand, gym class in high school is a universal traumatic experience.)But. This is where for the most part comes in. I liked the characters, but Eve really, really got under my skin sometimes.Eve is really hardcore. She doesn’t back down easily and she sure as hell doesn’t give up easily. She’s the only girl on her new school’s all boy baseball team and she gets shit for it. She constantly has to prove herself to them, which sucks because boys aren’t worth anything, but I get it. I liked her and her character throughout was very believable and likable. But. I hated, hated, hated that she looked down on things she considered “girly.” You can do and like whatever the hell you want but there is absolutely no reason to play down on things that you consider “girly.” It happened throughout the book and it irritated me so, so much.Frankly, I didn’t really care for Jamie for most of the novel. He didn’t really stand out to me, save for the scenes where he talked about his family or we got a look into it. It was something I really related with and not something you see a lot of in general. It was his development that warmed me up to him—he changed from that flirty, playboy-ish kinda guy. He was also sweet with Eve after they got over their initial rivalry.Speaking of which—this is indeed a hate-to-love story and I really enjoyed it! Their rivalry was well done and they had an actual reason for it, not just some petty thing where they try their best to get back at each other. I liked how they got over their differences and eventually settled for a friendship and then something more.One of the other things that bothered me was that we didn’t see much of Eve’s friend, despite the fact that she sort of had an important issue in the book with her boyfriend. It came up once in a while and I just didn’t find that part of the story wrapped up.Overall, The Game Can’t Love You Back was a nice read! I enjoyed it (for the most part) and if you’re looking for a hate-to-love romance, I would recommend it! 3.5 stars.
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  • Katy Upperman
    January 1, 1970
    Three Awesome Things About THE GAME CAN'T LOVE YOU BACK...1. Badass female lead. Just wait until you meet Eve -- she's strong, smart, loyal, determined, and super athletic. She stares down sexism and intimidation without flinching, and I adore her.  2. Dreamiest male lead. Jamie is a new favorite book boy; he has a reputation for being a player, but he's actually got a heart of gold. He's so sweet to Eve (eventually), and endlessly devoted to his family and his teammates. *swoon*3. Enemies to lo Three Awesome Things About THE GAME CAN'T LOVE YOU BACK...1. Badass female lead. Just wait until you meet Eve -- she's strong, smart, loyal, determined, and super athletic. She stares down sexism and intimidation without flinching, and I adore her.  2. Dreamiest male lead. Jamie is a new favorite book boy; he has a reputation for being a player, but he's actually got a heart of gold. He's so sweet to Eve (eventually), and endlessly devoted to his family and his teammates. *swoon*3. Enemies to lovers. One of my favorite tropes, and Karole pulls it off beautifully. Eve and Jamie begin the story as competing pitchers on the same baseball team and hate each other intensely. It's not long, though, before they start to see the good in each other and, as their relationship develops, the chemistry skyrockets.Definitely put this one on your "Books to Read in 2018" list!
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars?I really loved this premise and was fairly eager to read the book, yet I’m not entirely sure how I feel now that I’m done with it. Eve and Jamie are decent enough characters. I liked that they were driven and competitive and focused. I didn’t see the chemistry between them and never really got the shift in feelings. There are some great secondary characters {Scott and Marcella mostly} who felt very one dimensional. Plot wise, it was slow. I struggled really hard in the beginning becaus 2.5 stars?I really loved this premise and was fairly eager to read the book, yet I’m not entirely sure how I feel now that I’m done with it. Eve and Jamie are decent enough characters. I liked that they were driven and competitive and focused. I didn’t see the chemistry between them and never really got the shift in feelings. There are some great secondary characters {Scott and Marcella mostly} who felt very one dimensional. Plot wise, it was slow. I struggled really hard in the beginning because Eve and Jamie are so combative and so rude to each other. There were several scenes of team building or games and those disrupted the rhythm of the story as it felt like separate pieces of the story that were forced in. Overall, it had a lot of potential and something did keep me reading; however the execution seemed like a lot of opportunities were missed. **Huge thanks to Swoon Reads for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
    January 1, 1970
    CW: references to domestic abuseThis one hooked me very quickly. Ambitious, single-minded female athlete vs cool player (in more ways than one), both vying for the same position on the baseball team? Yes please. I don't even care about baseball (sorry, I'm a rugby girl). I was just in it for the competitiveness.There was something kind of ruthless about Eve. She was so focused on winning, and it wasn't even really about proving a point. It just was what it was: she played baseball because her ol CW: references to domestic abuseThis one hooked me very quickly. Ambitious, single-minded female athlete vs cool player (in more ways than one), both vying for the same position on the baseball team? Yes please. I don't even care about baseball (sorry, I'm a rugby girl). I was just in it for the competitiveness.There was something kind of ruthless about Eve. She was so focused on winning, and it wasn't even really about proving a point. It just was what it was: she played baseball because her older brothers played baseball. But even if proving a point wasn't her main driver for getting onto the boys' team, she still enjoyed facing up to them and winning.I found out I could stare down those boys who had three inches of height and twenty pounds of muscle on me. From the mound, I could take them down, take them out. I still can. It's an awesome feeling, exhilarating and powerful and fun as hell.Despite being terrible at sports myself, I could connect with Eve. She was in an all-male team, playing a sport seen as masculine, and while she could hold her own on the mound, she was still considered "other" by her team. This is a lot like being the only woman in an all-male team at work, doing a job seen as masculine (IT). It was almost a little painful to read about how hard she worked to try to earn a place amongst her teammates.I say it wasn't about proving a point, but there was a point to be made when her school merged with Jamie's. These two hated each other. I don't know why I took so much delight in it. This was definitely on the angsty side of things. In the beginning, it seemed almost one-sided. Sure, Eve didn't like Jamie's attitude towards her, but most of the hate and actual acting on it came from his side. She just wanted to have a part in the team; he wanted her nowhere near the team. So I had a hard time buying into him as a romantic hero, especially at the beginning. She did eventually show her darker side, so it balanced a bit.And their relationship was by no means perfect. But I liked the messiness of it, how it wasn't a fluffy HEA but a "we've got issues but we can work on this together" romance. It was a slow-burn, a more innocent YA version of the magic that Mariana Zapata can work. Their relationship revealed more nuance and vulnerability on both sides, particularly Eve's. The ending especially had its own unique appeal, acknowledging who they are instead of going the default route.The Game Can't Love You Back was a slightly angsty sports romance, filled with competition, determination, and some serious hate-to-love messiness that just felt so real and imperfect. I loved it.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
    January 1, 1970
    Super cute
  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    THE GAME CAN'T LOVE YOU BACK was a great sports romance. It is told in two viewpoints. Eve is an athlete and, whatever she plays, she wins. She has awards for soccer, basketball ... and baseball. Yup, she's been playing with the boys since she and her older brothers were all in Little League.When her high school catches on fire, ruining the gym and some other areas, the school district decides that all the students will join their classmates at the other high school in the district. Now, the Bul THE GAME CAN'T LOVE YOU BACK was a great sports romance. It is told in two viewpoints. Eve is an athlete and, whatever she plays, she wins. She has awards for soccer, basketball ... and baseball. Yup, she's been playing with the boys since she and her older brothers were all in Little League.When her high school catches on fire, ruining the gym and some other areas, the school district decides that all the students will join their classmates at the other high school in the district. Now, the Bulldogs all have to become Pirates and fit into a new school.The school merger might be the ruin of Eve's quest for the school's Cy Young trophy because the Pirates already have a star pitcher. Jamie Abrams needs the recognition of being an award winner. He is a talented baseball player but not a very good student. He is a popular guy with more than his fair share of girlfriends and hook-ups. His home life is also messed up. His mom has finally kicked out the latest bad boyfriend but it is hard to pay the bills on a job at Target. Jamie has also been working all he can at a burger place to help with the family's finances. A baseball scholarship is his best chance at college and a possible pro career.Eve and Jamie are immediately rivals. Both are very competitive people. Also, being the only girl on the team adds additional pressure to Eve who has to gain the respect of a whole new bunch of teammates. But the attraction between them is growing. They recognize and like each other's strengths. The only problem for Eve is that things are already changing so much in her life as she physically matures and sees the end of her baseball life coming. She is starting to feel that she doesn't know herself. The story was well-written. The sports scenes were realistic as were the emotions of devoted athletes. I really enjoyed this book and its memorable characters.
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  • Marty :} (thecursedbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    (2.5 stars) I was super excited to read this book when I first got it. I don’t think I talk about it a lot, but I absolutely adore sport romances. I love Zapata’s books, but I read very few sport romances in the young adult genre. Therefore, I was super hyped about this one!Sadly, I had some serious issues with this one. Our two protagonists, Eve and Jamie, are thrown into the same baseball team due to an accident at Eve’s school (her school closes and all her classmates are relocated at Jamie’ (2.5 stars) I was super excited to read this book when I first got it. I don’t think I talk about it a lot, but I absolutely adore sport romances. I love Zapata’s books, but I read very few sport romances in the young adult genre. Therefore, I was super hyped about this one!Sadly, I had some serious issues with this one. Our two protagonists, Eve and Jamie, are thrown into the same baseball team due to an accident at Eve’s school (her school closes and all her classmates are relocated at Jamie’s school). They are super competitive because each one of them was a huge star in their respective team and now they kind of have to compete for the spotlight and for a sports award as well.And while they competed for those things, I was there, rooting for absolutely no one. I just couldn’t care for any of the two main characters for most part of the book. Eve was okay, I liked her at first, but I also got major ‘one-of-the-boys’/// ‘not-like-the-other-girls’ feelings from her and I just don’t like those things. It’s totally alright to be a tomboy, but at times it felt like she was acting superior to all the other girls who didn’t do sports and were more interested in make-up. There was also this part (near the end) where she was slut-shaming some girls for flirting with Jamie and other players from the baseball team and it was absolutely annoying. For a person who calls herself a feminist calling some girls skanks merely because she was jealous, yeaaaah, not cool.Jamie was a textbook bad boy and he did some super problematic things throught the book. Besides using the word ‘pussy’ for a guy he considered a coward (or whatever), which is the worst, there was also this time when he was already in love with Eve and couldn’t defend her and her worth as a baseball player when his teammate was calling her undeserving because she was a girl. WHAT???? And no, it’s not enough that in his monologue he got somewhat annoyed at said teammate. I think the decent thing would have been to call out that guy for being sexist.Another thing that bothered me so much was how this book seemed to go for the narrative that women should give up on their dreams to be with a man and I felt so much anger over it. I mean, why can’t a man give up on his dreams to be with me? Or why can’t they both make some compromises and go for something that’s equally good for both of them? Why should a woman make those sacrifices? I’m not here for this narrative. You might wonder why I’m giving it three stars if I criticized the characters so much. Well, that’s because it was still a light read and at times, it was pretty fun! I’m a sucker for the hate-to-love trope/the enemies-to-lovers, so I enjoyed the angst and the tension between the two of them. But it’s totally not my favourite love-to-hate romance, mostly because at times, I thought Jamie went too far (at the beginning) and didn’t think he would be a good love interest for Eve.Also, I liked Marcella, Eve’s friend a lot, she was really cool. I wish she was more present in this one.I would recommend this book to those who like sports romances and the enemies-to-lovers trope. I’m certain that there will be people who will love this one so much more than I did!I want to thank Macmillan International for sending me this review copy, this hadn’t influenced my review or rating in any way.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 StarsI devoured this book! I felt so invested in Eve's transition to her new high school and her new team. Full review to follow. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • T.H. Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    My favorite Karole Cozzo book to date, and the title, THE GAME CAN’T LOVE YOU BACK, might be the most perfect title ever — it perfectly sums up the themes of the story. When Eve’s high school suffers a freak accident, she and the rest of her Bulldogs are forced across town to attend school with the rival Pirates. And the school rivalry is only the beginning of her issues. As the only girl in a family of boys, Eve’s mom told her if she wanted to play sports, she’d play with her brothers, because My favorite Karole Cozzo book to date, and the title, THE GAME CAN’T LOVE YOU BACK, might be the most perfect title ever — it perfectly sums up the themes of the story. When Eve’s high school suffers a freak accident, she and the rest of her Bulldogs are forced across town to attend school with the rival Pirates. And the school rivalry is only the beginning of her issues. As the only girl in a family of boys, Eve’s mom told her if she wanted to play sports, she’d play with her brothers, because she didn’t have time to start carting a child off to girls’ sports as well. So Eve plays baseball, not softball. Problem is, the boys’ baseball team at her new school doesn’t want her anymore than she wants to be there, particularly rival pitcher, Jamie. Jamie is all smooth lines and cocky smiles, everything Eve despises. Eve glares far more than she smiles and has an attitude to match, everything Jamie despises. So of course these two enemies are fated to become something more.PlotThe story is about Eve and Jamie on and off the mound. Their romance is the main focus, but with both of them vying for the Cy Young award at the end of the season, there’s no way things in the primary plot are going to go smoothly. With Eve’s stubborn need to prove she’s one of the boys and Jamie quiet determination to prove she’s more than that means there’s plenty of conflict. There’s also Jamie’s history as a player, Eve’s inexperience in that area, jealous girls who see Eve as a rival, and an unwillingness to allow their relationship to come under the scrutiny of their teammates, meaning their tender relationship is clandestine at best. Cozzo executes all of this with moments of laugh-out-loud humor and even a few that made me tear up.The CharactersI absolutely adore Eve. She’s a refreshing departure from many female protagonists I’ve read lately. She’s complex and relateable, tough, determined, but with a vulnerable streak she wishes she didn’t have. I love her naivete with a solid streak of street smarts that makes her anything but typical. Jamie has a lot more baggage that drives him, but his walls crumble around Eve, making him vulnerable in his own ways. Eve is ultimately torn between what she wants on and off the field, and her growth comes when she figures out what matters most in life. The other characters are mostly minor players, a supporting cast that basically exist to prop up the main characters. They do their job without coming across as too flat.Top Five Things I Loved About THE GAME CAN’T LOVE YOU BACK1. First kisses. One of the all-time best first kisses in the history of young adult fiction.2. Eve. I loved her stubborn streak, her need to win, the way she doesn’t care about dresses or makeup. She was so easy to relate to.3. Baseball. I’m a big fan of the game and the way it was woven into the story got me even more fired up to watch my sad Padres this season.4. Witty banter. Eve and Jamie had some of the best lines in the book when they were baiting each other. The dialogue was one of my favorite parts of the book.5. Jamie. He was perfectly flawed in all the best ways to make him a natural fit for Eve.Bottom LineA fantastic young adult sports romance with fabulous characters and sizzling dialogue.DisclaimerI was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Brooke
    January 1, 1970
    Karole Cozzo hits it out of the ball-park (see what I did there?) with this sexy, rivalry romp! If you're looking for a fun, fast read, The Game Can't Love You Back is for you! Full review here:http://brooke-reports.blogspot.com/20...
  • Maggie
    January 1, 1970
    Eve is the exact kind of fierce heroine I needed in my life this past week. I could read about her annihilating stereotypes and bucking expectations for at least another three books... wink wink Karole. :) Be sure to check this one out in May! You won't regret it!
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  • Katherine Paschal
    January 1, 1970
    Eve has fought hard to be given respect as the only female on the baseball team at her school, but now that she is forced to attend her rival school she will not have it easy. Her new high school already has a pitcher for their team, Jamie aka Ace, and he is not interested in sharing the position or the glory. Jamie wants nothing more but for Eve to quit the team, to stop making a mockery out of the only thing that makes sense in his life. But Eve refuses to back down to the arrogant playboy and Eve has fought hard to be given respect as the only female on the baseball team at her school, but now that she is forced to attend her rival school she will not have it easy. Her new high school already has a pitcher for their team, Jamie aka Ace, and he is not interested in sharing the position or the glory. Jamie wants nothing more but for Eve to quit the team, to stop making a mockery out of the only thing that makes sense in his life. But Eve refuses to back down to the arrogant playboy and the two will but heads to find out who is the better player. This is a purely character driven story, told from alternating points of view at chapters by Jamie and Eve. I am a fan of romances narrated by both characters so color me happy when I discovered I got to delve into the minds of both sides of the drama. And boy, drama it was! The story focuses on both the characters individually as in what life struggles they have to overcome such as being the only girl on a team or family dysfunction, and it also highlights the potential relationship dynamic between Eve and Jamie.I was an instant fan of Eve, she was dedicated, determined and strong- both physically and mentally. She did her best to not get sent to a new school, she didn't back down to hazing, she was a gracious loser and willing to admit when she was wrong. Her speech to the coach at the end of the book was so freaking honorable and full of good sportsmanship I wanted to applaud. I also really loved her family dynamic, that she came to sports naturally and how she and her mom talked about sports and life (that was my favorite part, where her mom told her that "the game can't love you back"). She was a supportive friend and an overall interesting character to root for. And then we have Jamie, who I pretty much despised from the start of the book. He was a complete player, totally unconcerned by what girl was giving him attention, could't be bothered to learn names as long as they would put out- and he wanted Eve to fail and cry or at least vanish. Yep, I was not feeling him at all. Finally he started to have depth and reveal things that made him a more well-rounded person- like caring for his sister, his job, cleaning off ice cream from his arch enemies car and replacing the ice cream sundae for her mom... little things that made him more relatable and less like the jerk he first seemed. Sure, he still had a lot of broken hearts and bad boy ways to recover from, but he was a more well rounded person. By the end of the book he was all feelings and hope and I just wanted him to get his happy ending because life had been rough for him. I ended up enjoying this story more than I thought I would after the first few chapters of my Jamie bashing. That being said, Karole did a great job of turning my opinion in a complete 180 and making me like both characters. I found this to be an incredibly fast read that I flew through in one sitting, the writing engaging and the characters realistic, oh and the FEELS! I would gladly read more written by Carole...and maybe one set at this same high school (hint hint- a happily ever after for some of the side characters in the book would be super, like Marcella who had a rough time of it in this book but was the best friend a girl could ask for). I am voluntarily reviewing an advance, complimentary copy of this book.
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  • KarenJo Custodio
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 - Heartwarming, Cute, and Incredibly InspiringI think I’m slowly warming up to sports themed books and might just be my newest obsession. I didn’t really care for them that much before since I’m not into sports, but the books I’ve read in the past few months were pretty darn good. The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo was no exception and I enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would. I even had tears in the end and couldn’t stop smiling and swooning.Enemies to lovers stories are j 4.5 - Heartwarming, Cute, and Incredibly InspiringI think I’m slowly warming up to sports themed books and might just be my newest obsession. I didn’t really care for them that much before since I’m not into sports, but the books I’ve read in the past few months were pretty darn good. The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo was no exception and I enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would. I even had tears in the end and couldn’t stop smiling and swooning.Enemies to lovers stories are just the absolute the best. I love the angst, the tension, the bantering, the build-up, and of course the romance. Karole Cozzo did fantastically and managed to create a genuine, realistic, and believable story about two rivals who end up falling for each other. Eve and Jamie totally had me going crazy with all the FEELS and I loved it! From their not so nice insults to their adorably cute bantering, they made me gush and root for them. I thought their story was beautifully written and devloped with plenty of sweet moments and swoony kisses.Eve and Jamie were so frustrtingly cute together and their chemistry was amazing. They were both incredibly competitive and did not give up too easily. Eve was fiesty and ridiculously stubborn, but also incredibly hard-working, dedicated and smart. Jamie had a reputation of being a player and was sometimes a jerk, so it took a while to win me over. However, by the end of the book, I can honetly say that he’s more than earned his place in my heart. Underneath all his bravado, Jamie actually had such a big heart and was really a sweet guy. Together they were kind of a mess, but also pretty darn perfect.The Game Can’t Love You Back was a heartwarming and delightful story about acceptance and taking chances. It’s funny and cute, but also genuine and wonderfully inspiring. I loved the writing, the characters and the crazy bantering that went from horribly sour to sugary sweet. This was definitely a home run for me and I cannot wait to read more books by Cozzo.I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for participating in a Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.To read more of my reviews, visit my blog Sincerely Karen Jo
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Grade: C+An ARC was provided by Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: YA sports books are often fluffy fun. I don't actively seek them out, but I have read a few (Miranda Kenneally's series and Being Sloane Jacobs come to mind).When writing a romance involving rival athletes, an author has to be careful that the guy doesn't come across as a sexist jerk. The synopsis seemed to imply to me that Jamie was going to be that way, so I was a bit tentative. However, Grade: C+An ARC was provided by Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: YA sports books are often fluffy fun. I don't actively seek them out, but I have read a few (Miranda Kenneally's series and Being Sloane Jacobs come to mind).When writing a romance involving rival athletes, an author has to be careful that the guy doesn't come across as a sexist jerk. The synopsis seemed to imply to me that Jamie was going to be that way, so I was a bit tentative. However, his hatred-ish feelings for Eve always came across more as jealousy that she was given special treatment and that he wasn't viewed as the best anymore, which are both easier things to correct through character development.The main plot threads involve baseball, romance, and Jamie's family. Jamie's home life isn't the best, but his mom and sister are great, and it was fun to see a YA protagonist hold down a typical teen job. I also liked that Eve's family never discouraged her from being athletic or playing on the guys' team.I had trouble buying into the beginning of Eve and Jamie's attraction to each other. I really like enemies-to-lovers stories, but there's gotta be a clearer switch for me than just "holy crap I find this other person super attractive what is going on." And I was annoyed with Jamie being portrayed as the typical womanizing love interest. It's kinda old.Content warning: I feel like I remember some foul language? And then there's lots of making out. Also some misogynistic bullying targeted at Eve that borders on crude at times.The Verdict: Did I enjoy myself while reading it? Yes. Would I reread it? Probably not.
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  • Jennifer H.
    January 1, 1970
    Smart, funny, and sexy! I devoured this glorious book! Eve is one of those characters that you can immediately connect to. Headstrong, passionate, and protective over what matters most in her life - in this case taking pride in being the only girl on the school's baseball team. When she finds herself on the same team as Jamie - a guy she has absolutely no use for - you start to see the other side of that coin where she is stubborn and challenging to a fault. And that is what makes her and Jamie' Smart, funny, and sexy! I devoured this glorious book! Eve is one of those characters that you can immediately connect to. Headstrong, passionate, and protective over what matters most in her life - in this case taking pride in being the only girl on the school's baseball team. When she finds herself on the same team as Jamie - a guy she has absolutely no use for - you start to see the other side of that coin where she is stubborn and challenging to a fault. And that is what makes her and Jamie's give and take so satisfying! Their interaction is deeply rooted in raw emotion. It starts out as one beast and beautifully transitions into another. Their chemistry flew off the page and smacked me right in the face. I melted over every single word like hot butta on a biscuit!Just based on Eve's narrative you are suppose to hate Jamie's face right along with her, but immediately you see that he's not who Eve thinks he is and the journey to get Eve there is so delicious and fun! Dual POV's, woot!After finishing my ARC I immediately went and preordered on Amazon. I have to own a physical copy. Have to and need to! That is how good it is! Gah, I loved it!*Thank you NetGalley and Swoon Reads for allowing me the opportunity to read and review !********************Oh man this was so good!! Review to come!
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  • Gabrielle
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 - 4If you love PITCH and mad that it got cancelled WELL!!!!!!! This book is it for you.The only thing that bothered me is that Eve and Marcella never resolved some of the more deeper conversations...I loved that periods/tampons were brought up even though it was really just the word. And the mention of birth control and morning after pill. I liked Eve a lot, Jamie was fine.I just felt there were a lot of things that were not brought up again; I mean you don't have to resolved them. But the t 3.5 - 4If you love PITCH and mad that it got cancelled WELL!!!!!!! This book is it for you.The only thing that bothered me is that Eve and Marcella never resolved some of the more deeper conversations...I loved that periods/tampons were brought up even though it was really just the word. And the mention of birth control and morning after pill. I liked Eve a lot, Jamie was fine.I just felt there were a lot of things that were not brought up again; I mean you don't have to resolved them. But the thing with Jamie's half-sister? She seemed to be dropped off at the end of the book.Also the fact that Eve is literally in braids 90% of the time.....and the cover just has her in a fucking blowout ugh
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  • Sandie, Teen Lit Rocks
    January 1, 1970
    Somehow I've read two books about the same thing this year: female athletes in male-dominated sports who fall for one of their teammates. Waiting for a third one for this to become an early trend of the year. Light and breezy read with a cute hate-to-love romance.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    Eve is the starting pitcher on her school's baseball team and she has one goal...to be the best pitcher she can be. When a freak accident closes her high school, she must head to the other high school in town, the school with starting ace pitcher, Jamie. As the season goes on, the tensions run high between Eve and Jamie, so does the attraction. Will they be able to put their love for the game aside and really see if this attraction is worth it or will they be too stubborn to see what is really w Eve is the starting pitcher on her school's baseball team and she has one goal...to be the best pitcher she can be. When a freak accident closes her high school, she must head to the other high school in town, the school with starting ace pitcher, Jamie. As the season goes on, the tensions run high between Eve and Jamie, so does the attraction. Will they be able to put their love for the game aside and really see if this attraction is worth it or will they be too stubborn to see what is really worth it in life? This book makes me wanna go outside and play ball...can't say that is a bad thing either ;)Karole Cozzo has done it again..Jamie is swoon worthy in every way and Eve can kick ass when need be. (I still have to say that Pax is my favorite leading man in Cozzo's books but Jamie may give him a run for the money.) Thanks to Swoon for the ARC!
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  • Jeraca
    January 1, 1970
    I received this eARC novel from NetGalley. This is my honest review. This book will be published May 2018. Being the only girl on the baseball team, Eve is looking forward to her senior year to win the Cy Trophy. But when her school has an unexpected catastrophe happen, her entire school is forced to join the other high school in her town. Which means that the entire class has to join together, and all of the sports now have to be changed from 2 teams to 1, losing half of the team. Eve wanted th I received this eARC novel from NetGalley. This is my honest review. This book will be published May 2018. Being the only girl on the baseball team, Eve is looking forward to her senior year to win the Cy Trophy. But when her school has an unexpected catastrophe happen, her entire school is forced to join the other high school in her town. Which means that the entire class has to join together, and all of the sports now have to be changed from 2 teams to 1, losing half of the team. Eve wanted the school to host both teams as separate teams and keep her Bulldog status, but she was disappointed when the schoolboard told her that they will only have one team and it will be the Pirates. But Eve loses the game of baseball, so she is willing to play as a Pirate to enjoy her last year in baseball. Because she knows that she is not going to be able to play after high school. She may be getting a lot of publicity for being amazing at baseball, but no one is going to sign her on professionally and she is also starting to get a woman's body, which is hard to play the game with the boys. Jamie is the pitcher for the Pirates, so he's not excited at all that Eve is coming over as a rival in his place, because he is going to win that Cy Trophy again for the second year in a row. He has to in order to get a scholarship to be able to go to college. At first, Jamie and Eve hate each other. They don't talk to each other, they aren't civil with each other, and they wish the other would stop playing. But then things change. They start to get to know each other. They start to see the person behind the rival, the enemy, of their trophy. And they see how their home lives are and what they are wanting in life. Soon, they start to like one another, but things are not that easy. Feelings are jumping around and indecision is high in the air. Soon, a decision has to be made between baseball and life, and Eve and Jamie are right in the middle of it all. This was a cute novel. I really loved how dedicated Eve was - especially with the "hazing" part that the original Pirates did. She didn't let anything faze her and she was determined to keep her place because was dedicated and passionate about it. She took so much crap for being on the baseball team when they have a softball team, but her mother was hardcore and told Eve that she was only allowed to do baseball, because she wasn't going to go to 4 different sports in the springtime with all of her siblings. Jamie was an okay character. He was popular and acted like an ass most of the time, but he was actually struggling at home. I think he should major in drama and acting, because he sure knew how to fool his friends into thinking he was a completely different person. The way that Eve and Jamie were together was a bummer for me. I wish they were brave enough to tell everyone around them that they liked one another instead of keeping it a secret. Because then things blew up in their face and they had to face the consequences of their actions. I really enjoy YA sport theme books, and this was another one that I really enjoyed! I think fans of sport romances and fans of this author will really like this novel when it's published.
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  • Kaelyn
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars "This is why it doesn't matter that I'm wearing a Bulldogs hoodie...At the end of the day, it doesn't matter where we go to school or what mascot I wear on my shirt now. Locked in a staring contest with Jamie, I know I'm right. We're not on the same team. Not at all." This was a solid, girl-jock high-school romance wrapped into one book. When Eve's school catches on fire mid-term, Eve and her classmates are forced to spend the rest of the term as students of the neighboring high, Far 3.5 stars "This is why it doesn't matter that I'm wearing a Bulldogs hoodie...At the end of the day, it doesn't matter where we go to school or what mascot I wear on my shirt now. Locked in a staring contest with Jamie, I know I'm right. We're not on the same team. Not at all." This was a solid, girl-jock high-school romance wrapped into one book. When Eve's school catches on fire mid-term, Eve and her classmates are forced to spend the rest of the term as students of the neighboring high, Farmington East. With the spring baseball season starting off with the two schools' teams merged and only one season trophy on the line, none are less pleased with the circumstance than Eve and her equal rival East High captain Jamie Abrams. But like every good romance, Jamie and Eve learn to work past their hate relationship and turn it into something romantic.From the gecko, we all knew Jameve was going to happen, but it doesn't make it any less entertaining to watch that transformation happen. Major Pros ✔Eve: Guys, Eve's the reason I got excited about this book when I first heard it was coming out in May. Not only is she smart, fierce, and able to beat the guys at their own game, but she's also contemporary. Which means she's relatable, in a very real, modern-day context. Most strong girls in ya literature exist in fantasy books, and typically have some 'Chosen One' trait/ability that makes them that strong and special. Don't get me wrong--I love those books. But it's nice to see a real butt-kicker in contemporary ya as well.✔Flaws. To be clear, I mean Eve's flaws. Eve ultimately accepts her and Jamie's relationship only when she realizes that it's important to learn how to trust. This realization is compounded by her self-actualization that while she loves playing sports because it's steady and will never betray her, the "Game" will never love her back in the same way that she loves it. This realization pushes her towards understanding that only human relationships can provide that. I didn't expect this particular turn of events, but I'm glad it happened, because it was one of the things that enhanced Eve's character and the plot. The Major Con ✔More story-building. I would have liked to see more interactions with Eve and non-sports people, as well as school in generalBut overall, I really enjoyed the story. The story may have been pretty predictable, but it was overall a good pre-summer cute read.
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  • Brigitte
    January 1, 1970
    This Young Adult Sports Romance is about growing up and adapting to changes. Not always easy when two people are vying for the same thing.Eve is a star athlete and when an incident arises, her school is merged with another, threatening her position on the baseball team.Jamie is the baseball captain of his team and very popular with the girls. The merging of the school happens on his territory and he isn't about to give up his field position to anyone else.Jamie and Eve take an instant dislike to This Young Adult Sports Romance is about growing up and adapting to changes. Not always easy when two people are vying for the same thing.Eve is a star athlete and when an incident arises, her school is merged with another, threatening her position on the baseball team.Jamie is the baseball captain of his team and very popular with the girls. The merging of the school happens on his territory and he isn't about to give up his field position to anyone else.Jamie and Eve take an instant dislike to each other from the word go and neither of them makes the effort to hide this mutual feeling. He rubs her up the wrong on and off the field and she gives as good as she gets. She is used to being frowned upon as the only girl on the team, but she can stand up for herself. When the teams are integrated, they find themselves playing against each other until they face another team. This is the game changer as it's "them against us" and they want their team to win. They start off tolerating each other, then becoming friends before recognising the attraction between them. Despite the obvious attraction, Eve is cautious about getting involved with someone who is renowned for being a player. Then again, they both want the trophy just as badly. Will their thirsts for winning get in the way of their feelings? Jamie projects this bad boy persona, but he is good in his role on the team, he works hard and cares deeply for his family. Having to fight for her talent to be recognised, Eve projects this rigid personality, but underneath it all, she is sensitive and unsure off herself off the field. I like the way their relationship slowly builds up and how they solve their problems. Eve's action and her honesty towards the end are admirable. I enjoyed reading this story. It's different from any other new young novels that I have read. It's sweet, funny, sad in places and totally captivating. I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.
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  • M.G. McCabe
    January 1, 1970
    Eve Marshall is the exact type of female protag we need in YA right now. She's fierce, she's smart AF, and she stands up for who she is, unapologetically. In Karole Cozzo's newest book THE GAME CAN'T LOVE YOU BACK, we not only get a strong-willed, independent female, we also get a sensitive male willing to actually take a step back. These two aren't the most endearing in the beginning, but Cozzo, once again, artfully takes seemingly unlikable characters and makes the reader fall in love with the Eve Marshall is the exact type of female protag we need in YA right now. She's fierce, she's smart AF, and she stands up for who she is, unapologetically. In Karole Cozzo's newest book THE GAME CAN'T LOVE YOU BACK, we not only get a strong-willed, independent female, we also get a sensitive male willing to actually take a step back. These two aren't the most endearing in the beginning, but Cozzo, once again, artfully takes seemingly unlikable characters and makes the reader fall in love with them.Eve is stubborn as all get out, angry, unhappy, and overall in serious self-preservation mode. She wants HER school back, HER team back, and most of all, HER trophy to be in the spot reserved on her book shelf.Jamie is a PITA who took a giant gulp of hater-ade before the baseball season even started. He is a player, annoyed, jealous, and generally consumed with the idea that a girl might steal HIS trophy.The beauty of this book, as well as the beauty of Cozzo's writing, is that the characters you meet in the first few chapters are not the people you love by the end of the book. Throughout the book the reader learns, piece by piece, who Eve and Jamie truly are.If I could give any criticism about this book it would be the general theme of "girls stuff" vs "boys stuff". While it's totally a reality in high school, it's also very telling of how our society still views what's okay for girls and what's okay for boys. Thankfully, Cozzo addresses this by allowing Eve to be comfortable with who she is, even when the opportunity to be "girly" arises, Eve still chooses to be herself...and really, that's all we want to see...girls being who they really are despite peer pressure, societal norms, and the idea that a boy might like them better in a low-cut shirt.Well written. Light, but not fluffy. Overall a fun read with a lot of heart.
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  • Eileen (BookCatPin)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a huge sucker for sports romance. Add in the enemy-to-lover storyline I was more than game to read The Game Can't Love You Back! Pun totally intended ;)With contemporary books I'm used to just breezing through the pages. The writing in The Game Can't Love You Back felt a little choppy so it took some time to get into the story. I loved the dual POV. It was informative being inside both Eve and Jamie's head. Seeing things in each of their perspectives helped me understand their fears and worr I'm a huge sucker for sports romance. Add in the enemy-to-lover storyline I was more than game to read The Game Can't Love You Back! Pun totally intended ;)With contemporary books I'm used to just breezing through the pages. The writing in The Game Can't Love You Back felt a little choppy so it took some time to get into the story. I loved the dual POV. It was informative being inside both Eve and Jamie's head. Seeing things in each of their perspectives helped me understand their fears and worries.I really enjoyed Eve's character. Despite being surrounded by guys she never let them intimidate her. She braved all the crap said to her face and the numerous side glances thrown her way. Eve was a tough cookie. She might have judged Jamie a little quickly but it was her competitive nature kicking in. Jamie was no different with his unfair assumptions about Eve. What I liked about him was that he owed up to everything he did. Sometimes he even took on a little more than he needed to without needing the credit.With their common interest and similar stubborn personality it wasn't hard to imagine Eve and Jamie getting together. Even though the two started off with hostility towards each other there was no denying the pull tugging them towards each other. Their shared love for baseball eventually morphed their antagonism into something more. Something better. Eve was new to the dating field so it was kind of cute to see her panic and to witness the opposite with Jamie. His smooth confidence really rounded out her inexperience. I am used to contemporary books finishing in a cute if not cheesy happily ever after so the ending of The Game Can't Love You Back kind of blindsided me. Not to say it wasn't an HEA but the story didn't feel complete? I really thought we'd see a bit more than what we got. Things felt a little unfulfilled but that could just be me.Although I prefer my endings to be more solid The Game Can't Love You Back was fun and full of girl power. Having enjoyed my first Karole Cozzo book I know it's time to pick up some of her backlist titles!
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  • Renae McKenzie
    January 1, 1970
    Ah, a YA-sports-romance. My guilty pleasure.The Game Can't Love You Back is a unique mix of cliche and breaking the mould. On the one hand, you have Jamie, your run-of-the-mill YA love interest; team captain, ladies-man, smooth-talker, and a player (both on and off the field). Then you have Eve; classic odd girl out, different-to-all-the-other-girls antagonist. But this isn't a story about "the girl to tame the player". This is about a young woman finding herself amongst all chaos that is high s Ah, a YA-sports-romance. My guilty pleasure.The Game Can't Love You Back is a unique mix of cliche and breaking the mould. On the one hand, you have Jamie, your run-of-the-mill YA love interest; team captain, ladies-man, smooth-talker, and a player (both on and off the field). Then you have Eve; classic odd girl out, different-to-all-the-other-girls antagonist. But this isn't a story about "the girl to tame the player". This is about a young woman finding herself amongst all chaos that is high school; her changing body and its effects on her athletic aspirations, new feelings and situations, the growth and change of lifelong friendships, and acknowledging character short-comings with actions for personal growth.The supporting characters, Scott and Marcella, Eve's best friends started off with some strong character building that I was excited to see where it would lead me. Sadly, the side quest between them and Eve where a bit underwhelming and underplayed. And while we did get sections of the book from Jamie's POV, he never really got his own side quest. It started off as though there were meant to be one involving his sister and general home life. Then it was basically never brought up again.Cozzo took me on a ride with this one, with pros and cons to the plot that managed to balance out the experience. This left me with a general chilled out reading sesh, making The Game Can't Love You Back a perfect book for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
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  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    I love Karole Cozzo’s writing style and once again her storytelling did not disappoint. I really loved that The Game Can’t Love You Back has very honest and realistic characters. The two main characters, Jamie and Eve, are both competitive, independent, and are dealing with their own personal issues. But what I liked about Jamie and Eve is that they are both so authentic and don’t hold back their emotions. In some young adult novels, the lack of communication always causes the worst and most ann I love Karole Cozzo’s writing style and once again her storytelling did not disappoint. I really loved that The Game Can’t Love You Back has very honest and realistic characters. The two main characters, Jamie and Eve, are both competitive, independent, and are dealing with their own personal issues. But what I liked about Jamie and Eve is that they are both so authentic and don’t hold back their emotions. In some young adult novels, the lack of communication always causes the worst and most annoying drama, but when it comes to this book, these characters hold back very little and then burst with the most straightforward answers and opinions.Additionally, I really enjoyed the romance that unfolds in The Game Can’t Love You Back. The story does have a “hate-to-love” feel, but once Jamie and Eve start connecting and interacting, there is no turning back from the heated chemistry between these two. The novel definitely reads like a teenage movie and I really enjoyed watching all the characters find their own paths. However, I do wish there was more focus on family dynamics in the book. We get some brief encounters with both characters’ families, but after the speech that Eve’s mom gives to Eve on Mother’s Day, I was craving more interaction. Plus, Jamie’s sister is shadowed in the background and I would have enjoyed some more scenes between the two siblings. Overall, I think The Game Can’t Love You Back is a hit. If you love baseball, girl power, playful rivalry, swoons, and romantic gestures, definitely give this book a read.
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  • Michelle - Firstbooklove
    January 1, 1970
    (I received a free review copy from the publisher and Xpresso Book Tours.)Book review: The game can’t love you back by Karole Cozzo (3.5 stars)“This was supposed to be the thing that would break her spirit. And if this didn’t do it… then what the hell will?”Title: The game can’t love you back Authors: Karole Cozzo Format: kindle (eARC)Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary, SportsRating: 3.5/5 stars[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) Eve is used to being the odd woman out. As the only girl on her school (I received a free review copy from the publisher and Xpresso Book Tours.)

Book review: The game can’t love you back by Karole Cozzo (3.5 stars)

“This was supposed to be the thing that would break her spirit. And if this didn’t do it… then what the hell will?”Title: The game can’t love you back Authors: Karole Cozzo Format: kindle (eARC)Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary, SportsRating: 3.5/5 stars[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) Eve is used to being the odd woman out. As the only girl on her school's baseball team, she knows exactly how to put sweaty, macho baseball players in their place, and she's focused on one thing and one thing only—being the best pitcher she can be.But when a freak accident forces her high school to be absorbed by the neighboring town, Eve has to contend with a new group of guys who aren't used to having a woman on their team. And the new team's star pitcher, Jamie, has no interest in being ousted from his throne. He can't afford to give up his starting slot to a new pitcher—even worse, to a girl.As the competition between Jamie and Eve starts to heat up, so does their attraction to each other. Can they keep their heads in the game, or will they end up getting played? (Review)(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)Eve’s plans are twarted when a accident forces her high school to be combined into the neighbouring town’s. She meets Jamie, who stands in the way of her to be the best pitcher and getting the CY Young trophy.The dual POV was really interesting as we get to see both sides to the story! The interaction between Eve and Jamie were really awkwardly cute! The overall story was really cute and Eve had a very good character arc!Definitely recommended for fans of contemporary YA novels with a enemies to lovers type of romance!
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  • Emily Ever
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book! The title is what caught my attention, because I always have a soft spot in my heart for girls who fall in love with Baseball. Literally, the game can't love you back.I appreciated Eve's determination and drive, and the fact that she got that from her mother. She was a force to be reckoned with and didn't fall into any stereotypes that often come with these books.(view spoiler)[ I'm a little wary at the ending, and her mother basically told her that it's okay to give I really enjoyed this book! The title is what caught my attention, because I always have a soft spot in my heart for girls who fall in love with Baseball. Literally, the game can't love you back.I appreciated Eve's determination and drive, and the fact that she got that from her mother. She was a force to be reckoned with and didn't fall into any stereotypes that often come with these books.(view spoiler)[ I'm a little wary at the ending, and her mother basically told her that it's okay to give it all up for a guy, but I think in a way she was right about what she said. As mentioned above, the game can't love you back. (hide spoiler)]would recommend.
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