Girls of Summer (Girls of Summer, #5)
The first four books of the Girls of Summer series introduced Emma Blakeley and Jamie Maxwell, two athletes with bright soccer futures. Now, in Girls of Summer, the US Women's National Team (USWNT) is in its final round of preparations before the 2015 World Cup. For Jamie, a starting spot on the World Cup roster would be a dream come true. For Emma, the summer of 2015 offers a chance at redemption. Will both women see their lifelong hopes and dreams realized? And can their relationship withstand the intense scrutiny of the outside world? To find out where this crucial summer takes Jamie and Emma, check out the latest installment in the story of their lives, loves, and would-be world championships in Girls of Summer, book five of the bestselling series.

Girls of Summer (Girls of Summer, #5) Details

TitleGirls of Summer (Girls of Summer, #5)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 6th, 2019
PublisherSecond Growth Books
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GenreSports and Games, Sports, Romance, Family

Girls of Summer (Girls of Summer, #5) Review

  • Lexxi Kitty
    January 1, 1970
    Even though this is a recap of what occurred during the 2015 Women’s World Cup, the sports action was still quite thrilling to read. Especially those games with meat in their descriptions (I mean, at least two games were just completely skipped over with a little bit of thinking after the fact about what happened – they played a game, that night they rest/exercise/etc., next chapter starts after the next two group play games occur (course not much happened in those two games, scoring wise, but . Even though this is a recap of what occurred during the 2015 Women’s World Cup, the sports action was still quite thrilling to read. Especially those games with meat in their descriptions (I mean, at least two games were just completely skipped over with a little bit of thinking after the fact about what happened – they played a game, that night they rest/exercise/etc., next chapter starts after the next two group play games occur (course not much happened in those two games, scoring wise, but . . . still)).Had a slight worry when the book opened and Ella and Jaime were examining apartments together. I didn’t remember the main characters having those names. Hmms. Had a fear that maybe I did not remember this series well enough to continue, until Jaime started talking on the phone with her girlfriend, Emma. Ah yes, Emma and Jaime, I remember them.Right, so – book opens with Jaime and Emma still girlfriends (those who’ve read the series know this isn’t always the case with these two). Which reminds me and kills this paragraph.This is the fifth book in the Girls of Summer series. A) This book and the series have the same name, is this a combination of all of the previous books? No, it’s a continuation of the series, presumably what all of the previous books have been working up to; B) This book is the fifth book in a series, but really – I can read this by itself, right? I’d not recommend doing that, reading this as a stand-alone. No, I’d advise reading this series in order from the beginning. Even if you do not normally read young adult books (first book finds the two leads as ‘kids’, teenagers, they ‘rapidly’ age as the series continues, to this book here wherein the two mains are . . . hmms, 29 (Emma) and the other is roughly 26 (Jaime)).Back to whatever I was writing before.This book follows Jaime and Emma as the team plays a few (3) friendly matches against international opponents before heading off to Canada to participate in the 2015 World Cup. And then proceeds to move from that through the final. With the book closing more or less in the middle of the after tour. Fun book to read. Certain amount of angst here or there (other players and their mothers; Jaime and her mother; Emma and her dead father; vague hints of such between Emma and Jaime (with Emma revealing even more things she’d lied about to Jaime over the years).Emma comes out of her shell a little more (she has fears of public displays of affection; and fears about coming out – a certain growth on both matters occurs over the course of the book); Jaime matures a little more (she can be hotheaded at times).In terms of things of a sexual nature: I remember squealing, or repressed squealing, while in a room near family but that might have been a different book I read recently. What I do recall that occurred within this book: the feeling that a specific moment in time would be a perfect moment to *falls asleep* (not me, the character). As in, there’s one moment where they are free from roommates and Federation rules, but . . . they are super tired.Rating: 4.88July 19 2019
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  • CLo
    January 1, 1970
    A nice addition to the series. This one focus a little more about the team dynamic than just Jamie and Emma. It also is surrounded by the SCOTUS gay marriage law passed. And finally, FINALLY, the World Cup games. While do I enjoy that the book did circle around equality, I do wonder if the setting of the World Cup would have been better bl held in the US than Canada. I personally don't know what Canada's laws are regarding gay marriage so I am not sure how they and even other countries would fee A nice addition to the series. This one focus a little more about the team dynamic than just Jamie and Emma. It also is surrounded by the SCOTUS gay marriage law passed. And finally, FINALLY, the World Cup games. While do I enjoy that the book did circle around equality, I do wonder if the setting of the World Cup would have been better bl held in the US than Canada. I personally don't know what Canada's laws are regarding gay marriage so I am not sure how they and even other countries would feel about it. Just a thought.Anyways, the story was a good addition like I said. Not a lot of drama like the others but then again the focus was on the World Cup. The next series I am sure will hold promise of drama with the media and the whole team stepping out of the soccer bubble. Really looking forward to that one!
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    Finally, we are going to Canada for the World Cup. This book centers around the World Cup. The last preparations and then all the games till the final. Even though most everybody knew how the US team played in 2015, it was very entertaining to witness the road to and in Canada. I loved that it has more soccer in this installment than in the previous books.It gives some insight into team preparations and rules during team time, even if it isn’t exactly like this. I never played sport as a pro, on Finally, we are going to Canada for the World Cup. This book centers around the World Cup. The last preparations and then all the games till the final. Even though most everybody knew how the US team played in 2015, it was very entertaining to witness the road to and in Canada. I loved that it has more soccer in this installment than in the previous books.It gives some insight into team preparations and rules during team time, even if it isn’t exactly like this. I never played sport as a pro, only just as an amateur, but I can imagen, that the rules sometimes are not that easy especially you are involved with a team member.I very much like Christie's writing style and I love the composition of the stories from book one to five. Emma and Jamie are amazing and all the secondary characters, like team members and the national team staff bringing so much depth and also fun to the stories. Especially the good friends Ellie and Britt. Normally I like a book more when there is a lot of one to one talking than a great amount of time in the head of the MCs, but in this series it makes sense. To feel the uncertainty if you make the roster or not and if your body can cope with all the pressure of constantly training and competing and playing on this high level. And at the same time figure out the long-distance-relationship with the love of your life.I hope the series will continue after watching the amazing World Cup in France, I want more of this team. Recommended to all the sport romance fans out thereMy rating 4.5 stars
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  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    First things first: It has been all I had hoped for. Obviously perfectly timed release. Half of the book is spend at the world cup tournament. So I feel like this book had more soccer in it than the others in the series. But it was never boring. Only thing I have to mention as negative is: I had a really hard time getting through the game against Germany. I mean they don't even get a PK or a corner goal? Seriously? That's like where they usually always score. But to be fair, I see that I might h First things first: It has been all I had hoped for. Obviously perfectly timed release. Half of the book is spend at the world cup tournament. So I feel like this book had more soccer in it than the others in the series. But it was never boring. Only thing I have to mention as negative is: I had a really hard time getting through the game against Germany. I mean they don't even get a PK or a corner goal? Seriously? That's like where they usually always score. But to be fair, I see that I might have just noticed that because I am biased as a German. 😂 So I can't hold that against the book. This book has been in my opinion a great continuation for the series. I even hope the series doesn't end here.
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  • Della
    January 1, 1970
    The USA team plays at the 2015 World Cup from coast to coast in Canada. I enjoyed this book even though it felt written in a bullet point manner. It missed having a natural flow. I am a huge soccer fan and followed Every game of the World Cup since 1991 when it started. Reading about the games brought back a lot of fond memories. I was not impressed with the Canadian team bashing in the novel. They were unfairly represented. All the other teams were written from a base of respect.3 stars
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  • Ty
    January 1, 1970
    Kate Christie is one of my favorite writers. Her prose is excellent, and I appreciate how she allows her readers to get to know the characters so well, and allows her readers to go on a journey along with those characters. The first two books in this series are both excellent, because they do just that. I am less enamored with books three, four, and five. For me, they felt like pure exposition, just a description of what the characters were experiencing on their journey to the World Cup. There w Kate Christie is one of my favorite writers. Her prose is excellent, and I appreciate how she allows her readers to get to know the characters so well, and allows her readers to go on a journey along with those characters. The first two books in this series are both excellent, because they do just that. I am less enamored with books three, four, and five. For me, they felt like pure exposition, just a description of what the characters were experiencing on their journey to the World Cup. There was little character growth. The weight of the exposition was even heavier because Christie’s characters were just walking the exact same path the USWNT did in 2015, so readers who are soccer fans already know what’s going to happen. That’s especially true of this 5th book, which is mostly just a recap of the 2015 tournament, with fictional characters mimicking what the real players did. Most other writers would have gotten a lower rating from me for a storyline like that, but again Christie’s strength with her writing, along with the fondness I developed for these characters in earlier works, made it a decently enjoyable reading experience. I look forward to whatever Christie writes next, which I will certainly purchase immediately and devour with glee.
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  • Keian Eli
    January 1, 1970
    Omg!!!! Totally LUVED IT!! I knew they won, yet it felt like going through it again, winning the cup that is!! It was also made better because the Team had won yesterday, I had just finished the audio book like 10 minutes before book 5 was released, and of course , Cup #4 was JUST WON!!!!!!!!!! These women in the GoS series are amazing, and not just #BlakeWell, they do Rock and I Totally luv them!! But the cast of this series are amazing! Kate has pulled fiction from non-fiction in such an amazi Omg!!!! Totally LUVED IT!! I knew they won, yet it felt like going through it again, winning the cup that is!! It was also made better because the Team had won yesterday, I had just finished the audio book like 10 minutes before book 5 was released, and of course , Cup #4 was JUST WON!!!!!!!!!! These women in the GoS series are amazing, and not just #BlakeWell, they do Rock and I Totally luv them!! But the cast of this series are amazing! Kate has pulled fiction from non-fiction in such an amazing combination. Jamie and Emma are good for each other, and they're struggles are making them stronger!! So when is Book 6 coming out??
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  • Maz Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Great bookI really love this book. I started reading the series around the beginning of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, so it was good to understand what the players were going through. I love the way it is a book of fiction but the author has stayed true to the facts for the score lines and the main news item at the time.Perfect book for and lesbian sports fans.
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