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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Till Victory Press (21 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983502951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983502951
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,609,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caryn Rose is a Brooklyn-based writer and photographer who documents New York City, rock and roll, and Major League Baseball. Her first novel, B-sides and Broken Hearts, was published in 2011, followed by the non-fiction work Raise Your Hand: Adventures of an American Springsteen Fan In Europe in September of 2012. Her second novel, A Whole New Ballgame, was published in 2014, followed by her non-fiction anthology of baseball writing, One Girl, One Team, One City: The Best of metsgrrl.com. Her favorite road trip song of all time is "Going Mobile" by the Who. You can find her work online at jukeboxgraduate.com and on Twitter at @carynrose.


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By BigAl on 26 April 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
If you’re one of those women who isn’t much into sports or at least not baseball, you might be tempted to skip past this book. I’m not much of a sporty guy myself, so I understand. But in skipping it you’ll miss out on a good story that just happens to have baseball as a backdrop. Plus, you’ll find you have more in common with Laurie, the protagonist, than you think. You might not understand some of the references to specific players, but they aren’t important to the story. (I don’t know who they are either.) Maybe you’ll understand the music and band references better. (Those, I got, but they’re also unimportant.)

At its heart, A Whole New Ballgame is a coming of age story. Although Laurie is an adult, living on her own, established in her career, and much more “grown-up” than many of her peers, the struggles she goes through and the lessons she learns take her through the next level of growth. I found myself struggling with her as she faced some tough decisions, upset, when she was, and even gaining a small appreciation of baseball, even if I’m not planning to run out to the ballpark on opening day.
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A great read--hard to put down and over far too soon! 25 Feb. 2014
By msdodgrblu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
You don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this book, though if you are, you'll enjoy reading it that much more. Ms. Rose perfectly blends her love of music and baseball with artful storytelling to create the compelling story of Laurie, a young woman who opens her world wide when she discovers a fascination and love for baseball. Ms. Rose details Laurie's journey quickly and smoothly, with no need for artificial devices to compel the story forward. You meet relatable characters about whom you'll truly care. These are people I would actually want to hang out with. (You may even find yourself wanting to debate issues with them yourself--like whether or not it's possible to be a fan of more than one team, and whether being a fan of U2 is a sufficient reason alone to hate Coldplay.) When you reach the last page (which comes far too soon), you may even find yourself curious about what happens in the characters' future. The settings are skillfully and pretty accurately depicted: if you've been to these places, the story may lead you on your own side-trip through your memories. It's a great story, and a fun read. Buy it: you won't be sorry!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
You Don’t Have to Enjoy Baseball to Enjoy this Book 11 Feb. 2014
By Cyn D - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
In “A Whole New Ball Game” Caryn Rose has created characters that you actually want to spend time with, even if you don’t have any interest in going to a baseball game. The worst thing I can say about the book is that it doesn’t go on longer because the main characters are so interesting to continue reading their story would have been a joy. Rose has written a novel that delves into relationships without using schmaltz or tropes to get her characters from point A to point B…and she makes it worth your while to invest your time in each character she introduces. Rose can also paint a picture with words that will stay in your mind for a while. For a native New Yorker, she nailed the descriptions and atmosphere of Boston as well as any Bostonian would. If you want to read an entertaining tale of love and life mixed in with a little bit of baseball, “A Whole New Ball Game” is waiting for you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Whole New Ballgame 26 April 2014
By BigAl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
If you’re one of those women who isn’t much into sports or at least not baseball, you might be tempted to skip past this book. I’m not much of a sporty guy myself, so I understand. But in skipping it you’ll miss out on a good story that just happens to have baseball as a backdrop. Plus, you’ll find you have more in common with Laurie, the protagonist, than you think. You might not understand some of the references to specific players, but they aren’t important to the story. (I don’t know who they are either.) Maybe you’ll understand the music and band references better. (Those, I got, but they’re also unimportant.)

At its heart, A Whole New Ballgame is a coming of age story. Although Laurie is an adult, living on her own, established in her career, and much more “grown-up” than many of her peers, the struggles she goes through and the lessons she learns take her through the next level of growth. I found myself struggling with her as she faced some tough decisions, upset, when she was, and even gaining a small appreciation of baseball, even if I’m not planning to run out to the ballpark on opening day.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Whole New Ballgame; Caryn Rose Hits It Out Of The Park! 9 April 2014
By Sharon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A Whole New Ballgame is the story of Laurie, a young woman who lives in Boston and is involved with a Philadelphia-based rock musician. The story evolves, taking Laurie to Philadelphia where circumstances take her to Citizens Bank Ballpark, and eventually to the world of baseball fandom. It is an entertaining and quick read that respects the game of baseball with real insight into how a fan is born. Primarily set during the 2006 season, baseball fans will recognize the events that are based on actual games (and Mets fans will eventually recognize many inside references). A Whole New Ballgame is a thoroughly enjoyable book, and will be the perfect companion during trips to the beach or train rides to the ballpark this summer.
Wake Up and Smell the Cracker Jack 19 April 2014
By Marc Dolan - Published on Amazon.com
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Caryn Rose's second novel is as delightful as her first (B-Sides and Broken Hearts), offering readers another immersive plunge into a fascinating subculture. If the novelist's primary responsibility is, as Melville suggested, to build a brand new world to which we feel the tie, Rose has done that in A Whole New Ballgame, creating the utterly plausible trio of Laurie Nicholson, Eric Morris, and Peter Ellis, who do what many of us wish we could do in our wildest dreams: travel around the United States seeing baseball, eating local food specialties, and visiting some of the best local museums. There is a love pentagon, an insider's view of East Coast rock 'n' roll, and a shrewd limning of the life of a twentysomething whitecollar worker circa 2006, but what most impresses is the ongoing explanation and enjoyment of the wonderful sport of baseball. One of the greatest tricks a writer can do is to explain simply and clearly what s/he understands in incredible detail, and Rose does that deftly here. [It's even more impressive that she does so much of this through a protagonist who starts out knowing virtually nothing about baseball, when Rose herself (aka @metsgrrl) is so ridiculously knowledgeable herself.]
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