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For Sam’s mother, Shannon, it’s all about getting him the opportunities to excel. If that means Sam gets more pitching practice and coaching time and is better than many of the other baseball mom’s kids, then all the better. Summer is fast approaching and Sam wants to try out for travel baseball. Both Sam and his mother will discover that there’s more competition off the field than on it and that baseball has its own set of politics and unfairness. All Sam wants to do is play, but what does Shannon really want? What is she willing to do and to let go of for her son?
Even though I don’t have kids and have never played baseball, I could relate to the mother in this book. She had her ups and downs. She was harried and busy. Sometimes she didn’t even have time to properly eat or sleep. The way she complains about anything that went wrong was hilarious and always in perspective of her son’s happiness. She was an endearing, yet flawed, character.
There were some great one line zingers in this book. Like, “Sometimes relationships you think are friendships turn out to be tools only to get you through the week.” (Page 222) and, “At least with sports, the competition was direct and the winners and losers obvious.” (Page 235).
Keeping Score was like Ready Player One and its constant over-the-head 80’s pop and game references but with technical baseball terms and lingo. Much of this went over my head and I focused in on the story and the relationships between the characters. The technical baseball terms and phrases did not detract from the story being told.
This book is for mothers everywhere, especially anyone who knows anything about baseball. Also for those who want to know precisely what it’s like to be a sports mom or anyone who wants to read a fast-paced fun book about mothers, baseball, and the highly competitive nature of parenting.
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As a lead character, Shannon is both confident (quick to defend her son and co-workers with bold, witty comebacks that you wish you had the guts to say) and yet quietly vulnerable as she tries to find her place amongst a new team of baseball moms and deals with her baby boy growing up. Despite her flaws, Shannon is someone you will want to spend more time with and will want her to be happy.
Of course, romance is scattered throughout to keep it interesting for readers like me. The writing style encourages a quick read and the dialog is very natural and believable.
One thing I really liked about this story was the adults are often learning the best way to behave from the kids - as often happens in life. Also, this is not just your run-of-the-mill "rag-tag team goes on a miracle run to win the series" story. It's so much more than that and a great satirical look at sports parents. I will definitely read more from this author!
When something is so carefully balanced, one domino falling can send the rest of them crashing down surprisingly quickly. The worst of all is when her best friend lies to her about an opportunity for her son and then defends herself. Before she knows it, Shannon is left virtually friendless- and paying hundreds of dollars more for childcare.
But is it all worth it if Sam has opportunities in a sport he loves? Even if it is, what's to stop Shannon from turning into "one of those" moms- self-reflection, studied indifference, or an unexpected new friend who might be the breath of fresh air she needs? And oh yeah: what about that hot baseball coach who can't talk to her without setting off a fresh round of whispering among the other baseball moms?
These were serious topics, but Shannon's sense of humor found me laughing out loud. I also found myself screaming at the screen at several points; warning: don't give someone a first kiss when you might be a little drunk. I also gasped after I read one scene; I think most parents will too.
This definitely has a happy ending, but not everything is wrapped up in a tidy bow. Perfect, because neither are most people's lives.
Recommended for fans of baseball and chick lit.
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