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Keeping Score by [Deise, Jami]
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About the Author

A lifelong resident of Maryland, Jami Deise recently moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, along with her husband Tom, son Alex, and dog Lady. A baseball mom for over 10 years, “Keeping Score” is her first novel. Jami is an associate reviewer at www.chicklitcentral.com and blogs at www.jamideise.blogspot.com. Follow her on Twitter @JamiDeise.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 869 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,583,860 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Select baseball’s a small town. Everyone knows everyone else’s business.” (p. 163).

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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This was a fun, breezy book about a mom with a job, friends and an annoying ex-husband whose son throws a monkey wrench into her life by wanting to play select baseball. It's not just about the game, but all the practices, the private lessons, and the politics. The author has a direct writing style that makes it sound like Shannon, the main character, is just talking to the reader. Shannon is really likeable and funny and has some great lines. Sam seems like a real 9-year-old, one minute wanting stories and the next wanting to be left alone. If you like baseball, you'll love this book, but even if you don't, it's still a fun read.
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I was gifted this book for a fair and honest review. This book is about Shannon and her 9 year old son Sam and the traveling baseball league that he joins, in this story she is trying to juggle work getting Sam to his games and the tournaments. This is a very light hearted and fun read, the author has a great writing style. If you are in the mood for a fun book then pick this up you will not regret it.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 57 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable characters and a delicious read! 5 Oct. 2013
By Dmong57 - Published on Amazon.com
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Jamie Deise certainly knows a thing or two about the game of baseball and the politics of Little League. She shares this with us in KEEPING SCORE a very funny yet heart warming story about single mom, Shannon Stevens, her 9 year old son, Sam, and their experience with a summer baseball "travel" team. I enjoyed Jamie's interesting characters, sharp dialogue, witty/wicked sense of humor and the tension she creates both on and off the baseball field. This is a story about relationships and only a few worth KEEPING. You will root for Shannon to come away from this experience with her head held high and for Sam to remain untarnished.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an Enjoyable Read! 31 July 2013
By Stars In The Sky - Published on Amazon.com
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What an enjoyable read! Don't worry - you don't have to be a divorced, baseball-obsessed mom like Shannon Stevens to find pleasure in this well-paced, engaging novel. You will meet Shannon's friends (and sometimes enemies), her helpful neighbor (who had the nerve to get engaged!), her ex-husband (who she doesn't want back!), her co-workers and her son's assorted coaches.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read - even if you're not a sports-parent! 4 Dec. 2013
By JackieB - Published on Amazon.com
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I've never been a mom, so have never had to endure the horror/joy of watching my kid compete at sports, but I've heard the stories my brother used to tell about some of the crazy parents when he coached his sons' baseball teams. Well, those "crazy parents" come to vivid life in this story about a mother and her 9-yr-old's summer of travel baseball. The story takes an up-close look at what happens to friendships when we turn healthy competition into the not-so-healthy kind! (As a competitive person myself, I could relate to the not-so-healthy competitive sides of many of the characters, which translate across all kinds of "competition", not just sports.)

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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging story, believable characters 1 Aug. 2013
By SimplyLauraKB - Published on Amazon.com
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I meant to just start this book last night, but wound up staying up until 2 am to finish it. My kids are too young for me to have encountered the 'sports mom' world, but the author paints such a vivid picture that now I feel like I've lived it. But what resonated most with me was the pride and sorrow the main character, Shannon, feels as she watches her son start to grow up and become more independent of her. Sam grows and matures throughout the story, and Shannon's struggle at witnessing his hurts and challenges is very believable. Thanks for a great read!
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding balance from the baseball bleachers 16 Aug. 2013
By Deb Nam-Krane - Published on Amazon.com
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How does Shannon Stevens do it all? With a little help from her friends, both logistically and emotionally. That's the only way a divorced working mom with a semi-hellish commute is able to provide a happy childhood for her sweet son Sam. Fortunately, the sons of the mothers she's close to are also friends with Sam. By the time the story opens, Shannon has perfected the balancing act that is her life and allows her to put up with the self-righteous boss who doesn't think family is a good enough reason to call in sick when needed.

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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