Annie Lucas is a seventeen year old high school girl
Arizona with her father Jim, who lost his leg to cancer.
She has grown up much of her life without her mother,
which Annie is perfectly fine with. Together the two
take care of her Grandmother, who has Alzheimer's. Jim
is offered a job as a pitching coach for the Kansas City
Royals, by long time friend Frank Steadman, who has just
started as the team's General Manager. Frank wants Jim
to coach the young pitcher, Jason Brody. Jim, Annie, and
Grandma pack up and move to Missouri.
Jason Brody has a questionable past and the potential to
be a great pitcher. Where Annie has had the love and
devotion of her father, Brody has given his family so
much heartache and grief that they have basically
disowned him. Overcoming defeating odds, Brody lands a
pitching position for the Kansas City Royals. Annie's
father takes Brody on as his personal project to develop
him into a more rounded person, someone unlike Jim's own
When Annie and Brody first encounter each other, it is in
team's locker room, where her father's office is located.
Their encounter leaves them both a bit rattled. Neither
can shake the attraction that they have towards one
another and before long a forbidden romance flourishes.
My favorite part of this book is when Annie tells Brody
she is struggling with Spanish. He whispers something
Spanish in her ear during a panic attack. Not knowing
Spanish myself, use translation! You have to know what
he says to her. When the words were translated, I sighed
WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU is a mild romance, and low on
the teen angst scale, it is a really enjoyable read.
This was my first book by Julie Cross and I'm adding her
to my must read romance authors list. Her character
development was amazing, and I loved every character in
it. It was fun, quirky, moving and so beautifully sweet!
Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas's life is completely
the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new
pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she's
in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no
boys), and navigating the strange world of professional
sports. But Annie has dreams of her own—most of which
involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring
the Royals' super-hot rookie pitcher.
But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly,
and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them
both several times over. Not to mention Brody has
of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped
not smart-mouthed high school “brats” who can run the
off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her
without taking their friendship to the next level. The
thing she should be doing is falling in love.
But baseball isn't just a game. It's life. And sometimes,
can break your heart…