Eighteen-year-old Jill Cafferty just made history. Her high schools star pitcher, she is now the first woman drafted by a major league baseball team. Only days after her high school graduation, shell join the Pittsburgh Pirates Class A Short Season team . . . but not everyone is happy to have her there.On top of the pressure heaped on every pitcher, Jill must deal with defying conventions and living up to impossible expectations, all while living away from home for the first time. Shell go head-to-head against those who are determined to keep baseball an all-male sport. Despite the reassurance of coaches and managers alike, a few of her teammates are giving her trouble. The media presence following her at each game is inescapable. And to top it all off, Jill is struggling with the responsibilities of being a national hero and a role model for young women everywhere. How can she be a role model when shes not even sure she made the right choice for herself? Didnt baseball used to be fun?This literary and engrossing story of a young woman trying to mark out a place for herself in a male-dominated world will captivate fans of Friday Night Lights, The Art of Fielding, John Corey Whaley, and Laurie Halse Anderson....
|Title||:||A Season of Daring Greatly|
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A Season of Daring Greatly Reviews
(I read the ARC version of this, even though it's been out for a bit, so some things may be different in the final version?)
I'm not a baseball person. I don't particularly care about the sport and find it tedious to watch, so this book holding my interest for hours is kind of a big deal. Jill Cafferty, 18, is the first woman to get drafted for a minor league team. Jill has to deal with a whole media circus as well as animosity from fans of the game and also the people she brushes up against in h ...more
(3/15/17) Fans of Ellen Emerson White will know and love Jill from the very first page. Fierce disciple, personally competitive, quiet wit, and an introvert's gentle charm. I am not a baseball fan, but the process nerd in me loved every last page of Jill's training, mental game, and team building. I watched half a season of Pitch, despite its flaws, only to have A Season of Daring Greatly show me how this premise could have been executed with greatness. This snippet of Jill's life is wholly engr ...more
Jill is just about to graduate high school when she's drafted to the Pirates and heads off to the minors. At first, this was exactly what I wanted Pitch to be--funny, smart, showing the nitty gritty of how to build up to the majors. (By the end of the season, Pitch was exactly what I wanted it to be, too, though.) Then I got so caught up in the story and its own track that all comparisons went out the window. I loved Jill and her family, and her friendships, and how everyone felt like fully roun ...more
I really liked this! It was lacking that little bit to bump it up to five stars, but this is a very good book - and on the off chance EEW plans on adding to this universe, an even better first book. (I don't mean this in a bad way. It's a very nice standalone novel, but there's also the potential for a lot more of Jill's journey and I would personally really love to see that.)
I really liked how much this captured the real uncertainties of the minor leagues, where the reality is that most players ...more
Great story about a girl recruited as the first woman in the MLB, who realistically starts on a minor league team. Even the baseball bits were interesting to me.
I'd put in on the shelf next to Michael Grant's WWII stuff.
Being the first person to review the book on Goodreads is a big deal because if you end up not loving the story, others might think it's not worth their time either.
I was super excited about A Season of Daring Greatly mostly because I can't wait for Pitch to premiere on Fox and because I love books about women playing sports. I knew I was going to read it the moment I read the blurb and I'm still glad I did but I sadly didn't love it.
To me, the book lacked that drive which usually makes me che ...more
Great book for young adults! Inspirational, real, solid, and a must read for girls. Empowering. Authentic. If I had a daughter I would save it for her to read as a teen.
Amount read: 2 chapters, just under 10%
I like my sports novels with a strong dose of romance. While I love the concept, I'm bored by the constant details about baseball. The voice doesn't do anything for me, and I just don't like sports enough. #notforme