A Season of Daring Greatly – Ellen Emerson White

What a great, inspirational story! Jill Cafferty is remarkable. Her story seemed absolutely realistic in such an unlikely scenario. I’ve never been a big baseball fan, but I already know I’d be obsessed with this kind of situation in real life. Jill, you’re a rockstar and you absolutely MUST go into politics when you retire from professional sports!

Synopsis

Eighteen-year-old Jill Cafferty just made history. Her high school’s star pitcher, she is now the first woman drafted by a major league baseball team. Only days after her high school graduation, she’ll 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. She’ll 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 she’s not even sure she made the right choice for herself? Didn’t 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.

Review

What a great, inspirational story! Jill Cafferty is remarkable. Her story seemed absolutely realistic in such an unlikely scenario. I’ve never been a big baseball fan, but I already know I’d be obsessed with this kind of situation in real life. Jill, you’re a rockstar and you absolutely MUST go into politics when you retire from professional sports!

This book was a feminist manifesto hidden behind a fun and inspirational story. It brings up public perception, prejudice, and a myriad of other challenges. There’s so much pressure involved in representing not just yourself, but an entire group of people. And nobody’s perfect. It reminds me a lot of Rachel Lindsay, the current bachelorette, who happens to be the first African-American lead since the series’ inception. If the world were a less judgmental place, we’d all be better off for it.

Would a romance have made this story better? To be honest, I was hoping for some Jill-and-Scott cuteness. Hector was fine I guess, and Marcus helped handle that situation gracefully.

But at the end of the day, this is the story of someone remarkable who’s going on to do the things she loves and excels at. I eagerly anticipate the day this happens in real life, whether it be in baseball or somewhere else (hockey? A girl can dream!).

Related Reading

  • Stealing Parker – Miranda Kenneally
  • Catching Jordan – Miranda Kenneally
  • Shredded – Karen Avivi

Rating: 5/5 

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