The Game Can’t Love You Back, Karole Cozzo

The Game Can't Love You Back, Karole Cozzo

The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo is full of swoons and baseball, making it perfect for spring. As a fan of books about sports, the enemies to lovers trope, strong female characters, and Karole Cozzo, The Game Can’t Love You Back just screams recipe for success. This book is empowering and follows the story of the only female athlete on a school baseball team. It is both cute and significant, and it lived up to my every expectation.

The Game Can’t Love You Back, Karole CozzoTitle: The Game Can't Love You Back
Author: Karole Cozzo
Also by this author: How to Say I Love You Out Loud
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: May 15, 2018
Rating: four-half-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Eve is used to being the odd woman out. As the only girl on her school’s baseball team, she knows exactly how to put sweaty, macho baseball players in their place, and she’s focused on one thing and one thing only—being the best pitcher she can be.

But when a freak accident forces her high school to be absorbed by the neighboring town, Eve has to contend with a new group of guys who aren’t used to having a woman on their team. And the new team’s star pitcher, Jamie, has no interest in being ousted from his throne. He can’t afford to give up his starting slot to a new pitcher—even worse, to a girl.

As the competition between Jamie and Eve starts to heat up, so does their attraction to each other. Can they keep their heads in the game, or will they end up getting played?

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo

❀ A Powerful Feminist Message

This book tells the story of two school baseball teams who end up merging after an accident at one of the schools. Eve is especially unhappy about the situation, and she has to adjust once again to being the only girl on the team. Things get more complicated as she earns herself a new rival and a new competitor for a trophy. This is a story about sports rivalry but also teamwork, and it shows what baseball is truly about. I loved the alternating perspectives and the enemies to lovers trope. As well, I haven’t read very many books about female athletes, and this is absolutely something I would love to see more of. Overall, this is a story with a powerful feminist message that I would definitely recommend.

❀ Enjoyable Narrator

I adored Eve’s character throughout the book. She is so hardcore and doesn’t tolerate any sexism. As the only girl on the baseball team, she deals with a lot of oppression and people who consider her as less, but she works ten times as hard to prove herself. Honestly, she has some selfish moments, but that makes her more believable. Eve’s dedication to sports is admirable, and having her as a narrator was so enjoyable.

❀ A great message

The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo is a drama-filled sports book with a passionate main character. There is a great message, and Eve is so inspiring. I am so glad to report that Karole Cozzo has done it again!

About Karole Cozzo

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Karole lives outside of Philadelphia, PA with her loving husband, exuberant little girl, and smiley little boy. She adores YA Romance, because it would be awesome if life in general had a requisite feel-good happy ending rule. Vices include obscene Haribo gummy consumption, addiction to Starbucks NF vanilla lattes, and tendency to hoard Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles.

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