March 17th, 2012 by Karen
Even though I’m ridiculously wrinkly old compared to you guys, I still remember how terrified I felt on the first day of high school. Luckily, I already knew a lot of the other students from my middle school, but it was still pretty nerve-wracking. I can’t imagine how I’d feel if on top of that, my vision for high school was completely crumbling all around me…
Actually, I can imagine it, because that’s exactly what happens to Pete in Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick.
Pete and his best friend, AJ, have always been the star pitchers and catchers at their school, and they fully expect to dominate high school as superstar athletes. But then Pete gets injured and learns he can never play baseball again. But how can he break the news to AJ when he can barely accept it himself?
On top of that, Pete’s beloved grandfather is starting to act weird, sometimes zoning out in the middle of conversation or forgetting even the most basic parts of his life.
Between his fading baseball glory and his grandfather’s troubling behavior, it’s lucky for Pete that he meets the super cute and supportive Angelika on the first day of school — and that they get partnered up in advanced photography class.
If you’ve read any of Jordan Sonnenblick’s other books, all the pieces of Curveball may seem pretty familiar, especially compared to Notes from the Midnight Driver. A dude with major upheaval in his personal life? Check. An elderly guy who imparts wisdom? Check. A feisty friend/love interest? Check and check.
But don’t get me wrong — as the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” As a fan of Sonnenblick’s other books, I completely enjoyed Curveball. It delivered exactly what I wanted — and even exceeded expectations! Pete, his family, and his friends seem totally real, and there are both really touching moments and LOL-funny parts. (Added bonus: San from Zen and the Art of Faking It is one of Pete’s classmates!)
I know a bunch of you have read Sonnenblick’s other books. Have any of you read this one yet? Leave a comment with your thoughts or submit a review!