As king of baseball in the small town of Lewis Creek, Eric Perry can have any girl he wants and win every game he plays. But when a fight lands him in jail, he’s only got one more strike before his baseball career is over for good. His only chance for redemption? The girl next door, Bri Johnson.
Bri hasn’t talked to Eric in months—for starters, she’s been too busy dealing with her jerk of an ex-boyfriend, not to mention the fact that Eric’s been preoccupied trying to drink every keg in the country dry. But when he needs a way to stay on the team, she proposes a plan: if he helps her out with community service, he can stay on the team. At first it’s a nightmare—Eric and Bri stopped being friends years ago, surely that was for a good reason, right? But as volunteering turns to bonding over old memories of first kisses under the stars, they start to have trouble remembering what pushed them apart.
In a town as small as Lewis Creek, nothing stays secret for long and their friendship and romance might mean bad news. But in this final, tumultuous spring before graduation, Eric and Bri are about to realize that nobody’s perfect alone, but they might just be perfect together.
|Eric Perry and Bri Johnson have lived next door to each other for years. Now their senior year in high school is changing for both. For Eric, he is dealing with his own pressure that he is putting on himself as becoming the baseball teams starting pitcher. Still, this does not account for all of his drinking and the trouble that he has been getting in. Bri, on the other hand, has been dating the star center fielder who also happens to be a jerk and that has just taken her awhile to figure it out. After seeing Eric one night drunk she gives him a ride home so he does not get in trouble and wonders what happens to the time when they were friends. After the ride, the next day she has to put up with her boyfriend’s verbal snide, so she breaks up with him. The problem is he won’t let. Later when he starts something at a local restaurant Eric steps in and they fight. Afterwards, Bri steps in with the coach because he was doing it on her behalf and he now must spend Saturdays at a community center. His parents also found out about all of his other troubles and besides being grounded he had to clean the chapel his father is the preacher at. The good thing about this story is for teens it shows overcoming your insecurities and also how you can reconnect with the friends you had when you were younger. They worked through their problems both helping each other. This story also dealt with today’s issues for young people in bullying through cell phones, and how friends of one, because that person is more popular, can make the other person’s life miserable. A very good story with good characters and a good story line. Overall a very good book. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave this book 4 stars. Follow us atwww.1rad-readerreviews.com|