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Book was pretty hard to get into to begin with. Lots of back and forth and then just not super interesting to get it going. Took me about 4x as long to read as most of the other books I read as I just wasn't interested. I LOVE baseball, always have, always will and there is baseball here but without giving the end away, it is disappointing and also predictable. Definitely got an eye roll put of me when I figured out where it was going. I think baseball fans who read will initially like it but there is totally a let down factor. Wish I could say more but don't want to give away the ending. Bittersweet maybe, but disappointing definitely.
As stated, I’m not a baseball fan; but, the author drew me in and showed me a new world. The stories behind the players, their lives, their passion, and the plain facts of the game were all an education for me. The story intrigued me and I eagerly returned to reading when I had to close the book. The characters came alive under the author’s hand. For me it dragged on a little long but was still interesting enough to keep me reading. I do recommend this book for anyone. Fans will especially appreciate it. Non-fans will be introduced to something new.
I chose this because grew up in a family where in my youth and adolescence little league baseball was huge. My brother was a superb pitcher, his close friend a superb catcher. Those were days of focus and excitement for our family. I was disappointed to read of the ‘underside’ of the sport. Am not sure I wasn’t clearly aware of this before - guess I wanted to ignore so as to not diminish the excitement of the game. Reading the book brought back some good memories as well as not so uplifting realizations.
Stevens is a good writer, and this book flies by. An interesting concept with perhaps a little too much sappiness and fantasy for what would otherwise be a realistic possibility for a plot. Still, nice to have baseball front and center.
I am a baseball fan and found this story very enjoyable. However, the truly sparse development of Ryder's psychological and emotional issues negatively impacts on the level of interest for non-fans of the game. I was hoping that these areas might be more fully developed.
A really exciting baseball story submerged in an excess of introspection, tedious repetition and never ending soul searching. A mixed bag of characters, some real, some really not with dialogue equally diverse. I loved the baseball and managed through the rest