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Peek Inside Whatever Life Throws At You

When seventeen-year-old track star Annie Lucas's dad starts mentoring nineteen-year-old baseball rookie phenom, Jason Brody, Annie’s convinced she knows his type—arrogant, bossy, and most likely not into high school girls. But as they grow closer, Annie learns...

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Sometimes you throw the heat. Sometimes you just feel it…

Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas’s life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she’s living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own—most of which involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring the Royals’ super-hot rookie pitcher.

But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school “brats” who can run the pants off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love.

But baseball isn’t just a game. It’s life. And sometimes, it can break your heart…


“Julie Cross’ writing is so addictive that you will be instantly hooked. I fell in love with Jason Brody!”—Amanda Pedulla of Stuck in YA Books

“Julie Cross once again delivers with this swoon-worthy, laugh-out-romance between a sexy rookie baseball player and the new coach’s daughter.”—Yara Santos of Once Upon a Twilight

Whatever Life Throws at You is a perfect story about growing up and the hardships you’ll uncover no matter what profession you choose. It’s filled with laughs, heartbreaks, tears, suspense, and plenty of romance.”—Jessica Reigle of Step Into Fiction

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622662999
Release Date: Oct 7, 2014
Page Count: 384
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, multi-cultural, young adult
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits, friends to lovers, mistaken identity, overcoming odds

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By Pearl June 05, 2016

4.5 Jason Brody Stars!

This book makes me want to read more sports romance books. It's a Young-Adult-slash-New-Adult read that is all kinds of cute and adorable. I enjoyed every bit of it not just because everything was swoony but because the book also depicts life lessons and narrates a touching fa ...more

By Amy | Foxy Blogs November 03, 2014

4.5 baseball stars!

"Where's that story?"


A forbidden romance blossoms betweens Annie who is a 17 year old high school girl and Brody who is 19 year old baseball player for the Kansas City Royals. Annie, has grown up without a mom but instead with the love and devotion of her father. Brody, on the oth ...more

By Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always March 22, 2016

Four things you'll absolutely love about Whatever Life Throws at You:

1. Annie was such a fantabulous protagonist. She was a responsible young woman who didn't whine or bitch about her life problems. At times, she was also pretty feisty and sassy, which made her character totally relatable. I als ...more

By Grace (LovingDemBooks) December 18, 2017

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I received a finished edition of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

3.5 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below).I fo ...more

By FMABookReviews August 20, 2015

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I loved this book! Color me impressed! I don't know if this author spent time in Missouri, specifically Kansas City, or just did her research, but this is the first book I have read that didn't make me cringe. (I am sure there are more out there, I just haven't found them.) From the weather - wh ...more

By Reanell September 01, 2014

Wow. This book. AMAZING!

I'm going to try my best at putting words together to tell you how much I loved this book. I just want to scream at everyone and say READ THIS BOOK!! That should work right? LOL.

Life loves a good curveball....Isn't that the truth?

Annie Lucas is a seventeen year old girl who l ...more

By Paula M March 18, 2015

You can also read my review HERE.



Still not sure but what I'm sure is... I LOVE THIS BOOK. I DO. OMG WITH ALL MY HEART!!! Which is a surprise because have you seen the reviews of the author's other books? Yeah that's why my expectation wasn't that high. This book definitely surprised me. 

Annie i ...more

By Jenny - TotallybookedBlog November 29, 2014



“You are intimidatingly handsome. I’m just now getting used to looking at you.”
“And you are intimidatingly pretty.”

This standalone coming of age story was so sweet, so cute yet moving and just what I needed at the time. It wasn’t overly angsty, the characters won ...more

By Jaclyn March 26, 2017



"You are intimidatingly handsome. I'm just now getting used to looking at you."
"And you are intimidatingly pretty."

Really loved this one! It follows 17 year old Annie who's father become a baseball coach set to train super hot 19 year old Jason Brody! It's a sto ...more

By Fran November 03, 2014

Athletes are definitely my favorite type of heroes so when it comes to sports reads, I may be a little biased in my ratings. This book is especially a pleasant surprise because I am already missing the World Series, which just recently ended, and the Kansas City Royals had a dream run before losing ...more

By Claire May 22, 2015

4 - I don't know when this happened... I know for sure... I've developed a big fat crush on Jason Brody. Stars.

Julie Cross is the queen of NA in my opinion. Her stories are full of life, love and laughter and although not full of overly descriptive sexy times, her books still offer the reader bucket ...more

By Dai November 22, 2016

Me gustó. Mucho, mucho.

Es una historia sencilla, sin muchos dramas pero con unos personajes tan lindos que es imposible no enamorarse.

Amé a Brody. En serio, ¿Dónde firmo para conseguir uno como él? No importa si no es beisbolista, acepto de otras disciplinas jajaja

Annie actúa como una niña en ocas ...more

By Allison October 08, 2014

Am I going soft? I feel like I've been stumbling upon a lot of awesome reads lately! I had really been looking forward to this book. I fell in love with Julie Cross's writing when I read Third Degree earlier this year and couldn't wait for her next novel. I'm happy to say that I loved Whatever Life ...more

By Jaime July 12, 2015

I think I can tell you that Whatever Life Throws At You may in fact make it on to my top reads of the year list. I feel confident in saying that even though it is only September.

To be honest, this book wasn’t even on my radar until I logged into Instagram one day and noticed a picture of the cover ...more

By Juhina February 08, 2015

4.5/5 stars

I need more NA books just like this one! I love the baseball theme and I love Jason Brody and Annie <3 ...more

I haven't read a sport-centered romance in almost forever. So, when I saw that two of my favorite bloggers, Siiri and Danielle, had loved it, I was quick to purchase my own copy of Whatever Life Throws At You. I'm so glad I listened to them because this was such a sweet read.

Annie, the protagonist, ...more

I have all these great reads from last year unreviewed and I'm not entirely sure why? In any case, this is another favorite of mine from last year. It's more on the fluffy side, but it's such a great story with:

*mature characters;
*it features one of my favorite romance tropes (sort-of-starcrossed co ...more

By Tiff May 11, 2016

Re-read. Better the second time, but my original review still stands. But DAMN, Brody is hot. ...more

By Lois August 19, 2016

Review can also be found at My Midnight Musing

This month has definitely been all about contemporaries for me and so far the books have been nothing but hits. Whatever Life Throws at You is yet another sports contemporary romances that swept me off my feet. The story follows Annie Lucas, a seventee ...more

By Jessica May 31, 2015

O. M. G. Seriously. This. Book. I've had a couple of days to cool off and get over the book hangover Whatever Life Throws at You gave me because it was AMAZING. Ever since I heard it was a baseball romance, I knew that I had to have it. Baseball romances are my absolute favorite. I mean, who can res ...more

By Samantha (WLABB) July 08, 2019

Rating: 4.5 Stars

I found, and fell in love with, Julie Cross via her Juniper Falls books, and have been working my way through her backlist. As with her other books, this book was an utter delight for me.

It was love at first page for me and Annie. I found her a bit sassy and snarky, and her musings ...more

By Miranda November 12, 2014

I really enjoyed this one and had a great time reading it! The main character was funny and sarcastic in a good way. I enjoyed how the author handled the sexual aspects of the story - it felt very true to life. I also was very engaged reading about the love interest's family problems and self-esteem ...more

By Desi March 24, 2017

Me gustó mucho.... sobre todo Jason Brody!! *-*

Los personajes me parecieron muy reales, con defectos y todos, y Annie en ciertos momentos actuó como una niña... pero bueno tiene solo 17 años tiene que actuar un poco infantil, pero a pesar de eso me pareció un buen personaje, se le vio un crecimiento ...more

By Alba March 02, 2020

Annie Lucas ha vivido la mayor parte de su vida en Arizona, así que la perspectiva de mudarse a Missouri por el trabajo de su padre no le resulta demasiado atractivo. Pero conocer a Jason Brody tampoco estaba entre sus planes, ni enamorarse de él. Ambos podrían salir mal parados si se descubre su re ...more

By Bella September 21, 2014

What a GREAT read!!! Reminds me how much I LOVE Young Adult books.

What I loved about this book:
- The characters - Annie, Jason, the dad, Grams, Lenny - awesome main characters but equally awesome supporting characters.
- The writing. Sucked me right in. I couldn't stop thinking about the story, cou ...more

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Julie Cross

About the author

International Best Selling, NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Julie Cross

Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, Chasing Truth, Off the Ice and many more to come! Julie Cross was a longtime resident of central Illinois but has recently moved her entire family across the country to continue her academic studies at Stanford University.

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