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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 Brody and her father grow closer, Annie starts to see through his façade to the lonely boy in over his head. When opening day comes around and her dad—and Brody’s—job is on the line, she’s reminded why he’s off-limits. But Brody needs her, and staying away isn’t an option.

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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…

Praise

“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: multi-cultural, young adult, young adult contemporary
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits, friends to lovers, mistaken identity, overcoming odds

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By Amy (Foxy) November 03, 2014

4.5 baseball stars!

"Where's that story?"

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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... ...more

By Aimee 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 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 Grace (LovingDemBooks) February 20, 2015

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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 fou... ...more

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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 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 wh... ...more

By Jenny - TotallybookedBlog November 29, 2014

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4.5 "I LOVED THIS BOOK" Stars

“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 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 losi... ...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 buc... ...more

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 Li... ...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 cov... ...more

By nick November 19, 2014


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 protagonis... ...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 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... ...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 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-est... ...more

By Hazel October 10, 2014

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Julie Cross, let me love youuuuu! No seriously, Julie writes awesome books and she charmed my pants off with her Mature YA Contemporary book, Letters To Nowhere, before and she's done it yet again with her newest one, Whatever Life Throws At You.

"Life is f... ...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,... ...more

By Annie November 28, 2014

***5 For the Love of Brody stars!***

What an amazing story this was. I absolutely love stories centered around sports-of all kinds. And the fact that this was baseball was just perfect! Even though I'm a Yankees fan, and this was all about Kansas City Royals, it was just a perfect mix of all I lov... ...more

By Louisa March 21, 2015

This was a surprisingly excellent NA/YA read! (Even if I think baseball is a snooze fest.)

Protagonist with a good head on her shoulders (and she does track and field *cries in joy*), male lead who is kind of trope-y at the beginning but turns out to be a great fit and bad boy turned good, and mos... ...more

By Cindi November 23, 2014

Loved this book! Great characters, great story, & so much swooning! ...more

Straight up, my favorite Young Adult sub-genre is contemporary romance. Think Huntley Fitzpatrick, Stephanie Perkins, Katie McGarry, and Kasie West. Cute boys, swoon-worthy romances, and happy endings. Most importantly, I ship all of their couples like it's nobody's business. This is what my hear... ...more

By Lois August 19, 2016

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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 seven... ...more

By Chanpreet February 14, 2015

4.5 stars!

I love stories featuring athletes. I was very intrigued by the cover and blurb of this book. Athletes who become professional have lots of pressure on them and I thought it'd be interesting to read about how a teenage professional athlete handled the fame and fortune that came at him.... ...more

By Gina *loves sunshine* February 08, 2017

I'm always grumbling about books with teenagers and whether they are adult enough or have a strong enough adult theme to be loved by older ladies like me!! Here is a book that is the perfect example of it all working!! 17 year old meets 19 year old baseball player - I'm going to classify it as ne... ...more

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Julie Cross

About the author

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

Julie Cross

NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author of HALFWAY PERFECT, WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU, TEMPEST, optioned by Summit Entertainment, LETTERS TO NOWHERE, and THIRD DEGREE. Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children.

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