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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
A Thing or Two About the Game is a sports drama novel written by Richard Paik. Talented biotech scientist Brad, currently unemployed, finds himself in a difficult position when his ex-wife Stephanie calls him seeking his help to coach a softball team of 11 to 12-year-old girls in the Softball Little League. Reluctant at first, Brad eventually decides to take up the coach's position for the Marlins, one of the bottle table teams of the league. As he spends more time with the girls, Brad becomes more and more invested in the game while the Marlins slowly rise up the points table. Navigating overbearing parents and his own personal issues, Brad manages to secure a place in the playoffs for the Marlins. Along the way, he discovers himself.
If you're a fan of inspirational sports dramas, you'll have a great time with A Thing or Two About the Game. Richard Paik's slice-of-life tale follows a gifted biotech scientist who finds purpose while coaching a Little League's girls' softball team. The narrative is paced well, and the fleshed-out character work and intriguing drama keep you immersed in the pages. Brad is a likable protagonist and easy to relate to. You find yourself rooting for him almost from the get-go, and his interactions with his friends and players form the core of the narrative. I particularly enjoyed his dynamic with Mike, his best friend and rival. Even if you're not into softball, there's plenty to enjoy about A Thing or Two About the Game for anyone who loves slice-of-life stories.