Baseball Girl

A Novel

Romance - Contemporary
306 Pages
Reviewed on 05/09/2015
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Author Biography

Stephanie Verni is the author of two books: Baseball Girl, a 2015 Readers' Favorite Honorable Mention award winner for sports fiction, and Beneath the Mimosa Tree, a 2012 Readers' Favorite Bronze award winner for contemporary romance. She is an associate professor of Business Communication at Stevenson University where she instructs writing and communication courses. Prior to working in academia, she spent thirteen years with the Baltimore Orioles. She resides in Severna Park, Maryland, with her husband and two children. For more information about Stephanie, visit her website and blog at Steph’s Scribe — http://www.stephsscribe.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Baseball Girl: A Novel is a contemporary sports fiction novel written by Stephanie L. Verni. Francesca's young world revolved around her dad and the baseball games they watched together, both in the stadium and at home. They loved the Bay City Blackbirds, and Francesca knew all the stats and even the team's scoring system. From the time, she was seven until her dad's illness and death at age 44 from leukemia, the two of them thrilled to the sounds of the bat hitting the ball and the cheers of the fans. When Francesca was a sophomore in college, a year after he died, she found a help wanted ad for a Public Relations Assistant with the Bay City Blackbirds. It seemed the perfect job for a communications major who just happened to live and breathe baseball.

Stephanie L. Verni's contemporary fiction novel, Baseball Girl, is a marvelous novel that blends the coming of age, romance and sports fiction genres. The author's long-term association with the Baltimore Orioles makes the novel feel like the real thing. Verni takes the reader into the inner workings of the front office of a baseball team, and it's a fascinating look at the hard work, dedication, and stamina needed to be part of that world. While Francesca is no longer a young adult, the interwoven tales of her childhood through to her late twenties, combined with the ongoing trauma of her loss which keeps her locked up inside and unwilling to risk emotional attachments, make this story one of the more compelling coming of age tales I've read. Baseball Girl has a strong romantic thread, but the lack of any overtly sexual or erotic themes makes this novel eminently suitable for young adult readers as well as the target adult audience. Verni's strong and competent Francesca is the perfect role model for young women, especially if they just happen to love sports. Baseball Girl is an awesome read, and it's most highly recommended.