Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Curveball: The Year I Lost my Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

Peter has spent his life becoming one of the best baseball pitchers in his town.  With his friend AJ backing him up he strikes out nearly everyone who faces him.  But Peter's baseball dreams end when he severely injures his elbow after ignoring the pains he was having.  What do you do when your dream is taken away?  While he's trying to answer that question Peter throws himself into photography where he meets cute, independent Angelika.  As if his injury and possible new relationship weren't enough, Peter is also dealing with the fact that his beloved grandfather seems to be forgetting things more and more often but keeps making Peter promise to keep his problems a secret.  This is a great story about aging, relationships, figuring out who you are, and readjusting your life after a catastrophe.  The last page had me teary because of events that had been building throughout the book.