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The Game Can't Love You Back


She just wants to play. He just wants to score.

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Eve is used to being the odd woman out. As the only girl on her school's baseball team, she knows exactly how to put sweaty, macho baseball players in their place, and she's focused on one thing and one thing only—being the best pitcher she can be.

But when a freak accident forces her high school to be absorbed by the neighboring town, Eve has to contend with a new group of guys who aren't used to having a woman on their team. And the new team's star pitcher, Jamie, has no interest in being ousted from his throne. He can't afford to give up his starting slot to a new pitcher—even worse, to a girl.

As the competition between Jamie and Eve starts to heat up, so does their attraction to each other. Can they keep their heads in the game, or will they end up getting played?


Jamie Abrams, God’s gift to Farmington baseball. God’s gift to Farmington girls.

I can’t stand him.

Not that I’ve ever spoken to him. I’ve been avoiding him like the plague the past couple of months.

But that doesn’t stop me from hating him, or more specifically, hating the idea of him. From what I’ve observed, discretely of course, his prime objectives for coming to school include flaunting his overhyped image and finding his next hook-up. He’s always talking, always laughing, always whispering in one girl or another’s ear. I can’t really believe he takes anything that seriously, so I’m highly suspect that baseball is an exception.

Even if he has been the star pitcher for two years and counting, securing the position his freshman year, which is pretty much unheard of. He’s good, sure, but there’s no way in hell he’s as dedicated as I am.

Yet I’m willing to bet he feels entitled to that Cy Young trophy. Because everyone makes him out to be such a rock star. Because this team is more his than mine.

That trophy belongs on my shelf.

And there’s only one for the taking now.


"Compulsively readable. ... There may be no crying in baseball, but no one said anything about kissing." —Booklist

"Written in the present tense and alternating between Eva and Jamie’s viewpoints, the story flows as readers suffer over each obstacle and thrill at each victory. Cozzo’s twist ending is to be applauded. ... A strong addition to any young adult library." —School Library Journal

"This book was so. freaking. cute. ... Overall, this is an awesome read, and I can’t wait for you all to be able to get your hands on it. 5/5 stars." —Buried in a Bookshelf

The Truth About Happily Ever After:

"A great, fun read that you’ll find hard to put down. Although it doesn’t shy away from some difficult topics, generally speaking, it’s a really cute story that will have you smiling (okay, and probably crying at times too). This will make a perfect summer read!" —Kourtni Reads

"This story had a great fairy tale ending that was so cute but also very believable as well. We got our fairy tale ending without it being ridiculous and too over the top. . . I would definitely recommend this to all my friends who love a good contemporary romance with a little real life magic." —geekXpop

How to Keep Rolling After a Fall:

"This book was simply fantastic. If you want a cute, emotional, romantic read with some great character development, you’ve found it." —Kookie Krysp Reads

"This is how a Young Adult novel is done. From the writing to the characterization to the plot to the pacing to the message—I recommend it to any teen or anyone with a teen daughter.” —Teamskelley, Goodreads Reviewer

How to Say I Love You Out Loud:

"A budding romance with family drama and a feel-good ending.” —School Library Journal

"A book of acceptance, bravery, and most of all, love. It’s a book that will touch everyone’s hearts.” —Bibliophile Soprano