Julie “Jules” Medina has always been involved in football. Her older brothers were all starring quarterbacks at their local high school and went on to play for college. Her oldest brother even coaches. And while she is a volleyball star in her own right, with full ride scholarships at hand, in her senior year, she realizes that the passion she feels for football isn’t there in volleyball. What’s a girl to do? Try out for quarterback! Unfortunately, her parents are against the idea, the community is against the idea, and her boyfriend, whom she will have to compete against for the position, isn’t thrilled. She’ll have to work twice as hard to prove herself.
Let me first say that I have never cared about football. It just holds no interest for me. And yet, as I read Gridiron Girl, I actually became interested. This is a great YA novel. Jules is a strong female lead who works hard, understands teamwork, and has what it takes to be a true leader. Some of the supporting characters are absolutely great. Her brothers are all the epitome of how I wish my older siblings were: loving, supportive, and loyal to a fault. Abuela is a spitfire, something Jules has picked up herself, and the guys on the team who have her back the entire time and what true model true respect. Gridiron Girl is going to make its way into the rotation of book selections for my teen book club.
Disclaimer: An advance copy was provided by the publisher.