Title: Out of My League
Author: Sarah Sutton
Genre: YA Contemporary / Romance
Publication Date: June 16th, 2020
“It’s all fun and games until someone catches feelings.
Sophia Wallace is convinced her life is over when her high school cuts the journalism program. Without the elective, she loses her chance to intern with the biggest newspaper company in the county, and why? All because the baseball team needs more funding.
To make matters worse, her boyfriend publicly dumps her at a party, which is mortifying. But the icing on the cake is when the captain of the baseball team and the most popular guy at Bayview High, Walsh Hunter, decides to be chivalrous. He jumps in, throws his arm around Sophia, and declares his undying love for her. In front of everyone.
Suddenly, Sophia is thrown into a world of fake relationships and undercover journalism, and she realizes she’s way, way out of her league.
Good thing she’s got the team captain to teach her how to play. But faced with choosing between saving her journalism class or her newfound feelings for Walsh, will she strike out or hit a home run?” (Goodreads)
I saw a reel for this one on Instagram and decided it would be up my alley since it had my favorite trope, fake dating.
This book is told from one point-of-view and it comes from Sophia Wallace. She is considered a nerd at her high school. She has a love for journalism and will do anything to save the program from losing its funding. Her boyfriend at the time doesn’t find any of these qualities appealing. Dillweed alert? Am I right? Sophia will do anything to keep journalism alive, even if that means finding out secrets about the baseball team.
Sophia has a lot going on besides the whole journalism thing. She deals with a lot of family dysfunction. Her parents can’t decide if they want to make a marriage work or not and it really takes a toll on her. It’s definitely not the best environment to be living in. In this way, she can also relate to Walsh Hunter. He doesn’t have the best home life either. It was nice to have them be able to listen to one another when it came to their feelings.
I did like the romance in this book. It was sweet and of course it had my favorite trope. They obviously weren’t friends in any way before this so there is a bit of banter as well. Sophia isn’t a fan of him and baseball is definitely a sport she can’t get behind, especially when it’s taking away her journalism haha. I loved seeing them get to know one another and learning about the person they thought they wouldn’t have anything in common with. The speed bumps in their path weren’t overly dramatic and fit into the plot well.
Overall, this was a cute read and I am glad I gave it a chance!