After a particularly nasty elbow injury, Pete learns he'll never pitch again. For someone whose entire life revolves around baseball, this news is devastating. On top of this, Pete's beloved grandfather is steadily losing his mind to Alzheimer's. Not the way Pete planned to start his Freshman year. On a whim, Pete enrolls in a photography class (a hobby he always enjoyed). Here, he meets and befriends Angelika, who might want to be more than friends. Even without baseball, Pete has it pretty good. But it takes a near tragedy for him to wake up and appreciate all he's got going for himself.
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip is both heartwarming and humorous, the sort of book that will give you that warm and fuzzy feeling one minute and have you ROTFL the next. Don't be put off by the title. Although it sounds like a sports book, it really isn't. Nor is it a kissing book (although there is one brief instance). It's a book about figuring out who you are and finding the answer in surprising places. Check it out. It's awesome. --AJL