The Harper Effect by Taryn Bashford

The Harper Effect

Sixteen-year-old Harper was once a rising star on the tennis court—until her coach dropped her for being “mentally weak.” Without tennis, who is she? Her confidence at an all-time low, she secretly turns to her childhood friend, next-door neighbor Jacob—who also happens to be her sister’s very recent ex-boyfriend. If her sister finds out, it will mean a family war.But when Harper is taken on by a new coach who wants her to train with Co...

Details The Harper Effect

TitleThe Harper Effect
Release DateDec 27th, 2017
PublisherPan Macmillan
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary

Reviews The Harper Effect

  • Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
    EDIT: After being threatened with legal action by the author in response to my 2 star review below, I will no longer be supporting this book. I've since dropped it to 1 star. No one should ever feel unsafe for reviewing a book with their honest opinions. The original author's comment is here, and I also blogged about it here.I enjoyed the glimpse into a professional tennis player's life in this one, and the message behind it in that resilience is...
  • Amber Robertson
    THIS REVIEW IS ALSO ON MY BLOG, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT (the formatting is much better on the blog, trust me)R E V I E WSince I read this book in 2017 and this is a review coming in 2018 I just want to quickly mention that this was my 200th read of 2018.Anyway, The Harper Effect was a contemporary I was excited to read. When my mum was younger she played tennis competitively and was aiming for Wimbledon when her coach passed away and sh...
  • Aentee
    If there was an option to give negative stars, I would. Never have I read such badly written prose, poor excuse for chapter development, or uninspiring protagonist. Awful metaphors abound, including but not limited to:• “He smiles. And his whole face unfastens like a window blowing in the breeze, letting in fresh air and sunshine. It’s as if I’ve witnessed one of the Seven Wonders of the World; seen something not many people get to see....
  • Brittain *The Baddest Female*
    My review was just a gif and it still got removed? Really?Not going to read this book. Ever. Overpriced and sounds pretty terrible in my opinion.Since when is expressing an opinion grounds for getting a review removed? I wasn't even a bitch this time!
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    GR deleted my original review because I criticized the writer’s behavior instead of the book so I’ll only criticize the book and the writing as not something I can recommend. I won’t dump on the writer for her behavior towards reviewers or trash the book in keeping with GR Guidelines. If you decide to read anyway, my strong recommendation is borrow don’t buy.
  • Ann Elise Monte
    My original review was removed for daring to state my reasons for not wanting to touch this book. Fine. We all know why this book isn’t worth reading anyway.
  • Madeline
    I feel obliged to write a preface to address the drama surrounding this book. I'll be honest, I don't condone authors threatening reviewers with legal action simply because they disagree with their opinions. But as Bashford has not commented, I have no way to verify the facts of the reviewer. To be honest, it's also none of my business.The Goodreads community also has a lot to answer for: intentionally giving a book low ratings when you haven't r...
  • Jen Ryland
    Childish. Petulant. Entitled. Engaging in bad behavior.That's how I'd describe Harper, the main character, and the two guys she's choosing between.Think I'll pass on this one, thanks.
  • Weezie
    This was just a really bad book. Like... no.
  • Trisha
    So good to read a sporty YA where the sport is part of the plot, part of the MC's journey, and authentically depicted. Plus I love tennis.Harper does make some silly mistakes, but she learns from them, and always tries to do better. Love the differing views of family, all real, all valid.Milo is terrific, Jacob needs lots of hugs, Aria flies, Colt is swoony and Harper loves them all.Wish I knew for sure if this was 2017 or 2018. Messes with my sy...
  • Weezie's TBR Beatdown
    I had my review taken for supposedly bashing the author when nothing in my review said anything about the author. Keep it classy, Goodreads. Once again, this book was pretty much the most awful thing I've ever read. Bad behavior glossed over as "good girl motives", nah.
  • Gabby
    review and Q&A coming soon!
  • Sammi
     I really enjoyed this book! Also what a brilliant time to release it!! It will make a perfect summer read while you watch tennis on the tv!!To the book.......So the overall plot is fairly predictable, but its the details that make this book so enjoyable. Parts of this book make you want to slap the characters because WTF were they thinking!! But as we all know, mistakes are part of growing up, and there are some pretty epic mistakes made in thi...
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  • Lauren (Northern Plunder)
    i had 13+ likes on my review
  • Rob De
    This is an engrossing debut novel by Australian author, Taryn Bashford that provides an indepth look at the heady world of the professional tennis circuit.Beginning with a 17 year old Harper Hunter being dumped by her coach and then her doubts as to whether she is indeed good enough. We journey through her friendships- both with her sister Aria and next door neighbour Jacob the three of whom have been inseparable since childhood. That changed wit...
  • Pocket Full of Pages
    Thank you so much Pan Macmillan for sending us a copy of The Harper Effect to review. Thank you for also letting us be part of this blog tour!'The Harper Effect' by Taryn Bashford is a debuting young adult novel allowing readers to discover the art and lifestyle of a teenager and her dream of becoming a professional tennis player. But for any teenager, this lifestyle includes first loves, friendship, grief and the ability to follow your dreams.Wh...
  • Laura
    Admittedly, I’m not a big tennis fan. But I do adore figure skating and I’m fascinated with how sportswomen navigate the messy culture which often puts at odds athleticism and femininity. As a bookseller, few sporty YA books featuring teenage girls come my way. What drew me to this story was the idea that it would strike on something that is not often written or talked about in books: how does a teenage girl deal with issues like body image, ...
  • Jessica M
    http://jessjustreads.comThe Harper Effect is a debut YA novel by Australian author Taryn Bashford, taking the reader deep into the world of professional tennis. It’s as much a romance novel as it is a fun, sporty novel for tennis fans.I love tennis. It’s probably one of my favourite sports. So to find a YA novel that features this much tennis was amazing. I loved all the behind-the-scenes exchanges and all the travel, and I love how this book...
  • Olivia McCloskey
    Jeann's review and blog post say it all. I won't be touching this one.
  • Ryley
    "Every day, in every way, I'm better than I was the day before." Yay! My first contemporary of 2018 done and dusted. This book had everything I love in contemporary novels 1. Characters who are obsessed with sport meaning there are training scenes and awesome schedule times 2. Characters who seem realistic (except for the fact I want to be them and have their sporting ability... which I guess isn't really realistic but their personalities are)3. ...
  • Colleen
    This book got to my gut! Chortling one minute, digging for tissues the next.Impressive must-remember-that-one, are the ingenious metaphors and vivid word pictures that spring from the pages. Set in the competitive world of tennis, it explores awakening young love that can confuse and unravel, but similarly shows how special love can uplift and encourage.Food for thought for many a teen trying to decipher friendship vs love and the difference betw...
  • Tracy
    nope nope nope nope nope
  • Aisha
  • Alison Quigley
    Years ago, when my son was barely four, we were failing to make play dough and he turned to me with, “Let’s win it this way.” I was delighted he’d figured out there were many ways to win a game, and it’s an attitudinal state that comes to mind when I read the Harper Effect. Our protagonist Harper Hunter has invested a huge amount of time and effort in becoming a top ranking tennis player and the traditional trajectory, winning through C...