The Game Can't Love You Back by Karole Cozzo

The Game Can't Love You Back

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...

Details The Game Can't Love You Back

TitleThe Game Can't Love You Back
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
PublisherSwoon Reads
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Young Adult, Sports and Games, Sports

Reviews The Game Can't Love You Back

  • Karlita
    Full Review at Tale Out Loud | Facebook | Twitter | InstagramWhen an electrical fire broke out at Farmington South High School, students especially those who are member of the sports team didn’t have any choice but be absorbed by the Farmington East High School.Female baseball player, Eve “Phenom” Marshall was forced to join the Pirate’s baseball team playing along with their star player, Jamie “Ace” Abrams. Not only they’re both v...
  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    I was on the promotional blog tour for this book! I also received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley!4.5 out of 5 stars!This was a great YA Contemporary Romance to read, as the summer months begin and the baseball hots up. As I am from England, I was a little bit nervous to see what the baseball storyline regarding the main character Eve would be like. But rest assured, it was really refreshing to read a sport that I do...
  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    4.5 StarsAs a fan of books about sports, the enemies to lovers trope, strong female characters, and Karole Cozzo, The Game Can’t Love You Back just screams recipe for success. This book is empowering and follows the story of the only female athlete on a school baseball team. It is both cute and significant, and it lived up to my every expectation.Full review on The Candid Cover
  • mith
    as always, this review's on the blog as well!---This is my second book by Karole Cozzo and it has a completely different tone than her last novel—The Truth About Happily Ever After. This isn’t bad at all, actually, and I loved that she’s able to write such different characters with really different voices.For the most part, The Game Can’t Love You Back is a good book. I liked the plot, I liked the romance—and the build-up to it!—and t...
  • Katy Upperman
    Three Awesome Things About THE GAME CAN'T LOVE YOU BACK...1. Badass female lead. Just wait until you meet Eve -- she's strong, smart, loyal, determined, and super athletic. She stares down sexism and intimidation without flinching, and I adore her.  2. Dreamiest male lead. Jamie is a new favorite book boy; he has a reputation for being a player, but he's actually got a heart of gold. He's so sweet to Eve (eventually), and endlessly devoted to h...
  • Stacee
    2.5 stars?I really loved this premise and was fairly eager to read the book, yet I’m not entirely sure how I feel now that I’m done with it. Eve and Jamie are decent enough characters. I liked that they were driven and competitive and focused. I didn’t see the chemistry between them and never really got the shift in feelings. There are some great secondary characters {Scott and Marcella mostly} who felt very one dimensional. Plot wise, it w...
  • Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
    CW: references to domestic abuseThis one hooked me very quickly. Ambitious, single-minded female athlete vs cool player (in more ways than one), both vying for the same position on the baseball team? Yes please. I don't even care about baseball (sorry, I'm a rugby girl). I was just in it for the competitiveness.There was something kind of ruthless about Eve. She was so focused on winning, and it wasn't even really about proving a point. It just w...
  • Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
    Super cute
  • Kathy Martin
    THE GAME CAN'T LOVE YOU BACK was a great sports romance. It is told in two viewpoints. Eve is an athlete and, whatever she plays, she wins. She has awards for soccer, basketball ... and baseball. Yup, she's been playing with the boys since she and her older brothers were all in Little League.When her high school catches on fire, ruining the gym and some other areas, the school district decides that all the students will join their classmates at t...
  • Marty :} (thecursedbooks)
    (2.5 stars) I was super excited to read this book when I first got it. I don’t think I talk about it a lot, but I absolutely adore sport romances. I love Zapata’s books, but I read very few sport romances in the young adult genre. Therefore, I was super hyped about this one!Sadly, I had some serious issues with this one. Our two protagonists, Eve and Jamie, are thrown into the same baseball team due to an accident at Eve’s school (her scho...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Rating: 4.5 StarsI devoured this book! I felt so invested in Eve's transition to her new high school and her new team. Full review to follow. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
  • T.H. Hernandez
    My favorite Karole Cozzo book to date, and the title, THE GAME CAN’T LOVE YOU BACK, might be the most perfect title ever — it perfectly sums up the themes of the story. When Eve’s high school suffers a freak accident, she and the rest of her Bulldogs are forced across town to attend school with the rival Pirates. And the school rivalry is only the beginning of her issues. As the only girl in a family of boys, Eve’s mom told her if she wan...
  • Brooke
    Karole Cozzo hits it out of the ball-park (see what I did there?) with this sexy, rivalry romp! If you're looking for a fun, fast read, The Game Can't Love You Back is for you! Full review here:
  • Maggie
    Eve is the exact kind of fierce heroine I needed in my life this past week. I could read about her annihilating stereotypes and bucking expectations for at least another three books... wink wink Karole. :) Be sure to check this one out in May! You won't regret it!
  • Katherine Paschal
    Eve has fought hard to be given respect as the only female on the baseball team at her school, but now that she is forced to attend her rival school she will not have it easy. Her new high school already has a pitcher for their team, Jamie aka Ace, and he is not interested in sharing the position or the glory. Jamie wants nothing more but for Eve to quit the team, to stop making a mockery out of the only thing that makes sense in his life. But Ev...
  • KarenJo Custodio
    4.5 - Heartwarming, Cute, and Incredibly InspiringI think I’m slowly warming up to sports themed books and might just be my newest obsession. I didn’t really care for them that much before since I’m not into sports, but the books I’ve read in the past few months were pretty darn good. The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo was no exception and I enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would. I even had tears in the end and couldn...
  • Emma
    Grade: C+An ARC was provided by Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: YA sports books are often fluffy fun. I don't actively seek them out, but I have read a few (Miranda Kenneally's series and Being Sloane Jacobs come to mind).When writing a romance involving rival athletes, an author has to be careful that the guy doesn't come across as a sexist jerk. The synopsis seemed to imply to me that Jamie was going ...
  • Jennifer H.
    Smart, funny, and sexy! I devoured this glorious book! Eve is one of those characters that you can immediately connect to. Headstrong, passionate, and protective over what matters most in her life - in this case taking pride in being the only girl on the school's baseball team. When she finds herself on the same team as Jamie - a guy she has absolutely no use for - you start to see the other side of that coin where she is stubborn and challenging...
  • Gabrielle
    3.5 - 4If you love PITCH and mad that it got cancelled WELL!!!!!!! This book is it for you.The only thing that bothered me is that Eve and Marcella never resolved some of the more deeper conversations...I loved that periods/tampons were brought up even though it was really just the word. And the mention of birth control and morning after pill. I liked Eve a lot, Jamie was fine.I just felt there were a lot of things that were not brought up again;...
  • nelly
    ugh this was so cute! i’m feeling very emotional about this book because next spring i’m going to (hopefully) play baseball at my high school and i’ll be a senior (idky that makes me sad, it just does) and the story reminded me of friday night lights, which always makes me emotional. and overall i just loved this story. yes i’m feeling a little underwhelmed with the ending but i still loved the character development and who doesn’t love...
  • Sandie, Teen Lit Rocks
    Somehow I've read two books about the same thing this year: female athletes in male-dominated sports who fall for one of their teammates. Waiting for a third one for this to become an early trend of the year. Light and breezy read with a cute hate-to-love romance.
  • Enci
    This was so addictive s2g!More thought later, cause it's late and I need to pass out now.
  • Maria
    3.5 stars
  • Teresa
    Eve is the starting pitcher on her school's baseball team and she has one be the best pitcher she can be. When a freak accident closes her high school, she must head to the other high school in town, the school with starting ace pitcher, Jamie. As the season goes on, the tensions run high between Eve and Jamie, so does the attraction. Will they be able to put their love for the game aside and really see if this attraction is worth it or...
  • Jeraca
    I received this eARC novel from NetGalley. This is my honest review. This book will be published May 2018. Being the only girl on the baseball team, Eve is looking forward to her senior year to win the Cy Trophy. But when her school has an unexpected catastrophe happen, her entire school is forced to join the other high school in her town. Which means that the entire class has to join together, and all of the sports now have to be changed from 2 ...
  • Kaelyn
    3.5 stars "This is why it doesn't matter that I'm wearing a Bulldogs hoodie...At the end of the day, it doesn't matter where we go to school or what mascot I wear on my shirt now. Locked in a staring contest with Jamie, I know I'm right. We're not on the same team. Not at all." This was a solid, girl-jock high-school romance wrapped into one book. When Eve's school catches on fire mid-term, Eve and her classmates are forced to spend the rest of...
  • Brigitte
    This Young Adult Sports Romance is about growing up and adapting to changes. Not always easy when two people are vying for the same thing.Eve is a star athlete and when an incident arises, her school is merged with another, threatening her position on the baseball team.Jamie is the baseball captain of his team and very popular with the girls. The merging of the school happens on his territory and he isn't about to give up his field position to an...
  • M.G. McCabe
    Eve Marshall is the exact type of female protag we need in YA right now. She's fierce, she's smart AF, and she stands up for who she is, unapologetically. In Karole Cozzo's newest book THE GAME CAN'T LOVE YOU BACK, we not only get a strong-willed, independent female, we also get a sensitive male willing to actually take a step back. These two aren't the most endearing in the beginning, but Cozzo, once again, artfully takes seemingly unlikable cha...
  • Eileen (BookCatPin)
    I'm a huge sucker for sports romance. Add in the enemy-to-lover storyline I was more than game to read The Game Can't Love You Back! Pun totally intended ;)With contemporary books I'm used to just breezing through the pages. The writing in The Game Can't Love You Back felt a little choppy so it took some time to get into the story. I loved the dual POV. It was informative being inside both Eve and Jamie's head. Seeing things in each of their pers...
  • Renae McKenzie
    Ah, a YA-sports-romance. My guilty pleasure.The Game Can't Love You Back is a unique mix of cliche and breaking the mould. On the one hand, you have Jamie, your run-of-the-mill YA love interest; team captain, ladies-man, smooth-talker, and a player (both on and off the field). Then you have Eve; classic odd girl out, different-to-all-the-other-girls antagonist. But this isn't a story about "the girl to tame the player". This is about a young woma...