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
GenreYoung Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Sports and Games, Sports

Reviews The Game Can't Love You Back

  • Karlita | Tale Out Loud
    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...
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  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • Vicky Who Reads
    2 starsRead this review on BooksAndGeeks here! I was so excited to read this one. I had craved reading an enemies-to-lovers romance for weeks before and had my eye on this title. When I saw it at the library, I immediately checked it out and started it during the car ride home. Swoon Reads is a great imprint for light, fluffy romances, so I had high hopes for this one. But, it just didn't really do it for me. I found it to be a little too tropey-...
  •  Amelia
    Even though the summary makes you think this is a typical teen romance melodrama with a dash of sports, this book exceeded my expectations :D It sounds like it's gonna be all fluffy, light but it wasn't exactly like that. These characters were far more realistic and they were really fleshed out, felt like real people. Both Jamie and Eve had their own problems, but they weren't magically solved after they got together, not was there insta-love. Ac...
  • 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 StarsWhen I first heard about this book, I was all over it because I was a fan of the TV show, Pitch, and I love Karole Cozzo books. Needless to say, I devoured this book, starting and finishing it in the same day. It was fun, heartwarming, compelling, and swoony. • Pro: Eve was a fabulous female. She was fierce, empowered, and passionate, and she went after what she wanted, but she wasn't just this hard, tough as nails woman. She h...
  • 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...
  • Jules.Bookverse
    Lately it seems like I'm enjoying more of the sporty kind of contemporary books which this lovely book belongs to. I was never a sporty type myself but loved to watch almost any kind of sports and learn their specific rules. Reading books with a focus on one or more sports always fascinate me. It's like watching a sport and I love to learn about actual sport-specific terms in a way of not someone explaining it to you word by word but by reading t...
  • Alexa
    This book definitely surprised me, because I expected a very cliched romance novel and this wasnt really one. It was super realistic, Id say - at least in comparison to other romance novels. The only thing that didnt quite make sense to me was that she was allowed to play in a boys team. The development of their relationship was very slow and normal. I was halfway through the book when they had their first real conversation and there wasnt that m...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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 ...
  • Rosalie
    2.5? maybe?I was expecting so much from this book and I was really disappointed. It's when I come YA I dislike that I'm asking myself if I've finally grown too old for YA contemporary books. This time, I think, the book was actually the problem. The Game Can't Love You Back tells the story of Eve, basketball player, baseball pitcher, and good student. After a fire in her old school, Eve has to transfer. New school, new team. New so so so misogy...
  • 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;...
  • neveen
    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...
  • Kimmy
    A light, easy YA romantic read. With a strong and independent female lead and your typical sports mad popular guy this book was set to be right up my alley. The writing is punchy and the story itself is great. I have been needing the happily ever.after books lately and did not dissapoint.
  • 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.
  • The Reading Raccoon
    5 stars because I'm total trash for hate-mance and tough girls