Out of Left Field by Kris Hui Lee

Out of Left Field

There’s no playing it safe in love or baseball in this sparkling debut, perfect for fans of Morgan Matson and Kasie West.Marnie has never had a hard time fitting in with the guys. It would take a lot more than their goofy antics to keep her from joining them at the neighborhood sandlot to do what she loves best: play ball.An added perk of hanging out at the sandlot? Spending time with Cody Kinski, their high school’s star pitcher and Marnie...

Details Out of Left Field

TitleOut of Left Field
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherSourcebooks Fire
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Sports and Games, Sports, Romance

Reviews Out of Left Field

  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
    RATING: 4/5ARC provided by Edelweiss and Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest reviewYou could say I'm a sucker for cute, lighthearted reads. Thankfully, this one did not disappoint.In this book, we follow Marnie, a girl who loves baseball but feels she might fail as an official player. When Cody (star pitcher of their school's team and Marnie's best friend) gets injured, it's up to Marnie to step up and lead the team to victory. To say I re...
  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
    Find this review and more on my book blog. WHAT TO EXPECT FROM OUT OF LEFT FIELD 1. Lots of mindless reading. Out of Left Field definitely doesn't have a lot of substance. It's incredibly shallow and typical--which was fine by me! Y'all have to admit: We have these certain moods where we just want a fun read that doesn't require any thinking! This was definitely one of those books.2. A best-friends-turned-lovers trope à la cheesy local rom-c...
  • Stacee
    I loved the idea of a girl playing on the boys team and the hint of a bff to more sold it. I liked Marnie well enough. She’s tenacious and talented and stands up for herself. The rest of her friends and their dynamic was quite odd. I struggled with how they could be supportive of Marnie’s pitching when they played on the weekends, but after winning the spot on the school team, the same people she’s known since kindergarten now ignore her. P...
  • Maureen
    This was pretty cute, but not my favorite contemporary! It had the friends-to-lovers trope so you know i'm in.I also loved that it featured a female lead breaking the glass ceiling a bit with playing on the guys baseball team and OWNING IT.I think where I didn't end up liking this is the miscommunication and back and forth of the relationship. It honestly didn't seem very healthy, even though they came around in the end.Overall a quick, fun, fluf...
  • Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
    Out of Left Field was a charming, lovable, and fun contemporary romance novel!The main character, Marnie, was a strong and determined girl! There were so many times when people tried to tear her down, and she always stood up for herself. I loved how fierce she was and how she continued to show she was just as valuable and useful as any guy! Marnie's best friend, Sara, was such a supportive friend to Marnie. Their friendship was so positive and sw...
  • Laura's Book Addiction
    I honestly think out of left field is shaping up to be my favourite kindle read of the month, I can't believe that this is the authors debut novel. It was utterly amazing and so realistically written, I felt like It could've involved any of my friends and family. A very relatable novel full of unconditional love and believing in yourself even when there are differences to other peers. I can't wait to see what this author writes next!!Thank you to...
  • Ashley Elliott
    This was a fun fast read about a girl who wants to play baseball. There was definitely some fighting among the team after she joined but it wasn't the focus of the book like the blurb claims. It was mainly a cute rom-com and a girl trying to figure out what she wants to do in her friendships. I did enjoy the story but there were also small, like tiny, consistence issues I doubt anyone else will notice. I think it's more of a editing thing than st...
  • ضحى الحداد
    so I finished this book in an airplane after postponding reading it so many times .. it was just so boring and nothing was happening ..the book is about a tomboy Marnie who loves baseball and has a huge crush on her chilhood friend Cody .. the concept is nice but the plot was really slow and we were just hearing Marnie's non-stop whining .. and the ending was so disappointing and wasn't worth it at all .. this was just a complete waste of time to...
  • KarenJo Custodio
    4 Stars - Cute, fun and entertaining. Out of Left Field by Kris Hui Lee is a lighthearted and charming YA contemporary read! I’m not really into sports that much, so I don’t find myself immediately drawn to sports-themed books. I just never really know if I’ll enjoy the plot since I don’t do sports at all and most likely wouldn’t be able to relate to the characters. But, I do love romance and friends-to-lovers stories. The premise for O...
  • Madison
    Out of Left Field is a lighthearted, sport-adoring, lots-of-fun novel that revels in the celebration of strong friendship, pushing the boundaries, and finding the courage to chase your dream. I highly enjoying reading Out of Left Field, and highly recommend it to readers who love playful, sport-centred YA contemporary. Marnie loves playing baseball with her friends in the neighbourhood park. She loves baseball. But after an incident while pitchin...
  • Becky
    Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 5/11/18.A fun read!The emphasis here--as it really should be in YA--is more on Marnie figuring herself and her place in her world (with her family and friends, on the baseball team, what direction she wants her future to go in) and less on romance--though Marnie and Cody dance around things for the entire book, they don't really get around their we-might-ruin-our-friendship-forever fears until (literally) t...
  • Veronica
    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.When I started reading Out of Left Field I wasn’t in the mood to read. I had other things I needed to get done. So when I sat down to read I told myself I had to read at least 10% of the book in the first session. I was a third of the way through the book when I stopped reading the first time and I read the whole thing in 24 hours.I was immediately drawn in to Marnie’s wo...
  • Cocktails and Books
    2.5 Cocktails I wanted to like this one so much more than I did. Discovering that your best friend has the same feeling for you as you do for him should have been one of those heartwarming, angsty young adult reads. Instead, I found myself not really liking Marnie all that much. She used her attitude as a defense mechanism but often took it to an extreme that made it hard to feel bad for her when something backfired.
  • Kate
    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.I was really looking forward to this book. I love sports romances, YA, and friends to lovers trope, so I thought this would be a hit with me. Unfortunately, I DNF at 35%. I can usually get through a book within a 24 hour period, but it took me almost 5 days, and I could only get to Chapter 9 before I finally gave up. The writing was pretty good. Bu...
  • michelle (magicalreads)
    3.75 starsrtc
  • Sionna
    *I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*I don't read many sports-themed books and when I saw this one on Netgalley I thought I should rectify that. Many people like reading about sports or like the sports aspect with romance, so because this sounded cute and dealt with Baseball, one sport I know decently well, I gave it a try.I'm glad I requested it because this is quite a cute story. I love how they called where ...
  • Kayla Fahy
    3.25/3.5 out of 5.0 starsThere were parts of this book I loved and parts that could definitely use some work. I'm a sucker for sports romances, baseball and hockey ones in particular, so this is right up my ally. I thought it was fun and cute for sure! Marnie was a good lead character and her relationship with Cody was sweet. That being said, I think the author tried to cram too much into 300 pages. There were a lot of different plot points happe...
  • Jaime
    **3.5 Stars**This book was super cute. It was definitely YA and very appropriate for young teens. Marnie was your typical angsty with a side of slightly low self esteem, teen. She loved playing baseball with her friends and I liked that she decided to try out for the boys team. She was able to hold her own in a field dominated by boys and she always stood up for herself. I think that's a very important trait to give an h in a book geared toward a...
  • Lauren
    1.5 stars When a book is said to be perfect for fans of Morgan Matson, I instantly add it to my TBR. It also didn't hurt here that Out of Left Field was giving me Dairy Queen vibes. I had high hopes, and I couldn't wait to dive in! The result? Out of Left Field left me feeling underwhelmed. I didn't love it nor did I hate it; instead, I felt indifferent. The premise is what originally hooked me. It screamed girl power, and while I've never been p...
  • Emily
    As someone who was the only girl in a baseball league for years, and who, at age 14, was told by the all-male administration that I wasn't allowed to play anymore and to "go play softball" as if it's the same sport, I LOVE any book featuring girl baseball players, so I was so excited to read this book. (I am also a part-time assistant varsity baseball coach whenever I'm home from university. And I regret that I never tried out in middle or high s...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Out of Left Field by Kris Hui Lee, 320 pages. Sourcebooks Fire, 2018. $11.Language: R (100+ swears, 5 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG (implied sex, mention of bisexuality); Violence: PGHS – OPTIONALSara Fox watches as her best friend, Cody Kinski, gets hits with a violent pitch by his rival, Santino Acardi, and breaks his arm. Cody’s pitching may be over for the year – just before the post-season tournament, but Cody has an idea – Sara shoul...
  • Jennifer Green
    There was nothing that stood out about this book for me. It was a quick read and pleasant enough but I really didn't like any of the main characters. Cody was pretty much the only one who I could find it in my heart to like and we didn't really get enough of him to be able to decide whether he was truly worth liking or not. Marnie is very much the focus, and none of the other characters get a lot of "screen time" per se. Which works if you like M...
  • Eri
    3.5 starsThis was cute in a sense and I really liked the concept, especially how she proved the guys on her team wrong, but some of the execution fell flat. I will say I think the romance was so cute and I loved the way it unfolded, but I definitely wanted more because it felt like it just disappeared off the page a number of times and I wanted more substance. I think personally, while I liked her friend group, her friendship with Joey threw me o...
  • Amanda
    I could practically smell the fresh cut grass and leather on the baseball gloves in Out of Left Field. This book was a sweet surprise, as I didn't think I would like it as much as I did, but then again I'm a sucker for a YA unrequited best friend romance. This one had it all: new and old friends, beginnings of relationships, secrets, and best of all: baseball. I loved how strong Marnie was and how she faced her fear of rejoining a baseball team, ...
  • Destiny Bridwell
    I received a copy of this for a fair and honest review. I am all about girl power. I think that anything a guy can do a girl can do as well. I think gender has nothing to do with being good at something. Marnie goes through a lot to prove she is worthy in this story. She loves to play baseball and her friend Cody is the star pitcher, but when he gets hurt Marnie get to fill his spot. She has no support and she has even more to prove like it her v...
  • Amanda
    First, thanks to NetGalley for giving me an e-ARC of this book.Super cutesy YA romcoms are totally my thing and when you add in a sports angle, I'm pretty here for it. This one was cute and fun, but I spent a lot of time yelling "OMG JUST USE YOUR WORDS ALREADY" in my head (and maybe out loud...). That frustration took this from a 4 to a 3 star book for me.Overall it was a fun, quick read, especially since it's currently baseball playoffs at scho...
  • John Clark
    Nice look at Marnie's double dilemma of wanting to fit in with the guys, while trying to maintain her femininity. It's not an easy juggle and is made more difficult by the challenge of her best friend/maybe boyfriend's injury, coupled with the sudden realization that the guy who broke Cody's arm is about to become her relative by marriage. The awkwardness, tension between Cody and Marnie and the sometimes harsh treatment she receives from other p...
  • Elizabeth
    This was a great, short read to kind of get me back into the groove of good reading. I love how badass Marnie is and Cody is the best friend anyone would love to have. I also love all the little underlying turmoils like Marnie’s feelings toward her mom, all the college anxiety and of course the Santino situation. I do wish we got a little more resolution with the friends and their life after high school but for the most part I really enjoyed th...
  • Teresa
    Fun read about best friends falling for each other but both are too scared to do anything about it; throw in Marnie (one of the best friends) taking Cody's (other BF) place on the high school baseball team and things get a bit dicey. Kris Hui Lee has written a perfect book for those looking to cleanse their palate, jump start their reading list or just to read something that you know will end well (but fall in love with it even knowing the outcom...
  • Jess (The Cozy Reader) Kennedy
    Excellent read of a teen girl on a boys baseball team.The chemistry between the main characters is tangible. I couldn't stop reading this. I had to know what was going to happen.I only wish it were longer so I could keep getting to know all the characters.I will be following this author in hopes of additional books!