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
Author
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherSourcebooks Fire
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Sports and Games, Sports, Romance
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Reviews Out of Left Field

  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
    1970-01-01
    RATING: 4/5*I recieved an e-ARC from Edelweiss and Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review*You 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. ...
  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • KarenJo Custodio
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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 R
    1970-01-01
    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)
    1970-01-01
    3.75 starsrtc
  • Sionna
    1970-01-01
    *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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    **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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Makenna Fournier
    1970-01-01
    Overall, I did enjoy this book, but there wasn't anything that I really loved about it. For my personal taste, I think there was too much descriptions of everything that happened during the games, and I felt myself loosing interest in the book during those parts, and because it was so focused on those parts, I feel like the friendships and family relationships were not as fleshed out as they could have been. While I love the idea of books where ...
  • Eri
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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, ...
  • Amanda
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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!
  • Patrick Barry
    1970-01-01
    A Young Adult book about baseball that I gave a shot. It was an okay read, geared toward high school age folk. More teen angst than baseball, it followed a fairly predictable plot. It was a fast read, probably nice for a 15ish reader. Overall, I enjoyed the story, but might have liked it more as a kid. Timing can be everything.
  • Karina
    1970-01-01
    Rating: 4 stars ★★★★If your looking for a fun, YA sports Contemporary, Out Of Left Field is the perfect read! The unique direction of the plot really makes this book stand out! I really liked it!! Definitely going to be checking out Lee's future novels!!
  • Mihlean
    1970-01-01
    Aah this was such a cute read! It’s fun and light, just exactly what I needed but there wasn’t a lot of depth or anything so no five stars.
  • Jess
    1970-01-01
    Cuteness, lightness, sweetness, and the fun of baseball.