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Announcing Trouble

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I love everything about this book! If you're looking for swoony YA contemporary romance, Amy Fellner Dominy delivers. I devoured this book in one sitting and am waiting eagerly for her next offering.

ANNOUNCING TROUBLE features the usual teen issues with their parents and about finding one's way in life. Both Josie and Garrett have been let down by the men (father) in their lives, and this influenced and shaped their character. That could be the reason why these two main characters are more mature than most in the YA books I've read, and it's this very maturity that is so attractive, making for a mature and interesting read. Like in How to Quit Your Crush, the storyline flows, and the characters are both lovable and easy to relate to. Their witty banter had me laughing out loud, and their chemistry was unbelievable. Josie got courage in spades, and Garrett was so sweet! What he did to win Josie over just about melt my heart. 

I first read HOW TO QUIT YOUR CRUSH, the book after this in terms of chronological sequence of events, but really, it doesn't matter. You can enjoy each book on its own. I can't wait for the next one from this author!
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I love sports romance and I love entangled teen books! This was so good! I loved the characters and I loved this so much!! I 1000% recommend this book!
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Enjoyable, if predictable. I wanted a bit more from the title, but enjoyed the read all the same. I would recommend this title to those who love romance and are looking for something quick.
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I love a good baseball romance I loved Josie and Garette and how swoony Of a romance they have and this was all and all a fun read
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I received a free copy for an honest review. 

I liked this book! When I first requested and received this book (thanks Entangle teen), I was really just looking for a standard YA contemporary book where I can "read and chill" and gush over overly cliché YA contemporary storylines. Hence why I enjoyed it. 

The romance is cute, which largely is thanks to the realistic portrayal of the cast that makes it so no character is annoying enough to make me want to kill my Kindle. The contemporary story managed to have a fair amount of conflict to keep the story going without being too overdramatic to the point of being unbearable. 

To sum up, what this book it's like, it's really just the typical YA Entangle Teen perfect for relaxing. But beware: your enjoyment of this book can drastically change depending on what you are craving now. Because I was just craving a fun contemporary book to read with an enjoyable romance, I liked this book. But if I'm wasn't...then this would've been a horrible reading experience and I would have shredded this book in this review due to its unoriginal and "boring" storyline. 

So as long as you know what you want (especially if you are just craving an easy fiction book), I would (or would not) recommend this book.

Rating 3.5/4
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Announcing Trouble was such a fun and fast-paced read! I love baseball romances and this one had the added bonus of hate-to-love. Josie and Garrett’s banter and sexual tension were off the charts and I loved every moment between them! Josie’s voice was funny and I loved hearing her in action as an announcer at the games. Overall, Announcing Trouble was a very cute and entertaining read!

Actual Rating: 4.5 stars
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Ohh I loved this book. I'm such a sucker for sappy, fun, sporty YA romances. I think the characters were great and had witty banter together. I'm also a sucker for a good "hate to love" romance, which this book had ALL of. I think the ending was a little off-character for the leading lady, but I'm not overly surprised.
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Happy Monday everyone! I’ve got a slightly belated ARC review here – I meant to post it last Thursday, ended up traveling for work, and now, here we are. But never fear, because here it is! And as you’ll see, I wanted to make sure I did right by this review, which is why I waited to post instead of trying to cobble something together. I’ve been reviewing books for Entangled as a blogger for a couple of years now, and they have almost always been solid. This one is a little more on the border, but let’s get into it.

In Announcing Trouble, Josie Walters hates baseball more than anything else in her life. She hasn’t been to a game since before her dad left, and if she hates anything more than baseball, it’s baseball players. But she spent spring break of her senior year of high school helping her mom with their business rather than hanging out with her best friend Mai, and in that week, Mai met and started crushing on a ballplayer. That’s how Josie ended up at a game again. Once she was there, she couldn’t stand listening to the color commentator in the announcer’s box… so she stormed in and told him how bad he was. That’s how she ended up announcing a couple innings with Garrett Reeves, an injured ballplayer with something to prove.

Garrett follows her around until she agrees to keep announcing with him for a broadcast journalism contest through Arizona State, which would allow them to call an inning of a Diamondbacks game if they won. Which would mean she made it to the majors when her deadbeat dad never could. So yeah, she agrees to announce with him for the remaining six weeks of the season.

It has nothing to do with Garrett. Nothing. Not a thing. 😉

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3 Things I Loved
Garrett. The author was trying to paint baseball players as jerks, at least for the first part of the book. But even from the first time Garrett was introduced, it was clear that he was a good person, and I like that. He’s driven, he’s funny, and he has eyes for Josie… for some reason. More on that in a minute.
Mai. Oh man, I want a book from Mai’s perspective. Talk about smart and driven – she’s planning her valedictorian speech throughout the book. But she also has an “existential crisis” (her words), and she’s working through it by crushing on a baseball player. Can’t really fault her for that!
Baseball. I LOVE baseball. I was raised on it a lot like Josie was – my dad taught me how to keep a scorebook when I was very young, and I know the ins and outs of the game almost as well as Josie. So this book was really fun for me.
Dislikes/Problematic Content
You’ll see that I liked a lot about this book, but there were definitely things I didn’t like, too. So today, I’m going to do another list of three:

Josie (and her mom). Josie was not a protagonist who had much going for her. I understand that the story kind of had to be told from her perspective, but she’s arrogant and annoying and very VERY self-righteous. And her stereotype about baseball players all being jerks just because they loved the game was absolutely ridiculous. Yes, her dad was a jerk. That doesn’t mean ALL baseball players are jerks. It’s just a stupid connection to make. And I was thinking that it was just a weird point the author was trying to make until Josie’s mom was introduced. And WOW. Not a great mom. She drilled into Josie’s head that it was only baseball players who were jerks, basically, rather than teaching her the characteristics of an ACTUAL jerk. Mind boggling. So yeah, they were annoying af, and if I didn’t like Garrett and Mai so much, I honestly may have DNFed this book. So I truly have no idea what either of them saw in the two-dimensional character that was Josie.
The writing. It was mostly solid, but there were some moments that were very VERY bad. I won’t drag the writer with examples, because honestly, it’s as much an editing problem as a writing problem. All I’ll say is this – don’t tell me something obvious. Write it so I feel it. If nothing else, though, this book made me appreciate how well-written some of my faves truly are.
How heteronormal this book is. There was an attempt at diversity with Mai and some of the characters on the margins, but the main issue I came to was the heteronormativity of the book. At one point, Josie said something about ‘soulmate’ and ‘guy’ in a way that made it seem like the AUTHOR thought there was no other way to be – again, I’m not going to drag anyone here, that’s not what I’m trying to do. I’m just… getting a little disappointed in Entangled, at this point. You can write a romance novel between a man and a woman (or in this case, a girl and a boy, since they’re in high school) without making it appear that other options DON’T EXIST. See what I’m saying here?
Rating
A reminder of the rating scale:

Red = DNF, I hated everything
Orange = Ugh, no thank you
Yellow = I mean, I’ve read worse, but there were problems
Green = This was good! 
Blue = Oh my gosh, I loved this book!
Purple = This is the unicorn of books and I will be rereading it until the binding falls apart and EVERYONE should be reading it!
Ah man, I’m having trouble looking back on this book without seeing the problems. Taking everything I said about it, I’m giving Announcing Trouble a YELLOW rating. I’ve definitely read worse, but this really wasn’t great.

Thank you to Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Was I too honest? Hopefully not.

Happy reading!
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Josie may know everything there is to know about baseball. But that doesn't mean she likes it. Or like Garrett- who is a player sidelined broadcasting the home games. When he convinces Josie to help commentary their chemistry heats up in the booth. The back and forth, and banter. They are good together. After hating baseball for so long, Josie realizes that she may be starting to like the game again. And Garrett. Which could be a problem. When Garrett needs to decide on their future, or a second-chance at his dreams- Josie knows that baseball will win every time.

This is a YA novel, about dreams, passion, and the characters trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives. Josie and Garrett are only months away from graduating. Josie thought she had everything all figured out. Who whole life planned out. Garrett sidelined from baseball after an injury, but wanting to remain close to his love, his dream. Garrett convinces Josie to take up commentary and broadcast home games with him. And show Josie that even though baseball may be tinted with bad memories, she still loves the sport. Will Garrett choose baseball- his dream since as far back as he can remember, or will he choose Josie the girl who he may be falling in love with?

This book was everything I would love and expect from a YA romance. It was light, with some emotion twined in, fun with banter. It was sweet, and adorable, and makes me nostalgic for high school. The choices laid before you, and trying to figure out what the heck you want to do with your life. The dreams, and passion, and looking forward to what is next. Perfect summer time read. If you love YA romance, then this is the book for you! 4⭐ out of 5⭐.
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Book Review- Announcing Trouble by Amy Fellner Dominy

So, I loved how this book started, Josie being dragged to a baseball game by her best friend for a guy.  It is completely a classic move.  However, she kicks down the door of the announcer’s booth telling one of the guys, he basically sucks.  It was awesome.  Cutie pie Garrett enters the picture.  He is an injured baseball player staying close to the game.  He is a bit cocky and I love how he annoys Josie on purpose.  Of course, she gives it right back.  The banter between them was fun to read.
The bad thing about this book is the fear Josie’s mother instills in her.  I hated how she assumed anyone who played baseball would hurt her.  It drove me crazy and her mother perpetuated the whole situation.  Josie didn’t want to give Garrett a chance and her mother made it easy to stop dreaming.  I hated reading the interactions with her mother when the topic turned to Garrett or her father.  They both clung to the hurt and refused to move on.  It was a bit sad.  However, Josie starts coming around and is doing well until she makes a realization about Garrett, then tumbles right back to the start. Ugh! I wanted to smack her.  I was waiting impatiently for her to figure things out.  I liked how Garrett helped her along with that too.  He was totally adorable.  He was my favorite character in the whole book.  I give it a 4 out of 5.
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I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

I've never really been someone who enjoys baseball - it's not really a thing that's played over here - but even so, when I first saw this book online, I was immediately intrigued and dove right in as soon as my request had been approved. Josie has always loved baseball, and knows the sport like the back of her hand. However, when her deadbeat dad left them to and regain some of his old glory as a mid life crisis, Josie was immediately turned off from the sport, and wants nothing to do with it. So when she goes to a game at school, just to support her friend who has a crush on one of the players, she finds herself angry with the announcers, who know nothing, and interrupts the commentary to basically take over, and do a proper job. This soon leads to Josie becoming one of the permanent colour commentators, along with injured pitcher Garrett, and though she doesn't want to get close to him, and be hurt like her mam was by a baseball player, she can't find it in herself to stay away, from him, or from the sport.

I really liked this book, and like I said, I'm a complete baseball novice, but that didn't hinder my enjoyment at all. Josie was one of the best main characters I've ever read, being witty and sarcastic, but also had a softer side, more vulnerable, that we saw come out as we learnt more about her family history. Being just her and her mam, Josie has always had a plan to go into business and stay as far away from baseball as possible, but now with the competition, and her realisation that her love for the game doesn't have to be tainted by her hatred of her father, Josie doesn't know what to do. I felt like this was probably the most realistic part of the book, as a lot of 17/18 year olds question their choices, when it comes to going to university, or getting a job, or something different, and Josie's internal struggles really seemed authentic.

The romance between Josie and Garrett was a nice, slow burn, with the chemistry being off the page from the get go. I loved the banter between them, how they played off each other, and both actively fought their attraction, but it was bound to happen. They really seemed to help each other too, get to grips with what they wanted to do with their lives, and stop lying to themselves about what they want, or what they are capable of doing. All in all, Announcing Trouble was a really cute read, and I look forward to reading more from this author in future.
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Feisty female lead that’s into sports, and witty banter that breeds great escapism – need I say more?

Josie, daughter of a professional baseball player that abandoned her and her mum, hates baseball almost as much as she hates baseball players. But when she does her friend a favour and attends a game to watch her BFF’s crush, she finds herself as an announcer with Garrett, injured pitcher for her highschool team. As the sparks fly, she has to decide whether she can handle baseball again, while Garrett has to make her trust him – both easier said than done.

Great characterisation, dialogue that had me laughing into my baseball mitts (disclaimer: I don’t actually own any), and a generally all-round sweet read. It was also great to read about a girl that knew more about sport than most of her peers, and, although the ending was, while predictable, a little out of character for our leading lady, I have to admit I’ll be filing this one under “guilty pleasures”. Recommended.
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Announcing Trouble is a young adult sports romance by author Amy Dominy. Announcing Trouble is such a cute read, and it is perfect for these hot summer months. It will put a smile on your face and it will make you laugh and even swoon. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and it made me excited to read more from Amy Dominy.

In Announcing Trouble we meet Garrett and Josie, our two main characters. Josie is a used to be fan of baseball, but she blames baseball for many bad things in her past, so now she is bitter towards the game. Garrett is bitter as well, because he was on his way to becoming the next big player, or at least a high school star, when an injury took him off the field. They enter each other’s lives in the sports broadcasting booth. Garrett because he wants to stay as close as possible to the sport that he loves, and Josie because she just can’t help herself. Josie cracked me up. Right from the moment when she runs into the broadcasting booth to lay into the announcer, she had my heart.

Announcing Trouble is a feel good contemporary romance full of heart, plenty of banter, and lots of baseball fun. I think fans of the sport will really enjoying watching these two bond, even if it is somewhat reluctantly over baseball, and watching their story come together. I really enjoyed Announcing Trouble. I think it is a must read for fans of young adult sports romances.
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Thanks to Amy Fellner Dominy, Entangled Teen Crush, and Chapter by Chapter for a free eARC in exchange for an honest review. I can't get enough of these sports romances--and this one is BASEBALL!

Josie lived and breathed baseball until the day it caused her heart to walk out the door without a backward glance. It's taken a while for her and her mom to pick up the pieces and move on with their lives, sans baseball of course. When Josie turns 18, she'll officially become a partner in her mom's business--it's what they've been talking about and working toward, it's what helped get them through the dark time.

When Josie's best friend (somehow) drags her to a baseball game, she can't bare to hear the awful color commentary, no matter how much she now hates the game. She barges in to give him a piece of her mind and somehow Garrett, an ex-baseball player who is dedicated to call the plays at their high school baseball games, convinces her to take the job as his partner.

The banter between Josie and Garrett is honestly AMAZING. I just wanted to read about their conversations for much longer than the book provided. Garrett was such a sweetheart who was a genuine optimistic. You'll definitely be swooning over these two!

You all must know by now that I love my hate-to-love books, but it was truly special reading about this transition in the love of the game. Dominy's writing showed this beautiful progression, building up the tension and pulling heart strings. This baseball romance is a win in my book!
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Note: I received this book from the publisher via Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way. All opinions shared are my own.

If you love baseball, summery feel good reads, and YA contemporary romances Announing Trouble by Amy Fellner Dominy is for you. It’s a story filled with fun banter, laugh out loud moments, baseball, and dreams.

In Announcing Trouble, the main characters, Josie and Garrett, are high school seniors along with their friends. Josie has a practical future ahead of her post high school, and Garrett is still striving for his dream of playing baseball despite being sidelined due to an injury. The pair comes together for a broadcasting competition after Garrett talks Josie into it.

What I loved most about Announcing Trouble was the fun, hilarious banter between Josie and Garrett. There’s no doubting that this pair have chemistry. Honestly, Josie’s saracasm was so good. I know I wrote some of her quips in my journal. I also loved Josie’s best friend. I think she was a perfect counterpart to Josie.

I really appreciated both of their perspectives regarding their individual, post high school futures. Dominy did a great job at developing both characters and their back stories. It was easy to understand each of their struggles and to cheer for them as they grew and learned together.

If I could have changed anything, I probably would have loved to have read a bit of Garrett’s perspective. While I loved Josie, I just think seeing things from Garrett’s point of view would have been fun. Especially in the beginning, when he was trying to convince Josie to broadcast with him.

So I’d highly recommend checking out Announcing Trouble by Amy Fellner Dominy. It’s absolutely perfect for summer and baseball season. & I hope you’ll love and cheer for Josie and Garrett as much as I did.
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Baseball

Oh my God, this book has it all! I wasn't totally sure about the sports side of it because I haven't read any sports books before but I should never have doubted it. Baseball is key to the story in a sense but not in the way that you have to know anything going in. The writing about the game was very authentic and felt real, without getting too in-depth.  

Characters

I really enjoyed reading Josie as the lead character. She's dealing with a lot, preparing to take over the family business, losing her love of Baseball since her father left them some time ago. There's also a very relatable part-time job which was a joy to read about! And like all the best love interests, Garrett is nothing but irritating 
at first, though that doesn't get in the way of how appealing he is. He's a well-drawn (somewhat) arrogant athlete. Without giving too much away, the way the two of them are kept in close proximity is very smart. The supporting characters are thoughtfully drawn, from Josie's Mum to her best friend Mai, each one feels like they have a complete story of their own. 

Story

The plot is excellent every step of the way. Yes, the way things are kicked off is a little...unrealistic, but where's the fun in reading if it's all too true to life? There are a few layers to the story, an over-arching sub-plot which gives the story a sense of urgency, along with some deeper points which are dealt with in such a smooth way that it's seamless. I think that's my favourite part of Announcing Trouble, the incredibly simple way that Dominy brings out the most interesting aspects of these characters while telling each level of the story.
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Announcing Trouble is my first book by Amy Fellner Dominy and I really liked it, both the story and the writing. Can't wait to read more by this author.
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So much fun!! I love Amy Fellner Dominy's books, and this one is so different from her others, but SO good!! Love the progression the main character makes, and think many girls will relate to her. For those middle and high schoolers who want a romance book to read, I'll be recommending this one alongside Kasie West, Elizabeth Eulberg, Sandhya Menon, & Jenny Han.
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I really enjoyed this sweet romantic comedy! It was a great and easy read that took me on an emotional roller coaster through laughing and treats for these two! I would love to read more by Ms. Dominy!
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Such a fun read! I don't even like baseball (for reasons not nearly as good as Josie's; it's just so darn boring) but it didn't matter at all...and for a change it had nothing to do with characters in tight-fitting baseball pants ;)

Josie and Garrett's story was my first read from this author, but definitely not my last! Announcing Trouble is more than just a YA sports romance--it's a book about letting go of the past and finding your own path to a new beginning. It's a story about first love that is refreshingly free of OTT angst, with characters it's easy to root for. The story is told in first person POV (Josie's) which really worked for me here. Initially I was a bit bummed that we weren't going to get Garrett's POV as well, but a few chapters in I found myself not minding a bit.

The back and forth between Josie and Garrett is some of the best parts of this book (toward the end, Garrett doesn't even have to be on page to be contributing to their banter, which was genius) and pretty much guarantees that Amy Fellner Dominy is an author I'm going to be keeping an eye out for!

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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