The Call

A Baseball Novel

Fiction - Sports
320 Pages
Reviewed on 04/29/2018
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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

When I picked up The Call: A Baseball Novel by Laurie Boris, the last thing I expected was to meet a female protagonist, and I must say that she is so well developed and the story so original and deeply moving that I couldn’t put it down. Meet twenty-year-old Margie Oblonsky, twin sister to Tim. All Margie wants is to be a successful baseball pitcher. She is determined to take after her father and become a baseball umpire. But her dreams are threatened when she discovers cheating by a famous slugger and can’t understand why no one will address it. She is torn between coming out and saying things as they are or keeping her silence. Accusing a famous player can put her entire career and that of her twin brother at risk, and not doing so will be acting against her ethical principles and integrity. Will she have the nerve to do what’s right?

Laurie Boris’ novel is character-driven and features a plot that is intelligently done. Character development seems to be a forte of the author, and readers will enjoy a female protagonist in a baseball novel set in a period when females were only admitted to the game as spectators or fans. The protagonist is explored as a character on different levels and readers will enjoy her personal and career growth and how she evolves through the conflict. The themes of family, sports, friendship, and personal development stand out in the narrative, and the plot twists are a great seasoning to an already interesting story. Great writing, an impeccable narrative and exciting dialogues. Don’t pick up The Call: A Baseball Novel if you have important appointments, for you won’t want to put it down.