The Thing About Baseball

Young Adult - Coming of Age
240 Pages
Reviewed on 11/24/2021
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

The Thing About Baseball is a coming-of-age sports drama novel written by Kenny K. Liu and BJ Pivonka. Colt Benson, a high school senior at Orange High, recalls his conversation with his idol, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, as he prepares himself for the final game of his high school career. Colt is a pitcher for his high school team with a seemingly promising career ahead. Steve Tressler, one of the top agents in the baseball world, represents his interests. With a mother who wishes her son to be a doctor or an engineer, Colt is determined to carefully select his options. In a game with his biggest rival, Colt puts everything on the line. Now, will he follow his dreams as a rookie or opt to enroll in college and join the major leagues later?

Authors Kenny K. Liu and BJ Pivonka tell a charming tale of a young baseball prospect finding himself undecided with the option to choose between college and professional leagues at a young age. The Thing About Baseball is a wholesome coming-of-age sports drama that will delight young adults and older readers alike. Despite the premise of baseball, there is plenty to enjoy, even for non-baseball fans. The authors do a commendable job of explaining the mechanics of the sport to the uninitiated and seamlessly incorporate them into the narrative. The characters are likable and easy to root for. Colt, Jay, and Matt make an entertaining dynamic, and their varied career trajectories give a solid resolution to the story. Recommended to young adult readers.