Release Date: July 7, 2011
Rating: 4 stars
Reformed mean girl Kylie Collins desperately wants to put the craziness of basketball season behind her. (And with it, her cheater ex, Zachary Murphy.) Maybe she’ll finally be able to silence her snarky streak and concentrate on her lifelong dream – being recruited for Division One softball.
But when Kylie arrives at her first softball practice of the season, she comes face-to-face with her worst nightmare: Amber McDonald, the best pitcher in the state.
Now, Kylie’s forced to warm the bench as Amber wows crowds again and again. With all the drama happening out on the softball diamond, Kylie finds herself drawn back to bad habits-sabotaging people and hanging out with a certain Zachary Murphy. . .
Stealing Bases was a book I had quite high expectations for – while it didn’t quite live up to every expectation I had for it after reading Head Games, it was still a stellar read that I absolutely devoured.
I loved getting inside the heads of some of the characters from Head Games that had played a little more of an outfield role. I thought Kylie was a great narrator, I loved getting to know her more as a character. I don’t know why it is, but every Missy I meet in a book I really don’t like and she turns out to be a very not nice word, I was happy to see Missy redeem herself a bit after being nasty – which made me smile a lot.
The plot was a bit predictable, but I still loved seeing how everything panned out. The writing was marvelous. Mikulski really has a way with words. I did not want to put this one down. I kept trying to sneak in more pages whenever I could.
Stealing Bases is a worthy read. Keri Mikulski pitches a great story filled with wonderful writing. The story will hit you fast and doesn’t slow down until the end. I am very curious to see what will be next for Keri Mikulski, whatever it is, I will be reading.
Cover Rating: B+ I love this cover – it’s super cute, and thank goodness I can see her eyes! I loved the cover for Head Games, but they cut off the top of her head, which drove me mad.