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How You Get the Girl

by Anita Kelly

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"When smart-mouthed Vanessa Lerner joins the high school basketball team Julie Parker coaches, Julie's ready for the challenge. What she's not ready for is Vanessa's new foster parent, Elle Cochrane--former University of Tennessee basketball star. While star-struck at first, soon Julie persuades Elle to step into the unfilled position of assistant coach for the year. Even though Elle has stayed out of the basketball world since an injury ended her short-lived WNBA career, the gig might be a way to become closer to Vanessa--and to spend more time with Julie, who makes Elle laugh. As the coaches grow closer, Elle has a hard time understanding how Julie is single. When Julie reveals her lifelong insecurity about dating and how she wishes it was more like sports--being able to practice first--it sparks an intriguing idea. While Elle still doubts her abilities as a basketball coach, helping Julie figure out dating is definitely something she can do. But as the basketball season progresses, and lines grow increasingly blurred, Julie and Elle must decide to join the game--or retreat to the sidelines"--… (more)
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Lovely, sweet and sexy. Loved the women and queer youth in sports angle as well. Definitely recommend for those who like their sapphic romances a little less spiced, although there’s definitely some spice in this story. ( )
  jenkies720 | Jun 7, 2024 |
How You Get the Girl by Anita Kelly
Love & Other Disasters series #3. Contemporary sapphic sports romance. Can be read as a stand-alone but better as part of the series. The couple from the previous book are secondary characters in this book.
Julie Parker coaches a high school basketball team. She has a new student with enough attitude for the whole team. When the new foster parent shows up to support the teen, Julie knows it’s the perfect time to fill the open slot of assistant coach. Julie is a little star stuck by Elle Cochrane as a former WNBA player. As the two work together, sparks fly and soon practice turns to game on.

Depth of characters here include depression, self-labeling, imposter syndrome, adult friendships, and migraines, all of which are over and above being a foster parent of a teen.
I loved the level of communication between these women. Open, heartfelt and not afraid to touch the difficult topics.

I received this book from NetGalley. ( )
  Madison_Fairbanks | Feb 18, 2024 |
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"When smart-mouthed Vanessa Lerner joins the high school basketball team Julie Parker coaches, Julie's ready for the challenge. What she's not ready for is Vanessa's new foster parent, Elle Cochrane--former University of Tennessee basketball star. While star-struck at first, soon Julie persuades Elle to step into the unfilled position of assistant coach for the year. Even though Elle has stayed out of the basketball world since an injury ended her short-lived WNBA career, the gig might be a way to become closer to Vanessa--and to spend more time with Julie, who makes Elle laugh. As the coaches grow closer, Elle has a hard time understanding how Julie is single. When Julie reveals her lifelong insecurity about dating and how she wishes it was more like sports--being able to practice first--it sparks an intriguing idea. While Elle still doubts her abilities as a basketball coach, helping Julie figure out dating is definitely something she can do. But as the basketball season progresses, and lines grow increasingly blurred, Julie and Elle must decide to join the game--or retreat to the sidelines"--

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