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{April 21, 2013}   {Review} Out of Sync by Amanda Humann

16191292From Goodreads: Since they were six-year-olds, Madison and Dayton have had soccer sync. Maddie doesn’t have to see her best friend on the field to know where she’ll be. Her passes to Dayton are perfect, as if the two of them can read each other’s mind. Together, they’re a scoring machine. There’s only one problem: lately, Dayton seems more interested in partying than playing soccer. And Dayton’s change of heart couldn’t have come at a worse time. Now that she and Maddie are sophomores, they have to really focus–or they’ll have no chance of making it to a Division I college team. Can Maddie get through to her best friend? Or will the scoring machine break down?

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This novel was much shorter than I originally thought it would be.  At 100 pages, it’s technically a novella, but I didn’t know that going in, and I feel there just wasn’t enough time to develop any of the characters to the point that I really connected with them.  Madison is in love with soccer and wants to go pro, and that’s about all the depth we get from her.  She cares about her best friend, Dayton, but even more so about soccer, and that’s really all she talks about the entire story.  Dayton wants to party all the time, and soccer is too much pressure, and that’s about all we learn about her within these 100 pages, as well, so I really felt that the story was too short and forewent any depth of character or plot.

This story’s main focus is soccer, and it has lots of details about plays, kicks, and scores… but as I’m not that interested in the sport, a lot of that went right over my head and I felt like it was more or less a filler where I’d rather have had character depth.  Truthfully, I think this story could easily be fleshed out to add depth and more conflict to create a longer, fuller read, and I probably would have enjoyed it more had this been the case.

I think this story might be good for the reluctant reader that’s really into soccer as it talks shop a lot and is on a lower reading level, but if they’re not into soccer, I’m not sure they’ll really care for the novel, either.  Two stars.

2 stars

Lerner Publishing Group has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read a copy of this novel, via Netgalley.

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