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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; First Edition edition (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080278898X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802788986
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,447,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 6-9–Cami, 14, only has one thing on her mind–to become the MVP of her basketball team, giving her the opportunity to run drills with Rebecca Lobo, former star of the WNBA. But no matter how hard she tries, her best friend is better. For Josie, basketball comes naturally, but she is preoccupied with dreamboat Ethan, even though he never pays any attention to her. Friction between the friends arises when Ethan notices and begins to telephone Cami, and Josie feels betrayed and angry. This is a fun, realistic, sometimes poignant story about two teens and the ups and downs of their relationship. Written from their alternating perspectives, this book shows how petty differences can be overcome.–Sharon Morrison, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK
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From Booklist

Gr. 4-7. High-school freshmen Josie and Cami are longtime best friends, but they are both vying for love and fame. They both like Ethan, but Josie liked him first, so when he starts flirting with Cami, Cami feels guilty flirting back (but does it anyway). Both girls play basketball, but Josie is a natural talent, while Cami works twice as hard and still blows her free throws. Their basketball team's MVP will get a chance to play with WNBA star Rebecca Lobo at an upcoming game, and both girls are in the running for the honor. This is light entertainment, short on characterization but full of myriad awkward moments in romance. Told in alternating narratives from Josie and Cami, this novel captures the tension of a best friendship gone sour from jealousy, and provides a believable happy ending that will please middle-school girls. Debbie Carton
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More About the Author

Janette Rallison is old. Don't ask how old, because it isn't polite. Let's just say she's older than she'd like to be and leave it at that.

Janette lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five children and enough cats to classify her as "an eccentric cat lady." She did not do this on purpose. (The cats, that is; she had the children on purpose.) Every single one of the felines showed up on its own and refuses to leave. Not even the family's fearless little Westie dog can drive them off.
Since Janette has five children and deadlines to write books, she doesn't have much time left over for hobbies. But since this is the internet and you can't actually check up to see if anything on this site is true, let's just say she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, horse back riding and long talks with Orlando Bloom. (Well, I never said he answers back.)

Customer Reviews

Very well written!
Courtney
This book is about the friendship of Josie and Cami, two teens who love basketball and are fast friends.
Missustoad
I love Janette Rallison even more with each word of hers I read!
Princess Deb

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on February 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
Josie and Cami are best friends, but they're both jealous of each other. It seems, to each of them, so easy for the other to get what she wants.

Josie wants Ethan Lancaster's attention. It's all she can think about. She loves basketball, but to her it's just a game. To Cami, however, it's serious, and she would kill to have Josie's talent on the court. Josie is just as jealous of Cami, though. No matter how much Josie crushes on Ethan, she always seems to be humiliating herself around him--he and Cami, however, seem to be interacting way more than he and Josie ever have.

LIFE, LOVE, AND THE PURSUIT OF FREE THROWS is a cute and fun book, though a little dull at times. The story is told in chapters where Josie and Cami take turns narrating--but their voices are often indistinguishable. Even though the characters have the same interests, one would expect them to be at least a little different from each other--but this is not the case throughout most of the book. Still, though, this is a fun read.

Reviewed by: Jocelyn Pearce
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Reeves on December 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
I'm a 45 year old Teacher teaching English as a Foreign Language and I recently picked up this book for a class of 14 and 15 year old English learners. I read it last night in about an hour and a half, and it's one of the most well-written, funniest books I've ever read.

The section where the author describes Josie's fall going down on the up escalator with a broken cookie container making pig noises is THE funniest thing I've ever read in a young adult book. I laughed so hard I had tears streaming down my face and my stomach hurt.

My kids are going to LOVE this book! Great job Ms. Rallison.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Missustoad on October 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is about the friendship of Josie and Cami, two teens who love basketball and are fast friends. But then, they both fall for the same boy. Josie and Cami, as well as their families, are entertaining and believable. While the adults are imperfect, they are not exaggerations or caricatures.

This book captured the interest of my very athletic eleven year old who is just noticing boys. And in the end, it reminds girls of the importance of friendship.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Courtney on June 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a story about two young girls that are best friends but struggle with comparing themselves to each other. Then the girls both fall for the same guy and this threatens to break up their close friendship.

I am a big fan of Janette Rallison! When I am looking for a humorous, happy quick book to read, I always go for one of her books!! I was not disappointed with Life, Love and the Pursuit of Free Throws. It had me laughing, especially the whole mall scene and the way the both girls want to be orphans because they are too embarrassed to be seen with their families.

The characters are always genuine and lovable. They are not too perfect but are realistic to the age the author is portraying. There is always a lesson to be learned in her books and this book is great to remind young girls that boys will come and go, so never let a boy come between you and your best friend.

This is a great book for young girls to read, probably from the age of 11 or up or even earlier. There are no kissing or inappropriate scenes. Very well written!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 2cents on March 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
I loved this cute novel on the joys of growing up. Josie and Cami are best friends but each seems to be better at what the other one wants. I loved watching their interactions as they play basketball and try to win the attention of a certain handsome young man.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Josie and Cami, with their very different personalities and quirky families, seemed very realistic to me as I read this book. It held my attention very well (which doesn't often happen) and I have reread it over and over again. I loved the plot and characters. This is definitely a must-read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Audrey Grant on May 25, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
As always, Janette Rallison wrote a captivating, hilarious read! Love all her books and her great sense of humor! Recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Princess Deb on March 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
Cami and Josie are BFFL. They play basketball together, they shop together, they talk about families, homework, and boys.
Josie plays basketball all for the fun of it, and is a master at free throws. Cami plays to win, but can't make a free throw to save her life.
Their friendship starts to fall apart after Josie discovers that Cami has been flirting with Ethan, Josie's long-time crush. This starts to affect everything else in their life. Now their crumbling friendship is crumbling their chances of playing basketball with WNBA star Rebecca Lobo.

I love Janette Rallison even more with each word of hers I read! I enjoyed her other books more, but this was still really good.
I found the shifting perspectives confusing because of how similar the characters and their voices were. I liked the ending. It was a short, simple story that I thought was enjoyable.
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