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Throw Like a Girl: How to Dream Big & Believe in Yourself
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2011
At the NYC marathon, Jennie Finch was running for charity. She was given the last place number and starting time, and money for charity was raised for each person she passed. I joked with friends prior to running that in view of this I would allow her to pass me if I saw her, and puncuated that promise with "as if I could stop her!" (As predicted, she did pass me and finished before me).

There is no doubt that Jennie Finch is a world-class athlete. Her long lists of accomplishments on the softball field speak for themselves. In Throw Like a Girl, we get to read her background story and philosophy of life. Much hangs around softball, of course, but the lessons she aims at young women (and I would argue at young men as well) go beyond the playing field. There are frank discussions of peer pressure and body image and peer relationships and balance in one's life. In a world that seems to honor celebrity, regardless of the reason, this book stands in strong contrast. Readers are told in no uncertain terms that they need to think out the consequences of their actions in view of the long-term benefits and drawbacks (e.g., Jennie's decision to turn down offers from certain men's magazines and the reasons she did so). There are no-nonsense statements about what it takes to be successful, and readers are told quite bluntly that success comes from hard work, not from updating your facebook status. This is excellent reading for the young people in your life, particularly girls, as they struggle with the pressures of their age and deciding who they want to be. This has been a "go to" present for families with young girls/women this holiday season.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2011
This is absolutely mandatory reading for any parent or young girl who wants to participate in any sport. This is not about learning the fundamentals of any certain sport. It's about learning the fundamentals of living and how athletics can contribute to a healthy and productive life. Too many people can't connect the two. I think Jennie Finch might just deserve another Gold Medal. Maybe we'll get a sequel called "The Cat and the Finch".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2013
Thank you to Jennie Finch for taking time to share your story!! This was the first book my 13 year old has actually read cover to cover in months! And then reread. This is a must read for any preteen or teen whether or not they play softball. Those who do play softball, will be able to relate to her first hand experiences. This is an excellent motivator and helps girls understand that no one is perfect. It also teaches the value of a great work ethic. Jennie's success wasn't handed to her on a silver platter, she had to work hard and deal with disappointment like everyone else.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2011
We have an 11 year old budding fast pitch softball grand-daughter. Jenny's book was terrific as she covers most all of the problems young athletes and their parents will have to deal with in school and sports. Natalie went to a two day Fast pitch, camp a month or so back, run by Lisa Fernandez and this is who Jenny described as the best female player in Women's Softball ever!

We thought the book was great and passed it on to our daughter and granddaughter to read. It covers all the bases and Jenny is a wonderful inspiration and model for young girls to follow
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2014
My daughters and I love this book. It is very well written and gives girls that boost of confidence. We read a chapter at a time out loud, it shows them that hard work does pay off even when people tell you that you will amount to nothing, you keep on trying!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2012
This is simply a great book for young girls who play team sports. Jennie goes over many aspects of team play both good and bad. She explains how she dealt with issues that I have seen over and over again in team sports. If you have a daughter that plays any sport this is a must read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2014
Jennie Finch is an excellent role model for young girls and teens a like! This book not only gives softball tips but more importantly encourages girls to embrace who they are and be happy! Gave this to my neice as a birthday gift and she really enjoyed it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2013
I think this would be a good book for all girls who aspire to do well and have a future in softball
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2014
Bought this for my 13 year-old daughter, and read it before she did. There is nothing not to like about Jenny Finch, she is a highly successful world class athlete with tremendous natural ability, a 6' frame, burning desire, smart and beautiful. If you have all that and believe in yourself, you will go far. She even overcame being told by a coach when she first started playing softball that she did not have what it takes to be a champion. That would be like telling a young Micheal Jordan to quit playing basketball. That seems to be the only setback in Jennie's career. So, the book reads like, "You don't have to be successful and beautiful like me to succeed like me." It's a great message, but, really? Where's the proof? You can't knock her for being great. And, she does get across the idea that greatness requires hard work. I liked the book more than my did daughter. For me, probably because the book never stops saying to girls something that I want them to hear. For my daughter, probably because the book stays preachy and never gets very personal, which my daughter would have preferred.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2013
This book was excellent and I highly recommend that anyone who coaches, teaches, or is the parent of a young girl read it.Jennie really speaks to the heart of young girls and what is best for them!
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