Recommendation: Read it. NOW.
I have probably read this book about five times now. Really, I'm not kidding. When I want to read something good, I grab this book and flip open to just about anywhere and let myself get sucked into its pages.
This is one of those books that I wish more people knew about, because it is just so good! At this time I believe it is only available via e-book and it makes me so sad/mad because it is honestly one of my top five favorite books I've read to date and I'd really like it sitting on my bookshelf (my real one, not my virtual one).
When I first read the set-up and say the cover, I really thought it was a YA book, marketed to LDS youth between the ages of 12-19. And it is, but THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT.
What I liked:
And Matt. Ahh Matt. More than most book boyfriends, he felt like a real guy to me. He was so cute, especially with Bayley. And even better, he surprised me a few times. I liked all the sides of him I got to see: Pre-mission, soccer player, son, brother, post-mission... Loved that. He did a few things I wanted to shake him for, but that just made him seem that much more real. I loved him.
Really, I loved all the characters, but what made this story really special was the storyline and the challenges they encountered along the way.
What I didn't like:
I have nothing to say at all about the story. Loved the beginning, middle and end.
But...Here's the thing. The cover is beautiful and yes, the book is about soccer, but it's also not, I mean it is, but it's just so much more than just soccer. It's about Bayley, and her struggles and her quest to find herself, her worth and of course her love story. While the cover is absolutely beautiful, I don't think it does enough justice to the story and unfortunately might dissuade some readers from buying the book. Ah, I hate saying that because it really is pretty, it just made me think more YA, less LDS romance/BYU. So when you look at the cover, I want you to picture the back of a gorgeous brunette girls head looking in the mirror, but what she sees is a red-headed girl losing all her hair. Now on her wall is a poster of all the cute BYU men's soccer team, front and center is her love interest and on her desk is a stack of mail missionary mail and on the floor is a well loved soccer ball. Okay, that pretty much sums the story up for me... Kinda, sorta? Okay, I suck at cover art. But what I'm trying to say is that this story has so much too it than just a soccer ball.
So buy the book and thank me later. I promise, if you love LDS Romance, you will love this book, there's just no way you won't love it.