Tournaments, Cocoa, and One Wrong Move

23 Sep

Tournaments, Cocoa & One Wrong MoveNancy Rue

Publisher: Zondervan

Publication Date: 2010

Paperback: 256 pages, and every one it flew by!

Book Blurb:

Everything seems to be going right for Cassidy Brewster—she’s the star of her high school basketball team, has a near-perfect GPA, and college recruiters are showing up at her games. But during the state tournament she injured herself, and her season appears to be over. With pressures at home and school, Cassidy turns desperate and makes choices that only increase the number of problems in her life. As Cassidy’s carefully controlled world falls apart, a mysterious book begins to speak to her, and it just might contain the answers Cassidy has been trying to find.

Stand alone or series: This is book three in the Real Life series. A series which I recommend for all teen girls and those who care about them. Though it is a part of a series, these are four stories of four separate girls and can be read in any order (maybe I should wait until I’ve read the last one to tell you that for certain) or as stand alones.

Why I read this book: Nancy Rue rocks! She hooked me on the first book in this series. Before I had finished Motorcycles, Sushi, and One Strange Book, I’d bought the next three. It’s definitely a choice I do not regret.


Cassidy’s life is all about control. She controls her skills, her team, and her body. Her father controls her. When she loses control and damages her knee, her world spins out of control.

Though you probably won’t notice while reading, however Nancy Rue has mastered the craft of structure. She builds and builds and builds the story, putting Cassidy through more than we thought possible, and then pushes her further.

In between the pages, you’ll find a cast of characters that you seen walking the halls of your high school. I remember girls like Kara, boys like Rafe, and other girls like Ruthie. I only wish I’d gotten to know those people as well as I know the incredible characters in this novel. The kids as well as the adults are vibrant and lovable, especially those who feel unloved. The kids learn to find their identity in a place greater than society’s labels. Which, as many of us know, is no easy feat.

This is a powerful story of a young girl who thinks she has it all together. It appears to her, her family, and the rest of the school, that she is perfect—the perfect player, the perfect student, the perfect daughter. Only when the veneer of perfection falls away is she free and open to discover Jesus and true perfection.

This book is for athletes, loners, perfectionists, lovers of chocolate, those who the world has written off as “losers,” and kids struggling to connect with parents who are disengaged or far too engaged. Really, this book is for everyone. Cassidy and her friends’ struggles and triumphs are a part of every stage of life, though they may come in different forms. Once again Rue has put heart and soul to paper.


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