Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws

Life Love and the Pursuit of Free Throws Going head to head with your best friend is never easy on the court or off Josie loves hottie Ethan Lancaster the captain of the basketball team but she never can do or say the right thing in front

  • Title: Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws
  • Author: Janette Rallison
  • ISBN: 9780802788986
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Paperback
  • Going head to head with your best friend is never easy, on the court or off.Josie loves hottie Ethan Lancaster, the captain of the basketball team, but she never can do or say the right thing in front of him So how can it be fair that Ethan is only interested in her best friend, Cami, when Cami isn t even trying for his affection Or is she Cami dreams of winning her baskGoing head to head with your best friend is never easy, on the court or off.Josie loves hottie Ethan Lancaster, the captain of the basketball team, but she never can do or say the right thing in front of him So how can it be fair that Ethan is only interested in her best friend, Cami, when Cami isn t even trying for his affection Or is she Cami dreams of winning her basketball team s coveted MVP award, and earning the chance to take the court during a special halftime demonstration with WNBA star Rebecca Lobo, but her best friend, Josie, is a better player So how can it be fair that Josie is a shoo in for the honor if she is barely interested in basketball in the first place and isn t even trying to be the best Or is she

    239 Comment

    • Sravani says:

      This book was really fun and i really like the character's personalities.It feels like a realistic version of the school for good and evil.

    • Karen Ball says:

      Another dual point of view book! Cami and Josie have been best friends forever, but Ethan comes between them. This affects not only their friendship (and their families since they've all been carpooling and friendly for years), but the basketball team they both play on. Both of them want the team MVP honor, since that person is going to get to play with Rebecca Lobo of the WNBA at an upcoming game, but they have to get their teamwork together and their heads on straight if either of them is goin [...]

    • NaDell says:

      Fun little high school book about some freshmen girls who play basketball and both like the same boy. I liked the characters, especially the unexpected ones who helped the girls learn to be more accepting and kind to everyone. Seemed fairly realistic to real high school behavior, while still being a nice, clean book.Prereading for my daughter.

    • Kiera Beddes says:

      Genre:relationships, sports, high schoolSummary: Cami and Josie are BFF's (and yes, the acronym accurately describes their relationship. They are very similar, finish each other sentences, and crush on the same boy. (They are both on the school's basketball team) Cami flirts with him and breaks Josie's heart. They have a verbal duel during the poetry unit in English. They find other people to be friends with. Josie becomes somewhat buddy buddy with Frederick, her acidic science project partner, [...]

    • Amber says:

      At first I really didn't care for this book at all because of the main character, Cami. She was insecure and jealous of her friend, Josie, for reasons that Josie had absolutely no control over. Josie is pretty, Josie has a bigger family than I do I, Josie is better at basketball than I am.um, I'm sorry but grow up. She was whiny and mean and childish and over all, in my opinion, a really bad friend. Meanwhile Josie could have been a little less obsessed with her crush, Ethan, but was over all a [...]

    • Rhiannon Ling says:

      This book was amazing! I highly recommend it to anyone! Life, love, and the pursuit of free throws is about two girls, Cami and Josie, who each want a different thing. Josie wants Ethan Lancaster's attention, and Cami wants to be the MVP for her basketball team, so she can run drills with Rebecca Lobo. Cami promises Josie she can get Ethan to talk to talk to her, as long as Josie can help her with free throws. Josie agrees. But, the only conversations Ethan is having is with Cami! And Josie is g [...]

    • Scribs says:

      Good message for tweens about the importance of friendships. I keep buying her books for my girls. When they reach that age, I want something clean and fun for them to read.

    • Becky says:

      I like this author a lot, but this wasn't one of my favorites. It's the sports thing, mostly. I've never been able to relate to athletes and their worries and concerns and I couldn't buy the whole WNBA star business. I don't think even the WNBA takes itself this seriously.Still, it's not a bad book and the alternating view points worked well. It's just not going to be one I recommend. It's just not for me.

    • Akilah says:

      This was cute. I liked the focus on friendships here: best and unexpected. The conflict is believable (they fight over a boy), and the parents' reactions were really good. I also liked the look at the different ways the girls approached sports and what that said about their personalities. All in all, a fun read.

    • Stacy Goodworth says:

      I've got to admit, the author gets high school. It's kind of fun to read as an adult and be glad I'm not back in high school. It can be pretty amusing, though I know it's very real to those crazy hormonal teens and tweens who live at my house.

    • Crimsonsnow says:

      I actually quite enjoyed it, but it ticks my pet peeves on high school books: 1. Maybe she doesn't have a lot of interest in rocket science but Josie's interaction with Frederick made me think that her being in every AP classes were informed attribute.2. Rather stereotypical portrayal of "the most popular girl" and "the obnoxious, gibberish talking science-guy". Thankfully Frederick and Josie turns out as friends in the end.Other than that, a quick read.

    • Emmi L says:

      Meet Josie and Cami. They are two freshmen in high school. They love to play basketball. Their dream is to meet and ask Rebecca lobo what it takes to become what you are an alstar player. While Josie and cami love basket ball every girl has a special someone. Josie has a major crush on Ethan. She trys to change her clothes and wear make up. Another person who likes Ethan is Cami her best friend has a secret on Ethan. She doesn't tell Josie because she doesn't want to be a bad friend. Later in th [...]

    • Nicole says:

      Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws wasn't what i expected. It was kinda dissapointing when I finished. I mean dont get me wrong, it was great for 13 yr olds, but compare toMy Fair Godmother, it wasn't really that amazing. Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws by Janette Rallison is about two girls named Cami, and Josie being best friends, and had some conflict with each other. Josie is this girl that is really good at basketball, and has a really annoying family. but that wasn't rea [...]

    • Isabel says:

      In Life, Love and the Pursuit of Free Throws many things are happening at once. Josie is in love with Ethan Lancaster and Cami is determined to play with her basketball idol, Rebecca Lobo. There are many ups and downs to both of these because Ethan has an on again, off again girlfriend and Cami isn’t the best person on her team. Josie’s crush, Ethan Lancaster is all she can think about. She does every single thing she can to get his attention, but it never works. When she does get his atte [...]

    • Courtney says:

      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 b [...]

    • Jennifer Wardrip says:

      Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadTooJosie 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 [...]

    • Sydney Jackson says:

      Oh, that awkwardness that was freshman year of high school. That time after you realize boys really don't have cooties, and that they're actually pretty cute, but you are still incredibly awkward. Yeah, we've all been there. Especially poor Josie (aka protagonist of book).Josie loves to play basketball, and she also loves the beautiful Ethan Lancaster. However, like most freshman girls, she can never say the right things to him and always makes a fool of herself. I love this, especially because [...]

    • Deborah Andreasen says:

      Great game! I mean bookGreat book!I once read that Rallison prefers to write humor because teenagers already have enough angst. This was a perfect example of that. We meet Camilla and Josie, best friends who seem to have hit a bit of a friendship rut. But when a boy and a lifelong dream step in the middle of their friendship, things go awry and limits are tested. I loved reading the perspective of both girls. And the dialogue was witty and clever, as always.

    • Mandy says:

      I think this book is almost is right for my age. I like this book. This book is about Josie, who likes Ethan, and Cami, who's Josie's best friend likes Ethan,too, but Cami doesn't want Josie to know. But later on, Josie found out that Ethan is flirting with Cami and calling her and the Cami likes Ethan, Josie and Cami fight. But at the end, they found out that Ethan is using Cami to make his ex-girlfriend jealous, so Cami and Josie finally realize that it doesn't worth it fighting over a guy who [...]

    • Princess Debz says:

      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 chanc [...]

    • Lisa Neureiter says:

      Life, Love, and the pursuit of Free Throws was an interesting book, covering the topics of rivalry and romance. I, myself, found this a very interesting read. Josie and Cami are both on the high school basketball team together. Cami thinks that even though she's been playing basketball longer, and tries harder than Josie does, Josie's still the better one. But, when one girl from the team has to be chosen to play with the famous basketball player, Rebecca Lobo, who's going to be the chosen girl? [...]

    • Susan K says:

      3.5, but I will round up because I loved the lessons portrayed in the novel.Romance, YA, clean.Some youthful situations that are complicated. Trying to be the best you can be, but also looking out for friends, and watching out for a nemesis. The situations were interesting how they resolved and came together. The complications with school, friendship, idols, crushes, adversaries, and school work that came together with a fun conclusion at the end. I loved the romantic interest that was the chess [...]

    • Rebecca says:

      AUTHOR PRESENTATIONJosie is the star of the freshmen girls' basketball team, but can't get her crush, Ethan, to notice her. Cami knows how to talk to guys, but wants more than anything to earn the chance to play with WNBA star Rebecca Lobo when their basketball team plays in her hometown. So Josie and Cami decide to do a trade: Josie will help Cami with her basketball skills, and Cami will help Josie get Ethan's attention. However, things get complicated when Ethan starts showing interest in Cam [...]

    • Natalie Baghdadlian says:

      I just finished this book. It is told in point of views of two best friends- Cami and Josie. Both girls play basketball. But, Josie has another interest which is a guy at school named Ethan. For Cami, life is all about basketball. However, Cami is not as good as Josie. Also, Ethan is more interested in Cami than he is in Josie. Therefore, the best friends decide to help eachother out. Josie agrees to help Cami in basketball so she can win a competition that there is. Cami agrees to find ways to [...]

    • 1machulski_meghan says:

      I really enjoyed this book. I love reading books that have anything to do with the sports I play. This book seems like this kind of thing would happen today. You and your best friend love to play basketball but one of you is way better than the other. All your friend talks about is this boy that she likes and it gets on your nerves but you find a way to get around it all and not be mad at each other. I feel like I actually got some advice from this book for the future if I ever run into this pro [...]

    • Adrienne says:

      Josie and Cami have been best friends for years, but their friendship is put to the test when each has a chance to get what the other wants most. Josie has a huge crush on Ethan but doesn't know how to talk to him; Cami, on the other hand, finds that talking to Ethan isn't that hard for her. what Cami wants most is a chance to meet her favorite basketball player, Rebecca Lobo, but their coach is going to pick the team's MVP to meet her--and Josie is the team's high scorer.A quick read about frie [...]

    • Candi says:

      I really liked Rallison's My Fair Godmother so my expectations were high for this book. I thought it was good, and I've been looking for two perspective books lately so that was fun. Perhaps I set the bar a touch high, this book was funny, but not quite in the sublime way that was "My Fair Godmother." I like sporty girls and finding friends in unusual places, but it was a little too superficial, even for 14 years old. Also, the most popular girl is a 14 year old on the freshman basketball team, [...]

    • Katie W says:

      I seriously love Janette Rallison's writing style! I am always giggling through her books. This story is about two 14 year old girls who are best friends--and big time rivals. Cami works hard at basketball and has a dream to meet her WNBA idol. For Josie, basketball comes naturally. Their rivalry extends to their social lives as well--Josie has a crush on Ethan, but he seems to like Cami better. I'm well out of my teen years, but this story still brought back memories of life as a teen. I rememb [...]

    • Melody says:

      I'm not sure if I would consider this middle grade or young adult. It was very simple to read. I picked it up because of my family's love of basketball, I have two teenage daughters and I used to be a teenager myself, lol! The two main characters are good girls, with their own strengths and weaknesses, making them believable and real. The message of what it takes to be a good friend is portrayed well. Good days and bad days happen in friendships, especially when there is a minor rivalry between [...]

    • Julie Hughes says:

      I think younger girls might have liked this better--it's hard for me to care about 9th graders playing freshman basketball. I have loved her books written for an older audience, though. This was a bit boring--there wasn't anything really important at stake. And the ending wasn't particularly satisfying. Also, it's told from two different points of view, and neither of the voices was very distinctive. A couple times I had to flip back to see which girl was telling the story. But it was well-writt [...]

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