I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler Blog Tour hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours.
Check out my review post below!
About the Book
Title: Home Field Advantage
Author: Dahlia Adler
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing date: June 7th, 2022
Rep: Polysexual, Bisexual, Lesbian, Latino (Cuban American)
In this sweet and funny new f/f romance from the author of Cool for the Summer, a cheerleader and the school’s newest quarterback are playing to win, but might lose their hearts in the process.
Amber McCloud’s dream is to become cheer captain at the end of the year, but it’s an extra-tall order to be joyful and spirited when the quarterback of your team has been killed in a car accident. For both the team and the squad, watching Robbie get replaced by newcomer Jack Walsh is brutal. And when it turns out Jack is actually short for Jaclyn, all hell breaks loose.
The players refuse to be led by a girl, the cheerleaders are mad about the changes to their traditions, and the fact that Robbie’s been not only replaced but outshined by a QB who wears a sports bra has more than a few Atherton Alligators in a rage. Amber tries for some semblance of unity, but it quickly becomes clear that she’s only got a future on the squad and with her friends if she helps them take Jack down.
Just one problem: Amber and Jack are falling for each other, and if Amber can’t stand up for Jack and figure out how to get everyone to fall in line, her dream may come at the cost of her heart.
Dahlia Adler’s Home Field Advantage is a sparkling romance about fighting for what – or who – you truly want.
Content warnings: off-page death by car accident, off-page pregnancy loss (including some on-page conversation about abortion), homophobia, misogyny, alcohol use (light), references to racism
This book was adorable. I’m getting more and more into sports romance and this one was just what I was looking for. I’ve been in such a contemporary mood lately and was so excited to get a chance to read this one.
Amber dreams of being cheer captain but when Jack joins the team as the new quarterback the path to that dream is shaken up. Turns out things for Amber aren’t the only thing that get shaken up. Turns out Jack isn’t the new guy on the team but the new girl and no one is happy about it. Well, maybe Amber is but she’s not out so keeping her feelings towards Jack on the down low are even more important now.
I really enjoyed this book. The banter between Jack and Amber was great. I thought the author did a great job of portraying the tension between the community and players towards Jack and Amber’s internal struggle with her sexuality as it wars with her social status within the community. The thought the characters were well developed and enjoyed watching the relationship between Amber and Jack grow, as well as those within the community, as the book went on.
I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a cute YA contemporary that also deals with the norms around small towns and deep societal issues. I picked up the audio and recommend that format as well!
Dahlia Adler (she/her) is an Editor of mathematics by day, a Buzzfeed blogger and LGBTQReads overlord by night, and a Young Adult and Romance author at every spare moment in between. Her novels include the Radleigh University trilogy, Kids’ Indie Next pick Cool for the Summer, and Home Field Advantage, and she is the editor of the anthologies His Hideous Heart (a Junior Library Guild selection), That Way Madness Lies, At Midnight, and, with Jennifer Iacopelli, Out of Our League (upcoming from Feiwel & Friends). Dahlia lives in New York with her family and an obscene number of books, and can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @MissDahlELama.
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