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He annoyed me, but I was also annoyed with myself for letting his attitude bother me. I did not care. I loved the build up of their relationship, their banter. He had secrets. She had secrets Keywords: supposed to.
We had the trials and tribulations of training, the play offs to try and get to the finals. The rivalry with other teams.
Do you have to be a football fan to enjoy this book? I don't think so And they loved it. They still love football soccer. They played for Varsity and Junior Varsity at school, got to travel to different countries with their school.
I was the one who paid a fortune when our National team had a new jersey released. I loved Sal and her family. Loved her Dad's passion for the game. I grew up with a Dad and two brother who were football fanatics. This was like the best dream and the worst nightmare all wrapped into one beautiful package I really feel I could wax lyrical about this book. I really don't know what it was about it that I loved Heads up, its a long book Like what?
So she isn't prepared for this version of Reiner Kulti who shows up to her team's season: Get A Copy. site Edition , pages. More Details Original Title. Reiner Kulti , Sal Casillas. Houston, Texas United States. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Kulti , please sign up. Can you recommend similar slow burning romances, enemies to friends to lovers, and if possible a kickass heroine like Sal?
I absolutely loved this book. Questions from a German reader: I liked the book very much especially him calling her "Schnecke" all the time - so cute! Was Michael Ballack the model for Kulti? Why did you place him with a club from Berlin there is just one Bundesliga-Club in Berlin, and Hertha BSC is always at the verge of going down to second league 3. Was Sal's name a reminiscence to Iker Casillas?
I think there wasn't much thought put into where he played as long as it was German and I also …more I thought the same thing, I pictured Kulti as Ballack!
I think there wasn't much thought put into where he played as long as it was German and I also thought of Iker Casillas, but it is a common Spanish name so, possibly a coincidence. Also I don't think the author is a huge soccer fan less. See all 24 questions about Kulti…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. You can find a really cute little epilogue scene here: Thanks to Hulya for mentioning it in her review Slooooooow Strong Stars So not gonna lie, I went into this book completely blind.
I didn't read any other reviews on this before starting which is typical for me. Shit, I didn't even read the blurb which is NOT typical for me. All I know is that I was "packing" my Update: All I know is that I was "packing" my site for my recent vacation and this book was kind of like that random extra bottle of full size conditioner you throw in your suitcase right before heading out the door, because you just know that little bullshit travel size is just NOT going to be enough.
All I knew when I one-clicked this is that I had read another book by this author - Under Locke - and I really enjoyed it. So, like I said, I said fuck it and I went in blind.
But this was worth it. Also, a benefit to the length of Zapata's stories I went back and re-read parts of Under Locke , which I then remembered was also quite lengthy is that you really get to know the characters after spending so much time with them and you really feel their connection. Another bonus? I DIG it. Me love it long time, every time. My only complaint with this book is that it takes forever for anything to happen between these two outside of friendship. For serious though. I don't always need things to move fast or for their to be tons of steam, but I was starting to wonder if these two were ever going to get anywhere.
I felt a little cheated. But anyways, long story not so short, if you are someone who typically likes things to move a little faster and needs a little more snap with your crackle, this might be a little too slow moving for you. Otherwise, I say give this thing a go. Just make sure you know it might take a year off your life to finish this. View all 85 comments. Oct 30, Christy rated it it was amazing Recommended to Christy by: Jennifer Kyle.
And I was his friend. Or something like that. Kulti is one of those books that has been sitting on my TBR soon pile for months and months. I never found the time to read it, then I saw it was on audio so I made the time. She was in love with this older soccer player and he gave her the drive to be the best she could be. Then she gets the news. That the elusive Reiner Kulti will be a coach for her team.
Sal and Kulti have this fantastic love hate relationship to start with. I cannot tell you how many times this story made me laugh. Their back and forth banter was so well done.
It felt like it took an eternity to get to where they needed to be, but guess what? Not one bit. The friendship, the banter, the back and forth, the love that eventually developed… it was perfection.
Sal and Kulti together- they were wonderful. He was an ass a lot of the book, but he was her ass. He could also be sweet though. Our friendship hadn't been given to either of us, we had worked at it. On top of that, I felt something for him even if he was egoistical, arrogant, stubborn pain in the ass. He was my egoistical, arrogant, stubborn pain in the ass. My man Kulti was not quite as lovable as Sal in the beginning, but by the end he had me swooning! What a fantastic secondary character!
It was paced well. And written well. Seriously, can you tell how much I loved this book?!? And if you like audio, do yourself a favor and pick up the audible version. View all 75 comments.
May 27, Mo rated it it was amazing. I loved this one, just loved it. First off, I love football I was the girl who stood in the pissing rain at Terryland Park to watch Galway United because my then boyfriend, now husband, supported the team.
He annoyed me, but I was also annoyed with myself for letting his a I loved this one, just loved it. He annoyed me, but I was also annoyed with myself for letting his attitude bother me.
I did not care. I loved the build up of their relationship, their banter. He had secrets. She had secrets We had the trials and tribulations of training, the play offs to try and get to the finals. The rivalry with other teams. Do you have to be a football fan to enjoy this book? I don't think so And they loved it.
They still love football soccer. They played for Varsity and Junior Varsity at school, got to travel to different countries with their school. I was the one who paid a fortune when our National team had a new jersey released. I loved Sal and her family. Loved her Dad's passion for the game. I grew up with a Dad and two brother who were football fanatics. This was like the best dream and the worst nightmare all wrapped into one beautiful package I really feel I could wax lyrical about this book.
I really don't know what it was about it that I loved Heads up, its a long book Like what? USA Ireland qualified. My brother, who worked for American Airlines at the time won 2 airline ticket and 2 match tickets to Dallas to see Brazil versus the Netherlands. First class flights, five star hotel Himself used to be a huge Netherlands fan when he was younger.
He even had the jersey. My brother rang me to ask me if I wanted to go I thought about it Now is that not true love??? I will hold that over his head, the fact that I gave up a ticket to Dallas so that he could go.
Ok, better shut up now. I will definitely be checking out more by this author. Whether you are football fan or not I highly recommend this book. I think the title is a bit off-putting but that's just me. Bill O'Herlihy 26 September — 25 May was an Irish television broadcaster and public relations executive. His funeral was today.
I grew up with his commentating on all our major football achievements View all comments. Nov 25, Ana O rated it really liked it Shelves: A well known fact about me: I can't play sports. I am the least athletic person you'll ever meet. I hated gym class with a passion. I also have an irrational fear of balls. Don't laugh, it's a real condition.
It's called sfairesphobia. In elementary school, I'd been forced to play volleyball. And it went something like this Working out has never been my strong suit. Basically the only thing I can do is- That is the extent of my exercise.
However, I know a thing or two about sports. My mom was al A well known fact about me: My mom was always very athletic. My family has always been huge football fans.
Croats take football very seriously. A little too seriously if you ask me. There's an old Croatian saying, 'Football is the single most important parallel thing in the world.
I think I learned a thing or two about the game. I most definitely don't look like that during matches. I find football very delightful, ok? There's something about the game. Nothing brings people together like football. So when I heard about this book I knew I had to read it. Reiner Kulti. Er ist so scharf - as my German friend would say. He's handsome, he's incredibly talented, and he's deeply troubled. All very swoon-worthy qualities. But my goal is not to try to show off my vast football knowledge; being modest is all about not showing off.
I loved her. She's crazy awesome. She's quirky, strong-willed and unpretentious. Sal is a tomboy but she's also a woman. A girl can be tough and feminine at the same time. It took me forever to read Kulti. Somehow it took longer than I expected because I got sidetracked a few times. This book is long but worth it. So worth it. View all 99 comments. Check out more of my reviews at www. I had put off reading it for a few reasons, but the most notable reasons being that: Now that I've read it, I can say that neither of those concerns ended up coming to fr Check out more of my reviews at www.
Now that I've read it, I can say that neither of those concerns ended up coming to fruition. I listened to the Audible version of this book and I thought that it was fabulous. I loved the humor and the wittiness of the heroine, Sal Casillas. Kulti was a real piece of work at times and I loved that Sal wasn't afraid to call him out on his assholery. I'm making that a word. Sal and Kulti were a great pair.
I spent a lot of time laughing my butt off at Sal's inner monologue. She was just so "human" that it was hard not to love her.
On the other hand, Reiner Kulti was an acquired taste. He was the polar opposite of the easy-going Sal. He was wound tight, closed-off and outright rude for most of this book. However, little by little, a softer side of him was revealed.
To say that this book was a slow-burn is putting it mildly. This story seemed to go on forever. I enjoyed it immensely, but I did think that it could have been trimmed down a little.
The only other thing that I would've changed was the ending. Don't get me wrong, I liked the way everything played out. I just wanted more. It took so long for Sal and Kulti to get their HEA and after all the time spent describing every detail of every game, I felt like more time should've been dedicated to them as a couple.
After all, I waited long enough to get there. Everything considered, I thought that this was a fantastic story. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that all of my worries had been completely misplaced. I enjoyed every minute of this book. If you've been putting it off like I did, don't.
View all 29 comments. May 29, Mysza rated it it was amazing Shelves: Destiny is a ladder, a series of steps that takes you where you're supposed to go. I am the man that I am, and I have done the things that I've done, to get me to you. Throughout her child and teenage years, she had a big crush on now retired German player - Reiner Kulti, he was the reason she sta "Every single thing that has ever happened in my life has led me here, Sal.
Throughout her child and teenage years, she had a big crush on now retired German player - Reiner Kulti, he was the reason she started training football in the first place. Years went by and while growing up, she grew out of this infatuation. Now, she is playing for Houston Pipers and guess who took a position as a new assistant coach in her team?
Kulti is a dick from the moment he starts working with the Pipers, but our Sal here won't take his shit calmly and quickly calls him on it. That's how their journey starts. And be aware, the book is long and their journey is long but oh so worth it. And though long it is, I devoured it. The writing is excellent, flows naturally, you turn page by page and never get bored.
It's a classic example of slow build up, but it is exactly what made this book magical for me. The tension, the anticipation, it worked so fine here. Sal and Kulti started as kind of enemies, went to friends and then naturally, when they were ready, became lovers. I loved their banter and bickering. Kulti was very serious and grumpy most of the time but he also had a healthy dose of humor in him, and Sal was no worse. Okay, Arnold. He's Austrian, not German, you little shit.
You're incredibly annoying. God help me, I think I wanted to cry. She, as no one else, was able to get close to Kulti, gained his trust and made him open up more. He never said much but once he opened his mouth, here's what came out.
Don't you just get swooned on the spot? My little snail, do you know that's what it means? It's a term of affection in my country. My love. My snail. I don't want to waste more time. I have nothing to hide and neither do you. You are my equal, my partner, my teammate, my best friend. I've done so many stupid things that you've made me regret - things I hope you will forgive me for and look beyond - but this, waiting a little longer for the love of my life, I can do.
You are the most honest, warm, loving person I know. Your loyalty and friendship amazes me every day. I have never wanted anything more in my life than I want your love, and I don't want to share that with anyone. I haven't done a single thing in my life to deserve you, schnecke, but I will never give up on you, and I won't let you give up on me. I have Germany right across the border, been a few times, know the language a bit and I think her nicknames were so darn cute. Just a few Kulti didn't stay indebted for long and came up with Taco for her.
And if you read for the nookie than you might be disappointed, because there is almost none, almost And the whole anticipation thing was so wonderful that it easily made up for lack of too much sex. And you know what? I didn't care, cause when the book is as good as this one you will get by without it.
Well, to sum up, I would give it perfect ten stars if I could. And in the end, I just want to say this is why I love GR and my friends here, because I would have probably not read this book if not for Mo and Didi. I've had my sight on it for a long time but never got to it. If I didn't see their updates and reviews, I would probably never read it. So big shout out to you girls, thanks for updates: Guest reviewer at View all 76 comments.
Jun 20, Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it. This sports theme book is centered around a full soccer season taking our heroine and her new coach through a slow building friendship to more. Kulti is a world famous retired German soccer star who Sal had been obsessed with as a young girl. Reiner Kulti was well written in his broody, rude clipped tone. I loved their interactions and rejoiced in the friendship and dreamed of their friendship heading into more.
I didn't say that of course, instead I stuck with a very grown up, 'Oh really? At times yes I have to admit the story was slow going for me but I held out hope that there was more behind this hot German superstar.
In the end, he more than delivered in the love department and in the bedroom! You'll have a team with me wherever we are, with whatever we're playing. View all 84 comments. Mar 27, Didi rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I haven't read a book in awhile that has left me so affected, so happy, so I'm feeling particularly confused right now because I want to say so much but I don't know how! So to save time and space, I'll point out what I loved, adored, gobbled up so much: Love that sport.
The World Cup? It's a Holiday at my house where everything can wait until 'The Game' is over. Many books are soccer related, right? Sure, but not like this. This felt like I was in the game, it was realistic and amazingly, details of the sport were sporadically blended in and never took over the incredible, romantic storyline.
Sure, it's also quite common, but a girl who's looked up to and admired a renowned and iconic soccer superstar, then to have said star become her best friend and slowly so much, much more? I loved it.
I can't even The slow, molasses worthy, pack a lunch, SLOW build up. I'll be honest, if you want the bang, bang, thank you ma'am, you ain't gonna get it here.
This was a great example of using patience as a virtue. But damn, does it deliver in spades when they get together.
The beauty is, the sexual tension and nuances of Kulti's and Sal's fantastic relationship was enough, it was beautiful, amazing, phenomenal and had my heart melting over and over When they got together?
The epilogue had me in tears, blissed out tears. The writing I could not put this down, and this baby was long! But incredibly, when I finished I wanted to cry because I wanted more! I like, not love most of the heroines I read about, but this awesome, kick-ass chick was amazing.
Sal was everything I've ever striven to be.
She was the best person I wish I knew. And Kutli? Rough around the edges, yes, but a diamond underneath If I'm building this up then sorry if you'll be disappointed. But sometimes a book just jives with you and affects you in a way that's difficult to put in words. I dreamt about this book when I wasn't reading it, okay? I squeezed in time just to read a damn page! It never dragged, never wallowed and never let me down.
I can't say enough. Just remember the love between these two is slow to deliver though you see it in all they do, all the time. The relationship Sal had with her dad was exemplary, touching and pulled at my heartstrings. If I could eat this book I would, I know I sound crazy. I'm checking out everything this author has written, up to and including any pamphlets she may have penned in her early writing career.
This was funny, laugh out loud hilarious! Quoting what Sal called Kulti would look weird out of context eg. A German Bratwurst , but I had to stop and catch my breath a few times! It was engaging, that word created alone for how this book kept me hooked, and incredibly romantic. I can't say enough but I'll stop here because I'm gonna start repeating myself, so yeah View all 98 comments.
Really, really LONG. And slow. But I liked it. I liked it A LOT. Because, let me quote from the book: Sal is a likable heroine and although I admire her strength, I didn't connect with her one hundred percent.
But Kulti? He is It's amazing how realistically the author portrays the slow 4 Stars Boy this was It's amazing how realistically the author portrays the slow development of their love and relationship. View all 70 comments.
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May 30, Saffron rated it it was amazing. I am fine. I am okay. No wait This is epic, you guys! I have been having shitty luck with books lately. Even if I like something I don't love it. I only see flaws. How the story is dragging It's like I am cursed or something In the midst of chaos, I found this little gem. I am a big reader like you all. And sometimes reading takes up 5" Million" Stars!!!
And sometimes reading takes up all of my time so I don't have time for real life people. Like my husband who I love very much. So we fight a lot over my book love. Can you believe that I haven't had a book fight with him in like months??!!!
I mean, no book was holding me captive enough to not give time to my husband. But yesterday night, we fought, people!!! We fought over this book. After a long ass time. It could possibly have been one of the best moments of my life! Anyway, enough gushing Let's move on with the review. So this is a story of Sal, a 27 year old soccer player who has admired Kulti ever since she was a kid. However, she has gotten over her crush now since she has grown up and so she doesn't get affected when Kulti is chosen to be their assistant coach.
Not much, anyway. It takes a little bit of pep talk and lot of thoughts about Kulti "pooping" and doing other normal human activities for Sal to gather enough courage to talk to to him the first time.
However, as you can guess, Kulti is an asshole and a bit robotic. He isn't at all like the passionate player Sal has been seeing on TV. So of course, that makes her curious at the same time it makes her inner fangirl die a little. From then on we see Kulti and Sal become best buddies slowly but steadily.
Until Sal realizes she loves him. This is a very character driven story so that makes it kind of heavy on characterization Duh! For me, it wasn't long enough. I enjoyed every single moment of this. I was sad that it ended. I even loved a couple cheesy scenes towards the end. Because let's face it, this author made me a cynical bitch care for her characters and I can forgive a little cheesiness. I loved Sal, I loved Kulti. I loved Sal's dad. I loved Sal's friends and her coach. I even loved Kulti's friends.
Can we get more of them??!!! I am going into a withdrawal or something. Anyway, if you haven't read this and you are in a book funk Then you MUST read this one. Trust me on this! Okay, so if you do decide to trust me and end up hating it Don't hit me too much! Remember, I love you all!! Apr 19, Lola rated it really liked it Shelves: What an adventure.
Almost six hundred pages long. I feel like I know Sal inside and out. Every chapter was a new surprise. I enjoyed the genuine writing style. It was not at all pretentious. In fact, it was pretty repetitive when you think about it, but it was so accessible I was always in the mood for i What an adventure. In fact, it was pretty repetitive when you think about it, but it was so accessible I was always in the mood for it. Sports romance. How can you not like that? I needed out.
But now I want in again, because Zapata has reawakened my interest in new adult books. How refreshing that the main character is a football player herself. Sal plays football professionally. So does her love interest. But get this: Or fifth. Or tenth. Or twentieth. You get the idea. This is a true slow romance. I know many people are bored without romance in their reads.
Sal and Kulti—hence the title, grrr—are enemies, then friends, then best friends, then lovers. It makes the love story even more realistic. We actually get to know the heroine very well. I could definitely see this becoming a successful and addictive TV series. Oh I just love love-hate relationships.
Gimme, gimme. But I could never date a guy who would call me names—idiot, stupid—even if in a playful, affectionate manner. And I prefer someone who smiles frequently. And also because the writing style could have been better. But it was amazing still. Read it, buddies. View all 10 comments. Feb 10, Sophia Triad rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book goes straight to the shelf with my favorite books because it combines three of the things that I value most in life: Or soccer, as it is called on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
I think that it is the bestest sport that has been created on the face of Earth. And you may think that I will tell you now a heartbreaking story about my childhood, how I used to go to the stadium and watch my favorite team kick ass every This book goes straight to the shelf with my favorite books because it combines three of the things that I value most in life: And you may think that I will tell you now a heartbreaking story about my childhood, how I used to go to the stadium and watch my favorite team kick ass every Sunday.
The truth is that I went to watch my first football game when I was much much older. And it was unbelievable great! You see, my father believed that girls are not supposed to go and watch football matches. So, thank God for television… On the other hand, although I was thirsty to watch my favorite team or the national team doing great in Europe, I had one disappointment after the other.
Obviously Greece could not play good football internationally. UEFA Euro Greece is the European Champion against all odds. Thank you, thank you, thank you Otto Rehhagel.
Otto was the best coach my national team ever had. He scored the most beautiful, ruthless goal in the top right corner of the net. The ball seemed to sail through the air with a one-way ticket to the record books.
My dad screamed. Eric yelled. The freaking stadium and the announcers lost it. This guy who had never played on such a platform had done what no one expected of him.
I am sure Sal Casillas, the best footballer in Pipers, can tell you all about it. Sal and Kulti aka Taco and German Chocolate Cake will firstly be trainee and trainer, then friend and best friend and then the miracle will happen. You are my gift, my second chance, and I will cherish you and your dream.
I will protect both of you. Not that Sal was not ready to love him.
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She was in love with him since before she knew what love it. But of course whatever was meant to be, it will always find a way. Anyway, enjoy the book!!! View all 24 comments. A phenomenally written friends to lovers story surrounding a female soccer player and her new coach - a retired professional player, an icon and he is German. If you don't know, that happens to be my nationality and we like our football.
So it was a foregone conclusion that I would love this just because of the premise alone. Add to that a brilliantly developed friendship, top notch bickering and fighting and a once in a lifetime love story. I was a gonner. Twenty-seven year old Sal Casillas always had a crush on now thirty-nine year old Reiner Kulti , her icon and the player and man who made her want to be the athlete she is today. The childhood crush is long gone, but he is still someone she holds dear to her heart.
Imagine the surprise when he comes to Houston to be the new assistant coach. They say, you never should meet your idols, right? Well, it turns out Kulti is a grumpy and silent guy, with a boatload of issues, who couldn't care less about his surroundings, or even teaching the girls anything.
Really a disappointment and it doesn't take long for the strong willed Sal to clash with the man of her past dreams. You could say it is an enemy - to friends - to lovers story.
If nothing else Kulti is a slow burn. For everyone who hates insta-love, this might be just the book. A realistically developed relationship with a lot of ups and downs. A very detailed look into the world of women's soccer and the politics behind it.
Enjoyable, addictive and heartwarming. If you are interested to know, the author didn't butcher my mother tongue. She didn't use German all that much, but a lot of endearments and the odd phrase here and there was right on point. I really appreciate actual research when using another language. Superbowl - You tell me which one is the real football. Just sayin'. View all 58 comments.
Jun 03, Karla rated it it was amazing. View all 55 comments. So many lessons learnt reading Kulti. Sociopaths have a soft spot for blinking. A lot. Now that's a bit much, don't you think? For the first time ever , my eyes twitched at the recurrent use of the same words to name a character. Someone save me from The German.
Like please. This is getting old. There are such things as too-much vague adjectives to describe eyes. Because Hello , first POV narrative. You don't get to choose when you are omniscient. Sal sure earns both of my two stars: That girl has a spine. Kudos to her, really.
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I'm watching you, though. It was funny the first time, not too much the 17th. I have yet to meet a male-lead who compete with The German fucking blandness. Part asshole, part wild animal, part pot plant or something, Kulti sure didn't restore football players' image as far as I'm concerned. Trust me, I'm French. I know way too-much football players for my own good. I'm a generalizing jerk. Sue me. I, for one, didn't care for the first, have yet to find the point of this, and enjoy football as the next person - hahaha who am I kidding?
Have you freaking seen France's team? Actually, do you want to know a secret? I've been rooting for Germany for ten years. Trust me, the irony is not lost on me. Do you want my fingers in your warm pussy? For more of my reviews, please visit: May 30, Wendy'sThoughts rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Recommended to Wendy'sThoughts by: Spoiler Free I have started this review a few times since reading; had a review halfway done and then in editing lost it- What else is new- you have all heard it before The next time I sat and just thought about all of the amazing feelings and memories this book brought home to me.
Before I go into my personal review, please take a moment read the reviews which brought me to this amazing reading experience. The following reviews en-capsule all of the feelings and intensity of emotions one can feel after reading this. These reviews by Mo and Didi started my desire to read Kulti.
Here is Mo's Review: Here is Didi's Review: In talking about this book, as I mentioned before posting today, it is the type of book you will either throw yourself into or not There is so much to this because it is surrounded by a story which highlights so much about women's lives in Sport; Sport itself or anything you dedicated your whole life to achieve.
It is all of this focus, determination, understanding of what is important and finally, learning to stand up and look out for the one who is the most important in these types of pursuits These types of ideas and themes cannot be told in a vacuum Our main gal, Sal, is part of an amazing family in so many ways. It has the warmth, history and understanding of not being perfect but unique; unique in the ways sport families are- supportive, understanding of what is needed to have the children excel and willing to sacrifice in order for the talent to grow.
Mother wished for other sports for her first daughter making her take karate and swimming as part of the deal to do Soccer. Yet Soccer was the passion and language which bonded Sal to her father the most We learn of the turning point for Sal which will guide her throughout her life and career. This match happens every three years and is the most watched event in the world. It looks as if Germany has no chance to comeback and win.
The family is watching on their TV and out comes one of the last players allowed for Germany. He played like he was unbeatable; ruthless and at the end performed like no other. In those moments of joy in her family's home, Sal saw what all that could mean and feel like It showed her that anything was possible That you could do what no one believed you could doIn a nutshell, I felt the story was parochial, predictable, had too much soccer-speak IMO and for a book of pages, I think only pages or so are relevant.
Simply to disparage another woman? Sure, but not like this. Sal is the kickass main female character. I grew up with his commentating on all our major football achievements I never found the time to read it, then I saw it was on audio so I made the time.
The only other thing that I would've changed was the ending. I'm a generalizing jerk. Not much, anyway. Heads up, its a long book
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