28. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction

Pinch Hit by Tim Green, 336 pages, read by Angie, on 10/27/2013

Trevor is a big time movie star who dreams of playing baseball. Sam plays baseball all the time and dreams of making it to the big leagues. One day Sam accompanies his dad, a budding screenwriter, to the studio. He signs up at central casting and his immediately hired as a body double because he looks just like Trevor. Sam and Trevor are amazed at how much they look alike and realize they may be twins. They concoct a plan to switch places for a week. Trevor finally gets to play real baseball, but soon learns that a batting cage is not the same thing as playing against real people on a real team. Sam finds out that the glamorous life of a movie star is awesome, but kind of lonely. Sam decides to use Trevor’s resources to find out who their birth parents were. Trevor isn’t really behind the idea, but lets Sam go ahead.

This book illustrates the fact that there really are only so many stories out there. Parent Trap anyone? I’m not sure how I really feel about the long lost twins story; I know I found it to be the weakest part of the book mainly because of how their backstory ended up (oh wait there was no backstory!). I did like the fish out of water aspect of the book and the fact that it wasn’t all about baseball. I found it pretty unrealistic how easily Sam and Trevor fit into each other’s lives and how they were able to become the other for those around them. Despite all that it was a fun book to read and I think kids will enjoy it.

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