Got sports? From swimming with ‘Girl Out of Water’ to ‘Shut Out’, it’s time to get physical

Reading is definitely a sport. It counts double if your reading a book with a sporty heroine, like Lou in Nat Luurtsema’s ‘Girl Out of Water’.


But we know what you’re thinking; where are all the sporty girls at? They’re there. Waiting to be picked up and read. Here’s just a few to get you started…YA Sporty Girls

1.  Football – The American, kind courtesy of the wonderful Kody Keplinger’s ‘Shut Out’.


2. Running – ‘Breathe, Annie, Breathe’ may have a reluctant athlete as a protagonist, but the story is truly moving. By Miranda Kenneally.


3. Soccer – Ann Brashares’ ‘The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants’ sees one of the girls attend soccer summer camp in Mexico.


4. Horse riding – ‘Racing Savannah’ is Miranda Kenneally’s second listing here because this author does sporty stories so darn well. Srsly. Check out anything penned by her.


5. Basketball – A bit of gender bending a la the film ‘She’s the Man’ with Shizuru Seino sensei’s manga following a girl who gets herself on to the boys basketball team. Funsies!


6. Ice skating – Sarah Ockler gives her MC a bit of a rough time of it in ‘Bittersweet’ but Hudson works it out. Throw in a bit of ice hockey and job’s a good ‘un.


7. Swimming – ‘Girl Out of Water’ is hilarious and will make you kinda miss the smell of chlorine and that after-swim feeling. Get in the pool, yo! But read this book first…

anime swim

Tempted? You can get your copy right here. Huzzah!

Also, please do tweet us some of your fave sporty YA not featured on this list @maximumpopbooks



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Written by Sarah Clare

Sarah is the Lead Writer and Design Queen here at Maximum Pop! Sarah holds an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University, and a BA in Creative Writing with English Literature from Marjon (BIG UP THE MARJON MASSIVE!). Sarah joined MP! after seeing an advertisement for writers on Instagram – because where else would a design master find their dream job?

Sarah is currently working on an expose on Draco Malfoy in her spare time. But not if his father hears about it.

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