Once a celebrated child prodigy, Blaise Noether is now a struggling widowed mom trying to keep her head above water while she pursues her Ph.D. Only two things make her really angry: her kid’s math textbooks and jocks. In her mind, all athletes are like the bullies who terrorized her in high school. So when she crosses paths with rising basketball star Christie Dillard, Blaise’s interest is a null set. Christie is everything Blaise fears, fiercely competitive, brashly confident, and totally devoted to her game. That she is also endearingly awkward and irresistibly gorgeous is irrelevant data. But when Blaise glimpses a paradigm-shifting epiphany in the geometry of Christie’s jump shot, she begins to suspect this jock might be the missing variable that could balance the equation of her life.5
I love smart complicated stories and Alex Washoe gives us one with Simply Connected.
Washoe mixes sports and math in a creative way and with different viewpoints. At the same time, they explore gender identity through the main character of Blaise.
There are so many social issues addressed in this story that I do not know where to start (laugh). Washoe seamlessly blends the issues with bullying, violence in sports, bias against athletes, and the joy of participating and competing in the same sports. Blaise has a past history with the negative connected with sports. Their son brings a different outlook and of course professional basketball player Christie brings another. All of these experiences showcase some of the issues regarding sports and how they affect people differently. Washoe doesn’t get preachy and it all works.
Watching Blaise’s progress and process through discovering and accepting their gender identity is beautifully done.
Then we have the romance between Blaise and Christie. It still makes me smile because Christie is awesome. She faces all kinds of obstacles with trying to date Blaise and it is handled with humor, cuteness, and honesty.
I just love everything about Simply Connected. Washoe writes a cute romance that is just as complicated as life, but sometimes a couple is just Simply Connected.
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Publisher: 8 February 2021
Cover Design: Lisa Messagee of The Write Designer
Series: For the Love of the Game #1; Settings: West Seattle, WA, U.S.