Far from Normal follows Maddy, a 17-year-old from Normal, Illinois who moves to Chicago for a summer internship in aunt’s sports marketing company. Away from home — and her parents’ low expectations of her — for the first time, Maddy is ready to prove that she can be excellent at something, even though she has to work hard unlike her genius brother. Things are going fairly well, until she runs into one of the company’s clients, 19-year-old soccer star, Gabe.
YA books about sports aren’t the most common, but for some reason, I keep running into them — and I don’t even like sports! However, I’ve found some of my favorite protagonists in these books, as well as many sports I never really thought of teens playing in high school. That’s why I decided to make this list. In this list of YA books about sports, you’ll meet characters who do everything from rowing to playing hockey. You’ll also find a gymnast, several basketball players, a sumo wrestler, soccer players, and many more.