Finding the Game by Gwendolyn Oxenham
Reviewed by THE BOOK DEALER
Finding the Right Game is a truly inspirational account of a young lady who follows her dreams to experience and document pickup soccer around the globe. A resident from my own community of Gulf Breeze, Florida, Oxenham writes an enthralling account of her brave adventure of conquering her fear of leaving the safe confines of her comfortable life in order to share this narrative. She, along with her boyfriend and two friends, experience pick-up soccer in 25 countries. Their stories demonstrate to the reader reader how soccer connects people all around the world.
The author tells her story with grit and humor, making this a non-fiction book that holds strong appeal for young adults and adults alike. Of course, athletes would enjoy Oxenham’s book, but all young adults would be drawn to Gwendolyn’s countless examples of perseverance. Teens can relate to Oxenham’s experiences of being bullied, falling in love for the first time, and learning through both success and failure. The analogy of soccer and life is apparent, and the author brilliantly leaves the reader thinking about important topics long after the book is finished.