What happens when you mix a romance novelist with a high school basketball player? You get The Starters, a drama-filled teen novel about a girls' basketball team.
The Starters is written by Robin Allen, author of several best-selling romance novels, including Breeze, Hidden Memories, and The Promise. Allen is also the mother of Cassidy Allen, a starting guard for Wheeler High School in Marietta, GA. Cassidy has been playing basketball since the fourth grade, so it makes perfect sense that basketball would play a major role in Allen's first foray into teen novels.
"I'm not surprised at all that my mom wrote a book about basketball", says Cassidy, who's averaging 12 points a game this season for the Wildcats. "High School girls basketball is really popular and a lot of girls play it, so the book is something they can relate to."
Allen says The Starters isn't based on her daughter, but she certainly drew on experiences she had with her daughter over years of playing high school and travel basketball. "Just watching her play sports growing up and learning about the sports world gave me so many ideas of things to write about", says Allen. "The teen market has been dominated by werewolves and vampires, so it's time for something different and more realistic."
The book centers around the five girls who start for the ficticious Riverbrook High School varsity basketball team. Riverbrook hasn't had a winning program in several years, but when new head coach Olivia Remmington, a former professional basketball player, is hired, things start to turn around. While basketball is the central theme in the book, Allen also addresses real life coming of age issues that young women face such as conflict, peer pressure, bullying, parties, dating and having to make life choices.
"Let's face it, high school is tough, I don't try to sugarcoat anything. I'm not pretending that girls don't get exposed to things. I think this book can be a way for girls to learn about things in a positve way,and I think they will find the characters funny and will be able to identify with the characters in the book, or may have a friend like someone in the book."
"It's also very positive about their focus and drive to be successful in basketball", continues Allen. "My sub-message is about being your best, because in order to be a starter on the team, you have to be one of the best. So the message is to be the best at everything in life."
Allen says the long term goal is to write a series of books that will follow the characters over several seasons and even into college.The Starters is currently available on Amazon. To learn more about the book visit www.thestarterbooks.com.
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