After getting kicked off the basketball team for a fight that was absolutely totally not her fault (okay maybe a little her fault), Mara is dying to find a new sport to play to prove to her coach that she can be a team player.
A lifelong football fan, Mara decides to hit the gridiron with her brother, Noah, and best friend, Quinn — and she turns out to be a natural. But joining the team sets off a chain of events in her small Oregon town — and within her family — that she never could have predicted.
Inspired by what they see as Mara’s political statement, four other girls join the team. Now Mara’s lumped in as one of the girls — one of the girls who can’t throw, can’t kick, and doesn’t know a fullback from a linebacker. Complicating matters is the fact that Valentina, Mara’s crush, is one of the new players, as is Carly, Mara’s nemesis — the girl Mara fought with when she was kicked off the basketball team.
What results is a coming-of-age story that is at once tear-jerking and funny, thought-provoking and real, as Mara’s preconceived notions about gender, sports, sexuality, and friendship are turned upside down.
Britt Lundin grew up in a small town in Oregon playing basketball, softball, and for two formative young years, flag football. She works as a TV writer on such shows as Riverdale and Betty. She is the author of the novel Ship It. She lives in Los Angeles with her wife and family.
Carly Usdin is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Carly is also the creator and writer of two comic book series for BOOM! Studios: Heavy Vinyl (in stores now) and The Avant-Guards (out in January 2019). Heavy Vinyl was nominated for a 2018 Prism award, honoring the best in LGBTQAI+ comics.