Pretty Tough by Liz Tigelaar

Genre:  Sports Fiction

Age Level:  14 and up

# of Pages:  246

RAC Book:  Yes

Krista and Charlie are two sisters who do not get along in any way.  Krista strives to be perfect and adored at all times, while Charlie seems determined to be a loner.  The story changes perspective between the two sisters which allows the reader to understand where both girls are coming from.  Krista has a lot of insecurities which she tries to compensate for by looking perfect on the outside.  Charlie feels her sister and everyone else in school failed to stand up for her in the past and does not have time for them now.

Everything begins to change when  a new soccer coach, Martie, decides to make girls soccer great again.  She recruits Charlie, a strong athlete, which annoys Krista because she feels like Charlie is taking the spotlight away from her for her senior year.  Charlie tries out purely to annoy Krista and has no intention of staying on the team, but finds she enjoys actually fitting in somewhere.

This book covers many issues like high school life, friendship, sports, and sisters.  Both sisters learn a lot through their time together on the soccer field and come to appreciate each other in new ways.  This change in their relationship is not easy, however, and they have to jump many hurdles in order to be able to play well together.  Of course there are also romantic moments in this teen story.  A good story for girls and athletes who enjoy this type of writing.


21 Responses to “Pretty Tough by Liz Tigelaar”

  1. 1 Kaley December 15, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    i love this book its so awesome!!! hope you make more to the series!!!! plz

    love kaley

  2. 2 Haley December 27, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    i ❤ this book so much

    • 3 meg August 13, 2009 at 8:17 pm

      i am looking 4 about 10-15 min events in the book “pretty tough” can anyone help me? or just give me a few? if you can that would be great!!! thanks!!!


  3. 4 grace_carmel (: February 23, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    best soccer book i’ve ever read! it needs a sequel!!!!

  4. 5 Katy February 27, 2009 at 4:18 am

    OMG!!! this is one of the best books ive ever read!!!
    i ❤ u!!!

  5. 6 candace-randace May 15, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    this book is the shizzzzzzz! I absoulutly love it & i hope that you make more to the series because without books like this i wouldn’t have any confidence, i would feel alone, i wouldn’t have something to do when i felt like the rest of the world was moving on without me and i would feel like the world wouldn’t need me to be a part of it….i have depression issues but i still feel left alone even when i take my medication…..and see my therapist….and go to the hospital….and talk to my parents…..i just feel alone sometimes when i don’t have books like this to read that make me feel happy and good to be here…so please make more of these type of books..

    Thank You!!

  6. 7 someone July 20, 2009 at 2:50 am

    This is an extremely good book! very detailed. please make a sequel!!!

  7. 8 bob(haha) October 10, 2009 at 12:25 pm


  8. 10 tasha October 20, 2009 at 3:32 am

    omg i love this book i hope there is a movie made about it hahahaha ad a 3ed book hahaha i love these books they r the shizzzzzzzzzzz hahaha

  9. 12 soccer-gurlll5 January 19, 2010 at 4:19 am

    omg 😐
    this is like my all time favourite book ive read it like 33942023498930 times and i CANNOT put it down. i’ve had it for like 2 years now and i do it for all my book reports cause i know like everychapter off by heart.
    its a great book.

  10. 14 swan March 25, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    this book sounds pretty effin sweet dude

  11. 15 Anonymous May 18, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    omg!!! This is like the best book i eva read… detailed….and im a socccer lova so its perfect….but even though you dont like soccer this book would still be enjoyable to you

  12. 16 taylor August 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    i read both books in series! loved them pls write more!

  13. 17 Mary October 2, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    hello! im writing a book report for this book! can anyone help me find an exact line from this book that gives proof of the theme? thank you!!

  14. 18 Anonymous November 11, 2010 at 7:41 pm


  15. 19 Samantha dasoccerluver March 31, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Honestly, I have to say this book is the best book iv’e ever read
    i luvvvv soccer and i very much enjoyed reading this book because of it.

    keep writting and please make a sequel (:


  16. 20 Anonymous January 15, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    does anyone know the reading level of this book?

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