Gimme Everything You Got
“One part Judy Blume, one part Amy Schumer, Gimme Everything You Got is incredibly warm, bracingly frank, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. I didn't want the game to end.” —Katie Cotugno, New York Times bestselling author of 99 Days
It's 1979—the age of roller skates and feathered bangs, Charlie’s Angels and Saturday Night Fever—and Susan Klintock is a junior in high school with a lot of sexual fantasies . . . but not a lot of sexual experience. No boy—at least not any she knows—has been worth taking a shot on.
That is, until Bobby McMann arrives.
Bobby is foxy, he’s charming . . . and he’s also the coach of the brand-new girls’ soccer team. Sure, he’s totally, 100 percent, completely off limits. Sure, Susan doesn’t stand a chance. But that doesn’t mean she can’t try out for the team to get closer to him, and Susan Klintock has always liked a challenge.
Between the endless drills and grueling practices, Susan discovers something else: She might actually love soccer. But being a part of the first girls’ team at school means dealing with other challenges.
As friendships shifts, she finds her real passions might lie in places she didn’t expect when the season began—and that discovering who she is will mean taking risks, both on and off the pitch.
Love. Lust. Soccer. Acclaimed author Iva-Marie Palmer returns with a fresh, funny, feminist coming-of-age comedy about learning to take your shot on the things that truly matter.
Praise For Gimme Everything You Got…
— Katie Cotugno, New York Times bestselling author of 99 Days
“Reading this book is like staying up all night with your coolest friend, trading secrets and underlining the sexy parts in grocery store paperbacks. It's a fearless, funny feminist manifesto—don't miss it."
— Mary McCoy, Printz Honor-winning author of I, Claudia
"Palmer writes Susan's frank first-person narration with verve and wit and handles several story lines with grace. Susan deals with changing friendships, gets soccer tips from a neighborhood boy, handles her father's remarriage, and experiences 1970s-era sexism and feminism firsthand, but each thread feels essential and tightly developed. A delight."
— Booklist (starred review)
"Palmer’s feminist novel offers readers a look at an earlier time in a genuine, humorous voice that feels thoroughly modern."
— Publishers Weekly
"Frank and funny. For teens ready for Susan's awkward and authentic appetites, this is a suitable feminist manifesto."
— School Library Journal
"Packed with humor and heart. A sassy yet sweet girl-power tale that transcends time."
— Kirkus Reviews
Balzer + Bray, 9780062937254, 400pp.
Publication Date: July 14, 2020
About the Author
Iva-Marie Palmer is the author of the novels Gimme Everything You Got, The End of the World as We Know It, and The Summers. A former journalist in Chicago’s south suburbs and still a bit of a jock who loves to box, run races, and swing big at batting cages, Iva now lives with her husband and two sons in Burbank, California. You can find her online at www.ivamariepalmer.com.