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The Hitting Zone

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Author: half_empty

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After a near death experience thanks to his own mother, Jake Hollander has an adverse reaction to people, baseball, and family. His feeling of abandonment is slowly lost thanks to his foster family, The Atkins. They take him in and change his mind about everything. He becomes more open, better at baseball, and craves for family. Slowly all wishes are granted.

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    !Warning! This novel contains quiet protagonist who ISN'T shameless, is working to overcome true life adversity, and DOESN'T fall out of character whenever plot devices are needed. All characters obey their character designs, and act within the bounds of personality limits. The plot flows well, and doesn't get ahead of itself. The author is keeping up a constant stream of smaller chapters. This is easy on upkeep, and is a smart decision in case life gets busy or writer's block happens. The only reason that this doesn't get a perfect score for me is that there are moments (very few, but they are there) where intense or emotional points don't hit home as strongly as they could. This is nitpicky, but 'hey' I'm allowed to critique. This is a review. TL;DR: one of the best novels on this site, and it does it without containing all the gimmicks of the majority of novels here, like guilty pleasure harems/ruthless protagonist/protagonist achieving everything and being perfect/blah blah blah. TL;DR;DR - Read this novel.

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    Not my usual cup of tea, but I love it all the same. Great novel so far, I haven't really read many sporting novels but this one has a special place in my heart. The character development is fantastic and I'm able to form vivid images of the characters in my mind. The story has been building up nicely so far and I have high hopes for the future of this novel! Keep up the great work!

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    This novel is absolutely godlike I find myself extremely exited every time I see that this novel has been updated. It is one of the best novels I have read in my career thus far. Thank you author for writing this amazing novel.

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    Wow this was so easy to get hooked. Story telling is amazing and grammar is on point. Im really looking forward to the next chapter. If you want something good, new and different to read on qi, this is it.

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    I have read only two chapters and already added it to my library! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ It's really amazing. I can't believe that's it is an original. WOW! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ And the length of the chapters are perfect. Neither too small nor too long, just perfect. I love it. I am also an author, writing a novel in this section by the name of, "The Journey To An Unknown Destination." And I have just started to write it. That is why I am really impressed that it's not easy to come up with an idea and then write it down so beautifully...,๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ But I just love this one!!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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    This is the first novel that I have read from this site that I ever gave full marks for. The reason - ITS JUST DARN GOOD, from beginning to present, you can associate with or empathise with all the characters epecially the MC - Jake. Baseball is not played in my country and yet I am learning so much about the sport, which I originally find boring as I am not a fan of long sports -7-12 innings but I am somewhat appreciating. This is a genre I rarely read about in novel format, manga - yes, anime - now and then. This story has potential to go for the long haul as the starting age for our hero is 14 with the chance to grow with himself, the sport as well as with those around him in years to come. That's right - this story has "years" potential as long as the author keeps doing such amazing writing. For those who want to read a story that is just real and is not just about the sport but about life, its lessons and the people. THIS IS DEFINITELY THE NOVEL FOR YOU. Very good work author. Hope more people will continue to notice it.

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    Jake's got it rough: a missing dad, an abusive mother and a hidden talent for baseball which sends his mother off the deep end. Sent to live with a foster family, his love for baseball is revived, and with their help, will Jake start to shine like the future superstar he is? This is a really well written story!

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    Man, I've been giving all my power stones to this awesome novel and we are still not on the top ten. C'mon everyone VOTE YE POWER STONES WE NEED THEM.

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    So far this novel has been amazing, however recently the update schedule has been a little crazy. The author deserves breaks it's just difficult when you aren't a privileged reader because you can't read any author's notes that may explain the author's absence. To many readers the author may appear unreliable even if that isn't the case. I have been loving Jake as he breaks out of his shell and am always looking forward to new chapters!

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    This is one of my favorite novels but it only has one fault and it is the author barely updates it. It really sucks because to me this book is a 10/10. The character developments is the best ive ever seen and you would also end up loving this novel. But when you end up up to the latest chapters you start to forget all about it.

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    The best sports novel i have read so far.. I put a 5 for all.. the only thing that could be a 4 is the world bg since it is just a regular modern setting, nothing creative. But i still love this one and my current favorite. More power author, thanks big time for bringing us this novel.

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    As a person who is knowledgeable about baseball, this story hurts my eyes a little. Even in major league the biggest tournament about baseball, 100m is hard to see. Highschool students have an average speed of 70-80miles. Pros canโ€™t even hit 100m much of a 13 year old kid.

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    I'm still wondering why this novel is not in the top 10, this is such a good read, very emotional and I'm sure many will relate to the story since this happening is not uncommon. Author thank you for such a wonderful novel ๐Ÿ˜€โœŒ

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    A refreshing genre for qidian novel, this novel revolved around Jack, an abused kid going for lifetime adventure, meeting foster parents, played awesome baseball, when I say adventure its nothing to do with sword or dragon literally, however compare than facing this types of challenge, Jack story is kind of heartwarming, sad, happy, bewilderedly, and all types of emotion flavours, I kind of love it. I give five star just for Jack braveness and wimpyness.. Guys read it, it will not waste your time.

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    Just started reading it today and already read all the 41 chapters available. Really good character building and you just don't get tired of reading it. From now on, it will get a stone of mine everyday. Keep up the good work.

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    Amazing story! The best I've ever read. Writing quality- Amazing. Barely any grammatical errors. It's easy to read and understand. There's nothing I can complain about. Stability of updates- I recently just read this so I can't say much. But the author is on a hiatus(I think) so I'll just give it 5 stars. Story development- 5/5 again. The story moves along nice. It has the perfect pace and it doesn't skip over anything. Author explains the different plots very well and doesn't leave anything unanswered. Character design- 5/5 but if I could I'd rate it even higher. I've never been more attached to fictional characters in my life. Side characters are amazing they all grow. Jeremy, Jakes brother, is one of my favorites. I started off hating the guy but by the end, it made me wish for a brother like him. The way he grew and interacts with Jake is simply perfection. Don't get me started on the main family. Noah, the twins, Zeke, and the parents are all written beautifully. Finally, the main character, Jake. He grew so much throughout the story. From not interacting with anyone and being scared of people to going to a boy who's able to freely talk to people(albeit not perfectly) was amazing to watch. He's still not perfect and is still far from being 'normal', he grew a lot. But hey, who really is normal? Everyone has their quirks. And that's one thing this story is amazing at showing. World Background- Good. 5/5 for me. Other- Author if you're reading this, I want you to know how much I love this story. I would love for you to come back as soon as possible to continue this story, but I know you probably have things going on in life. I just wanted to let you know that this hands down is the best novel on this app.

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    Honestly no sport novel will ever compare to this. Itโ€™s as if the god of literature descended just to write this. I loved reading this and im probably gonna re-read it because its so good.

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    This is the best I've ever read so far. Sport genres aren't my cup of tea. I wanted to try something not fanatasy, but this I've never expected this to be so good. Waitinggggggg for more updates[img=update][img=update][img=update][img=update][img=update][img=update][img=update][img=update][img=update][img=update][img=update]

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    I dont do reviews but decided this book/novel was worth it since its so Well written and story progression is steady. I do wish for more chapter released daily but thats just me being greedy haha thanks for all the hard work so far and cant wait to see where this story goes and how far your willing to take it.

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