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Sixteen-year-old Harper was once a rising star on the tennis court—until her coach dropped her for being “mentally weak.” Without tennis, who is she? Her confidence at an all-time low, she secretly turns to her childhood friend, next-door neighbor Jacob—who also happens to be her sister’s very recent ex-boyfriend. If her sister finds out, it will mean a family war.But whenSixteen-year-old Harper was once a rising star on the tennis court—until her coach dropped her for being “mentally weak.” Without tennis, who is she? Her confidence at an all-time low, she secretly turns to her childhood friend, next-door neighbor Jacob—who also happens to be her sister’s very recent ex-boyfriend. If her sister finds out, it will mean a family war.But when Harper is taken on by a new coach who wants her to train with Colt, a cold, defensive, brooding young tennis phenom, she hits the court all the harder, if only to prove Colt wrong. But as the two learn to become a team, Harper gets glimpses of the vulnerable boy beneath the surface, the boy who was deeply scarred by his family’s dark and scandalous past. The boy she could easily find herself falling for.As she walks a fine line between Colt’s secrets, her forbidden love, and a game that demands nothing but the best, Harper must decide between her past and her future and between two boys who send her head spinning. Is the cost of winning the game is worth losing everything?...

Title : The Harper Effect
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ISBN : 9781760552091
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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The Harper Effect Reviews

  • Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
    2019-03-07 09:08

    EDIT: After being threatened with legal action by the author in response to my 2 star review below, I will no longer be supporting this book. I've since dropped it to 1 star. No one should ever feel unsafe for reviewing a book with their honest opinions. The original author's comment is here, and I also blogged about it here.I enjoyed the glimpse into a professional tennis player's life in this one, and the message behind it in that resilience is built through downfalls. However, I didn't agree with the main character's actions - lying to her sister and hooking up with her ex-boyfriend behind her back, stalking the love interest and turning up unannounced, forcing him to do what she wanted by refusing to leave. Her behaviour was never addressed as crossing the line in the book which I found to be disturbing.

  • Amber Robertson
    2019-03-10 09:03

    THIS REVIEW IS ALSO ON MY BLOG, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT (the formatting is much better on the blog, trust me)R E V I E WSince I read this book in 2017 and this is a review coming in 2018 I just want to quickly mention that this was my 200th read of 2018.Anyway, The Harper Effect was a contemporary I was excited to read. When my mum was younger she played tennis competitively and was aiming for Wimbledon when her coach passed away and she fell away from the sport. To this day, I don’t think you’ll find someone who talks about tennis as passionately as my mum. So, when I got the opportunity to receive this book and saw tennis in the blurb I jumped on it.I forgot how romance filled YA books can be and The Harper Effect is full of romance. Very messy romance. The romance took up maybe around 80% of the book, with family dramas taking another 15% and the 5% being tennis. Which, left me in this messy spot or do I keep reading for the tennis? I did.The tennis parts are good. The characters are good. But, the romance undercuts this and makes the story feel cheap in some parts. Particularly with the fact the main character is pursuing her sister’s ex-boyfriend. Even if you don’t believe in the girl code (which you should) this is so wrong. The fact that he wasn’t even supporting either sister (which made him a pretty shitty person, and he really was) really frustrated me. Especially since he got such a spotlight in The Harper Effect.Obviously, these kids are in their late teens so they have hormones and all that, but I didn’t feel as if it added much to the story. I feel Harper would have done better with better friends and building a relationship with her sister instead of destroying it.I did like Colt though, who is Harper’s mixed (mum said the mixed is very important here) doubles parter. He had a backstory that was something I could relate to parts of. He was passionate and a fighter and some of his conversations are ones I have had with people in my life. I truly appreciated the inclusion of his character but in some places, I feel it was dealt with incorrectly, especially the ending of this book.The Harper Effect was a solid four star for me until all the messy contemporary drama unfolded on the page. I was struggling to keep myself reading it, which is never how it should be in my opinion.Harper herself was a tad annoying. She was entitled and never really tried to understand Colt’s story or what he was going through, which was really annoying. The guy had to fight for his ranking and she had the best of the best to help carry her through. It just really annoyed me that she never tried. She simply tried to bring Colt into her life without taking in consideration how strange it may be for him.It was great to read a book set in Australia with places I understood what looked like. It was also great to be able to support an Australian author.Overall, The Harper Effect was an enjoyable read. I would have prefered it to have more familial relationships rather than romantic but that wasn’t the case, unfortunately for me. I’m definitely not a hater of this book but I am not blown away. I would still recommend it if you’re looking for a fluffy but serious book set in Australia. This would probably be a great book for that female athlete in your life who isn’t a reader.E D I T I have since changed my review rating on Goodreads to a one star. The author threatened legal action on a reviewer on Goodreads, stating the reviewer had a personal vendetta against her. Goodreads is a safe place for reviewers to share their opinions, not everyone is always going to agree with your book or the content involved. I feel the inappropriate actions of the author cancel out every good thing I have said here. Keep that in mind when you decide whether to support this author.Also, if you're looking to buy any books over at Book Depository, feel free to use my affiliate link! I gain a small 5% commission at no extra cost to you.

  • Aentee
    2019-02-27 09:45

    If there was an option to give negative stars, I would. Never have I read such badly written prose, poor excuse for chapter development, or uninspiring protagonist. Awful metaphors abound, including but not limited to:• “He smiles. And his whole face unfastens like a window blowing in the breeze, letting in fresh air and sunshine. It’s as if I’ve witnessed one of the Seven Wonders of the World; seen something not many people get to see.”The Seven Wonders of the World called, they would like to send a cease-and-desist to prevent their good name from being used in this manner. • “I shake my head, my appetite blown up with my heart. To buy time to find all the pieces of me and put myself back together, I make coffee.”Even the firmest believers in the power of caffeine would find these sentences hard to believe. • “I fight to summon the trusty list of reasons to pull away, but it’s like swinging a racquet in custard.”I know there’s a paucity in tennis analogies and idioms, but I would have hoped a published author could come up with something better than RACQUET. IN. CUSTARD. That’s just a taster, not even a fraction of the awful writing. But the book tops (or bottoms?) itself with this gem:• “I let a breath I was holding dribble out.”And y’all thought “I let out a breath I didn’t realise I was holding” was bad. The book also had multiple instances of casual cultural misappropriation and racism. Presented in that casual, microaggressive way of ignorant people who believe they’re worldly and cultured. If you’re not Native American, I don’t want you to go around calling regular old plaits “Hiawatha hair”. It’s freaking offensive. Also, there is no such thing as an “Indian princess scarf”, especially not one that a random white girl wears in her hair while lounging around on her couch. People’s culture are not your costumes. Also the only non-white character in this book appeared for a total of 2 seconds and spoke in broken English - despite the fact that these kids were jetsetting all around the world for a large part of the novel. I don’t even have the energy to go into how demeaning this book ultimately is to sibling relationships, to girls with ambitions. Not to mention that singularly awful love triangle. But rest assured, I’ll return soon with a full review. This author threatened a reviewer with legal action over a two-star review. I personally think that Jeann was being generous. What a mess, that’s three hours of my life I’ll never get back - but apparently Goodreads is on a deleting spree of all the negative reviews for this book. Listen, no one has to have a personal agenda to rate this book poorly. Nothing any reviewer can write will be more damning than the actual novel itself. Full review to come.

  • Alexandra
    2019-02-22 07:53

    Seventeen dollars for an e-book??? This publisher must have mistaken this author for Steven King.MC dates her sister's ex-boyfriend knowing it'll hurt her sister? I already dislike her. And I don't tend to like books with unlikable, jerkwad, MCs.Love triangle? Done to death, and extremely tiresome. Just a lazy way to amp up angst and drama, IMO.Readers get to have opinions, and express them.

  • Amy's Book Reviews
    2019-03-04 04:58

    GR deleted my original review because I criticized the writer’s behavior instead of the book so I’ll only criticize the book and the writing as not something I can recommend. I won’t dump on the writer for her behavior towards reviewers or trash the book in keeping with GR Guidelines. If you decide to read anyway, my strong recommendation is borrow don’t buy.

  • Brittain *The Baddest Female*
    2019-03-02 06:47

    My review was just a gif and it still got removed? Really?Not going to read this book. Ever. Overpriced and sounds pretty terrible in my opinion.Since when is expressing an opinion grounds for getting a review removed? I wasn't even a bitch this time!

  • Ann Elise Monte
    2019-02-23 10:13

    My original review was removed for daring to state my reasons for not wanting to touch this book. Fine. We all know why this book isn’t worth reading anyway.

  • Madeline
    2019-03-03 08:46

    I feel obliged to write a preface to address the drama surrounding this book. I'll be honest, I don't condone authors threatening reviewers with legal action simply because they disagree with their opinions. But as Bashford has not commented, I have no way to verify the facts of the reviewer. To be honest, it's also none of my business.The Goodreads community also has a lot to answer for: intentionally giving a book low ratings when you haven't read it, leaving unhelpful and snappy reviews, and leaving disgusting hateful anonymous messages for the author. To be honest, the reviewers annoyed me more than anything.Now that's out of the way, I really enjoyed this book. Bashford's characters were well rounded and complex without being overly dramatic. I found the balance of drama and self awareness refreshing. Harper's development is considerable, making the story truly a buildingsroman tale. There is a nice balance between the repercussions of her actions and her development in making decisions. There's a difference between not liking a character, and a character being poorly written.Additionally, the architecture of the world is flawless. I have never played a game of tennis in my life, and I felt right at home. Different locations, players, and tournaments meld effortlessly and the introduction of tennis lingo is subtle enough for the reader to follow.My only gripe with the novel is a few minor inconsistencies. The use of the American spelling of 'mum' is an interesting choice - although, I admit very minor. The plot also felt at times very predictable and safe. But that again is personal opinion and a tendency towards harsher endings.All in all, an excellent debut novel.

  • Morgan Blanch
    2019-03-07 10:01

    As my original review was taken down, I'm just going to link you to this blog post as to why I won't be reading this book. If you want an in depth analysis (and a good laugh lets be honest), see this thread.

  • Trisha
    2019-03-20 08:54

    So good to read a sporty YA where the sport is part of the plot, part of the MC's journey, and authentically depicted. Plus I love tennis.Harper does make some silly mistakes, but she learns from them, and always tries to do better. Love the differing views of family, all real, all valid.Milo is terrific, Jacob needs lots of hugs, Aria flies, Colt is swoony and Harper loves them all.Wish I knew for sure if this was 2017 or 2018. Messes with my system.

  • Jen Ryland
    2019-02-27 10:13

    Childish. Petulant. Entitled. Engaging in bad behavior.That's how I'd describe Harper, the main character, and the two guys she's choosing between.Think I'll pass on this one, thanks.

  • Sammi
    2019-03-17 09:48

     I really enjoyed this book! Also what a brilliant time to release it!! It will make a perfect summer read while you watch tennis on the tv!!To the book.......So the overall plot is fairly predictable, but its the details that make this book so enjoyable. Parts of this book make you want to slap the characters because WTF were they thinking!! But as we all know, mistakes are part of growing up, and there are some pretty epic mistakes made in this book.I know that a lot of people will hate the love triangle in this book, I know I did. But it was part of the story and it helped the characters involved to grow and move out of their comfort zones! And yes I know girl code/sister code and all that, but less face it these things happen in real life. At least there were consequences and the characters learnt from their actions.I also just want to say that it is clear that the characters behaviour is not condoned and I believe the author did a great job, through the story, of explaining why this love triangle was included in the book.These characters though!! I think the author has done a fantastic job creating realistic characters that aren't always likeable.Throughout the book we get to watch all the characters grow and mature. Harper, our MC, can come across as a brat fairly often, but a lot of 16 year old kids can be. She also makes some truly terrible decisions, but she learns from these and they help her to grow as a person.Jacob on the other hand I despised. His attitude was frustrating and while he did get better towards the end of the book I still couldn't bring myself to like him.My favourite characters were Aria and Colt! Mostly Colt haha. These two faced some tough challenges. Arias were mostly due to stupid decisions made my Harper and Jacob, which I'm glad happened because seriously she deserves someone better than Jacob!!I would love a story from Colts POV!! He goes through so much throughout the book and I think his take on things would be interesting to read.Overall this is a fun, easy read that I highly recommend! You'll laugh, you'll want to punch characters in the faces and hopefully you'll enjoy a fantastic story Thank you to Macmillan Australia for sending me a copy and allowing me to take part in this blog tour

  • Weezie's TBR Beatdown
    2019-02-27 03:49

    I had my review taken for supposedly bashing the author when nothing in my review said anything about the author. Keep it classy, Goodreads. Once again, this book was pretty much the most awful thing I've ever read. Bad behavior glossed over as "good girl motives", nah.

  • Weezie
    2019-03-07 09:52

    This was just a really bad book. Like... no.

  • Rita Silva
    2019-02-23 09:58


  • Lauren (Northern Plunder)
    2019-03-10 07:03

    i had 13+ likes on my review

  • Pocket Full of Pages
    2019-03-19 09:03

    Thank you so much Pan Macmillan for sending us a copy of The Harper Effect to review. Thank you for also letting us be part of this blog tour!'The Harper Effect' by Taryn Bashford is a debuting young adult novel allowing readers to discover the art and lifestyle of a teenager and her dream of becoming a professional tennis player. But for any teenager, this lifestyle includes first loves, friendship, grief and the ability to follow your dreams.Whilst we made our way through this novel, we couldn't help but love the author's connection to tennis! We haven't found too many novels that include sporting/athletic aspects which we have really enjoyed however, we have loved seeing it in this novel!Taryn Bashford has done an incredible job with providing a message behind each word written. This novel doesn't just follow a teenager's love for tennis, it provides inspirational messages about determination, forming strong relationships, grief and forgiveness, especially with the ability to forgive yourself.We all must follow our hearts in order to follow our dreams! 

  • Rob De
    2019-02-20 03:05

    This is an engrossing debut novel by Australian author, Taryn Bashford that provides an indepth look at the heady world of the professional tennis circuit.Beginning with a 17 year old Harper Hunter being dumped by her coach and then her doubts as to whether she is indeed good enough. We journey through her friendships- both with her sister Aria and next door neighbour Jacob the three of whom have been inseparable since childhood. That changed with Harper away on tour so much and Jacob and Aria becoming an item, but now that they have split up Jacob and Harper's feelings for each other have resurfaced. Complex enough?Now throw into the mix her explosive and troubled new doubles partner Colt Jagger and we really start to see a change in Harper's attitude both on and off the court.How hard is it to break into the senior tennis circuit and how much is Harper willing to give to achieve her dream?This is mostly a sports success story that also tackles friendships, growing up and relationships issues.

  • Gabby
    2019-03-02 07:12

    review and Q&A coming soon!

  • Holly ☆
    2019-03-12 04:02


  • Maddie P
    2019-02-24 11:13

    I hate to state the obvious, but allegations made by a reviewer who has a personal vendetta against the author cannot necessarily be trusted. In terms of The Harper Effect, like others who have actually read the novel, I loved it. The writing style was really refreshing, being easy to read with some really interesting phrasing that stayed with me, or had me re-reading it just to enjoy it again. The story was fast-paced and the characters came across like real teens even though they were moving in the seemingly unreal world of professional tennis. I wasn’t sure about reading about tennis, but I loved the Coach Milo scenes and found myself rooting for Harper who grew into a gutsy, determined heroine by the end. And my new favourite book boyfriend is Colt Jagger!

  • Jessica M
    2019-03-11 10:06

    http://jessjustreads.comThe Harper Effect is a debut YA novel by Australian author Taryn Bashford, taking the reader deep into the world of professional tennis. It’s as much a romance novel as it is a fun, sporty novel for tennis fans.I love tennis. It’s probably one of my favourite sports. So to find a YA novel that features this much tennis was amazing. I loved all the behind-the-scenes exchanges and all the travel, and I love how this book wasn’t just about the lead up to one tournament, but several. Throughout the book, Harper and Colt perform many times together, and they learn something new about each other with each match.Later Milo talks tactics and strategies — how we must know our opponents, when they’ve won and lost, why they’ve won and lost, how we adapt to them. ‘Winning is not only about how well you play, it’s about how well you make your opponent play badly,’ he says.It’s so refreshing to read a young adult novel where the character’s love of sport is not just a mentioned trait, but is actually embedded in the storyline. This novel is not just about Harper’s tricky relationship with her sister’s ex-boyfriend. It’s about her love for tennis and her determination to succeed, and her efforts in learning to understand her somewhat moody — but troubled — doubles partner Colt.Taryn Bashford does a really fantastic job of illustrating the relationship between a teen and their parent, particularly when the child has made poor choices. When Harper’s dad sees her kissing Jacob, he’s really disappointed in her, and I found this exchange to be really relatable and believable. I also think that the strong relationship that Harper has with her dad is really great to read about — I love YA novels that actually feature parents in the storyline. Absent parents can be frustrating in a YA novel.Despite loving this novel and absolutely adoring all the tennis, I did find it rather unbelievable that two young teenagers would make it as far as they did so quickly. It’s not impossible, but Colt and Harper both make it very far for how young they are. I guess part of me felt like in real life, there’d be a lot more losses before they succeeded as well as they did. Additionally, the book is filled with metaphors and similes that are a bit redundant and could’ve been cut from the book.“When we arrive for training I’m in the mood to wrap the tennis net around the throat of the first person who speaks to me. I march onto the court and throw my bag at the ground.”I felt that Jacob’s character seemed to escalate at a really fast rate. Towards the end of the novel, his behaviour seems a little too extreme, and I thought his antagonistic attitude could’ve been reduced a bit.This is great summer read, perfect for lounging by the pool or the beach and enjoying the story — I read this over my summer holiday and thought it was really fun. I’m a huge fan of tennis though, and it’s the Australian Open, after all. Perfect timing!Thank you to the publishers for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Colleen
    2019-03-04 06:15

    This book got to my gut! Chortling one minute, digging for tissues the next.Impressive must-remember-that-one, are the ingenious metaphors and vivid word pictures that spring from the pages. Set in the competitive world of tennis, it explores awakening young love that can confuse and unravel, but similarly shows how special love can uplift and encourage.Food for thought for many a teen trying to decipher friendship vs love and the difference between the two.

  • Greyson (Grey) Edwards
    2019-03-03 06:59

    See Jeann's review, I don't want to support that kind of behavior.

  • Mark
    2019-03-12 08:49

    Interesting insight into the world of tennis. Loved the coach Milo character. He reminded me of other coaches in movies like Rocky and The Karate Kid. A page turner!

  • The Girl In Boots
    2019-02-19 09:00

    Goodreads deleted my review? WTF?Check this review for more details:

  • Olivia McCloskey
    2019-03-16 03:51

    Jeann's review and blog post say it all. I won't be touching this one.

  • Chloe Hughes
    2019-02-20 03:12

    So good to read a young adult book that isn’t set in high school or university or life between high school and university. Teenagers do have ambitions to be the next Jelena Djokovic and Lleyton Hewitt and there should be more stories.The overall story was predictable but that was part of the charm that I loved, the characters were flawed and often making wrong decisions.Aria getting mad at her sister Harper for breaking the sister/best friend pact not to fall for her ex-boyfriend Jacob and Jacob going out with Aria when he has feelings for Harper then hooking up with Harper just after breaking up with Aria.Harper stalking Colt around town till she tracks him down.All these actions that I don’t necessarily agree with, just makes them human and imperfect and intriguing.

  • Caprice Rose
    2019-03-03 11:08

    The book holds 1.4 stars in my opinion but my review remains at one star or less on basis of the author.

  • Alison Quigley
    2019-03-03 06:53

    Years ago, when my son was barely four, we were failing to make play dough and he turned to me with, “Let’s win it this way.” I was delighted he’d figured out there were many ways to win a game, and it’s an attitudinal state that comes to mind when I read the Harper Effect. Our protagonist Harper Hunter has invested a huge amount of time and effort in becoming a top ranking tennis player and the traditional trajectory, winning through Coach Kominsky, has failed her. The new way to win is much more interesting. With her new coach she must become a dynamite mixed doubles player as a means to improve her ranking and individual game. I enjoyed watching Harper learn to dance on the court with Colt, another young tennis hopeful, and to see her push the boundaries of friendship there. Readers are led into the story of his life and become more drawn to it than Harper’s comparatively more stable ( and duller) journey. While the title points us toward Harper, it’s Colt who is the easiest character in the book to like, since his decisions involve much higher stakes, and his confusion over whether to prioritise tennis or family is very real. I read this book over a summer holiday and can recommend it as a solid read with realistic characters and a message that will inspire young tennis hopefuls.