Book Review | Never Blame the Umpire

Title: Never Blame the Umpire

Author: Gene Fehler

My Review:

Kate loves sports, she loves her family and she has discovered a love for poetry. Seemingly life could not be much better until one day her family is dealt a devastating blow… the life that she knows changes forever when her parents tell her that her Mom has cancer.

“Life goes on” as they say, and her family tries hard to live as normal as possible, but Kate’s heart turns sour as she tries to understand how God could allow it to happen. {I’m sure most of us can relate to having blamed God for something.}

She does not want to tell anyone the news~ not even her best friend Ginny. I think she feels like if she says it out loud it will actually be real. Finally, when she cannot stand to keep the secret any longer, she blurts it out to Ginny. Here’s a quote from Kate after she had said the words aloud.

p.85-86″It’s just something I could not keep inside any longer. I’ve felt so alone. I’ve felt like Mama’s deserting me. I’ve felt like God has deserted me… Now I’ve told her. But nothing is better. I still feel deserted by God. I still hate Him for letting this happen to Mama. Nothing can make it better. Except… now I don’t feel quite so alone.”

In Chapter 22 which is called “Never Blame the Umpire,” {the book’s namesake} Mama and Kate have a discussion in which Mama is telling Kate not to blame God. You really have to read this section to appreciate it fully, but it was so brilliantly written and so poignant that I had a hard time holding back the tears. Mr. Fehler certainly has a knack for writing in a way that young adults will be moved by I am sure.

This book is listed as juvenile fiction, social issues and death and dying. It is one that I am sure you will enjoy even if you are not a youth. It is a beautifully written book which I know will speak to and touch your heart.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Vicki is a single woman living in Nova Scotia, Canada who loves to read, sing, cook for her friends and family and scrapbook. She loves to keep busy, hang out with her boyfriend and his cat and only sits still long enough to read and review books for "Simply Stacie."

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