You Don't Have a Shot

Racquel Marie

Feiwel & Friends, 2023

Agent: Thao Le

A queer YA romance about rival soccer players from author Racquel Marie, perfect for fans of She Drives Me Crazy.

Valentina “Vale” Castillo-Green’s life revolves around soccer. Her friends, her future, and her father’s intense expectations are all wrapped up in the beautiful game. But after she incites a fight during playoffs with her long-time rival, Leticia Ortiz, everything she’s been working toward seems to disappear.

Embarrassed and desperate to be anywhere but home, Vale escapes to her beloved childhood soccer camp for a summer of relaxation and redemption…only to find out that she and the endlessly aggravating Leticia will be co-captaining a team that could play in front of college scouts. But the competition might be stiffer than expected, so unless they can get their rookie team’s act together, this second chance—and any hope of playing college soccer—will slip through Vale’s fingers. When the growing pressure, friendship friction, and her overbearing father push Vale to turn to Leticia for help, what starts off as a shaky alliance of necessity begins to blossom into something more through a shared love of soccer. . . and maybe each other.

Sharp, romantic, and deeply emotional, You Don’t Have a Shot is a rivals-to-lovers romance about rediscovering your love of the game and yourself, from the author of Ophelia After All.


"Via Vale's witty and acerbic first-person narration, Marie delivers a textured sapphic romp that spins an earned enemies-to-lovers romance amid empathetic depictions of one teenager coming to terms with the effects of her treatment of others, as well as her treatment of herself." Publisher's Weekly starred review

"You Don't Have a Shot has every ingredient that makes rivals-to-lovers such a great trope, but it's also so much more. It's a story of grief and loss, of legacy, of culture, of holding the things and people that bring us joy close. I don't think anyone will be surprised when I say that Racquel Marie has done it again: this is truly young adult contemporary at its best." —Jonny Garza Villa, author of the Pura Belpré Honor Book Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun

A fearless and fiery winnerA captivating story of growth, redemption, and the unexpectedly beautiful places we find hope with a romance readers will unanimously cheer for.” —Julian Winters, award-winning author of Running With Lions

"Swoony, funny, and full of heart. Racquel Marie did an amazing job showing the magic of the beautiful game, and the place it can have in a teen’s life and that of their family and culture. . .The exploration of grief and how it plays in the family’s dynamics was expertly done." —Yamille Saied Méndez, Pura Belpré Award-winning author of Furia

"Full of heart, You Don’t Have a Shot perfectly captures the warmth of chosen family alongside the thrill of a will-they-won’t-they rival romance. This is contemporary YA at its finest." —Chloe Gong, #1 New York Times-best selling author of These Violent Delights

“With a fun rivals-to-lovers romance and touching moments of found family, You Don't Have a Shot feels a lot like a warm hug in the very best of ways. . .this book is for everyone who’s ever needed a light nudge in the right direction, and managed to find themselves in the process.” —Tashie Bhuiyan, author of Counting Down With You