Losers Bracket by Chris Crutcher
Annie is caught between two worlds. In one she is a Boots, part of a family incapable of escaping poverty and drug addiction and bad life choices. In the other, she’s with her long-term foster family, rescued from the inevitability of following in her family’s footsteps. Her mother lost parental rights some time ago, but Annie can’t seem to stay away from her birth family—even when her foster father threatens to kick Annie out if she sees them again. She uses sports as a go-between, a chance to both make Pops proud and see her family on the sly. But keeping her two worlds separate is getting harder and harder, and sooner or later something is going to have to give.
Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy realistic stories of broken families and strong young women.