While I haven’t read the book, LTS, and don’t have an opinion about it, I can definitely relate to your experiences.
I’m also not particularly fashionable. I like sports, thought not really team sports like you. I’m more into running, biking, and swimming — endurance sports.
My Aussie boyfriend tried to teach me cricket, but I was not an apt pupil.
God, does he love it, though. That and Aussie Rules football, which I’m better at than cricket.
Oh, btw, I’ve published the first chapter of my new serial. You might want to check out the protagonist’s name.
It’s a subtle show of thanks for the inspiration.