Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts
Trina Clemons needed the money. Why else would she – the most organized, prepared student in school – spend the summer as a nanny and partner with the biggest slacker ever? Now she’s ready to tackle nannyhood with her big binder of research and schedules. Just don’t ask her about the secret job of “fixing” the bad habits of a certain high school player…
Slade Edmunds prefers easy hook-ups, and Trina is definitely not his type. She’s all structure and rules, while Slade wants to just have fun. Fortunately, Trina has no idea about the bet Slade made with his best friend that he can totally get her to unwind by the end of summer…
Then the weirdest thing happens. There’s chemistry. A lot of it.
But nothing gets between a boy and a girl like a big, fat secret…
Right away when I saw the title of this book I knew right away it was going to be amazing! I loved Playing the Player so much!
Playing the Player gave me everything from a lighthearted book to a butterfly-inducing romance! It was the kind of book that wouldn’t make sense to have a book two, even though you really want it to. It was also the kind of book that you read so fast to see what happens next, but you also never want it to end.
When Trina, the organized good girl, needs money, she takes a deal on babysitting and mentoring her “partner”, Slade, the careless playboy, who she can’t stand, and try to teach him not to be so careless. Things start out a little rocky to say the least, but soon after, Trina starts to realize that Slade might be a better nanny then her and things heat up between them.
One thing that I really admire about this book and all the other books that do this is when they switch between the boy and girl point of view. And in the back of my mind I think “Wow, that must be so hard to write in a guys point of view as a girl, and vise versa!”
One thing that I needed in this book is more of Trina and Slade being a couple! Slade was such a player until Trina and him we together. I feel like if the book had a little more it would talk a lot more about their relationship.
Butterfly Rating: 4 stars
I think if I had a little more to Slade and Trina’s relationship it would be a 5 star rating. The butterflies this book gave me despite that, I couldn’t sit still. I was so eager to find out what happened next and when I was done with the book, I re-read my favorite parts! You know a book is good when you read parts over again that gave you butterflies before, and then after reading it again giving you the same butterfly sensation! And this book did just that!
Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars
Slade, despite his sense of fashion and the shoe lace he uses to tie his hair back, he still gets me, and I do agree, no one is immune to his charming spell, not me or Trina!
Age Recommendation: 13+
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