Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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…

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Review

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

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

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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Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman

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Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman

Looking for a new beginning after a terrible mean girl past, Charlie Healey realizes there’s no escaping high school drama…

Charlie Healey thinks Harmony Falls is the beginning of a whole new life. Middle school was brutal. But high school is Charlie’s big chance to start over and stay out of drama, except that on her first day she runs into Will, her ex-best friend, who had moved away. Now a varsity athlete and hotter than Charlie remembered, Will hangs with the crowd running the school. But Charlie doesn’t understand their power until an innocent delivery guy falls victim to a near-deadly hazing prank.

Torn between doing what’s right and her secret feelings for Will, Charlie must decide whether to turn in her very best friend or live with the guilt of knowing what he did.

Rosalind Wiseman’s first novel for young adults is a fresh, funny, and juicy read about friendship, betrayal, and how far some will go to be accepted.

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Review

Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials had me smiling and continuously turning the pages!

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Crush Control by Jennifer Jabaley

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Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

Crush Control by Jennifer Jabaley

Willow has spent most of her life as her mother’s sidekick in a popular Las Vegas hypnotism show. So when she and her mom move back to their sleepy southern hometown to start over, she thinks she’s in for a life of quiet normalcy. Except that her new life turns out to be anything but, when she kinda sorta hypnotizes Quinton, the hottest guy on the football team, to fall madly, deeply, head over heels in love with her. But what started out as an innocent way to make her best friend, Max, jealous soon gets way out of hand, and Willow begins to wonder if the mind—and more importantly, the heart—is something you can really control

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Review

Crush Control was a fun and easy read that had a nice story to it.

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Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer

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Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha

Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.
And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.
A romantic and charming story, this companion novel to Off the Page will make every reader believe in the fantastical power of fairy tales.

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Review

It didn’t take me long to finish the enjoyable story Between the Lines. I thought I was such a creative concept that was portrayed when a book is closed and what happens to the characters.

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The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long

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Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long

The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she’s lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack’s help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she’s faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice–and not just her own.

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Review

This book was AMAZING! I loved everything about it from the very beginning and especially to the very end. The ending was probably my favorite part of the entire book as it was written perfectly.

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The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper

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Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper

Italy . . . Shakespeare . . . but no romance?

Kate Sanderson inherited her good sense from her mother, a disciplined law professor, and her admiration for the Bard from her father, a passionate Shakespeare scholar. When she gets dumped, out of the blue, for the Practically Perfect Ashley Lawson, she vows never to fall in love again. From now on she will control her own destiny, and every decision she makes will be highly reasoned and rational. She thinks Shakespeare would have approved.

So when she is accepted to a summer Shakespeare symposium in Verona, Italy, Kate sees it as the ideal way to get over her heartbreak once and for all. She’ll lose herself in her studies, explore ancient architecture, and eat plenty of pasta and gelato. (Plus, she’ll be getting college credit for it—another goal accomplished!) But can even completely logical Kate resist the romance of living in a beautiful villa in the city where those star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet met and died for each other? Especially when the other Shakespeare Scholars—in particular Giacomo, with his tousled brown hair, expressive dark eyes, and charming ways—try hard to break her protective shell?

“In fair Verona, where we lay our scene . . . “

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Review

The Juliet Club was an interesting story. The novel was written in 3rd person omniscient and was written in a way I was not expecting.

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Scribbler of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson

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Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Scribbler of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson

Romeo and Juliet had the right idea. About dating the enemy that is. They were true to their hearts.

Kaitlin Malone know what it’s like to date the enemy. She was raised to hate the Crutchfields, and absolutely does – until she meets Bram Crutchfield. It turns out he’s a great guy – one she could talk to, share things with…even love. But when Kaitlin gives her heart to Bram, her world spins out of control. Soon the Crutchfields are her friends and she’s a traitor to her own family.

To make things worse ,Bram was raised to hate the Malones,especially Kaitlin’s father – who murdered Bram’s dad. Bram doesn’t know Kaitlin is a Malone. If he did he would hate her, too.

What’s a star-crossed lover to do?

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Review

Scribbler of Dreams was an amazing novel that I really enjoyed and the title is perfect for the story.

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Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Is death the end . . . or only the beginning? Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves. Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan’s return, vowing to do whatever it takes — even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect. Worlds apart, Ethan and Lena must once again work together to rewrite their fate, in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series.

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Review

I enjoyed this series so much and really like the last book. Of course like all of the other books in the series, there was a lot of suspense.

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Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena’s Claiming. Even Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals is affected – and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What — or who — will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He’s being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn’t by Lena – and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself — forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn’t know why, and most days he’s too afraid to ask.

Sometimes there isn’t just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there’s no going back. And this time there won’t be a happy ending.

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Review

My heart’s still beating with intensity after just finishing Beautiful Chaos. For me, the end was the most intense and kept me Turning pages a little faster than the beginning.

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Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

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Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

Seventeen-year-old Annika Truman knows about the power of positive thinking. With a little brother who has cancer, it’s all she ever hears about. And in order to help Jeremy, she will go to the ends of the earth (or at least as far as Hollywood) to help him believe he can survive his upcoming surgery.

But Annika’s plan to convince Jeremy that a magic genie will grant him any wish throws her a curveball when he unexpectedly wishes that his television idol would visit him. Annika suddenly finds herself in the desperate predicament of getting access to a hunky star actor and convincing him to come home with her. Piece of cake, right?

Janette Rallison’s proven talent for laugh-out-loud humor, teen romance, and deep-hearted storytelling shines in a novel that will have readers laughing and crying at the same time.

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Review

I always enjoy books with normal people falling in love with celebrities. It didn’t take me long to finish Just One Wish by Janette Rallison. I started the book at night and then finished it the next afternoon.

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