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Playing with the Boys by Liz Tigelaar

Playing with the Boys: A Pretty Tough Novel [PLAYING W/THE BOYS]Lucy Malone has just moved to Malibu, California, and even though she’s got a totally awesome room in an amazing new house, things aren’t going well. All her friends are back home in Toledo, Ohio, and it doesn’t seem like she’s going to be making any new friends soon. But opportunity soon presents itself in the form of soccer tryouts. Lucy was on the varsity soccer team at her old school, so being on the team in Malibu would be a chance to show off something she’s good at. But she’s not good enough; she doesn’t make the final cut for the team and is heartbroken.

Lucy doesn’t feel that she has anything going for her now until the soccer coach Martie suggests Lucy use her strong and accurate kick to try out for the boys’ varsity football team. At first, Lucy is skeptical; after all, she is a girl who wants to fit in. But then she gives it a try and makes it. She soon finds out that football may be her calling. Unfortunately, her father forbids her from playing football, but that doesn’t stop Lucy.

Lucy constantly feels like she has to prove herself. Along with joining the football team comes hazing and potential friends. Throughout the novel, Lucy’s tentative friendships with members of the soccer team, the football team, several popular cheerleaders, her father, and a very sweet boy named Benji are tried. Lucy finds out which friendships are worth it, and comes to terms with her father.

Playing with the Boys was a thoroughly enjoyable novel, even though I didn’t understand most of the football terms. I am definitely not a sports person, so I found it relieving that I was learning all about football along with Lucy. The novel was very straightforward and slightly predictable, but it didn’t make the story any less sweet. I recommend this book to people who like sports novels, such as Pretty Tough also by Liz Tigelaar, Screwball by Keri Mikulski, and Dairy Queen and The Off Season by Catherine Murdock. I actually haven’t read any of these novels yet, but am planning on it because Playing with the Boys was such a fun novel to read.

Rating: 3.75

Review copy from author Liz Tigelaar

12 munch(es) :

Alxis B. Ride said...

Hey Book!! I'm an avid reader myself.... If your into vampires I suggest the House Of Night novels by P.C. Cast + Kristen Cast..... The first book is called Marked...... They are really good
Okay then.... I'm outta here!!
--- Alxis B. Ride

Hope. said...

I have these two books here. :D I cannot wait to read them. :D

hope.

keri mikulski :) said...

Thanks for the SCREWBALL shout out! I love this series.. I'm about halfway done PLAYING WITH THE BOYS and I love it!! Definitely a fun read. :)

Anonymous said...

what is the publishing company

The Book Muncher said...

it's published by Razorbill, which is part of Penguin i believe

tabby said...

this is a awesome book and Lucy reminds of me because i love playing football!

Anonymous said...

I love the storyline! It's a great book, deffinatly a 7

Caitlinnn said...

I absolutely LOVE this book.
I find it amazing, I read it in
a night because I couldn't put it down! :D
Definitelyand 8 1/2 - 9 1/2.
:D <3

p.s - The first book of this series i found boring.

Anonymous said...

i love playing with the boys best book ever...i have never my whole life read a book that good...:D
♥christina nicole♥

Anonymous said...

Very Very good read both on a car trip cried several times definitely a 8 or 9!! Love it a must read

Anonymous said...

I Love this book. It is a purfect book to read for anyone. It is amazing and funny I love it I would totally recommend it to many people

Anonymous said...

Amazing book! Lucy is so strong to play on that boys team! Incredible book as well as the other book in the series Pretty Tough! Keep on reading muchers!

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