Eddy Rochester is a movie fanatic, a wannabe famous filmmaker, and a player. He’s figured he’s pretty much on the fast track to success with his popular online video series Riot Grrl 16. It’s all about him, and the girls love him – at least most of them do. But Lucinda Dulko is different; she’s not as easily charmed as Eddy’s other conquests. Play Me followes Eddy through his ups and downs with Riot Grrl 16, his relationship with his actress mother, and his various female friends. Eddy has to realize that maybe he’s not guaranteed instant success, and that maybe there are other people in the picture besides him.
Laura Ruby weaves and incredibly realistic story in Play Me. Eddy’s character is developed so well that I totally felt I could see through his eyes into his life. There’s something so believable about Eddy’s story that made me want to keep reading. The plot isn’t too exciting, but reading this book was such a great experience because I could really feel Eddy’s emotions. There aren’t many books that I’ve read that have such a real and honest male protagonist like Eddy. Play Me was a beautifully written and extremely honest story anyone can relate to.
If you’re looking for a realistic story to read, Play Me should be your first choice. Fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Catherine Ryan Hyde will also enjoy Laura Ruby’s latest novel.
Review copy from publisher HarperCollins
Also see my review at YA Enchanting Reviews.