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Head Games: A Pretty TOUGH Novel (PrettyTough) [Kindle Edition]

Nicole Leigh Shepherd
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Taylor is calm, cool, collected, and ferocious on the basketball court. A total all-star. Not so much in real life. She may be tall, gorgeous, and an incredible catch, but just try telling her that!

And lately, Taylor doesn't know which way to turn: The summer showcase game is almost here. Her BFF Hannah roped her into a fashion show (eek!). And she can't decide between Zach-the super-popular, super-tall, super-off-limits basketball dynamo-and Matt-the sweet boy from her math class (who may just be dating her BFF's older sister). It's enough to make any girl's head spin!

Can Taylor strike a pose, land the boy of her dreams, and win the game?

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About the Author

Keri Mikulski teaches writing at Rowan University, pens a column for South Jersey Mom magazine, contributes regularly to Pretty Tough Inc., and lives at the Jersey Shore with her husband and daughter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 312 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1595143874
  • Publisher: Razorbill (January 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,168 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic and Fun January 15, 2011
The author did a wonderful job of making me feel as if I was walking the halls of Beachwood Academy, following Taylor Thomas as she deals with friends, boys, and basketball. The dialogue is authentic; the story fun. The perfect novel for teen girls, and any reader who wants to understand the psyche of high school female athlete!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Debut! February 20, 2011
By Erica
I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book! I started reading, and I ended up reading Head Games in one sitting. The story was so fun and the characters were so easy to connect with. I felt like this book could take place anywhere, I could definitely see it happening in my high school on any given day.

Head Games was written really well. After about the first five pages where I had a bit of uncertainty, I was hooked. I fell in love with the story and loved it. While the story was somewhat predictable, it was so fun to see how it all unfolded.

Taylor was a character that I think everyone can relate to in some way or another. Because of her height, she's cast off a bit. Everyone has something about that that causes others to poke fun at them for. In addition to that, she's thrown into so many situations, and I definitely found myself thinking I was a lot like Taylor. She, like me, has a bit of an issue saying no to people - and I could relate so well to all the situations she's in. Taylor's best friend, Hannah AKA Banana, was a ton of fun! She was quirky and I absolutely loved her. Matt was such a sweetheart. <3

I do wish the cover had a face on the girl, as I feel it looks very awkward cut off at her nose like that. I really like the cover otherwise, but I am constantly thinking what is her face like? I would highly recommend this book to everyone. It's a fast read that is a ton of fun and absolutely adorable. It was a book I really got involved in and would be laughing hysterically at different events or yelling at other characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sports Book Ever February 2, 2011
By Jenn
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LOOOOOOOOVVVVEEEEEEE this book!! You have to read it. I hate to read and my mom bought me this series. The other two were ok. But, I couldn't put down head games. AMAZING!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Crowd Pleaser January 10, 2011
By DiDi
Head Games is the perfect book for all of you sporty girls out there searching for fun-filled drama, humor, and romance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Exciting Debut January 29, 2011
Head Games was the first novel in the Pretty Tough series that I have read and one of my first forays into sporty YA fiction. I really enjoyed reading about all the basketball plays and games and how focused Taylor was on the sport.

Taylor was a very relatable main character; dealing with a lot of ordinary teen problems. Not only was she uncomfortable in her own skin but she was adjusting to working on a fashion show with her best friend, Hannah. Taylor was incredibly tall and perfect for the modeling gig as well as playing basketball. I enjoyed reading about her high school experiences and ups and downs dealing with boys and the mean girls in her school. Keri Mikulski really got inside Taylor's head and made her a very realistic and believable teenager. Pop culture references, slang terms, everything was modern and actually what high school students would talk about today.

I'm not very athletic although I used to participate in cross country and track so it was interesting and eye opening to see how tough things can be for a basketball star. Taylor was under pressure from her team mates, coaches, and parents and was trying to balance basketball with the rest of her life. The basketball references in Head Games were not overly complex that it would be boring to someone not interested in the sport, but it also was interesting to learn some of the terminology.

There was drama among Taylor and Kylie, another girl on her team, which starts to disrupt the team's dynamic. There is also some romance in this novel that may not turn out well once Taylor discovers some boys are making a list seeing who can date the most girls.

Overall, Head Games was a fun and original debut novel by Keri Mikulski filled with fun twists and a great main character. I definitely recommend it!

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing March 13, 2013
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I do recommend this book to any teenage ( like myself) that likes sports with girls in them I know I love this book I like that Taylor loves this sport so much she works hard then like in every teenage has drama in there life. Like how Kylie thinks she "hooked up with Zach" I play basketball myself and love it with all my heart. Taylor is just a girl that needs to find her way and she does finally
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing December 26, 2012
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The perfect book full of drama and heart break with a little sports thrown in. A great book and an exciting read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
I love this book it was so worth the money and anybody should read this. LOVE :) My new favorite book
Published 19 months ago by Emma Lammey
3.0 out of 5 stars Head Games
My Thoughts: Probably just my reading mood but this one just didn't live all the way up to my expectations. Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by princess bookie
4.0 out of 5 stars Sporty YA for girls
The first couple of chapters were torture for me and I wanted to give up on the book, but because I received this as a review book from Puget Sound Council, I felt I had to finish... Read more
Published on January 4, 2012 by Heidi G
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I can't begin to tell you how much I likes this book. It made me feel like a teenager again. All insecure and giddy when a guy talks to you. And this book definitely had game. Read more
Published on April 22, 2011 by Savannah (Books With Bite)
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Sports Book For Teens
Copied from my blog: [...]

Head Games has brought life back to the Pretty Tough series. Keri Mikulski has taken over writing the series and she has done a fabulous job... Read more
Published on February 3, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it
I am definitely not one to leave comments, but this book is horrible. the drama in this book is so umrealistic and there is no depth in any of the people in the book. Read more
Published on February 2, 2011 by MARIA Grier
3.0 out of 5 stars It was Okay

First, I have to say I loved the first two in the Pretty Tough series. They are about sporty girls, who are still popular and cute, that get the guy. Read more
Published on February 1, 2011 by Yani
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