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Playing Nice [Kindle Edition]

Rebekah Crane
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Martina "Marty" Hart is really nice. At least, that's what people think. It's Marty's junior year at Minster High. Minster's a small town where making great grades, smiling pretty, helping old people, running the new-student Welcoming Committee, and putting up decorations for all the dances--including the totally awful Hot Shot fall hunting celebration--gets you ... what? Marty's not sure. Instead of dreaming about a sororities-and-frats future at nearby University of Michigan, she's restless, searching for a way out of the box her controlling mother and best frenemy Sarah have locked her in. When Lil--don't call her Lily!--Hatfield transfers to Minster, Marty gets her chance. Lil's different. She smokes, wears black, listens to angry punk records, and lives in a weird trailer with her mother. Lil has secrets--secrets that make her a target for all the gossiping and online bullying Minster can muster. But so does Marty. And Marty sees something different in Lil. Something honest. Something real. Playing Nice is the achingly true story of a girl who's been following the rules for so long she's forgotten who she was when she started. It's about falling in love with the wrong people and not seeing the right ones, about the moments in life when you step out of line, take a chance ... and begin to break free.

Editorial Reviews


"Hilarious, heartfelt, edgy." -- Rory O'Malley, Tony-Nominated Actor from The Book of Mormon

"I love this book as an adult but as a teenager I would have been obsessed. Rebekah Crane captures perfectly and poignantly the thousands of feelings, thoughts, dreams and desires of that wonderful creature called a teenager." -- Lili Taylor, Actress

"This book is a must read for anyone who is or has experienced any form of bullying or has ever been a teenager girl... Smashing." -- Meagen Howard Fox, Page Turners Blog

From the Author

High school is tough. The crushes, the bullying, the fact that anything you do can be splattered on social media.  When I wrote PLAYING NICE, I knew it was important to be honest about high school, so I created a story about two girls.  Two girls who can't seem to understand boys.  Two girls who get bullied.  Two girls whose differences make them stronger, whose friendship gives them hope.  Two girls who discover the moment you think you're broken is actually the moment you break free.
Marty and Lil are high school to me.  They drive around with the windows rolled down, blasting music, and screaming into the wind.

Yes. High school is tough, but it's a hell of a lot easier with friends. 

Friends Forever, 
Rebekah Crane

Product Details

  • File Size: 975 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Publisher: In This Together Media; 1 edition (January 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CF6G0YM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,278 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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It's hard not to love this book. I'm not a huge fan of straight young adult but I LOVED this book. Normally, I wait for that twist, that thing that pushes your imagination to the limits. Nothing in this book is too crazy. Even the most horrendous, appalling moments are (unfortunately) completely believable and they happen every day. It is a beautiful vision of the appalling truth behind prejudice, arrogance and (what I hope we all strive for) empathy.

The Fabulous: I had a really hard time picking a favorite character. My initial reaction was Lil, but that was too easy. Her strength was palpable, yet she had a depth of despair that she barely hid. Marty's Dad was an amazing character as well, and his scene with Marty in their kitchen was incredibly touching. Of course, Alex is the perfect mix of humor and kindness for a girl just trying to figure things out. And who doesn't still wonder WTF was Matt thinking. Yes, that deserves the F. In the end, the most fabulous thing about this book is that you can't pick a favorite. They're all too real.

The Flaws: It ends.

Favorite Moments: There were so many in this book. The trip to the store to pick out decorations for the dance. The awful moment where gossip makes someone a victim. The jelly bracelet. Mom's humanity. The life and death of being a social teenager. It's just all perfect.

Best line: "You're all a bunch of penguins. Penguins!"
The one that brought tears: "Everyone leaves."

Buy it, this book is definitely worth it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, thought provoking, and beautiful. January 4, 2013
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Playing Nice is witty, dry, and incredibly real. I connected with the characters immediately and couldn't help but imagine myself growing with them. This book has it all- it is funny but also very relative and sentimental. I loved Playing Nice and you will too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Trisha
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Let's see. Miss Perfect meets Miss Rebel girl. Miss Perfect is the nicest girl in school working her way up to being the most perfect stepford wife ever to exist. Insert Miss Rebel Girl to change everything Miss Perfect thought she ever wanted. Yes, this book is filled with all the cliche's you'd expect from this scenario. Small town close minded people. The same people who are applauding our main character, Marty, for being nice are the same people telling her to stay away from Lil, our resident bad girl.

Lil is open and honest with the stereotypical "bad girl" persona you'd expect to see in a book like this. At first Marty is put off by Lil, but quickly realizes how refreshing it is to be around someone that you can say what you mean instead of just what you are supposed to say.

Another thing you will quickly learn about Marty is just how obsessed she is with her vagina. Yes, she's a virgin. We get it! Let's not talk about her tight thighs and saintly vagina in every chapter! Great, she's got the nice kid who has a crush on her but her loins are too busy burning after the hot senior who plays guitar so she ignores the nice kid. The vagina talk was way overdone, especially when it's a book geared towards teenagers and no warning.

All in all I, kind of liked this book. I started and finished it in one afternoon. Though I don't really have a lot of nice things to say, it's an easy book to stay engaged in and get through without feeling cheating of the time you spent reading the book. If you are looking for an awesome coming of age John Green style book, you aren't going to find it here, but you will find something that isn't grammatically atrocious and has enough of a storyline to keep you going without too much of a mental fight.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! January 7, 2013
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I LOVED this book! The main characters are so real that anyone can relate to them and the story took me right back to high school. Playing Nice is a story of self discovery during the already stressful years of high school. The story centers around Marty and her battle of doing what she wants or what is expected, figuring out who her true friends are and realizing we all make mistakes. It is such a great story about the high school years I recommended my high school daughter and her friends read it asap! Once I started reading I couldn't stop until I was finished.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars life doesn't get any better than this! January 23, 2013
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I found myself wondering how in the world Rebekah Crane could have possibly gotten into my head, or read my journals...and then I thought, is it possible that every girl/woman (maybe boy/man?) really does become lighter as she sings from the deepest parts of her soul? Is it possible that they also learn that beauty has nothing to do with what she looks like? Are we all blessed to have the one person who sees us, the real us, and wants to be our friend/partner? Are we all brave enough to speak words that mean something? and more importantly are we brave enough to be with someone who's word mean something? For me many of these discoveries didn't happen until well into go Marty!...this is what I wish for my tween/teenage girls everyday! I laughed out loud, I cried (openly! in public! while reading this book!
Rebekah Crane I fell in love with you! your words! your characters! All of it is just a little part of each of us.... Ain't life grand? I've already recommended this book to everyone I know...reminding them that we should all live our life 'hanging out the car window and screaming at the top of my lungs for everyone to hear'. This book is a MUST read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read--did not end like I thought it would.
Published 3 months ago by LOL Teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, just amazing..
I give "Playing Nice" five stars rate, because it inspires me and make me wanna cry of joy! I dislike Matt, he isn't good enough for Marty, but she was stupid enough to fall in... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Claudia Smistek
5.0 out of 5 stars nobody's perfect, no matter how hard you try
i couldn't put it down. it's quick fast and hilarious. nobody's perfect, no matter how hard you try. sooner or later you will snap!
Published 5 months ago by Tammy A. Finney
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book-totally laid out how high school was for ...
Loved this book-totally laid out how high school was for me growing up and in present times. Didn't want to put it down!
Published 6 months ago by Sarah Wartell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Lightweight mystery, fun
Published 6 months ago by Lynn McClimans
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good story. A bit predictable but a solid read.
Published 6 months ago by Lauren
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
Probably my personal taste. I didn't finish it. I am not young, so that may have a lot to do with it.
Great opening to start with and then down-hill for me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by yb
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A good book for young adults.
Published 7 months ago by Nancy lynch
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story, perfect teen reading.
A story about finding yourself and dealing with life's oxymoron. Not quite enough substance for adults unless you wish to revisit your high school years!
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I've had this book for quite a while before I decided I just need to read it. I finished it in one night. The author did a great job with her writing and the flow of words. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cteach
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More About the Author

Rebekah Crane fell in love with YA literature while studying Secondary English Education at Ohio University. After having two kids, living in six different cities, and finally settling down in the foothills of her beloved Rocky Mountains, her first novel, PLAYING NICE, was published. ASPEN, her second YA novel, set in Boulder, CO, released in June 2014. She now spends her day carpooling kids or tucked behind a laptop at 7,500 ft high in the Rockies, where the altitude only enhances the experience

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