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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Series: PrettyTough (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (April 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595141138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595141132
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nicole Leigh Shepherd is the author of the Pretty Tough novels. She loves sports and believes in empowering and motivating young women to embrace their athleticism while encouraging them to lead active, healthy lifestyles.

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The novel was very straightforward and slightly predictable, but it didn't make the story any less sweet.
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I really enjoyed the book, I like watching a girl do something that most guys say is impossible.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on July 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
Lucy's father forced her to move to Malibu right after her freshman year of high school. She's heartbroken to leave her best friend and the house where everything reminds of her mother.

The first week has been rough, but then she starts soccer tryouts. Lucy loves soccer and being a part of the team. She's devastated when her name is not on the list. However, the coach pulls her aside and tells her that the football team needs a quick replacement kicker and she should try out. At first, Lucy thinks the idea is crazy, but the more she thinks about it the more she likes it.

She makes the team, but doesn't have the instant camaraderie that she's been craving. Instead, the team members give her a hard time. Her father has forbidden her to join the team, so she lies. He thinks she's joined the cheerleading squad. He will discover the truth soon and then Lucy will have to figure out how hard she'll fight to remain on a team that doesn't want her.

Lucy Malone's determination and strength leads her to go where no other girl in school has gone before - the all-boys football team. Once on the team, she doesn't shy away from all the pressure, the grief, and her father's objections.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By princess bookie on January 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
My Thoughts: In Playing With The Boys, we are introduced to Lucy. Lucy lives with her father and is forced to move to Los Angeles. She lost her mother and her father wants to get away from all the memories so he drags Lucy across the country.

Lucy has to make new friends, go to a new school, and basically learn how to be a California girl, which is harder than you would think.

On her first day of school she meets a boy named Benji. She and Benji become good friends. Then there is another boy who she has a crush on.

Oh I guess I'm forgetting something here. Lucy tries out for the soccer team. She's good at soccer and figures this is a way to meet friends. But she doesn't make the team so instead she tries out for the Football team and she does make that one.

Her father forbids her from playing because its too dangerous but Lucy plays anyways.

Playing With The Boys was a fun read, but not too deep. None of the characters really clicked with me the way I wanted. I still enjoyed reading it but if your looking for a football themed book, you might also want to try Catching Jordan.

Overall: Liked it quite a bit but didn't love it. It was a quick read though so I finished it in one sitting.

Cover: Like it, but mostly I like the football players legs in the background. They add a certain spunk!

What I'd Give It: 4/5 Cupcakes
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PrettyTough on April 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
Playing with the Boys is even better than the first book in the Pretty Tough series. I love how gutsy Lucy is - how she shows that girls can do anything they want. I laughed and cried along with her and after reading this book, I may want to try out for the football team. What a great way to meet guys!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews) on March 23, 2013
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Playing With The Boys is a cute young adult novel about a girl who moves to California, and has to start a new school, and her new life. She tries out for the soccer team but doesn't make it, so the soccer coach suggests Lucy try out for the football team as a kicker, because their kicker recently got injured. Lucy agrees to try out and things seem to be looking great, she has friends from soccer, and now she is going to play football. But Lucy isn't always so Lucky... Many things start to go wrong for Lucy because of the choices she makes. The book is very well written, and seriously cute. Now some things Lucy does just got very annoying, and made her seem very shallow. The ending proved Lucy wasn't all that bad, but just made some dumb mistakes. I really enjoyed the football aspect of this book, it is very interesting to see female players because it's not something I've ever witnessed before in real life. I rate this 3 out of 5 stars. The book is just okay, not great, and not bad. It's not something I want to read more than one time. It is a cute, fun read with football, and high school drama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Stein VINE VOICE on June 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
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.
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