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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Academy
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (February 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599909022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599909028
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,385,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seles newest young-adult novel, the second in her Academy series, is again centered on the unpredictable events in Maya Hart’s blooming career as a professional tennis player. Maya attends an exclusive academy for promising young athletes, and she’s finally starting to get some attention—maybe more than she is ready for. Here, the focus is on Maya’s struggle to market herself as a pro athlete without sacrificing her personality, all while two good-looking boys vying for her attention make life even more complicated. An enticing combination of suspense, romance, mystery, fashion, and, of course, sports. Grades 8-10. --Bethany Fort --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"An enticing combination of suspense, romance, mystery, fashion, and, of course, sports." Booklist  
 
"Readers will find themselves pulling for this scrappy teen as she navigates fame and relationships." —Kirkus Reviews
 
"Seles writes what she knows, providing a fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes business aspects that are a huge part of today’s sports scenes. Readers who need a break from the violence, cruelty, and relentless menu of crises that are so much a part of current teen fiction will find a welcome diversion here." VOYA
 
"For readers who can’t get enough of series like Cecily von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl and Zoey Dean’s The A-List." School Library Journal on Game On
 
"This is a series premise with a lot of potential: The world of high-stakes athletics and its impact on teens hungry to succeed is compelling . . . the premise will attract readers, and the cast of characters is varied and interesting enough to hold them." Kirkus Reviews on Game On

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tez Miller on March 2, 2014
Format: Paperback
I only have love for one trashy series at a time, and GAME ON secured Monica Seles's The Academy series as my chosen. LOVE MATCH cements its position with more drama, and occasional sport.

Yes, sport. There are plenty of physical female characters in YA fiction, but usually they're defensive or violent, so it's great to see sport have a starring role. Tennis player Maya Hart's point of view guides the entire novel, even though her own storyline is so-so. Her on-court career is going great, but her off-court life is less successful - mostly due to her dual attraction for gridiron-playing brothers, and the occasional upstaging in the media by her rival.

Chinese golfer Cleo has won a junior invitational tournament yet keeps being criticised by a particular blogger. First for her outfits, then for her "partying", and lastly for being "Americanized". This storyline is awkward because the characters seem to equate criticism with "trolling"/"bullying". It turns out the blogger's motives are good, but the execution is not. Cleo's sub-plot wraps up neatly with a happy ending.

South African/French swimmer Renee Ledecq is a little heart-breaking here. The daughter of wealthy parents, she's extremely generous to others...but doesn't treat herself half as well. However, her latest relationship could teach her to love herself more, and hopefully this will be expanded upon in a future novel.

This addictive series has hooked me fully, and further books set in the Academy 'verse would be most welcome. Yes it's trash, but it's MY kind of trash.
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By blsh on June 24, 2014
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Nice book. It would great if there was going to be an upcoming third book. This was written so it could be developed into a series publication.
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By Casey Binns on June 2, 2014
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I thought it was a fun drama filled teenage love story ! A fun typical teen style book with a love story drama.
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