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I rested the ball on my hip and walked back toward the equipment shed. In the dark.

Alone. With a boy.

I would be completely freaking out over varsity soccer tryouts if it weren't for the new student, Graham, who's helping me practice. He has the most amazing green eyes, curly brown hair, and perfect legs. Plus, we have lots in common, since all we both care about is soccer! Well, that's all he cares about. But my heart beats so fast when ...

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Overview

I rested the ball on my hip and walked back toward the equipment shed. In the dark.

Alone. With a boy.

I would be completely freaking out over varsity soccer tryouts if it weren't for the new student, Graham, who's helping me practice. He has the most amazing green eyes, curly brown hair, and perfect legs. Plus, we have lots in common, since all we both care about is soccer! Well, that's all he cares about. But my heart beats so fast when we're on the field together . . . and I don't think it's just from all the running around.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061143106
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Series: First Kisses Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Boyfriend Game, The MSR

Chapter One

The afternoon sun was beating down on my shoulders as I watched an evil leer light up the face of my best friend, Sara Myers. Her long legs were like sticks below her shorts, and there was the faintest gleam of sweat over the upturned nose that she swore was her only decent feature. "Just try and stop me, Trisha," she taunted, her dark curls bouncing with each step.

"Just try and get by me," I shot back, grinning as she got closer. It might be just a routine one-on-one drill on a Thursday afternoon of JV soccer practice, but it was always a lot more than that when I was going one-on-one with Sara.

Sara was better than me at soccer. And she didn't even try. I busted my butt. And she was still better. Totally bugged me.

But she hated the fact that over the summer, I'd gotten a real figure and she was still as skinny as ever, so we were even. Especially since we'd totally make the trade if we could. She'd take all the attention I got from guys in a heartbeat, and I'd give that up in a minute if I could have her soccer skills. Actually, I'd give it up in a minute for free, if I could. Only six weeks into my freshman year of high school and already I was tired of the boys treating me differently than they used to. Hello? What was wrong with noticing I played good defense, instead of commenting on how my shirt fit?

Sara's smile faded into concentration, and I focused on every angle of her body, trying to anticipate what move she'd pull to try to get past me. My muscles tensed, and I felt the zip of adrenaline that I loved, the sensation of power that had me running for the soccer field every afternoon, totallypumped to sweat and yell and forget about all the baggage of my day at school. On the soccer field, it wasn't about boys and girls or how I looked. It was about how good you were. It was my favorite place to be.

"Hey, Trisha! Looking good out there!"

Sara sucked in her breath, and I scowled at the sound of Kirk Nichols' obnoxious voice, not even bothering to glance at the sidelines where I knew he'd be standing with his loyal shadow, Ross Crane. Probably wearing Nike sunglasses, baseball hats, and faded jeans, like they always did, knowing just how to dress to look good.

Well, they were cute, but they were also idiots, so I shut them out and concentrated on Sara. Her gaze flicked toward Kirk, and I grinned. Oh, she was so busted. Keep yelling, Kirk. One little distraction was more than enough for me to take her out.

"Trisha! Hey, Trisha Perkins! You gonna come to Pop's tonight with me, or what?" Kirk shouted.

Sara scowled at me. I bit my lip and quickly adjusted to her sudden increase in intensity. Great. So now she was going to take it out on me that Kirk was yelling my name and not hers. Classic Kirk. Always screwing up my life.

"Sara! Tell her she has to come!" Kirk shouted.

Sara's cheeks turned pink and she shot a quick look in his direction. I lunged forward to take advantage of the distraction, my cleats grabbing the turf as I plucked the ball from between her feet. She spun around, and I dodged her, making a snarky face at Kirk, who was yelling something about how he liked my new haircut. He should be shouting about my great steal, not making some stupid comment about my hair. So typical of Kirk, and of guys in general. I turned my head to glare at him . . . and noticed a guy standing next to him and Ross.

The guy was taller than them, had short dark hair, and was wearing soccer cleats. And shorts that showed off his oh-so-muscular soccer legs. He was holding a soccer ball against his hip, his arm hanging loosely over it. Who the heck was he?

Before I knew it, Sara was next to me, her feet were on the ball, then I went flying. I threw up my arms as I went skidding on my left hip and wound up in a face-plant in the grass. Sara crowed in victory and I rolled to a sitting position, spitting grass out of my mouth.

Kirk and Ross howled with laughter, and I immediately glanced over to them. To the guy.

Who was gone.

I made a quick scan of the fields, but I didn't see him anymore. Where'd he go?

My other best friend, Beth Stevenson, walked up and peered down at me. She was wearing cleats and a tee shirt like I was, but she was still clean. No sweat and no dirt. Not that it was a surprise. She only played JV soccer to hang out with us. I played to play. Sara played . . . well . . . I was never quite sure with Sara.

"You almost had her," Beth said.

I sighed. "I know." It was always almost when it came to beating Sara at soccer.

Beth held out her hand and pulled me up. "I mean, you did have her, and then you let her come back and get you. What was up with that?"

As if I were going to tell her that I'd let a boy distract me. Ha! That was a Sara move, not something I would do. Actually, it was totally embarrassing. So I shrugged. "I felt bad for her. Didn't want to show her up with Kirk watching."

Beth snorted. "Yeah, right. You have no mercy on the soccer field."

"You say that like it's a bad thing." My thigh was burning big-time, so I hiked up my shorts and inspected the raspberry that started up by my hip and went halfway down my thigh. It was already bright red. I grinned, loving the badge of honor it gave me. Despite what Kirk might think, there was so much more to me than what I looked like. I was a warrior! "There goes my plan to wear a miniskirt tomorrow," I joked.

Boyfriend Game, The MSR. Copyright © by Stephie Davis. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted June 18, 2009

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

    Trisha is focused on soccer. Her two best friends, Sara and Beth, also play soccer, but they'd rather be hanging out at Pop's flirting with the boys.

    When the JV Soccer coach announces that two of the players will be bumping up to Varsity, Trisha is overjoyed to hear she's on the short list for consideration. Sara is by far the best player, but she isn't nearly as excited as Trisha. So while Sara and Beth head off to Pop's, Trisha decides she's going to put in extra practice time.

    When she heads over to the other field, she finds a lone (cute) boy practicing, as well. Trisha has never seen him before, and he's good! He introduces himself as Graham, a new student. He invites Trisha to practice with him, and the two get serious. They push each other harder and soon they are both aching and drenched in sweat. They decide to continue practicing together each afternoon and Graham is just as determined to help Trisha reach Varsity status.

    But it doesn't help Trisha when her two friends notice Graham and start telling Trisha how hot he is. Trisha isn't into boys yet, and Graham can't be bothered with girly girls. But when Sara and Beth keep on about Graham, Trisha slowly starts to realize that she gets strange feelings when she's around him.

    When the Varsity coach comes to preview the girls before tryouts, Trisha loses her concentration and knows that she can't be around Graham anymore. She'll just have to practice on her own to make the Varsity cut.

    THE BOYFRIEND GAME is a sweet look at first love. Trisha is taken by surprise with her feelings for Graham, but what is equally as appealing is seeing Graham struggle with his own conflicting emotions.

    The story is simple and quick, but leaves the reader with a happy feeling by the final page.

    16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Great book

    From the first 5 pages i was hooked. I couldnt stop reading it. Highly reccamended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2011

    One of my favorites!!!! I Loved it!!! =)

    I love books about soccer and the fact that it had love in there made it soooo good!!!! I Loved this book!! Its my favorite kind of book!!! I also wish that the book would have been longer!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2009

    AWEEEEESOME!!!!

    Awesome book. Okay, fine so I haven't really read the book yet, but I read the first few chapters available and I loved it! I cannot wait until I get my hands on this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    Ah...mazing!!!!!!!!!!!

    this book was really good. But i wish it was like 800 pages....thts just me though i like to read big books.....readthe other book like this . I think its calle the lying game or something. Idk it should be on the back!!!!!!:)

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    The best!!

    This book was absolutely amazing!! Its so intense!! I wish i had a graham of my own!! Its so sweet:) this book was exactly what i was looking for!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2011

    I LOVED IT!!!!!!! GREATEST BOOK EVA!!!!!!!!!

    I really loved this book and thought it was absolutly amazing. I'm a teen so i really recomend tgis book to young teens. The book just pulls you in in the first chapter which really gets you into it. Stephie Davis really did a good job writing this one. Also if you think you might like this book or.read it and liked it then you should read.....Smart Boys Fast Girls......I liked that one just as muchnas i liked this one. Read them they are amazing!!!!!!!!!! I'm serious.......

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    amazingggg

    this book is great for any girl who loves sports expecially soccer and it has the boyfriends in it so it's all soooo great! i couldnt put it down!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2009

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    best book iv read ever!

    ok when i looked up this book i just thought it was going to b ok but it was amazing! i couldnt put it down when i satrted it and then three hours later i was done! it was so good! and it really got me into sports! it just was an amazing story! really worth it!

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  • Posted July 31, 2009

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    omg i loved it

    this book was completely amazing! i read it like in 5 hrs.! the characters were wonderful and the relationships are fantastic! i completely recommened this book to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2009

    Amazing!

    Even jut reading the sample chapters this is going to be a great book! I still thinking of getting it but im not sure.

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

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    cool

    this was s intuging and great i couldn't take my eyes away. this caught my attention fast. though it might help to keep a drink and snack near by, i used to wonder why was so hungry and then find out four hours have passed. :)

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