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Goddess Games

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by Niki Burnham
 

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Three girls. Three fates

One summer they will never forget.

Seneca always gets what she wants. But this time she's reaching for the impossible.

Drew, an elite athlete, is training hard...and running from her past.

Claire seeks salvation from a mistake she can't erase and a secret she's desperate to

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Three girls. Three fates

One summer they will never forget.

Seneca always gets what she wants. But this time she's reaching for the impossible.

Drew, an elite athlete, is training hard...and running from her past.

Claire seeks salvation from a mistake she can't erase and a secret she's desperate to protect.

Thrown together as roommates at the luxurious mountain spa where wach has landed a summer job, at first Seneca, Drew, and Claire can only see their differences. But if they're going to make it through the summer, they'll have to learn to get along. These unlikely friends may want nothing to do with one another, but fate has another plan....

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School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up
Three teens arrive at King's Crown Resort and Spa in Colorado to work for the summer. Claire is a local trying to overcome her party-girl image and turns to God for comfort through a difficult time, but she is rejected by the other girls. Seneca is the daughter of a formerly A-list actress who is struggling to stay on the inside of the Hollywood elite. Drew, an avid runner, has come to train in the thin mountain air, hoping to get an edge on the competition back home in Kansas. The girls, forced together as roommates, clash over everything from bathroom privileges to boyfriends. Tension builds among them and they fight to maintain peace in their small cabin as each one struggles with her own secrets and personal dramas. Not surprisingly, they overcome their differences, become friends, and ultimately share what's going on in their lives. The tired premise offers nothing new or original here. The author spends a great deal of time developing the characters and their separate story lines without focusing on the plot that holds the teens together. The scenes of their fighting and baring their souls are filled with trite dialogue, making for unbelievable teenage angst. For fun summer reads, stick with Ann Brashares's "Sisterhood" books (Delacorte) or Jodi Lynn Anderson's Peaches (HarperCollins, 2005).
—Julianna M. HeltCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416927006
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
05/22/2007
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Niki Burnham is the RITA Award-winning author of several books for

teens, including Scary Beautiful, Sticky Fingers, and the

popular Royally Jacked series about Valerie Winslow. Originally from

Colorado, she now lives in Massachusetts. You can find her online at www.nikiburnham.com.

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Goddess Games 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
librachic More than 1 year ago
Great book,it has romance,mystery and a a lot of fun.if u like some thing about resorts and spas,this is for u!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Summer jobs at the plush King's Crown Resort and Spa hopefully hold the answers for three teens in search of solutions to their very different problems.

Seneca is used to having whatever she wants. The daughter of an Academy Award-winning actress, Seneca has grown up with the "haves" and doesn't have much patience with the "have nots." Unfortunately, that has all changed. Her mother's job offers have been few and far between since her break up with a famous Hollywood movie mogul. Now Seneca is hoping her job at the resort will result in a boost for her mother's career.

Claire already knows all the ins and outs of the summer resort and its snobby crowd of guests because she's one of the locals. Most of her previous year was spent dating the popular young son of one of the regular members. Clubbing, partying, and drinking were the order of business for Claire her entire junior year. She hides a secret that is the reason she's chosen not to work in the family business this summer. Instead, she's trying to mend her wild ways and get in touch with God and her spiritual side.

Then there's Drew. She's hoping a summer away from Fort Leavenworth and her depressed mother will help her confront her demons. Loss of a loved one has turned her into a compulsive runner determined to use this summer to train in the higher altitude. But perhaps she is really just running from her problems instead.

The start of the summer is pretty rocky as the three roommates attempt to fit their very different personalities into one tiny cabin. Tempers flair and sides are chosen as they privately struggle with their personal troubles. However, as the summer unfolds, each girl finds things they weren't expecting -- new friendships and better understandings of where their lives may be headed next.

In GODDESS GAMES, Niki Burnham blends gossip and celebrity with the struggle to overcome life's hurdles. Teens will relate to the characters and their search for meaningful relationships.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Summer jobs at the plush King's Crown Resort and Spa hopefully hold the answers for three teens in search of solutions to their very different problems. Seneca is used to having whatever she wants. The daughter of an Academy Award-winning actress, Seneca has grown up with the 'haves' and doesn't have much patience with the 'have nots.' Unfortunately, that has all changed. Her mother's job offers have been few and far between since her break up with a famous Hollywood movie mogul. Now Seneca is hoping her job at the resort will result in a boost for her mother's career. Claire already knows all the ins and outs of the summer resort and its snobby crowd of guests because she's one of the locals. Most of her previous year was spent dating the popular young son of one of the regular members. Clubbing, partying, and drinking were the order of business for Claire her entire junior year. She hides a secret that is the reason she's chosen not to work in the family business this summer. Instead, she's trying to mend her wild ways and get in touch with God and her spiritual side. Then there's Drew. She's hoping a summer away from Fort Leavenworth and her depressed mother will help her confront her demons. Loss of a loved one has turned her into a compulsive runner determined to use this summer to train in the higher altitude. But perhaps she is really just running from her problems instead. The start of the summer is pretty rocky as the three roommates attempt to fit their very different personalities into one tiny cabin. Tempers flair and sides are chosen as they privately struggle with their personal troubles. However, as the summer unfolds, each girl finds things they weren't expecting -- new friendships and better understandings of where their lives may be headed next. In GODDESS GAMES, Niki Burnham blends gossip and celebrity with the struggle to overcome life's hurdles. Teens will relate to the characters and their search for meaningful relationships. **Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka 'Readingjunky'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Goddess Games was a good enough novel in the spirit of the Traveling Pants series. A few things I would have changed in the book. One, the whole story takes place at this fantasticly famous spa and the author really doesn't do a whole lot with that, besides the occasional yoga class that seemed to be there only to insert the title into the story 'the instructor lectured about the Three Goddesses, or the Three Fates'. The girls could've roamed around the spa, had some interesting adventures around there, but they never really seemed to leave the lobby or employment cabin. Also, it's slightly surreal the situations that all three girls are in. Two party with an elite teenage Hollywood crowd and one is a record-breaking athlete with ties in the military. The author could have separated Claire's lifestyle more from Seneca's to add more diversity. The author also seems to portray only three types of girls. Hollywood party girls who are spoiled and rich, 'Bible-thumpers', and athletic fanatics. Very unusual and unrealistic groups, and yet they are the only ones shown in the book, even among minor characters. Overall, Goddess Games was a good light feel-good summer read, but don't look to it for much depth 'although with some slight adjustments this could be added'. Recommended for high school girls and possibly middle school, too.