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Head Games (Pretty Tough Series #3)

Head Games (Pretty Tough Series #3)

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by Nicole Leigh Shepherd, Keri Mikulski
     
 

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Taylor is calm, cool, collected, and ferocious on the basketball court. A total all-star. Not so much in real life. She may be tall, gorgeous, and an incredible catch, but just try telling her that!

And lately, Taylor doesn't know which way to turn: The summer showcase game is almost here. Her BFF Hannah roped her into a fashion show (eek!). And she can't

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Taylor is calm, cool, collected, and ferocious on the basketball court. A total all-star. Not so much in real life. She may be tall, gorgeous, and an incredible catch, but just try telling her that!

And lately, Taylor doesn't know which way to turn: The summer showcase game is almost here. Her BFF Hannah roped her into a fashion show (eek!). And she can't decide between Zach-the super-popular, super-tall, super-off-limits basketball dynamo-and Matt-the sweet boy from her math class (who may just be dating her BFF's older sister). It's enough to make any girl's head spin!

Can Taylor strike a pose, land the boy of her dreams, and win the game?

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Beth Karpas
Head Games plays head games with the reader. As the reader, you want to like the main character, Taylor Thomas, a six-foot-tall freshman who is the star center on her private school's basketball team. Yet she is so clueless, so stressed, and so busy trying to make everyone else like her that this reader just wanted to shake her! And the supporting characters seem just as self-centered and clueless, except for the mysterious Matt. Even Taylor's BFF, Hannah, seems oblivious to things unrelated to her fashion show. The author may be trying to mimic the natural self-centeredness of teenagers, but in this book it is taken to an unbelievable extreme. The theme that teammates are forever and boys are like busses—"Stand at the bus stop long enough and another one will show up"—is constant, so constant that it might drive away some readers. That said, the story line, about a teenage girl trying to balance sports, school, boys, and friends, is sure to be popular. Taylor's "addiction" to Facebook and Twitter is timely and likely to endear her to some readers. Similarly, frequent texts at the start of the book make it feel generationally appropriate, though the texts drop off as the story progresses and gets more and more into Taylor's head. The related Web series can only promote interest in the book. Reviewer: Beth Karpas
Kirkus Reviews

Basketball, boys and friends dominate the mind of 15-year-old Taylor, a too-tall, shy athlete. Is it possible to be too nice? That's Taylor's problem. She can't say "no" to anyone. But when her secret flame wants to start a romance with her, Taylor fears that his old girlfriend, Kylie, will object. Kylie is on the basketball team, too, and, indeed, out of anger seems willing to destroy both the team's chances and Taylor's future. Mikulski follows Taylor's anguish as she unsuccessfully tries to avoid conflict. The insecure girl even blames herself for things she hasn't done, as do her teammates. The prose flits around but conveys the angst of adolescent indecision. Suspense in the final basketball game weakens, however, when the author solves every one of Taylor's problems with an unexpected revelation, a sudden personality change and an abrupt improvement in Taylor's insight. After that, readers easily can predict the outcome of the game. It may still be, however, that Taylor's nice way is the best way. In all, a rather sweet if undemanding story. (Fiction. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595143877
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
01/06/2011
Series:
Pretty Tough Series, #3
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.44(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
10 - 15 Years

Meet 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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