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Play Me

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by Laura Ruby
     
 

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Eddy knows how to play the game of love.

He has all the tricks down cold, and his favorite girls are the ones with cherry lipstick and long legs in fishnets. They know he doesn’t make any promises.

But as graduation looms, the game begins to shift for Eddy. He never expected unattainable and perfect Lucinda Dulko to walk into his life. For the first time

Overview

Eddy knows how to play the game of love.

He has all the tricks down cold, and his favorite girls are the ones with cherry lipstick and long legs in fishnets. They know he doesn’t make any promises.

But as graduation looms, the game begins to shift for Eddy. He never expected unattainable and perfect Lucinda Dulko to walk into his life. For the first time ever, Eddy’s not in control. To be with Lucinda, he has to play on her terms.

But what happens to a player when the rules suddenly change? Will Eddy find a way to win it all? Or will he get played?

Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Guy lit with a brain and a heart, this has plenty to offer both romantics and cynics about love, film, and transformation."
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“Guy lit with a brain and a heart, this has plenty to offer both romantics and cynics about love, film, and transformation.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Guy lit with a brain and a heart, this has plenty to offer both romantics and cynics about love, film, and transformation.”
KLIATT - Myrna Marler
Ruby indicates that this book is a response to a girl's request for a plot "about a player who gets his heart crushed/smashed/totally annihilated." Ruby fills the bill, but by the time it's over, Eddy is more sympathetic than perhaps that angry girl wanted. Eddy is handsome, smart, and hooks up with girls, thinking they understand the rules: no strings. He is always shocked by the girls' annoyance after casual liaisons. In truth, Eddy has no one to teach him good manners. He lives, often alone, in a big house; his mother has run off to pursue an acting career as a medical examiner on a crime show in Miami, Florida. He does have a much-loved half-brother, son of a stepfather his mother has since divorced, and a parrot named Tippi Hedren. He is about to graduate but has no plans for college because he considers himself a film auteur and he is sure that winning a YouTube contest will gain him national exposure on MTV. He is consumed by cameras, editing, movies, and his current project, Riot Grrl 16. To get what he wants, he's willing to take advantage of his friends and acquaintances. Imagine his surprise, then, to find himself captivated by Lucinda Dulko, a girl unlike him in every way. Ultimately he achieves nothing at all. And, it turns out, Lucinda is using him as a pleasant diversion while she waits to start her real life. A good coming-of-age story where boy meets reality and discovers he may have to rethink the rest of the story. Reviewer: Myrna Marler
Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
The author captures the male perspective well in her writing, seeming to become the main character, Eddy. This story shows love and heartbreak from the perspective of someone who initially thinks he knows how to play the game but ultimately realizes he really is not in control. Eddy's unusual, dysfunctional family contributes greatly to the story, as does his assortment of friends. Eddy has had a lifelong interest in movies, and his latest project, "Riot Grrl 16," is entered in an MTV competition so he is under quite a bit of stress. His movie team rises to the occasion some of the time—that is, when the leading lady is not having a psychotic breakdown or the parakeet Tippi Hedren is not making birdbrain remarks that further confuse the situation. Toss in Eddy's attraction to a beautiful girl named Lucinda who beats him in all competitions and refuses to accept Eddy's rules, and the plot thickens. The story moves at a fast pace with dialogue that is realistically teen. Despite her occasional meltdowns, Gina the leading lady carries Eddy through the tough spots. Teens will relate well to the range of emotions captured in this novel by an author who really knows teens. This book follows Ruby's highly-acclaimed Good Girls, also an honest view of teen life. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

Set in Ruby's Good Girls (HarperTempest, 2006) universe, this is the story of 18-year-old filmmaker Edward "Eddy" Rochester (named for Orson Welles's version, not Brontë's original), who was raised on cinema by his struggling actress mother. Now she's left the family for a bit part on a formulaic Miami crime show. At the close of senior year, Eddy is not thinking college. His main concerns are making movies (getting MTV to produce Riot Grrl 16 that he and his friends shot) and making moves on girls (lately, the fierce, athletic, unattainable Lucinda Dulko). Normally accustomed to getting girls without getting caught up, he's enthralled. Eventually insecurities and differing game plans for their futures find Eddy in a new role-dumpee. This wrinkle, combined with his AWOL mother and threatened career goals, means an impromptu road trip (important but somewhat tacked on) and serious self-evaluation. Eddy is enjoyable in that charming, self-obsessed, heartbreaker way, and he's flawed and vulnerable enough to be real. While readers will root for Riot Grrl 16 's success, what will grab them is the focus on Eddy's relationships-with Lucinda, his mom, his friends (serious Joe, horn-dog video-clerk Rory, faux-punk and bluntly honest Gina), and his family of abandoned men. The best moments involve uncensored Gina or heartbreaking Meatball, Eddy's half brother, who spouts morbid factoids and "dies" various deaths waiting for Eddy to revive him. Pop culture (film related), innuendos, sexual situations (not graphic), and snappy dialogue are all a part of this relationship-centered read.-Danielle Serra, Cliffside Park Public Library, NJ

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Guy lit with a brain and a heart, this has plenty to offer both romantics and cynics about love, film, and transformation.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061243295
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
311
Sales rank:
1,240,877
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Ruby is the author of books for adults, teens, and children, including the Edgar-nominated mystery Lily's Ghosts, the 2006 Book Sense Pick Good Girls, and the acclaimed novels Play Me and Bad Apple. She is on the faculty of Hamline University's MFA in writing for children and young adults program and lives in the Chicago area.

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Play Me 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eddy Rochester is a movie fanatic, a wannabe famous filmmaker, and a player. He¿s figured he¿s pretty much on the fast track to success with his popular online video series Riot Grrl 16. It¿s all about him, and the girls love him ¿ at least most of them do. But Lucinda Dulko is different she¿s not as easily charmed as Eddy¿s other conquests. Play Me followes Eddy through his ups and downs with Riot Grrl 16, his relationship with his actress mother, and his various female friends. Eddy has to realize that maybe he¿s not guaranteed instant success, and that maybe there are other people in the picture besides him. Laura Ruby weaves and incredibly realistic story in Play Me. Eddy¿s character is developed so well that I totally felt I could see through his eyes into his life. There¿s something so believable about Eddy¿s story that made me want to keep reading. The plot isn¿t too exciting, but reading this book was such a great experience because I could really feel Eddy¿s emotions. There aren¿t many books that I¿ve read that have such a real and honest male protagonist like Eddy. Play Me was a beautifully written and extremely honest story anyone can relate to. If you¿re looking for a realistic story to read, Play Me should be your first choice. Fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Catherine Ryan Hyde will also enjoy Laura Ruby¿s latest novel.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Eddy Rochester is a movie fanatic and a wannabe famous filmmaker. When his hit online show, "Riot Grrl 16," is in an MTV contest to be on a reality show called The Producers, Eddy and his team have a lot of work to do. "Riot Grrl 16" is about Eddy and all the girls that love him. All of the girls except Lucinda Dulko, who isn't as easily charmed by Eddy. With Lucinda being so unattainable and independent, Eddy couldn't be more attracted. PLAY ME takes you through the stress of "Riot Grrl 16," Eddy's relationship with his actress mother, and his countless female friends. PLAY ME is very realistic. You quickly become engrossed in the story because of its believability. You get a great understanding of Eddy and his friends. I love Eddy's sarcasm and how he and his friends talk about movies. You really feel like you're in the conversation. Laura Ruby writes from a male perspective just as well as she writes from a female one. Eddy is the perfect male protagonist. The book has a great plot and great characters, and is a book that you will instantly become connected with and be entertained by to the very end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reminds me of a book i wrote called atempt fail fall break: Justin always gets the girls hes handsome charming and know exactly what to say and when to say it well at least thats how it used to be. Now hes the bigger fish in the sea 8th grade brings a new girl into justins life. Shes been here scince 6th grade hes just been 2blind to notice it shes perfect her name is Bri and she starting to flaunt what shes got shes been trying to get justin to notice her for 3 years but when he finally dose shes already moveing on justin trys to ask her out but is rejected and fails usually he moves on but this time its diffrent this time hes really in love so bad the word "no" hits him so hard he falls off his throne down to the lowest of low and breaks. Bri is a careing motherly kind hearted kind of person and sees justins attempt fail and his heart fall and break but aits waits to see if hes changed at all for bri takes love as a test rather than a game.: if u want to here more com back every day for each chapter thanx
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You shoudn' t be talking, besides the person apologized. Have you ever heard of freedom of speech?
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cecep000 More than 1 year ago
okay so this book well idk it was very good i got soo mad though because from the way they made it seem in the beginning lucinda was diggin eddy and she is the one who asked him out first so WHY is she the one saying i dont want a serious relationship so that part was her fault buuuttt eddy was warned by all her ex boyfriendz but he wasz stupid and didnt listen kk that part is his fault annnd joe was suposed to be eddyz bestfriend so tell me why he waz makeing out with his girlfriend and then as soon as eddy and lucinda break up joe and lucinda sleep together??!!!!! BUTTT even tho i said all of this i still think it is lucindaz fault i mean she is a player okay so sorry i havent said anything about the book= kk so eddy is a natural player he never really carez about gurlz he hookz up with one gurl then the next day he is with another BUT that is until he find himself slowly falling for lucinda dulka as eddy putz it she has NO jen in her lopez or NO sha in her kira so why is he falling for her becuz she is different she is PERFECT! so eddy and lucinda hit it off rite away but eddy startz getting messagez on myspace saying watch out for yur new girlfriend and get use to it and stuff like that but he think o pleaz nothing is wrong with lucinda that is wen eddy starts gettin a feeling that lycinda and joe his bestfriend r sneaking around lucinda tells him he has nothing to worry about but............ is she just playing him? (okay sorry that was kind of a spoiler)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So this guy never really dates girls he just sleeps with them but this time the girl he is interested in is more like himself then he could ever imagine. Now just as he is raping for this gorgeous girl he has to deal with everything that any teenager goes through jealousy and heartbreak.
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