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by Dana Davidson
     
 

When one of Ian's boys dares him to get plain-faced Kylie Winship to sleep with him in just three weeks, he thinks it'll be a breeze. Tall and fine, with honey-colored skin and eyes, Ian is used to getting what he wants from girls. And if he succeeds in playing Kylie, he'll be down with most popular crew in his high school. But this girl who everyone considers a…  See more details below

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When one of Ian's boys dares him to get plain-faced Kylie Winship to sleep with him in just three weeks, he thinks it'll be a breeze. Tall and fine, with honey-colored skin and eyes, Ian is used to getting what he wants from girls. And if he succeeds in playing Kylie, he'll be down with most popular crew in his high school. But this girl who everyone considers a nobody is turning out to be more surprising than he ever could have imagined

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School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Ian Striver is challenged to prove himself worthy of joining his Detroit high school's elite fraternity. He has two weeks to make plain and unpopular Kylie fall for him and sleep with him. Although he feels uncomfortable, he turns on his charm and asks her out. Kylie has never had so much attention before; though her friends try to convince her that Ian is a player, she develops feelings for him. When she finally has sex with him and tells him how she feels, his deception is accidentally revealed in front of the entire school. Ian has to come to terms with the man he is becoming, and try to convince Kylie to trust him again. This look at high school fraternities is reminiscent of Sharon M. Draper's The Battle of Jericho (S & S, 2003), though the conclusion is not quite so extreme. Kylie is not popular, but she has true friendships. Ian may be popular, but he has sacrificed his integrity to be so, and he is unhappy. It isn't until his sister points out that he is turning out like his absentee father that he realizes he needs to change. Davidson's understanding of teen motivations and language is apparent here. Though the topic is nothing new, the author's voice and the urban setting make it fresh and relevant to teens.-Stephanie L. Petruso, Anne Arundel County Public Library, Odenton, MD Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786836901
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
12/01/2005
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.87(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Ebony magazine wrote: "Dana Davidson speaks to teenagers in a truthful, urban voice..." She made her fiction debut with Jason and Kyra, a love story that Booklist said "...teens won't be able to stop reading." The winner of the 2001 Newsweek/WDIV-TV Outstanding Teacher Award, Dana teaches high school in Detroit, and lives just outside the city with her family.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has to be one of the greatest books I have ever read! I like the book because, you can relate to it from a teenage point of view and also from and the lifestyle of the characters was more middle class then straight form the hood. This book is difficult to put down, and I enjoyed the commentary and dialogue  of all the characters b/c you can relate to the language that they use. It has so many heartfelt moments in the book and Dana Davidson did an excellent job storytelling this book. THIS BOOK IS A BOOK YOU HAVE TO READ!!!
KLBCHOICES More than 1 year ago
FBI - Freaky Boys Incorporated. This is an exclusive fraternal group at Cross High and this so-called brotherhood is composed of juniors and seniors. Ian Striver wanted to be a part of FBI since he was in ninth grade and now he's one of the pledges going through the induction phase. There are a few challenges he needs to complete and one of them is to get a girl who isn't stylish or pretty to have sex with him. Ian has three weeks to make this happen and Kylie Winship is the plain girl his friend, Michael, chooses for him. Kylie isn't just plain looking, she's also a virgin. Ian didn't think he could ever care about a girl like Kylie, but even after their first phone conversation he begins to have feelings for her. And the more time he spends with her the stronger those feelings become. But his love for Kylie battles his need to fit in, which leads to choices he wishes he never made. Will he be able to fix things? Desiree and Tracy have their suspicions about Ian and warn their best friend, Kylie, to be careful. They don't want her to get hurt and only want to protect her. Kylie appreciates their concern but she's sure they don't need to worry about her: Ian is a nice guy. True, he doesn't act the same when his friends are around, but he always has an answer for everything when she has doubts. But she's been alone with him, away from his friends and the rest of the world, so she knows he's kind and fun to be with. And, besides, no guy has ever paid her as much attention as Ian or treated her so good. So, even though her instincts tell her something isn't quite right, she can't make herself believe Ian is the dog Desiree and Tracy think he is. It doesn't take long before this popular guy has her heart... and then he breaks it. Will she ever trust guys again? This book teaches valuable lessons to teenage girls in need of affection - do not ignore your instincts and losing your virginity should not be taken lightly; you really are worthy of true love. It also shows that no matter how cool some teenage guys appear to be, they also struggle with insecurities. I enjoyed Jason & Kyra by Dana Davidson and Played was just as entertaining. This author's stories are well-written, fast-paced page-turners! I love the believable teenage characters she creates and I am so ready to read more of her work. Parents: This young adult novel contains a bit of profanity and there is sexual content.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel sorry for the people who have never, and will never stumble across this book. I remember walking down the aisle in Barnes and Noble  and the cover caught my eye (I often judge books by their covers, sue me) I read the back and decided to give it a try. This book tapped into every emotion I possess. I know I wasn't the only one who fell in love with Ian while reading this book. It kind of made you feel like you were going through this with Kylie. Every girl can relate to her because we've all felt insecure about something having to do with our appearance at one point of our lives. Who wouldn't want a handsome popular guy to fall in love with us? I love that Dana wasn't so gritty like most authors. And there weren't too many curse words either. This story leaves me feeling some kind of way. If you haven't read this book, please get your life together
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book showed the world what really goes through the mind of teenagers today and why we do the things we do sometimes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis book to me was one of the best books i read about a teenage life story in a while. This book teachers pre- teenagers and teenagers about what to do and what not to do.Also what to look out for LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.I like the way Dana Davidson shows what US teenagers go through in life.I hope the author rights another lke this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is really good and compared to jason and kyra this one would take the outstanding choice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is book is really good,I first saw it on here and got it from the library.This book will really make you think about things it takes ur mind out of this world and keeps you in suspense of whats going to happen.This book will have you saying to your self 'oh no he didn't'It's that good.I have never in my life wrote a review for a book I have recommended it but never yet wrote a review this book was so good I had to. I cant wait to read Jason & Kyra next once my friend is done.I hope Mrs.Davidson continues to write great books like this one.If you haven't read this book and your getting ready to go to high school it's a must.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BECAUSE BY THE FRIST PAGE I GOT HOOKED TO THE BOOK AND I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book was really really good cause it actualy tells the story of what really happens today with teen dealing with perpressure and wanting to be cool. This book give the point of view of males and females that what makes it easier to understand. This book can actualy related to some people. I read this whole entire book in 4 days and the story took me away. As i would read this book, i can see it happening in my head cause the details are really good. I really love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful i would love it to have a sequal i know this book is for much older kids then i but i personally loved this book no matter what anyone else says this book was wonderful romantic and anyone who picks it up i hope they fall in love with it as much as i did!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Played was just great it explain the true thinking of boys and not only boys but girls too,this book was outstanding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. I started it at 10:00 at night and read up to 5 chapters and then went to be. Then I got up in the morning. Started reading it again starting at chapter 6, and then finishing it at 4:00. I am only 13 and i would recommend this book. it is really good. I am glad that Kylie went back with Ian. He made some bad desitions w/ braking up with her. then made good one with getting back w/ her
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was very interesting and had me wondering what was gonna happen next ....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I give the author her props, she was my English teacher. I don't know where she found the time to write this book in between being a teacher, a mother, a wife, and an active member in her community. It's hard to believe that she could get what kids say, capture the environment and write about stuff that kids really do go through. I can't wait for her next book that's supposed to be coming out next year!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really good i give the author her props. i read the book in exactly one day. i couldn't put it down that it was so good. but i didn't like the ending. but i would love to read it again
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed 'Played.' It tells the story of Ian,tall and fine,with a voice to boot, who meets Kylie,a plain girl that he is dared to sleep with her as well as make her fall for him in just 3 weeks. As Ian gets to know Kylie, he realizes that Kylie is not the girl he thought she was and he starts to fall for her. But things start to unravel and you'll have to read and find out what goes down in this amazing book. I am a fan of Dana Davidson since her debut book 'Jason and Kyra.' I could not stop reading any of her books! I guess I'm a sap for love stories, but I gurantee anyone will love this book!!! It made me laugh,cry,and anticipating what was going to happen next. A must-have for your bookshelf!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! seriously i'm a picky picky reader. I loved this book: it was seductive, yet totally cute and romantice! READ IT I'M TELLING YOU!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was good i enjoy reading it but the author end the book foolish like if she was in a rush to finish the book but other wise the book the was good
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book but it seemed to lose a little bit of its greatness later on. After the turning point it kind of drags on. I like the lesson that Ian learned that beauty is skin deep or that you can't help who you fall in love with.I recommend this to anyone over the age of 13.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book once i picked it up i couldnt put it down i read it in One day I can realte to what the charcters go threw in the story.It was a GREAT Book and i Loved it
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was really good and i could relate to it. i laughed,cried, i was just really interested. Dana Davidson writes her books to relate to young adults and i enjoy reading them
Guest More than 1 year ago
i absolutely loved played. it was a very good book. jason and kyra was also written by dana davidson and that happens to be my favorite book of all times. when played came out, i knew that it was going to be a wonderful book because dana davidson wrote it. played has alot of similarities as jason and kyra but it is a wonderful book to read. i would recomend this book to anyone(except younger readers). PLEASE GO AND GET THIS BOOK,YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was great i read it in one day. i thought it would be boring from the cover and summary but it was off the hook i cried laughed and could really relate to this book! i recommend this book!!