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Monday, August 2, 2010

The Julian game by Adele Griffin

New girl Raye Archer is desperate for a way into the In crowd, so when ice-queen Ella Parker chooses her to get back at her ex, the gorgeous Julian Kilgarry, Raye is more than game. Even if it means creating a fake Facebook identity as “Elizabeth” so that she can learn enough about Julian to sabotage him. While a fun and dangerous thrill at first, what Raye hadn’t counted on was falling for Julian herself—and igniting Ella’s rage.

As Raye works to reconcile the temptress Elizabeth with her real-life self, Ella serves up her own revenge. Now it’s Raye who falls victim, as Ella creates an online smear campaign of nasty rumors and trashy photographs. Suddenly notorious, Raye has to find a way out of the web of deceit that she’s helped to build, and back to the relationships that matter.

Adele Griffin’s riveting novel explores the issues of generation Facebook: the desire to be someone else, real versus online friends, and the pitfalls and fallouts of posting your personal life online for all the world to judge.

The plot of this book is kind of the typical cat & mouse game with a modern twist (Elizabeth and facebook).  But all in all the book isn't really that great, I mean...it's been done and done hundreds of times on the Disney channel, I couldn't help but feel that the plot was used and abused.

The ending isn't much of a shocker either, everything that happened in the book was pretty much...anticlimax.  Sure, it was a good book that those of us who don't read...on a regular basis would enjoy, but I just couldn't get attached to Ray.  She is a smart girl, and if the stove was hot she knew not to touch the stove...but her temptation almost always got the best of her and therefore I couldn't get attached to her.  She wasn't much different than many book characters.

I did like the unique little factors of the book though, like the cover (which relates to the book 100%, its quite awesome) and I'm pretty sure Ella has OCD and the other characters in the book like Natalia, who was...different!

So if your the type of reader who reads super thick trilogies, nanananannaanann and expects to get attached to their book characters....well then I do not recommend this book for you.  But if your just starting out as a book reader, and need something to start off with, well then knock yourself out.

It pains me to say that The Julian game by Adele Griffin...does not deserve the Moody seal of approval.

1 comment:

Spit it out