|Review|Game On by Monica Seles

June 13, 2013

Game On by Monica Seles

Series: The Academy
Release Date: June 4th, 2013
Source: Review copy provided from publishers
 * Thanks so much! I enjoyed this book so much.

The Academy is an International Sports Mecca for teen athletes of all sports. There are only two ways in. Deep pockets or enough talent to score a scholarship.

Young tennis star Maya's dreams have finally come true when she earns a scholarship to The Academy. Plucked from her small town, Maya moves to the sports training facility/boarding school to (hopefully) start the beginning of her pro career. But Maya's fantasy of The Academy doesn't quite match the reality. Because where there are hot, talented teens, there's a lot of drama. Meet the players:

Cleo: Maya's rebel/punk roommate who is nearing the top of the golf world.
Renee: The gorgeous swimmer with enough money to buy her way into The Academy.
Nicole: A tennis star who feels threatened by Maya (but she'd never admit it).
Travis: The son of The Academy owner--perfectly groomed to be the next NFL star.
Jake: Travis' younger brother--the bad boy to his brother's good.

At the Academy nothings as it appears to be... or is it? 

Maya is a tennis player desiring to make her dream come true -- to go to the Academy and make it pro, but the Academy isn't all it appears to be. Maya is a relate able character that tries to find the best in people and is focused on her dream. When first arriving she meets her new roommate, Cleo, a spunky, Asian, golf player trying to make it big in hopes of providing for her family back home and making an impact of the image of golfers. Maya soon finds out that accomplishing her dream isn't as easy as she thought it would be. At the Academy, everything is based on how much money you have and stereotypes. Can Maya break through that and accomplish her dream? Will she fall in love with Travis, the sweet, loving guy who is hot and the quarterback of the football team or his brother Jake, a guy who is just opposite from his brother in everything he does. Oh and did I mention, their dad's the owner of the Academy. How will Maya hold up in the tough world of the Academy?

Maya is a regular girl that is thrown into this new world without a clue of the social structure of this Academy. She finds out rather quick that everything is based on how much money you have and that she's a nobody until she makes it big. Maya is a girl that is trying to find her place at the Academy along with trying to make friends and how to handle the guys. I really started to dislike the academy because everything is so stereotypical that nothing seemed unique about this book. The question that came to mind was, is this really how this book is going to be? My question was soon answered later with a no.

One character I quite adore is Cleo. She is, like I said before, a spunky Asian. I just couldn't get enough of her. When you think of a golf player you think a man or women who is calm and collected, but they all dress alike. (Forgive me I just went to a golf tournament.) Cleo is the opposite of your normal,calm and collected golf player. She is unique and defiantly pushes the limits on these standards of golf players and I love that because she is testing the boundaries on her society.

This story has so many ups and downs, secrets, and betrayals that I am dying to write about! You do not know how bad I want reveal it! It's so hard to write this review because at one point I really loved some characters, but now that i've read the whole book, my opinion on them has completely change and I'm not sure how to feel yet. However, I know that this book is destined to keep you on your toes trying to figure out what is going to happen next in this love triangle and who you have to watch your back against.  There were so many characters I grew fond of and some of them proved to be worthy of that fondness. While others, proved to be just who I thought they secretly were!

In The Academy: Game On the Academy is turned upside down! Characters who you think you know and love just might not turn out to be who they appear to be.In a world of lies and desiccate there is only so much you can do before you get burned.After reading this, I want more! I can't wait for the second one and for some characters to finally get what they deserve!!

The Academy: Game On is a book that tests the boundaries on friendships,relationships,and how far you are willing to go and change for your dream.Will Maya make it at the Academy? 

Be sure to find out by reading :) 

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