Thursday, February 10, 2011

Review: Head Games

Title:  Head Game (A Pretty Tough Novel #3)
Author:  Keri Mikulski

     From the back of the book, "Taylor Thomas is calm, collected, and ferocious on the basketball court.  A total all-star.  Pry the ball from her fingers, though, and watch her go from future All-American to wary wallflower.  She may be tall, gorgeous, and an incredible catch, but just try telling her that!
     Now, with the summer showcase game AND playoffs rapidly approaching, Taylor's basketball career is TOTALLY on the line.
     But Taylor doesn't know which way to turn first. 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 superstar- and Matt- the sweet boy from her English class (who may just be dating her BFF's older sister!- drama!).
     Can Taylor stop her head from spinning long enough to strike a pose, land the boy of her dreams, and win the game?"

     First things first... if you are a girl who likes sports, Razorbill, a division of Penguin Publishing, has a series of books called Pretty Tough series about girls who like to play sports.  The first two books are about soccer and football and this one is about basketball.  I must say that as a person who is not athletically inclined (but loves to watch the sport), I really enjoyed this book as well... in fact, it's a slam dunk!
     I think the reason I liked the book so much was because it wasn't just about basketball, but also about how friends and/or teammates treat one another and also had a pretty sweet romance in it as well.  The main character, Taylor, was easy to identify with (even though she is six-feet-tall and I'm only five foot three),  I could still understand how she was feeling.  This was a girl who cared about how she treated other people and felt bad if she didn't treat people well, even if it wasn't always her fault. It was fun to read about how she set her mind on a boyfriend who was taller than her, which was a handicap because not too many of the boys she knew (and were attracted to) fit this criteria.
     This book was about teen romance, people pleasing, being part of a team, and a whole lot more.  Some people may be disturbed that the goings-on between the boy's basketball team and the girls team affected the girl's team play, but not the boy's... however, as a person that deals with high school drama on a daily basis, I find it to be true and troubling.  I think that girls ages 10-16 will appreciate the book the most, but there are some high school girls that will like it as well.  Overall, if you read this book, it won't make you feel "foul".

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