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PLAYING THE PLAYER BY LISA BROWN ROBERTS BOOKCUSSION!

So now, another review for a book Entangled Teen sent me. Wowiee!! 🙂 😛

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Aww..such a cute cover!

Title: Playing The Player

Author: Lisa Brown Roberts

Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary Romance

My rating: 92.33%, 4/5

Source: Entangled Teen

Synopsis:

The Good Girl Vs. The Player
Round one begins…

Trina Clemons needed the money. Why else would she – the most organized, prepared student in school – spend the summer as a nanny and partner with the biggest slacker ever? Now she’s ready to tackle nannyhood with her big binder of research and schedules. Just don’t ask her about the secret job of “fixing” the bad habits of a certain high school player…

Slade Edmunds prefers easy hook-ups, and Trina is definitely not his type. She’s all structure and rules, while Slade wants to just have fun. Fortunately, Trina has no idea about the bet Slade made with his best friend that he can totally get her to unwind by the end of summer…

Then the weirdest thing happens. There’s chemistry. A lot of it.
But nothing gets between a boy and a girl like a big, fat secret…

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In general – 

Its hard to say if I loved this book or not. I didn’t hate it, considering my rating. But it was a little been there done that. Though I did laugh a lot and smiled giddily and even swooned some.

This book is about Trina who lands a babysitting job but has to partner up with a total slacker from school, Slade (A very slacker-y name, in my opinion). Trina doesn’t like it cuz she is the typical goody-goody and a control freak *eye roll*. But as they get to know each other, things start to change pretty soon…
Trina’s character wasn’t exactly my favorite. Again, I didn’t hate her, but her general personality was very dull. There were some parts where I almost thought she would turn out to be a 65 year old lady. Slade’s character was very predictable but sweet. He definitely WOULD make you laugh and/or swoon.
If you are wondering whether or not to read this book, I would say go for it! If you are in the mood for a light summery romance. Its nothing too hot and heavy with lots of drama or anything. Its funny, colorful and easy to read/finish with some fun pop culture references. Yeah, that is pretty accurate. Some of you may think it has nothing too it and very plain according to contemporary standards. But this book also has a little depth and more elements in it. Elements other than the romanc-y part.
Either way, I really enjoyed reading this and finished it within 24 hours. That means this book struck me a lot similar to Daisy and The Front Man. Hence, if you like that book, you will definitely enjoy this. Its good to read a cute summer contemp from time to time! 🙂 🙂 🙂

In depth – 

Okay, where do I start?
Fav characters? Mine have to be in this order:
Slade
Desi
Gilly
Trina
Alex
Max
I loved that right off the bat, we have this scene with Trina and the moms. Raise your hand if that felt like some shady business to you! :P. We are also introduced to these very lovable little monsters in the name of Gilly and Max. They were a riot and I kinda loved the binder shredding scene. At least the kids felt guilty afterward.
Also, this book showed many different places. I mean, what with all the babysitting, it felt like I was actually rock climbing (the whole ‘magic’ thing was sooo cute!), visiting museums, going to the zoo and so on.
There was a lot of family-ishness as well, though kept to a minimum. Just how I like it.
Desi is awesome. If I had to pick one character to be, it has to be Desi. I think she was a prefect friend. Not like the other bimbos who, too loyally take the girl’s side when the drama unfolds. Desi nicely pointed out that the fault was Trina’s too. That’s how friends should be. Loyal but not so loyal that they would take their friend’s side even when they are wrong. You rock, Desi.
I liked the fact the letters were not revealed. It would have been too sappy for my liking. Thanks a lot, Lisa Brown Roberts.
Overall, really cute and perfectly enjoyable! 🙂


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