Review: The Julian Game by Adele Griffin

“Riotous and witty, with a message included. A look at how kids use the web for bullying.”

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Title:The Julian Game
Author:Griffin, Adele
Publisher:Penguin
Pages:208

Goodreads: All new girl Raye Archer wants is a way into the in crowd, so when ice-queen Ella Parker picks 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 so she can learn enough about Julian to sabotage him. It’s a fun and dangerous thrill at first, but Raye hadn’t counted on 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, creating 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.

Adele Griffin has a contemporary hit on her hands with The Julian Game. Fun, witty, full of great slang terms I have never heard before such as “Nerbit” this book was a fantastic look at how kids us the web to bully outside of school. The cast of characters were not super fleshed out or very deep but this book didn’t need that. You got a glimpse from each kid’s life enough to understand what motivates them to do the things they do good or bad.

The book is the best kind of brain candy, the stuff that your mom never buys you because it’s too expensive. I laughed at Raye, got annoyed at her frienemies and had a riotous time reading this book. If your read Adele’s previous work “PICTURE THE DEAD” then you can expect the same flow or writing, fast paced, leaving you wanting more. Reading Adele’s previous paranormal work had me wondering how her contemporary would be and I can’t choose which I like best. Both books were fantastic.

If you like Kody Keplinger or Meg Cabot you will love The Julian Game.

I received this book from the author for review. I was not in any other way compensated.

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3 Responses so far

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    Every time I see that cover I think: Hey, that’s what it would look like if Alice in Wonderland got an avatar. Love it.

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    I really enjoyed this book as well. Definitely brain candy! :)

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    I’m glad to hear you liked this one! A copy just arrived in my mailbox this week. And @trish422, I agree, definitely an Alice avatar. What’s with the gloves though? Does that come into play in the book? I have wondered about those gloves since first seeing this cover.

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