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The Academy: Game On

It truly is another world that you can easily get lost in; as happens to the main character.The book is liberally sprinkled with catty competition, genuine friendships, boyfriends woes, and betrayals. It is a wonder any tennis or other sport is actually played between the pages of this book. High on drama and light on sport it makes for a fun way to lose a few hours.

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.

It truly is another world that you can easily get lost in; as happens to the main character.The book is liberally sprinkled with catty competition, genuine friendships, boyfriends woes, and betrayals. It is a wonder any tennis or other sport is actually played between the pages of this book. High on drama and light on sport it makes for a fun way to lose a few hours. Given it is written by a tennis star you do wonder what aspects of her own experience, if any, were “played out” in this novel. Filled to the brim with money, luxury and beautiful bodies the superficial nature of the novel shines through. The more endearing parts of the book are the friendship formed between Maya, Cleo and Renee, it will be interesting to see how this develops as this series unfolds.

AuthorMonica Seles
PublisherBloomsbury
ISBN9781408841600
Websitehttp://www.bloomsburykids.com