Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Julian Game by Adele Griffin

Release Date: 8.26.2010
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 200

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

*This review has some spoilery-ness in it*
This story follows Rae Archer as she maneuvers her way through a new school where all she wants is to get into the IT crowd, with the popular folks. She finally gets her in when the most popular girl in school, Ella Parker, asks her for help with Chinese. One crazy study session puts into place a revenge plot that has Rae squirming in her seat at the same time that she's totally curious about how everything will play out. The revenge is on Ella's ex boyfriend, Julian Kilgarry.

The one character in this book that I wanted to run over in my car and then back up over was Julian. What a d-bag! I mean, goodness, I hated how two faced he was. I, unlike Raye, did not fall for his innocent act and hated him from the start.

I totally adored Henry Henry and thought he was a great addition to the story and my only complaint where he was concerned was that there wasn't enough of him in the story. The whole story revolves around the revenge that Ella and Rae started on Julian and the drama that unfolded from there so that explains why Henry wasn't around for it all but still, I adored him from the first time he came into the story.

Overall, it was alright. I would reccommend it :)


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