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Playing With the Boys (Pretty Tough)

by Liz Tigelaar

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    Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both stories are about girls who end up playing football with the boys. Playing with the Boys is about a girl who uses her soccer skills to become kicker when she doesn't get a spot on the soccer team. Dairy Queen is about DJ learning how to be herself - which includes playing football with the boys.… (more)
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Liz Tigelaar gives you an exciting and somewhat romantic perspective on chasing your dreams. Liz has written both television dramas and young adult novels. This book Playing With The Boys is the second of her sport series Pretty Tough.
New girl Lucy Malone got cut from the soccer team. The coach suggested for her to try out to be the kicker on the varsity football team knowing how accurate her kick is. She ends up making the team but faces many challenges being a girl on the boys team. Liz reminds me of Sarah Dessen except Sarah doesn’t put the twist of sports in here books.
The book Playing With The Boys in my opinion is the best of the series yet. I think the targeted audience is 12-15 year old girls because it tells them you can do anything you want even if people say you can’t. This book was defiantly a 4 or 4.5 out of 5.
  KatieLindovski | Nov 15, 2011 |
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

Lucy's father forced her to move to Malibu right after her freshman year of high school. She's heartbroken to leave her best friend and the house where everything reminds of her mother.

The first week has been rough, but then she starts soccer tryouts. Lucy loves soccer and being a part of the team. She's devastated when her name is not on the list. However, the coach pulls her aside and tells her that the football team needs a quick replacement kicker and she should try out. At first, Lucy thinks the idea is crazy, but the more she thinks about it the more she likes it.

She makes the team, but doesn't have the instant camaraderie that she's been craving. Instead, the team members give her a hard time. Her father has forbidden her to join the team, so she lies. He thinks she's joined the cheerleading squad. He will discover the truth soon and then Lucy will have to figure out how hard she'll fight to remain on a team that doesn't want her.

Lucy Malone's determination and strength leads her to go where no other girl in school has gone before - the all-boys football team. Once on the team, she doesn't shy away from all the pressure, the grief, and her father's objections. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 12, 2009 |
this book is really good. i really liked it a lot. i thought that the other book called "pretty tough" was also really good so i decided to read this one hoping the same reaction. ( )
  DF1A_SarahH | Nov 14, 2008 |
Lucy Malone has just moved to Malibu, California, and even though she’s got a totally awesome room in an amazing new house, things aren’t going well. All her friends are back home in Toledo, Ohio, and it doesn’t seem like she’s going to be making any new friends soon. But opportunity soon presents itself in the form of soccer tryouts. Lucy was on the varsity soccer team at her old school, so being on the team in Malibu would be a chance to show off something she’s good at. But she’s not good enough; she doesn’t make the final cut for the team and is heartbroken.

Lucy doesn’t feel that she has anything going for her now until the soccer coach Martie suggests Lucy use her strong and accurate kick to try out for the boys’ varsity football team. At first, Lucy is skeptical; after all, she is a girl who wants to fit in. But then she gives it a try and makes it. She soon finds out that football may be her calling. Unfortunately, her father forbids her from playing football, but that doesn’t stop Lucy.

Lucy constantly feels like she has to prove herself. Along with joining the football team comes hazing and potential friends. Throughout the novel, Lucy’s tentative friendships with members of the soccer team, the football team, several popular cheerleaders, her father, and a very sweet boy named Benji are tried. Lucy finds out which friendships are worth it, and comes to terms with her father.

Playing with the Boys was a thoroughly enjoyable novel, even though I didn’t understand most of the football terms. I am definitely not a sports person, so I found it relieving that I was learning all about football along with Lucy. The novel was very straightforward and slightly predictable, but it didn’t make the story any less sweet. I recommend this book to people who like sports novels, such as Pretty Tough also by Liz Tigelaar, Screwball by Keri Mikulski, and Dairy Queen and The Off Season by Catherine Murdock. I actually haven’t read any of these novels yet, but am planning on it because Playing with the Boys was such a fun novel to read.

reposted from http://thebookmuncher.blogspot.com ( )
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When fifteen-year-old Lucy and her father move to Malibu, California, for a fresh start, Lucy tries out for the varsity football team and feels strong and in control for the first time since her mother's death--as long as her overprotective father does not find out.… (more)

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