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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Obvious Game by Rita Arens

The Obvious Game
by Rita Arens
Inkspell Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9851483-7-9
Suggested Ages: 13+
Buy from Indigo

Description: "Your shirt is yellow." "Your eyes are blue." "You have to stop running away from your problems."  "You're too skinny."

Fifteen-year-old Diana Keller accidentally begins teaching The Obvious Game to new kid Jesse on his sixteenth birthday. As she buries her shock about her mother's fresh cancer diagnosis in cookbooks, peach schnapps and Buns of Steel workouts, Diana both seduces athlete Jesse and shoves him away under the guise of her carefully constructed sentences. As their relationship deepens, Diana avoids Jesse's past with her own secrets -- which she'll protect at any cost. Will Diana and Jesse's love survive his wrestling obsession and the Keller family's chaos, or will all their important details stay buried beneath a game?

The Good Stuff
  • This one was a real challenge for me to read as it is way too close and personal.  It's funny how I can speak so openly about wanting to kill myself while suffering with post partum depression but the thought about even discussing this makes me break out in sweats.    This girl was almost me and it hurt to read about those same emotions I had and all the stupid shit I used to do to my body.  I was very lucky that it never got this far, but I won't lie, it was very close.  Even to this day, I am a healthy slimish girl, but will always see my self as the fat girl I used to be
  • Heartfelt, honest and realistic
  • Nice uses of humour at just the right moments
  • nice mentions of faith without being too preachy
  • Realistic scenes of teenage life 
  • For anyone who has ever suffered from this type of disorder you will understand how true to life this tale is (For example I also cut up all the pictures of me when I was overweight)
  • hopeful message
  • Parents are realistic and damaged but never hurtful or stupid like in many YA novels
  • This isn't your preachy issue book like some of the stuff I read back in high school but a raw and honest account of all the emotions and actions of someone who is suffering. No tied up neatly after school special type of story
The Not So Good Stuff
  • There are some spots were it jumps around and is disjointed. Hard to explain this late at night but there were a couple of spots were I had to go back a couple of pages to reread and make sure I hadn't missed something (but take this with a grain of salt -- I am a speed reader and this happens quite frequently to me)
  • Man if Amanda was my friend I would slap that self involved narcissistic girl right across the face
  • Very raw at times that I felt myself tearing up and wanting to hug the old teenage me

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Plus, people don't really notice when you're doing half the time anyway.  They're too busy worrying about themselves."

"The first cut felt smooth, the blades slicing through gleaming photo paper, just the right amount of resistance.  I took quite a bit off my butt and thighs, slightly less around my calves.  My breathing slowed as I worked, as though my transformation were already happening."

"Everyone trusted me. Good old dependable Diana. Which was why most people didn't notice at first that I was in trouble."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  •  All mothers of girls so maybe you can truly understand some of the signs 
  • Any tween or teen
  • Those who have suffered or suffering from an eating disorder - a good reminder that you are not alone and it will get better
  • A must have for every junior high, high school and public library

4.5 Dewey's

I received this from Rita Arens in exchange for an honest review


  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review my book. As you know, reviews are so very important, and I appreciate you!

    1. Anytime Rita, glad I read it. Painful but absolutely brilliant!