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Monday, October 14, 2013

The Academy: Game On by Monica Seles and James LaRosa

Blurb from Goodreads.com

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.


I was really excited to get this book. It was the first title I requested from a publisher as a reviewer. I saw the book in Barnes and Noble, noted the publisher (Bloomsbury), and asked if they’d let me review it. OMG. Tennis! And the author is Monica Seles! I couldn’t believe it when they sent me an ARC!

What a great premise…we’re talking about a private high school for super athletes of all sports. My fave? Who else--the golfer roommate (Cleo) of tennis-playing main character, Maya. I also loved that the golfer girl was questioning her sexuality. In my opinion, the most interesting character. I’d love another book all about her.

Maya was a *tiny* bit predictable. I would have loved to see her play a bit more tennis—I found myself wondering how these kids made it to this elite school with all the time they spent partying and goofing off. But all in all, I liked Maya and found myself rooting for her.

This is a fun summer read—light and airy. I sort of wish the book had been longer—a higher word count would have allowed the authors to delve a little deeper into the back story, spend a bit more time playing tennis, and exploring the relationships between the students.

If you’re looking for a deep, meaningful read—this is not the book for you. If you’re looking for fun read; light and sporty—give GAME ON a try. It’s the first in a series, so hopefully there will be more time to explore the characters and the game in the sequel.


  1. I haven't read Monica Seles yet, but she's on my TBR. I go through phases where all I want are fun, light reads, so I'll add this one to that pile:) And congrats on Bloomsbury sending you that ARC!

  2. Thanks for the review. I'll add it to my TBR list as well.

  3. It's nice to see Monica Seles writing this book. Will check it out. Thanks.