The Obvious Game

The Obvious Game

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"Everyone trusted me back then. Good old, dependable Diana. Which is why most people didn't notice at first." "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 their relationship deepens, Diana avoids Jesse's past with her own secrets -- which she'll protect at any cost. Praise for The Obvious Game: "I couldn't put down The Obvious Game. Arens perfectly captures the hunger, pain and uncertainty of adolescence." -- Ann Napolitano, author of A GOOD HARD LOOK and WITHIN ARM'S REACH "THE OBVIOUS GAME is a fearless, honest, and intense look into the psychology of anorexia. The characters-especially Diana--are so natural and emotionally authentic that you'll find yourself yelling at the page even as you're compelled to turn it." -- Coert Voorhees, author of LUCKY FOOLS and THE BROTHERS TORRES "Let's be clear about one thing: there's nothing obvious about The Obvious Game. Arens has written a moving, sometimes heart-breaking story about one girl's attempt to control the uncontrollable. You can't help but relate to Diana and her struggles as you delve into this gem of a novel." -- Risa Green, author of THE SECRET SOCIETY OF THE PINK CRYSTAL BALL
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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 17mm | 341g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 098565628X
  • 9780985656287
  • 2,494,296

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121 ratings
4.06 out of 5 stars
5 36% (43)
4 42% (51)
3 17% (21)
2 3% (4)
1 2% (2)

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Review originally featured on Bookluvrs Haven. A hard to put down, coming of age story about a young girl that struggles with her self image and self esteem. Feeling as if most of her life is spinning out of control, Diana latches on to the one thing that she CAN control - eating. This was an insightful story into the mind and emotions of a young girl coping with some difficult circumstances. Her warped perception of her body was saddening. Her anger and need to push everyone away during her most depressed moments was heartbreaking. I found myself hoping that she would see herself differently through Jesse's eyes, who cared so much for her. Or that she would change her perceptions because of her mother's illness. But some battles simply can not be fought on your own. A really well written novel filled with very realistic situations and emotions. Heartbreaking in one moment, funny and joyful the next, it is a rollercoaster of a novel with a powerful message. *I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author/publisher; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*show more
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