This Gorgeous Game

Donna Freitas

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Seventeen-year-old Olivia Peters is absolutely over the moon when her literary idol, the celebrated novelist and much-adored local priest Mark D. Brendan, selects her from hundreds of other applicants as the winner of his writing contest. Not only is she invited to take his class at the local university; she also gets one-on-one sessions with him to polish her story and prepare it for publication. But the writing sessions escalate into emails, and texts, and IMs, and gifts, and social events. What was once a delightful opportunity has become a dreadful burden. What kind of game is Father Mark playing? And how on earth can she get out of it?

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ON LUCK I feel disbelief.     That’s how it starts: with a pervasive sense of this cannot be happening and thinking that no one is going to believe me when I tell them because I don’t even believe it myself. The thought Mom is going to freak when she finds out races through me in a wave of giddiness.     There I am in seventh period AP calc and Ms. Lewis is drawing tangent lines on the board and her arm and the chalk slope up, up, up and there is a knock and the door opens and Sister June our principal is standing there and I see the expression

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“Freitas, author of the successful debut The Possibilities of Sainthood (2008), deftly catches the claustrophobia, uncertainty, and self-doubt that come with an obsessive relationship. The interwoven comparisons to Thomas Merton’s affair with a young woman add heft to this fast, chilling read.”—Booklist

“Young women who have found themselves the object of obsession will relate to the protagonist’s ordeal and be inspired by her decision to speak out no matter the consequences.”—Publishers Weekly

“This novel will resonate with teens who struggle with what appear to be impossible situations and come to terms with the desire to receive attention however unwanted it may be.”—School Library Journal

“Figuring out when attention has become inappropriate is a tough call for people of all ages, and this will engender a lot of discussion among readers on the issue, making it particularly suitable for a book-club entry.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“The book could be used to spark discussion about keeping secrets and setting boundaries.”—VOYA

“A remarkable book that will speak not just to teens, but to women of all ages.”—Sara Zarr, author of National Book Award Finalist Story of a Girl

“A riveting portrayal of the corruption of power and, ultimately, the triumph of innocence.”—Francisco Stork, author of Marcelo in the Real World

“A powerful story about attention, expectations, faith, and trust. It’s about the power of authority, and the abuse of that power. It’s also about the love of writing, and of family and friends. Most importantly, it’s about speaking up when you know something is wrong.”—Bildungsroman Book Blog

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Donna Freitas

DONNA FREITAS’s first novel was The Possibilities of Sainthood, a Miami Herald Best Book of the Year. Her next book, The Survival Kit, will be available from FSG in Fall 2011. She lives in New York City.

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This Gorgeous Game
Donna Freitas

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American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best

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Trade Paperback
Square Fish
June 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312674403
ISBN10: 0312674406
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
$9.99

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Frances Foster Books
May 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429933049
ISBN10: 1429933046
Young Adult Fiction224 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
$7.12
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