Review: The Julian Game by Adele Griffin
All new girl Raye Archer wants is a way into the in crowd, so when ice-queen Ella Parker picks her to get back at her ex, the gorgeous Julian Kilgarry, Raye is more than game. Even if it means creating a fake Facebook identity so she can learn enough about Julian to sabotage him. It’s a fun and dangerous thrill at first, but Raye hadn’t counted on falling for Julian herself–and igniting Ella’s rage.
As Raye works to reconcile the temptress Elizabeth with her real-life self, Ella serves up her own revenge, creating an online smear campaign of nasty rumors and trashy photographs. Suddenly notorious, Raye has to find a way out of the web of deceit that she’s helped to build, and back to the relationships that matter.
Adele Griffin’s riveting novel explores the issues of generation Facebook: the desire to be someone else, real versus online friends, and the pitfalls and fallouts of posting your personal life online for all the world to judge.
This book really goes to show that you should really be careful on the internet. There have been enough stories of cyber-bullying going around that I actually surprised myself by not realizing what was going to happen in this book.
Raye isn’t a nerd, just someone who is intelligent and works really hard for her grades. She’s composed, but is easily sucked up in all the drama. Ella is the girl that will do anything to get what she wants. Julian is the hottie that catches almost every girl’s heart. Adele Griffin’s cast of characters are pulled of high school themselves, bringing the drama along with them.
When each character was introduced, I could instantly match them with people I go to school with. It was even more relatable since I’m also a sophomore. This book really focuses on the social websites and how things come back to haunt you if you’re not careful. Not many books touch on this and it’s good to know that there are books out there! Way too many negative things are occurring through the internet and people need to know.
There were a few things I wasn’t too fond about. To me, the story goes a bit fast. One day they start the whole project and the next day it’s all over. There is also a scene in the book where things get inappropriate. I felt like it was just there. There wasn’t really a reason for it to be in the book, and yet it was.
I am really happy with the decision Raye makes in the end, though. I’m glad that the characters didn’t change just because the reader wanted them too. Some authors seem to forget that people don’t just change overnight. This book practically throws the reader into a situation that happens way too much in high schools. It’s reality. And Adele Griffin portrays it well in her novel.
Even with the serious issue presented, this book is a light read. It’s one of those stories that you can just take a seat and read through the whole thing. I recommend this book if you’re someone who likes to read about drama and high school life. An enjoyable read!
Rating: 3.7 / 5