Young Adult Review: The Academy-Game On by Monica Seles

The Academy: Game On

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. Meet the players:
Cleo: Maya’s rebel/punk roommate who is nearing the top of the golf world.
Renee: The gorgeous swimmer with enough money to buy her way into The Academy.
Nicole: A tennis star who feels threatened by Maya (but she’d never admit it).
Travis: The son of The Academy owner–perfectly groomed to be the next NFL star.
Jake: Travis’ younger brother–the bad boy to his brother’s good.

Title: The Academy: Game On
Author: Monica Seles
Series: The Academy
Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Format: ebook from NetGalley
ISBN: 1599909014
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: June 4th 2013
Number of pages: 272
 

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I love tennis and the first time I read the summary for this book and discovered this school was all about sports and succeeding in life I just had to read it. So I was so anxious to read that it jumped in the front of a few others and I don’t regret it.
 
There’s not a lot about tennis or any other sports in the story, for me is more about intrigue and backstabbing than anything. I felt like this was more like Gossip Girl, but so good. I liked Maya and Cleo and this two are the most amazing characters. Maya is motivated to be the best and of course be friends with her idol Nicole was a dream come true. But Cleo is more down to Earth and just needs to be best to help her family. They are both from scholarship and showed two very different sides of how much career means when confronted with everything else.
 
On the very other side we have two brothers and the romance is a very important side of this high school, sometimes I felt like this people didn’t trained enough with the amount of time they spent dating and partying, but this book was actually really good. And I’m hopefully waiting this series continues.

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