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Unapologetic Reader, Psychotic Writer

Possibly psychotic and unapologetically sarcastic. I read everything.

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The Lies of Locke Lamora
Scott Lynch
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Lilith Saintcrow
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Playing Nice - Rebekah Crane Here's an age old adage when it comes to writing:Show, don't tell. Show, don't tell.Even though I'm the nicest person in Minster, I don't have a gaggle of friends. I've found that most people like to be associated with me and the things I do, but very few actually want to get to know me. That's okay.SHOW, DON'T TELL.I would have liked to 'see' the way Marty was 'nice' and Lil was not so much - but in a first person narration it just felt that Marty was being a braggart about her and a judgmental b*tch about Lil.That was one of the two issues I had with this book. The other being the way the characters were stereotyped. Marty is nice - nice, virgin, studious, nice, wearing cotton dresses, virgin, nice again. And in the first few chapters that was the depth of Marty's character. And Lil wears black, smokes, listens to good rock music, talks back so Lil must be 'bad'. It felt awfully cliched and a few chapters in I was not really sure if I would like the book.But Crane's writing won me over eventually as the book progressed. I really love reading a book where character development is well shown - and I could actually see Marty, Lily as well as secondary characters like Sarah or Alex-of-the-great-boner (exactly what the name says!) and Matt Three-Last-Names grow as the story progressed. I even liked Marty's mom the way someone would like Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter books - by wanting to throttle her because obviously that is the reaction the author wants us to have. In some ways Playing Nice is a typical story. There's a good girl who does not want to be good anymore. There's a bad girl who is befriending the good girl. There is drama, b*tchy High Schoolers, awkward crushes, drama, emotions. The book is basically what one can expect from the blurb. But what is better is that the sense of reality Crane has been able to infuse into the pages. Once you get over Marty's rantings of how she is nice and wants to get over her virginity (which does get kind of annoying) there is a flow and gradual growth in the story. Even Marty's poems show that growth in her as the story moves forward - I like the latter poems hell lot more than the earlier ones.But most importantly what I like the most is the way Crane has left some open questions in the story that she expects the reader to answer themselves, Who is Lil's father? Is it Mr. Hart - given his initial reaction? Did Matt really like Marty at all or was he just playing her from the start? Not only did they make me feel closer to the characters, questions like this made sure that the book stayed long in my mind even after I finished it.The fact that I still have 'One Love' by Bob Marley stuck on my head still is another plus!2.5 Stars This ebook was provided to me by the publishers in exchange of an honest review