Read Play Me by Laura Ruby Online


Eddy knows how to play the game.He is, after all, the writer, director, and cameraman—the mastermind, really—behind the hit online TV show Riot Grrl 16. When it wins a contest to be aired on MTV (and it obviously will—have you seen the competition?), he'll be famous.Then there's the game of love. Eddy knows all the tricks, and his favorite girls are the ones with the fishnEddy knows how to play the game.He is, after all, the writer, director, and cameraman—the mastermind, really—behind the hit online TV show Riot Grrl 16. When it wins a contest to be aired on MTV (and it obviously will—have you seen the competition?), he'll be famous.Then there's the game of love. Eddy knows all the tricks, and his favorite girls are the ones with the fishnets and cherry lipstick and legs up to there. The ones who know he doesn't make any promises. The ones who are cool with it.But as graduation looms, everything and everyone starts deviating from Eddy's master script. Never in a million years did he expect to be facing off again with the unapproachable, perfect Lucinda Dulko. For once in his life, he's not in control—and to be with Lucinda, he's willing to get swept up in the game. But what happens to a player when the rules suddenly change?Can Eddy find a way to win it all?Or will he get played?...

Title : Play Me
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9780061243271
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

Play Me Reviews

  • Kelsey
    2019-02-15 13:42

    I own all of Laura Ruby’s books (Good Girls, Bad Apple, & Play Me) but haven’t read any until Play Me. The narrator was male, which made me like the book a little better. I don’t think I would have liked it as much if Lucinda or Gina was the narrator. Now from the summary I was expecting the book to be mostly Eddy chasing after a bunch of different girls. This wasn’t the case. His being a “player” wasn’t really a big part of the book and I liked that his film making took more of an up front role. I liked all the discussion and quotes from different movies and especially their top five lists. I felt bad that Eddy’s mother left them to go work on a TV show, but this added a lot to the book. If she hadn’t left Eddy’s father Marty and Meatball would never have had a role in the book. Eddy’s family was one of the most unique I’ve ever heard, he lived with his father, stepfather, and stepbrother. They all had a great relationship and I liked how they all stuck together after Eddy’s mother left them all.Riot Grrl 16 was the name of the show Eddy and his friends were filming as part of an MTV competition. They put the shows up online and they mostly had nice comments except for one rude commenter- The Tin Man. I wished that the Tin Man’s identity was revealed at the end, though. I was thinking that this was going to be a big mystery revealed, but in the end it wasn’t really a big deal.I liked all the characters though- Rory, Meatball, Gina. Lucinda wasn’t my favorite and although I understand Eddy learned a lesson from her, I wished the ending didn’t end as it did.The plot was original and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more by Laura Ruby. Her characters were great and the plot was also enjoyable. All in all I would recommend this book to everyone, and although some parts weren’t my favorite and the summary was a little misleading, it was an enjoyable read. I also really liked the cover.Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Kaethe
    2019-02-16 16:34

    Eddy is all about making movies, and occasionally, making moves. It's all going his way: he's 18, about to graduate, about to win a contest with MTV, and girls are practically throwing themselves at him. He has an unusual family: there's his dad, his half brother Meatball who reads nothing but Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and practices being dead, and Meatball's father, Marty. There's also a bird named Tippi Hedren, who talks in movie quotes. And then there's Lucinda, a reader and tennis player, who shakes things up. Ruby does a great job of taking the conventions of YA romance and shaking them up. Eddy and Lucinda are attracted to each other, but they don't really have much in common, which they realize over the course of the book. Most of the drama comes not from "does she love me?" but from "will MTV fund my next big project?" The result is a perfect anti-romance. Fun reading, especially for movie fans.Personal copy

  • Savannaa White
    2019-02-12 18:51

    Yeahh, I wasn't really intrested in this book. The title might have caught my attention, but the book in general did not. It was about an 18 year old guy who loves movies, flims and he makes them too, him and his friends entered a contest for their flims, Eddy was driving to the store one night and ran into a girl he knew back when he was little and they started talking, hanging out, Eddy went to all of her tennis matches, they started dating, and after awhile, he thought she was perfect, he thought he loved her. but she broke up with him, He was so mad, sad. He drove all they way to flordia with a girl he works with to see his mom. and reallly that's about it. he didnt win the contest either. MTV tricked his group. The end. Pretty lame.

  • Libro Joven
    2019-02-19 14:39

    This book started OK. It was funny, it was original, it was great. I even enjoyed the movie references.But that didn't last much. After a while, the originality got exhausted, the movie references were boring, and... Well, for instance, the relationship between Eddie and Lucinda was kinda cute, yes, but it felt like plastic.And maybe it's my fault, because I've been reading too many depressing books lately (no wonder: if they start by making me laugh and they turn depressing after a while, I seriously doubt that's my fault), but the ending just depressed me. Perhaps that's saying too much, but really: the book started as funny, but in the end the atmosphere in the book was hardcore dramatic.

  • Diana
    2019-02-15 18:46

    Normally, I do not like books where the MC is a boy. I just can't get into them and I usually don't finish them. Sexist? Yep. Anyway, this one surprised me. I loved Ed's voice and his arrogance and his vulnerability. He was a heart breaker but he was so sweet and endearing. How can you stay mad at a guy like that lol... Anyway, it's a good spin on an old topic and I really liked it.

  • Liviania
    2019-01-26 20:51

    Eddy likes girls and sex, and doesn’t understand why they so often think it’s more than sex. He’s a jerk and a bit of a slut, but his complete obliviousness to the hurt he causes makes him somehow harder to hate. You want to hate him sometimes because he’s just too confident and so thoughtless, but he loves his little half-brother (who might be his full brother) and his parrot Tippi Hedren, who quotes Hitchcock. He likes to drive and make movies with his friends Rory and Joe. They’re currently in an MTV contest to be on a reality show called The Producers. Eddy’s life is their show, Riot Grrl 16.Then Lucinda Dulko walks back into his life. He falls quickly and ignores the other problems in his life. Like I said, Eddy is thoughtless. He believes Riot Grrl 16 will win the contest and makes no contingency plans. He ignores his dad and other dad’s advice because he believes he knows best. He pays no attention to Joe, who has begun to explore religion. (PLAY ME briefly mentions the events of GOOD GIRLS, but no knowledge of that novel is necessary to this one. It is, however, a good read.)I like Laura Ruby and I liked Edward Rochester. PLAY ME was less likeable. There are high points, many of them, but they’re followed by dull stretches. The different storylines seem episodic, and some move quickly while others drag. The scene where Lucinda gives Eddy a new tennis racket was vivid, tense, and foreshadowed their break-up. The scene where Eddy and the others met with MTV execs felt like a generic naïve kids meet Hollywood types and couldn’t end fast enough.It’s painful to see Eddy come apart, because even though he deserves it and will probably be better for it, the book does rest almost entirely on his voice. To see him lose his confidence and cool is painful. But it all comes to a hopeful ending, one that could be happy if Eddy takes the chances he’s been given. Besides liking Eddy, I also liked his relationships with his family and with Gina. Meatball, his little brother, is weird without being overly precious and he makes me think of Harold from Harold and Maude, which is always a plus. Eddy and Gina’s relationship is subtle, and Ruby manages to convey quite a bit considering Eddy’s lack of anything resembling a clue, and their very real relationship is a nice contrast to Eddy’s fairy tale relationship with Lucinda.It’s also fun to play spot-the-cultural-reference. Sometimes Ruby uses something’s real name, other times she changes it (probably for copyright purposes). However, there’s more than enough material to keep a movie fan happy. I’m glad my ex-roommate was a TCM addict. I know my Hitchcock well enough to understand the references, Vertigo being the only somewhat important one. (By the way, don’t try to watch Vertigo and do something else at the same time. You’ll have no clue what’s going on within five minutes.)PLAY ME will entertain those familiar or unfamiliar with GOOD GIRLS. Ruby writes wonderful young adult and middle grade novels, and I look forward to her future releases.

  • Sara
    2019-01-31 15:41

    4.5 stars. I loved Laura Ruby's book Good Girls a lot and was quite excited to start reading this follow up, which turned out to be set in the same "world" (ie, the kids go to the same high school and the main character knows who the main character of Good Girls is) but otherwise completely unrelated and not at all a sequel.In Play Me, Ed is an aspiring filmmaker about to graduate from high school and produces an online video series in an MTV-sponsored contest. His family life is strange, he's a total player, and his vision for the future basically centers around him getting famous for being a great filmmaker - and soon. He spends a lot of time and energy producing videos for his Riot Grrl 16 series (a satire of Lonely Girl 15) and obsessing over reviews that they get on the MTV website. And then he gets reacquainted with a girl named Lucinda and falls pretty hard, the first time that's ever happened.First of all, I love the author's writing style. The prose and dialogue are totally perfect for this kind of book, and there's nothing that feels forced or awkward. I also love the way that the backstory is not completely just thrown in your face at the beginning - it's hinted at and details are given throughout the story, keeping me engrossed. Another thing I loved was how there were two levels to the story; the first level dealt with his family and his lingering questions over how his mom left, and the second level had to do with Ed actually falling in love with Lucinda and changing his ways (while dealing with fallout from the way he treated other girls in the past). And, there were great supporting characters that added so much to the story - two male best friends and one female who kept him in check.Two things kept this from being a full 5-star book, in my opinion. First, I would have liked a little more closure at the end, even though I like the way it ended. There were just a few lingering questions that I wanted to know, especially in the realm of Ed's family issues. Second, the last chapter was really, really odd and didn't seem related (or at all necessary) to tie the rest of the book together. Kind of a strange note to end on. But overall, a good book. I'll definitely pick up the next book the author writes.

  • Nancy
    2019-01-28 16:50

    I was pretty impressed with Laura Ruby’s first book, and still pleased with her second novel. Her change in point of view, from Audrey in Good Girls to Eddy in Play Me was smooth. If you hadn’t taken a peek at the author’s name and realized it was a woman writer, you would have thought a man wrote it. For a female to tackle a main narrator is hard. Men don’t know what women think, and vice versa. But I have to say—from my knowledge, anyway—that Ruby did an excellent job. Laura Ruby’s portrayal of a player strays from the norm but doesn’t deflate the whole stereotypical aspect of it either. Eddy is overall a nice guy; it’s just that he hasn’t met a girl who could break his heart as easily as he did someone else’s. I loved Eddy’s sarcasm and his defensiveness, and his passion for making movies. Despite his image, he’s actually better than most guys I know. At least he’s passionate about something, which can hardly be said about the students currently enrolled in my school. Lucinda, on the other hand, I was disgusted with. She seemed cruel and obnoxious, but Eddy wasn’t able to see through that. And I was reading his point of view the entire time. It makes sense that how one person views something doesn’t mean everyone else sees it that way. Right from the beginning I could tell Lucinda was this overachiever who would knock things over just to straighten a path for her (but then again, who wouldn’t? It’s just that some people are nicer about it, that’s all) but Eddy was oblivious to that. If it sucks in books, think about reality. I hate it when it seems like only I can tell a person’s real (and perhaps malicious) side and everyone else is like, “No, s/he’s really nice.”

  • Erin
    2019-02-02 14:21

    Note: I've gone probably a week without more than 5 hours of sleep, so please ignored the scattered structure of this reviewIn short, a guy and his friends have dreams, and then when they get crushed, it's ROAD TRIP TIME!! (don't get excited, though, because the road trip wasn't the main story)Now, I'm not a Road-Trip-Reader. I do not enjoy reading about people with numb bums after sitting in a car driving all day. Maybe it's because I've been on many long car rides before; my guess is as good as any. However, I absolutely ADORED the road trip that took place in the last 40 or so pages of this book. Probably because there was a goal in mind, unlike in An Abundance of Katherines. Riot Grrl (I forget her real name) was hilarious, and easily my favourite character in this book. She's wasn't likeable, which I think was what made me like her.Lucinda was the love interest in this book. I didn't particularly find any connection to her, but I liked how at the main character wasn't like how main male characters are typically portrayed when it comes to women and dating. Usually, I've found that teenage boys are either shown as total studs who always get the girls or total nerds who never do. Eddy was of the stud category, but it took EFFORT to get Lucinda. I liked that chase, especially because the book was told from Eddy's POV.Aaaaand I think that's all I have to say about this book. You SHOULD read this book if you're looking for a cool guy who fights to get the cool girl, with the added storyline of running a web show that's in a contest, with another added storyline of a mom who took off to become famous.C'est la fin!

  • Becky
    2019-02-02 21:36

    Most people turn into complete morons when you put them in front of the camera, and thank God for that.I liked the first line. In fact, that's probably my favorite thing about this one. I think this is a case of a reader being disconnected from the book in hand. I don't blame the book for the disconnect. I just failed to connect with the characters and the story. (If I'm going to blame anyone, then I'll lay the blame fully on Tippi Hedren. Tippi is the narrator's pet bird--I'm supposing it's a parrot of some sort since it speaks, though I am FAR from an expert on birds.)Eddy is a high school student who has big plans. He wants to be a writer, director, and cameraman. He's all about making movies. Right now, his current project--making episodes of Riot Grrl 16, is keeping him plenty busy. If his show gets viewers votes, he could be on his way to making it to MTV. But while his 'professional' life seems to be getting on track--and off track, then back on, then off, then back on, then off, etc.--his love life isn't about love at all. Lust. Lust. Lust. And Eddy is fine with that, fine with being a player. But then he falls and falls hard for the one girl he probably couldn't get anyway: Lucinda Dulko.I suppose this one classifies as a coming-of-age story where a player gets played and semi-learns a lesson about life and love and friendship. I just didn't care for Eddy.I think it will appeal to other readers. There are film references galore. The whole movie-pop-culture world really. I'm sure 90% went right over my head. I did catch the reference to llama llama duck.© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

  • Katie
    2019-02-13 19:51

    I don't know that I have ever given a book a D before but this one, I hate to say, deserves it. I barely made it through this book and I only did because I hoped it would get better. It didn't. Let's start with the characters. I didn't like any of them. They were impossible to sympathize with and pretty impossible to like. Eddy was a greedy cheating jerk. Lucinda was a bitch. Joe was a terrible friend. Rory was an idiot. Eddy's family was quirky but not in a fun way. His bird, Tippi Hedren, may have been the best character in the book.The writing itself was juvenile. It made it seem like the book was written for a younger audience even though the characters were 18 and the book contains sex and alcohol. It was very contradictory. The book also had no real conclusion. It just ended. It was a terrible way to end the book. Overall, I don't recommend this book at all. Definitely give this one a pass. If you want to check out a better book by this author, go with Good Girls.

  • Martinc.
    2019-01-28 14:27

    What happens when a player get’s played?What a great line!!I have tons of reasons about why I loved this story.But I think the main one is, how the author (being female) really knew how to capturate the male essence, I mean the entire guy talking and the funny comebacks between the boys are things that a man will write about so easily. But Laura Ruby really did a great job! So yay you Laura!To be honest I don’t have any complains about any character.The main character Eddie really didn’t bored me at all, you know how are those stories when the main character is soooo dull that you end up focusing on the soporting guy, the best friend. For those of you who read Halo by Alexandra Adornetto (I know, sorry to bring that shit here, but I can even make freaking Halo look incredibly bad next to Play Me and Play Me it’s not even supernatural) I got more interested with Molly’s story than Bitch-thany! And that lame-ass-just-like-Bella-poor-version-of-“angle” WAS the main character! Poor Girl!Whatever, Enough with that.Anyway, Eddie for me seemed extremely real, He only wanted to do movies and he wanted to get places, even though everyone around him started to get in some way in handed with they’re futures he just wanted the present. He remain true to himself and even though he got head over hill’s for Lucinda he didn’t forgot all about his passion, his career.That’s another thing that I loved, that he didn’t fell for her and ditched his entire life, friends and the show, that’s a classic plot. His friends woul’ve got jealous and they will be fighthing constantly blah blah blah and when Lucinda breaks his heart he is going all Im-sorry-dude and shit on them.The only moment when I thought “Damn it Eddie, you are such a dumbass” was when he hooked up with Sonya, I mean it was really really stupid why he did it, but I do understand his jealousy toward the Lucinda&Joe relationship.But seriously, NOT COOL EDDIE!!You are soo lucky that Lucinda didn’t found out, otherwise you would’ve have end up in the hospital NOT for a car crash, but for a massive head injury that her racket would’ve caused!HA HA!Joe, he was great. You HAVE to have that friend that keeps you grounded, that seems that only sees the bad side but really he is having your back all the time.Rory was funny, not very memorable but he had good lines.Riot Grrl, a.k.a Gina, surprised me too, I mean the girl got character! She wasn’t just some punk girl that will take revenge on Eddie for hurting her and make a whole scene about it (Well, not after she threw the water bottle at him) she kept her dignity and even though you could tell, I mean I wanted to think that after everything she really cared about Eddie, and she did! (Just not the way I wanted her too, at least not anymore) And it was really for the best that they remain friends, It was the best for both of them. Although I will like to think that maybe in the future (Eddie decided to go to college) They will meet again, he a mature young men who knows what he wants now even more and she a beautiful grrl who ditched her black boots, heavy eyeliner but never her attitude.Lucinda was great, really pretty (according to the description) the fact that she was LATINAAA! Really made me love you Laura Ruby! Obviously she knew her way around the dance floor! AND FYI PEOPLE, ALL OF US LATINOS KNOW HOW TO WOW EVERYONE WITH OUR FLAVOR AND CARISMA!! You can’t blame Eddie for getting all CALIENTE for her ; ) !Ok, I need to finish this.Bottom line is :Play Me for me is Highly Recommended book! For both young girls and boys . It kind of helped me in some way to see how different people (even though they are fictional) take care of they’re lives, they’re futures, It got me thinking about my future! Im sixteen years old and I’m not all loco about something, like Eddie is for filming, Im just trying to find myself. Wich Eddie end up discovering also at the end. I wan to have an end like Eddie’s.Yeah, bring on the heartbreak, the stabbing friends! I can take it!I know I can!“I drop the duffel bag. I turn and walk past the acres of mangled metal back to the front office, where I buy a Nirvana cap, a toy truck, and a pair of earings. $54,97 plus tax.I put on the cap. I sit out front to wait for the cab that Tony called for me. I sit and wait for the real story to begin”That last part was awesome : )

  • Naïma Soltani
    2019-02-16 15:51

    Je n'en attendais pas énormément de Play Me, mais ce roman est quand même une déception. En lisant le résumé, je m'attendais à une histoire d'amour où le bourreau des coeurs tomberait amoureux d'une jolie fille avec un fort caractère qui ne compte pas se laisser faire. C'est bien que ce vous comprenez aussi, non ? Et en fait, c'est ce qu'il se passe, mais en même temps pas vraiment.J'ai trouvé que la romance entre Eddy et Lucinda était secondaire, que c'était seulement un petit plus. J'ai plus eu l'impression de suivre la vie d'un ado de 18 ans un poil ennuyeux qui fait des petits films et cherche à devenir célèbre envers et contre tout. De plus, même si la romance est placée en arrière plan, elle aurait pu être bien décrite et mignonne. Mais pas du tout. Le couple Eddy/Lucinda ne m'a pas touché une seconde. Il ne m'a pas donné envie de continuer à lire, il ne m'a pas fait sourire ou monter les larmes aux yeux. Je n'ai absolument rien ressenti à part parfois de l'agacement. En fait, je crois que c'est le mot de cette chronologique : ennuyant. Je les ai trouvé ennuyants et sans surprise. En même temps, les deux amoureux ne rendent pas ça facile. Commençons par Eddy. Il m'a franchement énervé. Et, vous le savez autant que moi, quand on aime le personnage principal qui est aussi le narrateur, c'est pas génial. Comme je le disais plus haut, je l'ai trouvé vraiment ennuyeux. Et immature. C'est le genre de gars qui va faire une énorme connerie, qui va se morfondre trois jours, et qui croit qu'une fois qu'il aura fait ses excuses, tout le monde va se jeter dans ses bras en criant "On te pardonne, Eddy !" C'est le genre de choses que je ne supporte pas. Quand tu fis une bêtise, assume. Ou alors réfléchis un peu avant de la faire. Lucinda n'arrange pas les choses. Ah, je sais, je critique, je critique, mais elle non plus, je ne l'ai pas du tout aimée. Même si je l'ai trouvé plus mature qu'Eddy, elle m'a un peu fait penser à une gamine capricieuse. Je n'ai pas non plus réussi à m'attacher aux personnages secondaires. Sauf le petit Meatball, que j'ai vraiment adoré. Le petit frère d'Eddy est vraiment génial, et je me suis énormément attachée à lui. Enfin un personnage qui me plaît ! Mais bon, c'est sûrement le seul mini point positif que j'ai trouvé au roman. Comme je le disais plus haut, je me suis ennuyée tout au long de ma lecture. On attend désespérément un petit rebondissement, quelque chose qui nous donne envie de continuer, mais rien n'arrive. Il y en a peut-être un petit vers la fin, mais si s'en est un, il ne m'a laissé complètement de marbre.D'ailleurs, la conclusion du roman, elle non plus, ne m'a pas conquise. Je l'ai trouvé très ouverte. Trop ouverte. En fait, on ne connaît pas le fin mot de l'histoire, on ne sait pas ce qu'il se passe avec Lucinda. Bref, on est pas plus avancé. Comme vous pouvez le voir, mon avis sur Play Me est entièrement négatif (si on omet la mini partie sur le petit frère d'Eddy). J'ai essayé de trouver un point positif mais je n'ai pas réussi. Soit je n'ai pas aimé, soit je n'ai rien ressenti. Ce roman est une grosse déception.

  • Kayla I
    2019-01-23 15:23

    Play Me By: Laura Ruby This book was also a book that I got the same night with my mommy at Barnes and Noble! At first I found it a bit hard to get into, but as time went on I found it hard to put it down. There are two I’d say “main characters” in this book. One of them is a boy named Eddy. He seems to be the ladies man who tries to get a lot of girls. Because he is the producer of the web show, he thinks all the girls like him. Witch is kind of true, because they always try and talk to him. The main girl is Lucinda Dulko. I wasn’t sure what to think of her at first. When she first came into the book, her car had broken down in the side of the road. Now you could tell that Eddy and her have had some kind of past, but it didn’t go into detail about it that much. (Later on in the story it explains more.) Anyway he stopped and was trying to help her fix the car, but she tries to think of every excuse of why she doesn’t need his help. “look, let me give you a ride home.”“let me try me other brother,” she says.When the other brother doesn’t answer, I say, “I can still give you a ride.”“All I need is a battery. I’m sure of it.”“So I’ll give you a jump. You can drive it home.”She plays with her enormous phone. “Then I’ll have to find a way to get a battery tomorrow” (Ruby 33).I think you get the point. Eddy is trying to be a good guy and help her, but she seems to be very standoffish. Well later on in the book it tells you about how they had kind of been together this one time at summer camp. They were both young and Lucinda got mad because Eddy had been kissing other girls when he was “with her.” Later on you find out that she was kissing other guys when she was “with him.” things end up working out, that’s all I’m going to say! Now for the web show. Eddy, Rory, Joe, and Gina all are involved with this web show called Riot Grrl 16. These are Eddy’s main friends, and they have entered a competition on line. They are competing with a bunch of other people for a spot on MTV and a money prize. The show with the best ratings wins! I don’t want to give it away, but along the road of making this show lets just say friends change, and people kind of forget why the started making the show for. Its somewhat of a confusing book; I thought it was ok. It hasn’t been one of my favorites but it is still good. I would give it about three stars, but it wouldn’t be the first book I would recommend to a friend!

  • Steph Su
    2019-01-26 16:47

    Eighteen-year-old Ed Rochester thinks he has it all. He and his friends’ movie production, Riot Grrl 16, is doing well in MTV’s movie contest, and Ed thinks he has a good shot of winning and becoming the next Orson Welles. He is also a successful ladies’ man, something that he prides himself on but otherwise doesn’t give much thought to. His family is odd—his mother abandoned him, his dad, his stepdad, and his young half-brother for an acting role in Miami—but he doesn’t let that get him down.Then he remeets Lucinda Dulko. Athletic, unknowingly sexy, and intimidatingly self-confident, Eddy is nearly overwhelmed by her. She’s not his usual delicate, needy, hookup type, but that doesn’t stop him from falling head over heels for her.However, just when he thinks his life is perfect, everything falls apart. What will Ed do in the face of so much disappointment and feelings he’s never experienced before?PLAY ME has nearly the same plot of Thu-Huong Ha’s HAIL CAESAR, about a player getting his heart broken, and the story, once again, doesn’t work for me. Maybe I’m a sucker for happy endings, but there are many moments in the novel that I didn’t feel were at all believable, and the first half of the book dragged. The book is chock full of movie references and easy-to-read narration, but I was left not caring for the characters, which is disappointing because I loved Laura Ruby’s first YA novel GOOD GIRLS so much. Perhaps I will enjoy future books of herselfs more. I certainly hope so.

  • Rachael
    2019-02-21 18:47

    Eddy Rochester is a movie fanatic, a wannabe famous filmmaker, and a player. He’s figured he’s pretty much on the fast track to success with his popular online video series Riot Grrl 16. It’s all about him, and the girls love him – at least most of them do. But Lucinda Dulko is different; she’s not as easily charmed as Eddy’s other conquests. Play Me followes Eddy through his ups and downs with Riot Grrl 16, his relationship with his actress mother, and his various female friends. Eddy has to realize that maybe he’s not guaranteed instant success, and that maybe there are other people in the picture besides him.Laura Ruby weaves and incredibly realistic story in Play Me. Eddy’s character is developed so well that I totally felt I could see through his eyes into his life. There’s something so believable about Eddy’s story that made me want to keep reading. The plot isn’t too exciting, but reading this book was such a great experience because I could really feel Eddy’s emotions. There aren’t many books that I’ve read that have such a real and honest male protagonist like Eddy. Play Me was a beautifully written and extremely honest story anyone can relate to.If you’re looking for a realistic story to read, Play Me should be your first choice. Fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Catherine Ryan Hyde will also enjoy Laura Ruby’s latest novel.reposted from

  • Ali Pankey
    2019-02-15 17:21

    Play Me, a narration by Laura Ruby was written to entertain the reader, whether it may be a boy or a girl. Throughout the story Ruby maintained a steady theme, using the character Eddy Rochester, she showed that high school love can be easily compared to a game. Though not everyone has to play that game, Eddy Rochester chose not too. Even though Laura Rudy is a female writer, she had no problem with putting the story in a male's point of view and carrying her readers along with Eddy. By doing so I was able to know what Eddy was thinking and feeling throughout every scene and why he took the actions he did. As Eddy started his high school career he portrayed himself as a "player', hence Play Me, and all the girls knew so. When Lucinda bumps into him after their small relationship in junior high from a camp they attended together, she changes Eddy and he no longer upholds his label as a "player".All in all I enjoyed reading the book, though if I could change one thing, it would be the title. Yes it does use the word player, but also it led me on to believe that Eddy was going to be played himself. The title could possibly mislead the readers into a different direction throughout the book, perhaps the title could be changed to Game Over, intending that Eddy is no longer a player of the game Love.

  • The BookWhisperer
    2019-02-14 21:49

    Play Me seems like a gothic Dawson's Creek. Although, unlike Dawson, Eddy is quite the ladies man. In the beginning my first impression of Eddy was terrible; he is a young kid that only has one thing on his mind involving every girls pants. Then once Lucinda enters the picture my impressions of Eddy changed drastically. He may be a young man with an overactive sex drive, but I also found him to be a very well rounded character and a genuinely good person that makes many bad decisions. Lucinda on the other hand was a complicated character in my eyes; Eddy's impression of this character sang from the pages, but I saw descrepencies between what Eddy was seeing and what the story was telling me. I felt that Lucinda was very cut throat and a questionably good person. In the end I was comfortable with role that Gina takes on, and Eddy's desicion to seek comfort from her in the end was a very impressive twist. The unexpected trip to see Eddy's mother was quite a shock, but I felt that it was essential to wrapping up this story. This was a good read for the ages recommended, but as a adult that generally loves young adult books I did not find this book to be that great and I can not see myself giving it a return visit.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-02-02 16:27

    Reviewed by Tempestt (temppatt) for TeensReadToo.comEddy Rochester is a movie fanatic and a wannabe famous filmmaker. When his hit online show, "Riot Grrl 16," is in an MTV contest to be on a reality show called The Producers, Eddy and his team have a lot of work to do. "Riot Grrl 16" is about Eddy and all the girls that love him. All of the girls except Lucinda Dulko, who isn't as easily charmed by Eddy. With Lucinda being so unattainable and independent, Eddy couldn't be more attracted. PLAY ME takes you through the stress of "Riot Grrl 16," Eddy's relationship with his actress mother, and his countless female friends. PLAY ME is very realistic. You quickly become engrossed in the story because of its believability. You get a great understanding of Eddy and his friends. I love Eddy's sarcasm and how he and his friends talk about movies. You really feel like you're in the conversation. Laura Ruby writes from a male perspective just as well as she writes from a female one. Eddy is the perfect male protagonist. The book has a great plot and great characters, and is a book that you will instantly become connected with and be entertained by to the very end!

  • Melissa
    2019-02-19 17:33

    Play Me explores the mind of an 18 year-old teenager, Eddy Rochester. Eddy loves movies and is convinced that his online show Riot Grrl 16 will definitely win a spot on the MTV show, The Producers. While he hooks up with his star actress Gina and flirts with his groupies, he unexpectedly falls head over heels for the wonderfully perfect and talented tennis player, Lucinda Dulko. I really enjoyed reading Play Me in Eddy's point of view. I think Ruby did a great job at portraying the mindset of an 18 year-old boy who thinks he has a shot at everything he's ever wanted - fame, fortune, and girls. I found Eddy to be kind of geeky (I mean, I have guy friends who loves movies but being able to quote movie lines from every Hitchcock movie...?). I was also a bit disappointed that the story didn't revolve around the "player" side of him. The story mostly focused on Eddy's show, Riot Grrl 16 and his relationship with Lucinda Dulko, which is fine and all but a bit boring for the most part.

  • Nada Al-Karmi
    2019-01-27 21:37

    I did NOT expect the ending of this book AT ALL!!!! It wasn't even an ending, it was more like the author didn't bother herself to provide a proper ending & stopped in the middle of a freaking chapter. So, needless to say, I hated the ending cuz there wasn't much of one. Eddy was such an ass that I didn't particularly feel sad abt anything that happened to him. I did like his family thu especially meatball, he's such a weirdo but in a good way. I didn't expect Lucinda to do what she did (can't say more or I'll spoil the plot). The best character in the whole book was Gina. I loved her & her tough girl act. she didn't deserve what Eddy put her thru but I like that she got over it & accepted him as a friend afterwards. Overall, it wasn't that bad but it certainly wasn't a mind blowing book. Btw, they never reveal the identity of the Tin Man which sucks & made me deduct a whole star for that reason alone.

  • Karina Ornelas
    2019-01-30 16:47

    The book "Play Me" by Laura Ruby is about some teenagers that had entered into a contest at the MTV channel. The contest that they had entered was about making a show that everyone was able to watch on TV. Their show was called "Riot Grrl 16." Eddy was the writer, director, and cameraman--the mastermind. He did everything that he could for the show and as well to win the contest which meant a lot to him. Eddy's friends helped him as well with the show they were involved in the show so they were an important part of the show with out them Eddy wouldn't have any characters. Since they were still in the contest they had to make an episode for each week and had to put it up the day that was due if they wouldn't put it up they would be disqualified from the contest. People online would have to vote for the best show and as well rate it. If they didn't have enough votes that would be disqualified from the contest.

  • Karen Avivi
    2019-02-12 20:45

    Fantastic read with modern elements and unique twists. As for the tagline about "a player gets played" - the story didn't go in the direction I thought it would so it's not predictable. I really like YA that's about that jumping-off point of leaving high school and moving on. Laura Ruby captures it perfectly with the various characters' different plans and suspicions that they won't see some former friends any more. The movie references were a bit heavy for me at times. I like movies, but not to the point of constantly quoting them. Funny how this book is only from 5 years ago (2008) and already the MySpace references are dated. Crazy. Ruby created several strong female characters who are fun to watch interact with the male protagonist. "... I'm still trying to kiss her when she breaks the kiss. She pats my cheek so gently when she says,"Eddy I'm sorry. I just don't feel that bad about myself anymore." If you missed this one by Laura Ruby I recommend reading it now.

  • Amy
    2019-02-09 16:35

    I had a really hard time connecting with Ed, the narrator of Play Me. I've tried reading other books that are solely narrated by male leads and it's rare that I can connect enough to really like the book. I had hoped Play Me would be an exception but it wasn't. This is all me and by no means anything negative about any of those books or this one. Play Me was well written and had some funny scenes. I liked how the author wrote in pop culture references and movie quotes throughout to tie in Ed's love for filmaking & the MTV contest he and his friends are in. I just couldn't feel for Ed enough to care that he could change & actually become worthy of love...And after all the girls he used in the past I didn't think one girl dumping him would really have him changing his ways. Ruby didn't really play up the relationship enough that it felt meaningful enough to me.

  • Tanima Bag
    2019-02-14 15:39

    This book is refreshing and brilliant. All the movie references? Brilliant. And the writing was perfect for a guy's POV, u know, no drama kind. I liked that a lot. And u know what? This whole book kinda reminds me of Kevin Smith's early movies, Clerks and the companion movies. And I absolutely adore Kevin Smith scripts, gotta love that kinda originality. And this book was different from other books we read these days and was pretty original. Love it. I went as far as to recommend it to my 23yr old older brother(him also being a Clerks fan and all). So Yeah,I'm glad I came across this one. I liked Laura Ruby's other book,and this was next in my To Read list. Try, is all I'm gonna say. And Oh yeah. this book can totally rock as a movie. It had that blend of Clerks and The World's End in the protagonist Eddy's character. ♥

  • Dani
    2019-02-10 13:46

    This book was... different. But in a good way, when I finished it I thought... WHERE THE HELL IS LUCINDA??But then I realized how it all fit the story. Like Riot Grrl 16. I just assumed it's like every other teen read. Guy is a player with a tormented family, perfect girl with the perfect family that welcomes him immediately, jealous girl, random best friend... Hero meets girl,he never felt that way before, guy has issues, girl breaks up with him, hero solves issues, gets back the girl and they work out how they're going to stay together even if their college plans are different and they'll be miles and miles away from each other.But what I liked about Laura Ruby is that she wrote something real and the story ends in a real way, it's not far-fetched. Leaving Eddy who finally worked out his life ready to face it. I loved it

  • Angela Pan
    2019-02-10 15:49

    Eddy thinks he have everything. All the girls are all over him. He and his friends are making their own movie.But things starts to change for Eddy. A girl, Lucinda, has Eddy's heart. But she is unattainable. MTV doesn't pick his show. Can Eddy make everything back to normal or will his whole life change. In the beginning the book was kind of boring. Towarsd the middle it got interesting and the end was boring. In the beginning it show Eddy was perfect and everything. Then came Lucinda and the MTV. At the end it show Eddy not so perfect.

  • Liyah T.
    2019-01-31 13:51

    I Liked the book it was a good book but It deffinately wasn't the best! I Did in fact like the concept of the book. Even though i Didn't like the movie side of the book,the relationship side of the book was good. That's what pulled me into the book. The book is about an 18 year old boy named Eddy, Who has entered a movie making contest that was put on by MTV. While dealing with his friends and the movie contest he also was dealing with his relationship that recently started with the local tenis player named Lucinda Dulko. That's basically what the whole story revolves around.

  • Dolores
    2019-02-13 20:37

    I really liked the characters in this book. I enjoyed spending time with them and was sorry when the book ended. Eddy was a very sympathetic character. I didn't really think of him as much of a player--more as a young man wounded by a thoughtless mother and afraid to commit. I loved the relationship between the two ex-husbands and the odd little family that the men developed between them. All the movie references flew over my head, but teens may find them more interesting. All in all a very good read.

  • CeCe
    2019-02-17 19:26

    This book was....okay I personally thought looking at the cover it would be interesting BUT it wasn't! It started off good and the in the middle it got idk flat I thought the break up between eddie and lucinda was short and boring I thought it wud make me.....mad...sad but it didn't make me any of those. I also didn't like how stubborn eddie waz he kept getting warnings from lucinda's ex's and ignored them ALLLL!!! this book only deserves to maybe not even 2 stars Grade:D-