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The Academy is an International Sports Mecca for teen athletes. 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 heThe Academy is an International Sports Mecca for teen athletes. 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:Nicole: A tennis star who feels threatened by Maya (but she'd never admit it).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.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....

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Game On Reviews

  • Tamikia
    2019-03-11 08:01

    Maya who is a really good tennis player, or so we hear, but there is no way to know for sure since she rarely plays, gets a scholarship to The Academy, which I assume is the name of the school, since that’s all the author calls it. At first she’s really excited and meets some new friends and really practices. Then she gets in with a girl named Renee and eventually moves in and starts hanging out with her and her roommate, Nicole who is one of the best tennis players in the world, (or so we hear once again). Then eventually she gets too wrapped up in the celebrity like lifestyle that comes with it and forgetting who she is. I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn’t! First of all, the relationships go so fast that they make no sense: One minute Nicole hates her and the next they are like best friends, one minute she meets Travis, who is the Academy owner’s son and the next she’s sort of dating him, they were together all of five seconds before he takes her to Brazil, seriously what girl goes to another country with some guy she barely knows? Also at first Maya hates Jake in fact throughout most of the book she does but then he gets in trouble and show some weakness and all of a certain she’s making out with him and is “in love” with him. Then Travis goes from nice guy to egotistical jerk at the drop of a hat then most of the characters seem to switch personalities once again! Sorry but all of that makes no sense to me at all! Yes, there are some unrealistic parts but I can get past that though. After all this isn’t a contemporary YA novel.I’ve read some good books by famous people in fact Hillary Duff’s Elixir series is one of the best in its genre and some are pretty bad and it saddens me to say that Monica Seles book wasn’t that great at all. In fact the writing style reminded me of the ones in the earlier Sweet Valley High novels which made me wonder if that was the last time Monica picked up a YA novel. I really wanted to like this book since I do love books about girls who are into sports but this was so disappointing. I don’t know if I want to even bother with the next one unless it’s simply sitting in Barnes and Noble reading the whole thing. I don’t see myself investing any money in anymore of these books since I had to make myself finish this one. The only reason I gave this two stars is because the Jake character kind of reminds me of Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl.

  • Clare
    2019-03-22 07:38

    Sadly, this book was not what I was expecting. Being a follower of tennis, this was the aspect I was most looking forward to but it barely played any part in the story. The sports academy in the book is just a cardboard setting, and the plot of humble girl getting taken in by the backstabbing rich kid and swooning over poorly developed love interests could honestly have taken place at any kind of school. With former player Monica Seles being the author, I thought I would be reading about court rivalries and young players chasing their dreams of becoming pros, but most of the focus was on teenage drama off the court. This is a quick, light read if that's what you're looking for, but I think tennis as a sport can teach a lot of good values and character and this book had the potential to be a whole lot better if it had included more of that. I received this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

  • Alex
    2019-03-26 11:39

    DNFI don't even know where to start with the Academy, so I'll just start with the most obvious things: It reads and feels fake. And, save for maybe Renee (who isn't around nearly enough, but we'll back to that later), it has no likable, endearing, engaging or worth-rooting-for-characters, not even the "villains". The Academy is supposed to be this super awesome place part boarding school, part high performance sports training facility. Everyone who goes there is supposed to be the next big thing to happen in their respective sport, or they have enough money to buy their way in, which is kind of ridiculous on the face of it since in the world of the Academy everyone who is talented is also super rich, except for the poor little scholarship students, but not even they take it seriously enough even though they say they do.Maya is the new scholarship student and from the start she's awestruck by the Academy - which sounds more like a spa than any school I've ever heard of - where none of these supposedly super competitive athletes ever do any training other than run a few laps every once in a while. This includes Maya who is supposed to be on a trial period at school but who spends most of her time hearing her roommate Cleo bitch about something or other, worshiping the obviously fake and mean Nicole King (who almost gets her expelled from the Academy in her second day) and alternatively drooling over brothers Travis and Jake without ever being clear why she likes them other than because they are hot and rich and popular (and that is the extent of their personalities.). In fact all the characters are just as bland and have zero motivations or traits other than being the good hot guy, the bad hot guy, the bitchy unpopular girl, the bitchy scheming and popular girl and the ingenue, just because that's who we are told they are. The one exception, somewhat is Renee - the resident dumb, rich girl that Maya befriends early on and then proceeds to take advantage of and ignore when its convenient. I know more about Renee's background from her first interaction with Maya than about any of the other characters by the point I stopped reading the book around page 100. A lot of it is exposition - Renee basically says "I'm a poor little rich girl, and my parents don't love me" and yes it is cliched, but at least Renee was likable. No one else was. There was also slut shamming in this book, courtesy of Cleo who has an opinion about everyone she doesn't like and often criticizes them even though she doesn't know them, like, at all. Anyway, I made it to page 100 before I gave up, not because they book was any good - I stopped caring around page 50 when the first overt slut shamming happens - but because I kept playing a game of "Oh, this sounds like that bit of Mean Girls/Insert Teenage Movie Here" with myself. I don't think The Academy even gets the sports side of it right (or at least it doesn't sound like it) and it should because it was written by Monica Freaking Seles whom, in case you are too young to remember, is a legendary tenis player, often considered one of the best in history. To close, The Academy was a mess of overly-broad, archetypal and bland characters, slow as hell pacing and a plot based on worship of the rich. And it's boring to boot. ---** This book was provided by the publisher via Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.

  • Clare Cannon
    2019-02-24 09:05

    Unfortunately, the main draw - the tennis-player author - turns out to be the main let-down, because there's hardly any tennis here. Instead, it's soap opera drama, with the added appeal of being about a supposedly down to earth, hard working girl who has a conscience. Then again, perhaps that's not such a rare soap opera theme. Maya is suddenly thrown into the high life, and she adapts pretty well. Though she later repents of her rapid assimilation into the image/partying/no time for friends corruption of the Academy, she doesn't seem to think it all bad, and merely wants to get the better of it by the end.There are overdone catastrophes that (incredibly) melt into overdone emotional reunions, which are then torn apart by more overdone catastrophes. Relationships go hard in one direction but rebound in double time, and before you can blink it's taken up again in a new direction, before rebounding again, etc, etc... For details: (view spoiler)[ Maya is just about to go all the way with the guy she likes-her first time-but finds him in bed with someone else. He'd been duped, but still... And her friend is going through relationship/sexuality issues with a girl she met at a party(hide spoiler)] The changes are made for remotely credible reasons, but everybody seems to forgive and forget and become embroiled in new intense relationships far too easily. Conveniently, Maya ends up resisting everyone at the end, which leaves a suitably clean slate for the romantic entanglements of book 2.For all the good intentions (which I may have forgot to mention: Maya tries to be a good friend, wants a relationship that means something and works hard at her sport), it's really a novel for teens to imagine they're living the life of the gorgeous, talented, rich and famous (not a particularly edifying style of life), for as long as it takes them to devour it.

  • Donna
    2019-03-23 09:36

    See more of my reviews at Me You and My ShelfThe tagline for this book might as well be:In a tennis academy, screw tennis. Yay for teen drama!!This book is apparently for fans of the Gallagher Girls. Well, thanks for the lie.This book was pathetic. Everything about it like characterisation, plot, tennis content, and common sense fails. I felt like clawing my eyes out after a few paragraphs.The Academy: Game On is about a top notch sporting school. It offers many sports. Our main character, Maya has earned a scholarship to come and train with the best. On the way, she meets heaps of bitches, and two awesome friends. Together, they try to navigate The Academy.I actually like tennis. Not nearly as much as horse riding, but it's a great sport. I was looking forward to this sport, because I was hoping to learn more about tennis, and how the professional world actually works. According to this book, professional tennis is all about who you date, and what $30000 dress you wear to the hottest club. Seriously! The only tennis terminology used was "tweener" and "restrung racquet." 95% of the book focuses on pathetic teen drama. Here are the general things featured in a sporty boarding school book (which I have read plenty of): Heaps of training, struggling to stay at the top of their sport, a tiny bit of teen drama, real dedication to their sport, and a big competition with high stakes.The Academy: Game On featured a buttload of teen drama, and a teeny bit of training.The training was very mundane. The actual details and Maya's strengths and weaknesses of the game were glossed over. Does she have trouble with serving? Is everyone else better than her? Is she struggling? Any important competitions coming up? After reading the book, I have no idea. A tennis academy should be about TENNIS, not teen drama. This was an unrealistic portrayal of the professional tennis world. You get good at tennis by training hard, not partying hard. At first, I thought that maybe the tennis details were glossed over because the author did not know much about tennis and had done inadequate research. Then, I discovered that the author is a champion tennis player. Seriously? Monica LaSelles has no excuse for this.Another problem I had with this book was the name of the school. "The Academy?" Just "The Academy?" The academy of what? The Academy of Awesome Sports? The Andre Agassi Academy? At least give your school a proper name! It feels like the author couldn't be bothered to think up of one.On arrival, Maya actually points out the Versace and Prada stores IN THE SCHOOL. What kind of idiot school has a PRADA STORE? Exclusive boarding schools are usually very strict. Expensive uniform and lots of rules are the norm. But you know what? Why study or train when you can go shopping? This is so unrealistic. I cannot think of a single reason why a HIGH SCHOOL would have a Versace store in it.At Maya's first training session, the teacher offers $500 to the person who can hit down the cone first. WTF? What kind of school gives money away to their students like that? If feels like this book can't seem to decide what it is. It can't decide between being realistic or unrealistic. At first I thought that the book was middle grade because of the immaturity of every single thing the characters say and do. But nope. It's too inappropriate for middle grade, so it's actually a young adult book. It can't decide wether it wants to be about tennis or about a bunch of bitchy rich kids. It confuses readers when the author is so indecisive about what direction they want their book to go in.The characters were pathetic. Maya is a pathetic excuse for a human being. She lets everyone walk all over her. She pathetically fangirls over Nicole King, even after she treats Maya like dirt. It's common sense not to admire someone who treats you like dirt. Jake was your typical idiot who would have sex with anyone with some kind of hole. Travis was boring. Nicole was a typical shallow bitchy rich character. The only interesting character was Cleo. She actually had some interesting backstory, she was totally kickass, and she was Chinese! Being Chinese myself, I feel that there isn't enough Asian people in the young adult world. Cleo was great, but unfortunately, Maya ditches her as soon as she can for Nicole.For Nicole. The bitch who almost got you expelled. The bitch who treated you like dirt.Maya is an idiot.None of the characters except Cleo had any depth. They were cardboard cutouts, simply there to drive the story along.The romance was really, really bad. Upon seeing Travis, Maya melted into a pathetic puddle of crap. After swooning over how hot Travis and Jake are, she starts toying with both of them. Well, when you can't decide between which super-sexy-rich-sporty guy to choose, why not choose them both!No, Maya.She spent way too much time mooning over those two people.Even the plot was bad. It hardly moved at all. There was stagnant teen and boy drama. It does have some movement, but it's certainly not interesting or related to tennis.I swear, Maya must have an IQ of 5.I hated this book. It's way too immature for young adult, but way too inappropriate for middle grade. It would work a lot better if the author cut out the inappropriate bits and marketed this book as middle grade. No one above the age of 10 would enjoy this book. However, that cover is awesome!Filled with unrealistic themes, crappy characters, shallow romance, sleeping around, rich girl drama, stupidity, and NO tennis, I would not recommend this book to anyone.An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Mitsy
    2019-03-10 13:04

    Yes! Game On makes me smile. It is a clean, refreshing, and endearing story about a 16-year-old girl, Maya Hart, who moves from her small town in New York to The Academy. The Academy is the #1 place for the elite athletes around the world. This is where the best of the best are molded into superstars. Maya is talented, tall, blond, blue eyed, gorgeous...and insecure? Yep. It's tough when everybody is just as good, or better, than you are. She learns who her real friends are, what it takes to succeed, and - most of all - she decides what kind of person she is. Her ups and downs are typical of any teenager, athlete or non athlete. There are times I liked her and other moments, I didn't. She's a typical 16-year-old girl, learning as she goes - sometimes the hard way. Will she succeed? Will she even stay...or let her insecurity overtake her talent? Does she get the right boy or not? The secondary characters are just as memorable. Nicole King is the reigning, American, women's tennis star. Travis and Jake Reed are funny in that they're typical teenagers, with money. They're the sons of the owner, who's a former NFL MVP, football players and...both interested in Maya? Travis is the good son, Jake the bad boy and they're both relatable. Which will Maya choose? Love the character development, especially Maya's. Love the struggles of teenagers.However, I want a bit more tennis talk. That's it. :)Recommended for everybody 12-up.

  • Maxine Livingstone
    2019-03-08 15:59

    This book was supposed to be about a young girl who finally makes her dreams come true in attending an athletic Academy in Florida. She was suppose to train hard in order to be the best. However, this does not take place. Upon her arrival to the Academy Maya become infatuated with Travis Reed the son of legendary football player Nails Reed who owns the Academy.From the moment takes off this entire book is about her having a crush on a boy she just met becasue of how good looking he is. As the story continues it doesn't get any better. While the story did hold my attention I wish it concentrated more on what it was suppose to be about which in Tennis.This book is of course a contemporary romance but there was just to much unnecessary drama from the beginning of the story until the end. Also what was worse was hoe Maya changed from wanting to be the best tennis to ever exist to being a superficial dummy who only cared about her looks and her insecurity of what she lacked financial wise.It had to take her best friend to make Maya realize how much she changed into a girl who only cared about the she looked to on who wanted to play tennis.What was even more agonizing was that there was only about two mentions of Maya playing or practicing form her tennis technique. It was because that there wasn't any mention of how good she actually was supposed to be that the book fell flat. Maya is supposed to be some type of awesome player but it is not shown at all in the story which makes readers question if she truly is a talented tennis player or not.I am currently reading the sequel so hopefully I will see more of how great of a tennis she truly is.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-03 13:56

    If you are interested in reading this book because the main character is a tennis player and because it is written by a famous tennis player then DO NOT read this novel. There is VERY little tennis in it. There are only two short scenes in the entire novel that involve Maya practicing tennis. I am actually surprised that Maya is supposedly so good at tennis because she never practices or plays until near the end of the novel. She doesn't seem particularly dedicated to her sport, never discussing her passion for it or training hard. I've played competitive sports before and it required hours of training per day outside of my regular scheduled practices and games. I don't understand how Maya can remain in 'the best sports program in the world' when she parties, sneaks around with boys, never eats (it is just never mentioned; I think she is in a restaurant in two scenes and the school cafeteria in one scene though her eating is not mentioned), stays up late but most of all, never trains or practices. I am also quite shocked that she never plays tennis against any of her peers (minus the two times that she helps the so-called world tennis champion practice shots on her) and does not train with the coach more. As you might be able to tell, I wasn't thrilled by the main character. I found her to be dull and slightly boring. She's not particularly intelligent, hard working (though the novel keeps repeating that she is, I see no evidence of this) or funny. She's typical - she's awkward, naive, supposedly gorgeous but doesn't know it and she's 'nice'. This novel is essentially Mean Girls but taking place at a boarding school - a pretty, naive, innocent girl begins going to a new school, she becomes friends with less popular people (her foreign-born, vibrant working class roommate and a rich girl who everyone thinks is athletic and snooty), she becomes preoccupied with being popular and famous, she gets hurt and betrayed, and must beg her old friends for forgiveness. This novel was a gossip girl type novel, which is fine, but it fell short for me. It lacked the intrigue and thrill of other YA guilty pleasure reads like Pretty Little Liars. There was so much more that the author could have done with her knowledge and experiences related to tennis and the sports boarding school setting. I will likely read the second novel if I come across it at the library but I won't go out of my way to read the sequel.

  • PaulaPhillips
    2019-03-03 08:40

    This is one book where I loved the cover and could not wait to get started as I had requested this from Netgalley. I had the cartoon like cover and in this instance prefer it over the real life models cover. I will give pre-warning to people who see the "If you love Gallagher Girls, you will wnjoy this" by saying that this is in no way a Spy School novel. In fact I would have to say more if you enjoyed Mythos Academy or Oh My Gods by Tera Lynn Childs minus the Gods part then you will enjoy The Academy series. The Academy series takes us into the world of Sport and in this novel we meet Maya , a scholarship student who plays Tennis. At the Academy unless you win a rare scholarship, the only way you can get in is by having lots and lots of money . Enter Nicole - she is the current reigning Tennis star , when Maya comes along - will her spot be threatened ? Also of course, what would the novel be without boys and hunky ones as we meet brothers and football stars Jake and Travis Reed - both want a piece of Maya but which one will she fall for ? Bad boy Jake or Good guy Travis ?The Academy is one of those nice relaxing and easy to read books that doesn't use much of your brain energy. Good if you are wanting something fun and light.I cannot wait to read the next installments - that is if Monica Seles continues the books and develops The Academy into a series.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-09 16:03

    This book was given to me from a goodreads first reads giveaway.I read this book in one sitting within one day, it was a nice simple, read and one that I would have loved when I was young. It is totally the kind of book I would have read. Maya gets into The Academy on a special scholarship after 4 years trying. It is a sports academy where you get in by having rich parents, or a scholarship, which is very hard to get. She was given 6 months to prove herself or she is out. Mia meets a few friends, meets a boy called Travis that she likes and a few others and finds herself having a few problems during her stay at The Academy.I have to say, I did like the book, but it was very predictable to me, I wasn't surprised by anything that happened at all. It is a great book for anybody who likes to read young adult novels or just want a quick read.

  • Livia
    2019-02-25 10:59

    Former tennis star Monica Seles has penned the first story in what looks to be a series based on a boarding Sports Academy for teens. The main character in GAME ON is Maya Hart, a scholarship student that majors in tennis. She's one of the "have nots" and strives hard to fit in on both sides of the fence. She has a love interest who is the son of the owner of the school. He's a wealthy football start and the rival for his affections is a mean super attractive rich girl that is an already established teen tennis star. I'll be blunt, THE ACADEMY: GAME ON is a silly story but it has potential if a skilled author can be found to do a drastic makeover adding some authenticity to the story. Some YA readers will probably to like this story because of the glitz and glamour and a downtrodden heroine to root for. I found it just plain old annoying.

  • Pixie
    2019-03-04 10:00

    You can find reviews like this and more at my blog The BookaholicLet’s get this out of the way first before I start my review:I completely fan-girled when I saw who the author was. Most of you know by now that I’m a tennis junkie (if you didn’t know that, well now you do). Monica Seles is a well-known name among the sport and fans. She was THE superstar. Former world number one. In the International Hall of Fame. Won nine Grand Slam Titles. Youngest ever to win the French Open (at age 16). Sadly, in 1993, a fan attacked her on court during a break at a match and stabbed her in her back. She took a leave from tennis for a few years, returned, but played her last pro match in 2003. Yes. I really know these facts in my head, people. I didn’t have to Google at all. O_O So, anyway, I fan-girled because it’s THE Monica Seles authoring this series. I made complete grabby hands for the book. I had to have it. Not only because it was hers, but because well it’s a book based around a sports academy and a character that plays tennis. This had to be my dream book in every way possible.Unfortunately, I was disappointed.It wasn’t terrible. But it wasn’t what I expected either. I’m actually quite torn on writing this review because for me it was one of those reads where you’re just left feeling quite meh by the end. While I enjoyed it for the most part for an entertainment value due to it being a fast and mostly fun read, I also had several qualms with it at the same time that left me feeling dissatisfied. Despite her tennis ambitions, Maya was not a character I could get attached to. In fact, the majority of the characters left me feeling under whelmed. If you’re going into this book hoping for action when it comes to their sports lifestyle, their training, or details and drama surrounding their competition events, you won’t get it. There was little to no action. This was genuinely a teen drama romance with a sports academy setting and that was it. Did that make it bad? Not really. It just gave me something I didn’t quite expect from the beginning and I was a bit let down by this. I was hoping for more. The dreaded love triangle is prevalent. Along with the eye-rolling insta-love romance. This was perhaps my biggest annoyance. And where I found myself face-palming and cringing the most. So, it’s easy to say I just couldn’t get into the romance at all. I wasn’t the least bit interested in either guy. I didn’t care what happened between the characters by the middle of the book because I found it incredibly cheesy. The only character I may have cared about at all was Cleo. Everyone else.... Well, I sure hope they get more oomph in the next installment. Even the "mean girl."But here’s the kicker. I sound like I didn’t like it, I know. But I’m on the fence here. Or net. Let’s use net. ;) Because at the same time, I did. I really did find myself enjoying it because I sped right through the pages. There’s entertainment to it. An un-put-down-able sense to the book because of the drama, and it’s a fast read. It could be an easy guilty pleasure. I just wanted more action personally--especially since I was looking for the tennis aspect in this. In a way, it reminds me of something that could easily be on television right now. A bit Gossip Girl-esque (though I’ve never sat and watched a full episode of Gossip Girl, so don’t take comparison to heart). I’m going to continue this series and see where it goes from here.<3Pixie

  • Georgia Hurley
    2019-03-18 12:38

    this was awful and i read it when i was a fetus

  • Dianne
    2019-03-16 09:41

    Monica Seles has more than just athletic talent and she has proven it to me with her novel, The Academy: Game On! Set in an ultra luxurious academy for rising athletic stars with either the hard-won scholarship or the rich family, young tennis hopeful Maya is part of the former group and with one look around, knows she is out of her league, socially, for sure! Star struck and naïve, Maya is like a goldfish in a shark tank and the sharks are hungry! Overwhelmed by the different lifestyles of the rich and famous, she is way out of her middle class league and feeling insecure. The talent around her is amazing, but here, she feels she can at least hold her own, even if she isn’t the best. After all, sports legends walk these halls, including tennis prima donna Nicole, who just may see Maya’s fresh face and strong talent as a threat. Attempting to “fit in” with the others, Maya starts to lose herself to the glamor of Academy living. Oh! Let’s not forget, what would a novel be without the romantic triangle? Enter Travis and Jake Reed, sons of the sports legend who runs the academy. Travis is the “good” boy, the rising star, while Jake is the troublemaker, the rebel, a disappointment to his father. Which one will Maya fall for and why? For that matter, which “Maya” are the boys falling for? What if Maya’s new dream reality becomes a nightmare? Will the real Maya survive or will she be eaten up by the sharks?Using a familiar arena, Monica Seles has written a wonderful coming of age story about a teen struggling to survive alone in a strange place, so far removed from what she knows, overpowered by all she sees, and wanting to experience it all. She has given Maya the right amount of confusion, angst and courage, as well as strength of character to believe in herself and to make her believable to me. The supporting characters were sometimes sweet, sometimes quirky, but definitely came across as real live teens, not quite adults, but expected to act and react as such. I’m impressed with Monica Seles style and hope to see more from her in the future!An ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA Children's Books in exchange for my honest review. Publication Date: May 7, 2013.

  • Cass -Words on Paper
    2019-03-22 09:36

    Tennis. One of my early loves.This cover is SO pink! It burns my eyes, it's like highlighter/neon pink all over. Can't avoid it. What I DO like about the UK cover over the US one is that it appears to focus more on the sport aspect of the book, though I'm sure there is a good deal of romance. And of course this cover allows you to imagine the characters for yourself. But it's just so pink! XDRelease date: July 2013Source: Publisher (Bloomsbury)Planning to read? Pretty soon, actually. I'm in the mood for something more light-hearted. Also, I like when authors write what they know, or base their story on their own experiences (*ahem* Sophie Flack). I'm hoping there's some actual tennis in this book, and not just drama. I mean, a Gallagher Girls comparison is on the cover--that must count for something, right?He held the rear door of the Admissions building open. Sunlight flooded in. If Maya's mind wasn't blown before, it was definitely blown now. Like Dorothy Gale from Kansas, she stepped out from black and white into color. She was in Oz.And by the looks of it, Oz didn't come cheap. (5)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~2-2.5/5Was actually quite fun until half-way through when I just wanted to throw the book out of the window.Review to come.

  • Pania Dowd
    2019-03-07 10:44

    The Academy by Monica Seles. Why did you decide to read this book ?I decided to read this book because I saw that it was about some sort of sporting academy and because I'm in an Academy I wanted to find out more. I guess the pink on the border of the book made the book stand out. Character Description or Setting. The main Character's name is Maya. She got selected into the top sporting school called Academy. There's two ways to get into the Academy, one way in is if you're very talented you get offered a scholarship which is how Maya got in. The other way in is to be rotten rich. Maya works very hard to get her spot in this fancy Academy school so once she got there she trainings hard, but after meeting a girl named Renee she starts to change her ways and that's where the book goes from about sport to drama. Something new I learnt or thought more deeply/differently about after reading this book. That if you get offered an opportunity you should use it to its best ability and not take advantage of it. To always train hard and keep pushing to get your goals and a better outcome.

  • Holly
    2019-03-01 12:52

    This was pretty dreadful, even for a Ghost-ish written Celeb YA title. I really wanted to like it because not only is Monica Seles a legend but James La Rosa who co-wrote it is one of my favourite (sort of ex) Tennis journos. The main problem is the lack of emphasis on what Monica Seles knows the most about - actual tennis. The sport itself is barely mentioned, not one competitive match and only a few barely described practice sessions. The main character Maya spends more time in a will they won't they love triangle with two twins - one of whom is evil, but which?!?!? - than she does on the court and I can't see her going pro any time soon with that attitude. Not that pro is very difficult since Nicole, the mean girl character, is somehow in the Top 10 whilst still attending boarding school full time, BUT NEVER PLAYING TENNIS. Sigh, this could've been so good but it was basically painful. More tennis/academy accuracy and less BAD teenage drama would improve, but I won't be trying book 2 to find out if it ever does.

  • Caitlin
    2019-02-26 14:49

    Won a free copy on Goodreads first reads.The Academy:Game On is a good fast paced book more suited to younger readers and but is still a good read for older people. I enjoyed this book and know a couple of young girls who would love this and will be buying them copies when the book is released.Highly recommended to young girls (and older ones) whether they like sports or not.Thank you for the win.

  • Sarah Bartlett-Wright
    2019-03-03 11:36

    the books plot is a bit over used, with the love triangle, 'queen bee' and the two best friends. It was a story that I would've probably read when I was eleven or twelve, but it was sort of fun to read something so cheesy.

  • Shreya
    2019-03-03 14:44

    Tad overdramatic, little weird, simple (middle-grade) language, good idea, an overall OK from me :P Review to come.

  • Kirsty-Marie Jones
    2019-03-07 09:41

    Review originally posted on Studio ReadsSo...this isn't my usual read, and because of it I wouldn't necessarily have bought The Academy: Game On, which is a shame, but luckily I won a copy.It was a quick, light read that I started in-between books and honestly even though I wasn't in love with this book, it was hard to put down. Alright, it was really cheesy in some places, mainly with Travis, but I could deal with that.Onto the characters, we have;Maya- The main character, on scholarship, away from home, in a completely different world to her own, who also needed to grow a backbone for the first half of the book. Okay, I get it, it’s a new experience but her brain really needed to be connected to her mouth. The Maya we got when it came to Travis, I’ll gloss over that, especially since (view spoiler)[most of the book we were hearing how fantastically awesome Travis is and then she suddenly gets with Jake after one dinner with Travis, Jake, their father and Mand- Sorry Mindy. (hide spoiler)] Also, the whole changing-when-someone-takes-notice-and-drops-friends routine grated on me. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Maya, though mainly the Maya we got towards the end who decided, yes, she did have a spine and grew a pair.Travis- Maya’s first interest and also the oldest son of the Academy’s owner. For me Travis was a carbon copy in the making of his father, and that isn’t a good thing. I liked him in the beginning, he was sweet, once he suddenly took notice of Maya, and hey, I’ll even forgive him for this lovely quote"Your hair," He said. "And your eyes. Were they always this blue?"“Apart from being over the top with Maya, and trying to impress his father so hard he needed to loosen up, he was likeable, or so he seemed likeable, but the Travis towards the end was a self-absorbed image holder who I guess didn’t really care if he was in love with Maya or not, she was good for his image, and he was good for hers, it was all that mattered to him, and he became a right sly little slime ball, (view spoiler)[for partnering up with Nicole to break up Maya and Travis just because he didn’t get the girl (hide spoiler)] and mainly just because he didn’t get what he wanted.Jake- Maya’s second love interest and the younger brother of Travis. Hmm, Jake. I’m not sure what to say about Jake. He’s the typical bad boy who’s in and out of other peoples beds. The first scene where he met Maya, (who was in towel locked out of her room), he’s sweet and goes and breaks the window to let her in, which is sweet, in a way, but then he goes and proposition’s Maya as a thanks for breaking her back in? No, no, no Jake. I liked Jake and his funny quips and remarks, and we get a little hidden depth in scenes with his father, but the romance with Maya was too quick for me. Though I will say he was entertaining and a little bit of a jackass, but a sweet jackass. Until the end. Nicole- The “It” girl who has everything, the clothes, the hair, the makeup, the personality of your textbook bitch, and also Maya’s “idol”. She’s also an overzealous jealous paper doll, and by paper doll I mean, that’s all she was, on paper. There wasn’t much going on there until it was convenient for her to be there. And I didn’t really get why she did what she did. Okay, I mean somebody else was getting attention other than her for a change and she goes (view spoiler)[and partners up with Travis to take Maya down by taking that photo to hurt Jake, so he would sleep with her, and put Maya of her game. Just because she had some sort of competition (hide spoiler)] I mean, really? For someone who’s supposed to be as confident, egotistical, and famous and was written that way, competition shouldn’t be her weakness. She was true to her role though, as the frenemy, and played it well.Cleo- The roommate, who is also on scholarship, and pretty much the only character that saved this book. I was just sad we didn’t get more of Cleo, she was funny, and witty, and though she was dealing with her own stuff, she was there for Maya. And lastly, Renee; The rich-enough-to-be-in-the-academy-without-any-actual-talent, Maya’s friend. I didn’t know what to think of her at first, from what we were told she was the schools friendly [slutty] character; I thought she’d be in league with Nicole, as her roommate. But she wasn’t, she was friendly, and nice, the underestimated character, who wanted to prove herself to her friends, and her never there parents who sent her to the Academy because they didn’t know what to do with her. She was a bit blank to be at times, a flyaway character that wasn’t really needed, just a bridge gap to fill to get to Nicole, so I hope there’s more of her in the second book.Overall, even though it’s not usual my usual read, and the characters need to grow a bit more, but I enjoyed it enough that I can’t wait to see where the next book takes us. The only problem I had with this book was that since the main character won a scholarship for tennis…there wasn’t much tennis going on. 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  • Mad White
    2019-02-28 14:35

    This book is not particularly well written but I love the characters and it's light and fluffy but makes you read on.

  • Stephanie Davies
    2019-03-08 09:02

    Author Monica Seles is a retired tennis champion. She won the French open at sixteen and went on to become the number one ranked woman in tennis, winning a total of nine Grand Slam titles before retiring from the game in 2004. I know this only because I read her biography in the back of ‘The Academy: Game On’, which I won through a Goodreads First Read competition. ‘Game On’ also has another author in very small print on the title page, so I’m guessing it was ghost written – not that it really matters.It turns out that ‘Game On’ is your typical rags to riches plot, set against the backdrop of a very exclusive sports academy. You know, “17-year-old tennis superstar in the making gets the scholarship of her dreams… and more than she bargained for”. It’s sort of like Mean Girls meets Bend it Like Beckham, with a touch of The OC (‘cause they’re all so super rich). The girls were fairly interesting, and this novel definitely passes the Bechdel Test with flying colours. There’s the protagonist, Maya, who is fairly likeable, punk Cleo, rising star of the ultra conservative golf scene, Renee, a girl rich enough to buy her way in to the Academy, and Glamazon Nicole, Maya’s heroine – and competition.‘Game On’ is filled with all the hot guys and frenemies you’d expect. I haven’t read a lot of teen romance, but I imagine the romantic interests are fairly typical of that genre as well (bad boy vs. shallow stud). There are so many twists and changes of heart that my eyes were flicking back and forth across the page like I was witnessing a tennis match. Some of them were predictable, some of them I didn’t see coming and they struck me with the force of a tennis ball hurtled from a malfunctioning ball machine. (Are these tennis metaphors going a bit too far?)This novel had a slow start but picked up the pace very quickly. It was genuinely funny at times, and although I never found myself laughing aloud I did find myself smiling a lot. The author does have a tendency to spoonfeed the reader a bit with her descriptions and there are a lot of instances of wishing she’d show instead of tell. This sentence on page two we probably could have gleaned for ourselves: “Finally, she had done it. This sixteen-year-old have-not from central New York with absolutely no connections whatsoever had somehow made it into the most exclusive club.” Some of the description made me wince a little bit, like calling Cleo “an Asian girl with a towel wrapped around her head” the first time we see her, and “You will be able to pick a Russian from a Belarusian from a Czech at a hundred yards in three seconds flat. Facial features, skin color, clothing, hairstyles […]”feels borderline racist and wasn’t really necessary to the story or plot at all. ‘Game On’ also has a very “feel sorry for the poor beautiful rich kids” feel. For example, this quote:“The only things Maya had ever heard about the way she looked were how freakishly tall she was, how creepily blue her eyes were, how plain blonde her hair was.”Like, you can’t really just add an unflattering adjective to a word and make it so it seems like she doesn’t fit society’s idea of the perfect woman. Come on, Seles.Also, after a dad says something offhand to his son:“Jak and Maya found each other’s eyes. The pain was almost physical. Certainly worse than anything the kid he injured was feeling.”I kind of disagree, considering that the character in question had just broken a fellow football player’s arm so hard that he’d let out a scream which sounded “primal, like a wounded animal”!The whole novel offers an interesting commentary on class divides. I know it’s never going to happen in a million years, but a spinoff series about Cleo and her life as a Chinese immigrant who is also a lesbian would be A-MA-ZING. I really liked Cleo and it was super inclusive of them to put a lesbian in BFF role, but they really skimmed over her romance with Svetlana. Like we didn’t even meet the girl. I’m hoping to see more of baby dyke Cleo and her radical undercut in the sequel – although, speaking as a queer girl with an undercut, Cleo is pretty misogynistic for a queer girl with an undercut.I have to admit that I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. And what I mean by that is that when the sequel comes out, I’m prepared to spent actual, real money on it. Even if it’s the same shade of god awful pink.

  • Michelle (Much Loved Books)
    2019-03-16 09:42

    I had not heard much about The Academy: Game On, and when I saw it on a goodreads giveaway I was interested to see what it was like, I entered and then forgot about it until I received an email saying I had won a copy. It has taken a while for me to actually get around to reading this book due to review book I had requested taking priority, but a trip to London gave me just the right amount of time to squeeze a few small books (small in page count and also small in size so that they would fit in my bag) in to read.The Academy: Game On picks up with Maya, the protagonist, leaving home to make her way to the academy to train on a scholarship she tried lots of times to get.  Maya is excited and nervous about this new endeavour, but is eager to start.  This scholarship means the world to Maya, and in order to stay at the academy she needs to prove she is the best.  Being a scholarship student, she is relegated to living in the not so fancy residences, and sharing a room with Cleo, a golf player.  She is the comic relief in any situation and while I loved her instantly, she just gets better and better as the story progresses"If I'm going to be a guy, I'm going to be the hairy-chested, knuckle-dragging gorilla kind," Cleo said. She mock-spit into her hand, wiped it clean on her jeans, and shook Rene's hand. Rene is one of the rich students at the academy, who has paid her way in, and while she initially isn't someone who I would like or feel like there was more to her than money, she soon changes me minds after befriending Maya over a lost contact lens. Soon enough Rene, Maya, and Cleo become firm friends that manage to survive the difference in 'class', and some bumpy roads.I went into this The Academy: Game On not knowing what to expect and I found myself really enjoying it. So much so that I finished it on the way to London, and I am sure the person sitting opposite me thought I was straight off the crazy train with all the smiling and curse words muttered under my breath (view spoiler)[As the story progresses we don't get to see how Maya changes and becomes a different person, abandoning her friends and changing her style completely, and its not till she is confronted that you stop and realise you had been so drawn into her new life that you didn't realise she had changed so much and that everything she tried so hard not to be was someone she was becoming, she spends so much time with Nicole and Travis that she loses sight of herself and her roots.(hide spoiler)]Jake and Travis are brothers, Travis seemed to be sensible one and Jake is the wild child. As we get to know this duo more we discover what they hide beneath the surface, each one having their own issues to deal with. Whilst my first impression of Jake wasn't a good one I did feel sorry for him, Travis was someone who I never really liked, I felt like there was something about him, no-one can be that perfect. When some truths are revealed I felt sorry for Maya, she put her trust in people who she thought were friends and they betrayed it, and the friends she had outdo themselves in order to help her and save her from the truth, causing her to re-evaluate herself and her relationship. The Academy: Game On was an amazing, surprising read that ends far too soon, and not to my liking. My only issue with The Academy: Game On is now I have to wait till 2014 for the next instalment

  • Gabby
    2019-03-11 09:01

    At the Academy nothings as it appears to be... or is it? Maya is a tennis player desiring to make her dream come true -- to go to the Academy and make it pro, but the Academy isn't all it appears to be. Maya is a relate able character that tries to find the best in people and is focused on her dream. When first arriving she meets her new roommate, Cleo, a spunky, Asian, golf player trying to make it big in hopes of providing for her family back home and making an impact of the image of golfers. Maya soon finds out that accomplishing her dream isn't as easy as she thought it would be. At the Academy, everything is based on how much money you have and stereotypes. Can Maya break through that and accomplish her dream? Will she fall in love with Travis, the sweet, loving guy who is hot and the quarterback of the football team or his brother Jake, a guy who is just opposite from his brother in everything he does. Oh and did I mention, their dad's the owner of the Academy. How will Maya hold up in the tough world of the Academy?Maya is a regular girl that is thrown into this new world without a clue of the social structure of this Academy. She finds out rather quick that everything is based on how much money you have and that she's a nobody until she makes it big. Maya is a girl that is trying to find her place at the Academy along with trying to make friends and how to handle the guys. I really started to dislike the academy because everything is so stereotypical that nothing seemed unique about this book. The question that came to mind was, is this really how this book is going to be? My question was soon answered later with a no. One character I quite adore is Cleo. She is, like I said before, a spunky Asian. I just couldn't get enough of her. When you think of a golf player you think a man or women who is calm and collected, but they all dress alike. (Forgive me I just went to a golf tournament.) Cleo is the opposite of your normal,calm and collected golf player. She is unique and defiantly pushes the limits on these standards of golf players and I love that because she is testing the boundaries on her society.This story has so many ups and downs, secrets, and betrayals that I am dying to write about! You do not know how bad I want reveal it! It's so hard to write this review because at one point I really loved some characters, but now that i've read the whole book, my opinion on them has completely change and I'm not sure how to feel yet. However, I know that this book is destined to keep you on your toes trying to figure out what is going to happen next in this love triangle and who you have to watch your back against. There were so many characters I grew fond of and some of them proved to be worthy of that fondness. While others, proved to be just who I thought they secretly were! In The Academy: Game On the Academy is turned upside down! Characters who you think you know and love just might not turn out to be who they appear to be.In a world of lies and desiccate there is only so much you can do before you get burned.After reading this, I want more! I can't wait for the second one and for some characters to finally get what they deserve!!The Academy: Game On is a book that tests the boundaries on friendships,relationships,and how far you are willing to go and change for your dream.Will Maya make it at the Academy?

  • Dana
    2019-03-03 14:40

    I’m not going to lie. There are only two reasons that I read this book:One: it’s about tennis—and I love tennis.Two: it was written by tennis superstar Monica Seles, who is one of my tennis idols, along with Billie Jean King, Li Na and Dominika Cibulkova.Considering those two factors, I was shocked that tennis itself doesn’t play a big role in “Game On.” Surprisingly, I didn’t really mind. But, I still wish there was more tennis.“Game On” is definitely a chick lit; the mood is light, and there’s tons of teenage drama. Breakups. Hook-ups. Rivals. And Friends.The main theme in this book is self-discovery and being true to your personality. Maya quickly gets sucked into the glamorous world of fame when she starts dating golden boy Travis and befriends tennis superstar Nicole. She loses sight of what she really came to The Academy for: tennis. She starts ditching her real friends and becoming vain.At the end of the book, Maya realizes that her friends were right about her being a total jerk and that Nicole is a *insert insulting word of choice here.* Her drive to become a phenomenal tennis player is renewed. Ta da! The end! Well… at least until the second book.The romance aspect of the book is kind of iffy. There is a rather unnecessary love triangle going on between Maya and the brothers, Jake and Travis.Travis is introduced early on, and little hearts spring up from Maya’s head from the moment they meet. He’s perfect. Too perfect. And, that usually means that, on the inside, he’s a total douche, which he proves later on.The real love interest is Jake. Honestly, I’m kind of embarrassed to admit how much I like him, considering the fact that he is a rather clichéd love interest. Besides Cleo, Jake is the least shallow character in this book. He only attends The Academy because of his father, whose attention and approval he is constantly competing with Travis for. He’s the typical YA love interest: the bad boy/man-slut that’s secretly good.But, he really screws up in the end. I don’t really want to talk about that because of spoilers.Bottom Line“Game On” is an enjoyably fluffy read with tons of teenage drama that epitomizes the Chick Lit genre. However, I really wished there was a much larger focus on tennis.The writing could’ve been better, but Monica Seles is known for her he tennis skills—and grunting—not her writing ability. Admittedly, I probably wouldn’t have liked “Game On” as much if it wasn’t written by Monica Seles.If you are looking for a riveting tale of perseverance and athleticism, instead of frivolous—but fun—chick lit drama, this book isn’t for you.

  • Shannon (aka The Tale Temptress)
    2019-03-10 11:03

    I've always been a big fan of sports books, so getting hold of this one was great, and I am so happy that I did. This book was a lot more than what I expected, and it devoured me, not the other way around. I literally read it in one sitting, the pacing was so great and the story sucked me in so deeply. I loved this book. First of all, I loved the competitive environment of the Academy. It was so well done that I could literally picture myself there, picture the different types of personalities involved, and picture the rivalries depicted in the story. All of the characters were so well drawn, so three-dimensional and real to me. Yes, there were some stereotypical archetypes, but at the same time, they weren't. The author did something different with them that, just when you think they're a stereotype, they do something to completely change your mind. And that right there is what I loved most about the story. I loved Maya. This is a little bit of a mousy girl to begin to begin with, or at least you think she is. But her personality is complex. She is cute, sweet, innocent, and real. She goes through several personality changes in the story that are brought about by circumstances she has to face. I loved the many layers of growth she experiences.I changed my mind about the brothers numerous times throughout the story. The author really kept me guessing until the very end. I thought Travis was so sweet and Jake a jerk. Then I thought Travis was still sweet but Jake misunderstood. Then I thought Jake was a jerk and Travis was who she should be with. Then I find out I was wrong again and there was a lot more to be uncovered. Wow. What a way to keep you guessing. The romance here was definitely not predictable in any way. And I LOVED that. Great way to keep the reader guessing.She also totally fooled me about Nicole. I had instincts in the beginning that told me Nicole was one way, then I thought I'd misjudged her, than I thought I hadn't. And back and forth. Nothing you think you know is exactly what it seems in this book, and that is one of things that made it so good, and set it apart from so many other contemporary stories that are out there. There were some great twists in this story that I really just didn't expect. This author definitely turned me into a fan of this new series. The writing was so well done, I never knew what to expect, and I was so happy with each and every choice she made for her characters and the direction they were going. Great book!

  • Kat
    2019-02-25 08:56

    Kat's Review I love books featuring sports, and I adore tennis, so I jumped at the chance to review this book. I'm always a bit wary when athletes or other celebrities write books because sometimes it's the name and not the talent that gets them published, but I figured Monica Seles is certainly qualified to write a book about tennis. I have to make it clear, this is more a coming of age novel about a girl learning to make her way in a world she knows nothing about than it is about tennis. There's very little actual tennis at all, although I imagine that will change in upcoming books.That doesn't mean the book is not enjoyable, just that if you're looking for the story to be heavy on tennis training and tournament action, it's not. Maya is a working class girl from New York who has won a scholarship to an elite athletic Academy, where most students pay an enormous amount of money to attend. It's not just a tennis academy, but a school for various sports, putting Maya into contact with football players, soccer players, swimmers, etc. I don't know if any academies like this actually exist in the world, but who cares. It's fiction. I've read about stranger things.Maya finds herself rooming with another scholarship student, and quickly realizes that the rules are different for them than for the paying students. Maya suddenly finds herself swept up into the world of privilege, and struggles to remember who she is amongst the newfound fame and attention she starts receiving. Her willingness to trust make her an easy target for those wanting to pull her down, and Maya must decide who she can trust and how she's going to handle life in the Academy. This book is a quick read, and while there's not a ton of character development it has all the fun and adventure a rags-to-riches type story should have. Mean girls? Bad Boys? Teen Drama? Embarrassing Mistakes? Heartbreak? Check, check, check, check, and check. I see this book appealing to teens who want a lighthearted read and a fast paced story. This book isn't going to teach you much about tennis, but it sets the stage for future books and ends with enough of a cliffhanger to keep readers coming back for more.Rating: Worth a Look This is an excellent book for a teen or for someone who enjoys the gossipy side of sports more than the actual sport itself. It's easy to read, full of teen drama, and lots of fun.I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley and the publisher in return for an honest review.

  • glitterkawaiiprincess
    2019-03-04 09:57

    Game On is an unrealistic book full of shallow, annoying characters with the most annoying character being the main character, Maya, who is unrelatable, extremely difficult to connect to and incredibly self-absorbed. I found myself unable to root for her and had no sympathy for her when I knew I was supposed to. Maya begins her journey at this academy which is called The Academy - so inventive - and she is supposedly feeling inferior to everyone there, going on about how it took her years of dedication to get here, and ranting about how she won’t take her place for granted. Because don’t we all love a bit of foreshadowing?Anyway, this girl ‘coincidentally’ ends up wherever a rich or famous student at the academy is, which is weird, since isn’t the academy supposed to be huge? And isn't everyone there meant to be training for the Olympics? How easy can it be to coincidentally be bumping into the richest/ most popular / world-famous athletes all the time? Maya also forms what she calls a friendship with a nice enough rich girl named Renee, and also her roomate, Cleo, whose only past-time (apart from supposedly being an athlete) is whining about and judging everyone. Maya ditches her new “friends” (whilst still wearing Renee's expensive clothes) to pash popular, rich guys with personality issues that she’s known for less than a week, falling “in love” with two brothers and switching between them because yes, she’s just that indecisive. Maya has a warped definition of love - she thinks that sleeping with a guy she’s met and gone out with for less than a week is acceptable. Maya is in love with the idea of being in love, and possibly also in love with herself. Doing all this means that Maya completely forgets her so-called work ethic, wags class, never goes to tennis practices (despite being on a scholarship at a sports academy) and seems to think everyone should forgive her and worship her, whilst accusing one of the brothers, Jake, for basically the same thing. This, mind you, is all in a matter of days.Overall, this book was a letdown, I feel as though this book has the potential to be a page turner. It could’ve been more exciting and scandalous but instead it was predictable and the main character was definitely not the most likeable in the book. And where was the tennis? Where was the sport? This book could have set at any posh private school without making a difference to the actual story.Needless to say, I won’t be reading the second book.

  • Frk. Hyms
    2019-03-02 08:43

    I rarely read books about sports - I’m not big on sports so it’s not really my kind of books. Yet something made me want to read The Academy: Game on and I’ve got to be honest: It was the cover. Seriously, just look at it - it’s so pretty and it had this whole easy-summer-read to it which was just what I was looking for.Maya started out like the greatest protagonist; she’s sweet, nervous and very determind. She makes friends easily and she’s easy to like eventhough she makes a fool of herself and makes mistakes - really, she’s the perfect teen protagonist and very easy to relate to (I should think - I’m not really a teen anymore). Unfortunately she turns out to be insanely naïve. Like REALLY!! She can figure out even the most obvious things and she trusts everyone she meets. Most of the time I just wanted to shake some sense into her.Maya doesn’t really develop as a character - it’s more like she takes a step back and becomes an entirely different person and then, in the end, she turns back to being who she was in the beginning, only with a slightly different outlook on guys. It does, however, make a promise to make the next book more interesting regarding Maya.The story has surprisingly little sports in it, considering it takes place at a sports academy and Maya shows very little interest in training through most of the story. During the second half of the book she shows some interest, but even then it’s for an entirely different reason than the love of tennis. It seems to me that Monica Seles wanted to write a young adult book and just chose the sports academy as her setting, because she knows a lot about tennis. She doesn’t really use it, which I think is a shame (and keep in mind that I don’t even like sports!).The YA part of the book is quite good though. Seeking your identity, wanting true friendship and being in love for the first time - all of this is very important and even if the plot is weak and easily figured out, I still liked it. It’s cute and would work pretty well as a summer read for young teenage girls. I might continue the series to find out what happens to Maya, but it’s not a must-read at this point.