Thursday, June 23, 2011

Head Games by Keri Mikulski

Head Games by Keri Mikulski
Release Date: January 6, 2011
Publisher: Penguin/Razorbill

Taylor Thomas is a total all-star on the court. Off-court, not so much. She may be model-tall, gorgeous and quite a catch, but try telling her that. With a showcase game and playoffs fast approaching, Taylor’s basketball career is totally on the line. She doesn’t know which way to turn first when her BFF ropes her into a fashion show and she finds herself torn between Zach, the super-tall, super-off limits basketball star and Matt, the super-sweet guy from her English class. Can Taylor stop her head from spinning long enough to strike a pose, land the boy of her dreams, and win the game? -

This was one of those cute, sweet, romantic books that I love to read.  I've been on a kick lately where I've been reading a lot of really serious and dark books.  As good as they are, I often like to brighten things up by reading just this type of book. 

Taylor was such a sweet girl.  Extremely tall, making her good at basketball, and just generally a great gal.  She's one of those girls that doesn't know how pretty she is or how people would look up to her.  She doesn't see her own worth, but it's not the kind of thing where she's pathetically mopey or whiny about it.  She doesn't feel sorry for herself.  She just doesn't think she's anything special and seems fine with it.  But this is what makes her such an endearing character.

I kind of liked when he was introduced, but it didn't take me long to realize that things aren't exactly how they might appear there.  Something wasn't being disclosed.  He had to be hiding something.  Matt was such a cutey, and you can understand at first why Taylor doesn't give him much notice, other than friendship, considering the height difference.  I can see how a really tall girl/woman might have insecurities, or aversions even, to dating a guy that's shorter than they are. 

The author did a great job juggling the romance.  Which guy will she pick?  Which one is the right one?  But she also had some really nice friendship growth in here as well.  Her girlfriends made some startling realizations about themselves and each other.  This just made the story that much more engaging and believable.

A truly heart-warming and comfortable read that entertained me and kept me really happy when it was over.  Another great find by a debut author! 
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