Indies Introduce

Young Adult

  • Don’t Hate the Player, Alexis Nedd
    Bloomsbury YA, 9781547605026, June 15, 2021 (Young Adult)

    Don’t Hate the Player follows Emilia, a chronic overachiever who moonlights as a competitive gamer. The romance in this is sweet and realistic and charming, and everything about this incredible debut novel makes me wildly excited for Alexis Nedd's whole career.

    Abby Rauscher, Books Are Magic, Brooklyn, NY

    I loved this book, I sometimes hated this book (in the way you really love to), and I enjoyed the entire ride. With power-gamer Emilia leading a double life as a professional e-sportswoman and Ivy-bound good daughter, an old friend entering as a possible new flame, and high-stakes fantasy battle-royales this book is an achievement, pun intended. Snappy dialogue, funny physical comedy, and heartwarming romance are everything high school should be.”

    Hannah Amrollahi, Bookworm of Omaha, Omaha, NE

    “Reading this was just as entertaining as actually playing a 1v1 with your gaming crush — and then some.”

    Cat Chapman, The Oxford Exchange, Tampa, FL

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