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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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