Press Play by Eric Devine

Posted: May 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

Netgalley gave me this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Press Play by Eric Devine

Don’s high school has been close to hell. Ever since he made a video when he was younger that depicted many of his classmates in ways they didn’t like, people have been doing whatever they could to make his life miserable and is hasn’t helped that he is overweight. Greg is determined to make a video of himself losing weight in hopes he will be able to get in a good film school and escape, but then he realizes that some people on the sports team are being violently hazed.

This is a very powerful book. My high school experience was nothing like Greg’s and I’m sure that most people’s weren’t, but I’m also sure that there are people even today that are going through the kind of things that he did. Greg is a very strong character even if he is far from perfect. Despite how his classmates treat his he is determined to lose weight and try to make his life better.

The plot was also very strong. I found myself wondering what Greg would be able to do to both help himself and his friends but also help the people who were going through everything. I liked how all of his friends had problems of their own and their lives didn’t revolve around Greg’s. Sometimes in fiction, it seems like the friends’ only purpose is to go along with what the main character is doing. That is not the case in this book.

I do wish that some of the other characters have been more developed. Sure they might be bullies now, but there had to be something that caused them to be that way.

Overall, I would give this book four out of five.

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