Playing Nice by Rebekah Crane

Author: Rebekah Crane
Publisher: In This Together Media
Publishing Date: January 2013
Blurb Description: Martina "Marty" Hart is really nice. At least, that's what people think. 

It's Marty's junior year at Minster High. Minster's a small town where making great grades, smiling pretty, helping old people, running the new-student Welcoming Committee, and putting up decorations for all the dances--including the totally awful Hot Shot fall hunting celebration--gets you ... what? Marty's not sure. Instead of dreaming about a sororities-and-frats future at nearby University of Michigan, she's restless, searching for a way out of the box her controlling mother and best frenemy Sarah have locked her in. When Lil--don't call her Lily!--Hatfield transfers to Minster, Marty gets her chance. Lil's different. She smokes, wears black, listens to angry punk records, and lives in a weird trailer with her mother. Lil has secrets--secrets that make her a target for all the gossiping and online bullying Minster can muster. But so does Marty. And Marty sees something different in Lil. Something honest. 

Something real. 
                                       **MY REVIEW**

PLAYING NICE is the achingly true story of a girl who's been following the rules for so long she's forgotten who she was when she started. It's about falling in love with the wrong people and not seeing the right ones, about the moments in life when you step out of line, take a chance ... and begin to break free.

An entire spread in the yearbook is awarded to the nicest girl. Well, if you went to same high school, you would know who it was. There was never a question. From the toddlers to the bridge club ladies, you would get just one answer: Marty Hart. 

She knows it, her family knows it, her mates know it. She just is, and always has been, the nicest girl in the whole, albeit rather small town. Her University of Michigan application has been on her desk ever since she took one look at the building, one of her perfect choices. Her dressing sense, her whole attitude, her friends can be described in just one word. Impeccable. 

And this? This is her story. The story of how all of that changed. 

Being a part of the welcoming committee into  the most treacherous part of high school, forces her to meets Lil. With her black leather clothes, dark as the night sky lipstick, and secretive past, filled with the ghosts of yesterday she is exactly the opposite of everything Marty is. Too dark for this little town, Lil is somebody that nobody understands and nobody even tries too. Except, unexpectedly, Marty.

Playing Nice is exactly what the title suggests. About a girl who lives her life playing nice, and then realises that that's all she was doing. Playing. It's not real, not really. Being all nice, all the time is not really being you, if you even know who you are. It's not giving yourself space to breathe. It's living in a made up world. And one that this girl intends to escape, even thought she's just finding out she wants to!

The nice girl with the rebel, the sweet perfect one with the flawed one, together, that blooms into the sweetest of friendships. As Marty learns that being nice isn't everything and finds herself lost in the world she thought she knew, and Lil sees that not everything needs to be in a shade of black, nor does your heart have to be worn on your sleeve  for you to see the love in life, Playing Nice will show you just how hard and beautiful it is for you to see yourself, as you really are!

My Verdict: 

Quirky, realistic and beautiful, you MUST read this book!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher, In This Together Media, and in no way influences my opinion*

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing your review! I love the content of the story and can't wait to get my hands on this one. I like a little rebel in a character ;)

    Natasha @ Dreamland Teenage Fantasy