Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Julian Game by Adele Griffin

The Julian Game by Adele Griffin.
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile.
Pages: 208.
All new girl Raye Archer wants is a way into the in crowd, so when ice-queen Ella Parker picks her to get back at her ex, the gorgeous Julian Kilgarry, Raye is more than game. Even if it means creating a fake Facebook identity so she can learn enough about Julian to sabotage him. It's a fun and dangerous thrill at first, but Raye hadn't counted on falling for Julian herself and igniting Ella's rage.

As Raye works to reconcile the temptress Elizabeth with her real-life self, Ella serves up her own revenge, creating an online smear campaign of nasty rumors and trashy photographs. Suddenly notorious, Raye has to find a way out of the web of deceit that she's helped to build, and back to the relationships that matter.
The Julian Game was nothing what I expected it to be like, but I still thought it was absolutely fantastic. It’s realistic and entertaining and in the end, you’re hit with a lesson on internet privacy that you won’t even see coming. Entertaining, enthralling and informative all the same time!

Raye starts out as a pushover, seeking attention and acceptance from her school’s coldest yet popular girl, Ella. But as the charade of pretending to be a sexy, blue-haired foreign girl grew, so did Raye’s backbone. Her feelings for acceptance transformed into feelings for Julian, Ella’s ex-boyfriend, whom Raye agreed to flirt with under the fake Facebook personality. Raye goes through several stages in this story; allowing people to walk all over her, but what I loved was that in the end, after all of the humiliation and betrayal has ended, Raye is a much better character than when the novel first started.

If you’re expecting a funny, flirty book like I was, you will be in for a major surprise. Raye learns that a single picture can change your life. Some of the things that happen to her are so horrible, and probably wouldn’t happen in real life, but it really makes you aware of just how huge and dangerous the internet and social networks can be.

And I loved how it all ended. Nothing really came together, but it gave you a sense of closure and it was enough for me. And I always admire a book that can throw me so off course that I can’t predict the outcome. Well done, Adele!

Overall, The Julian Game is definitely a book that you need to pick up. It manages to be a wake up call to girls everywhere to keep your body to yourself, out of pictures and away from the internet, disguised as a shocking but hooking page-turner. I definitely recommend!

(P.S - Can somebody send this book to Vanessa Hudgens? I feel like out of anyone, she really needs to read this.)


  1. The Julian Game sounds scary good but I think I might become paranoid if I read it LOL

    Great review, Katie :)

  2. Ooo, I'm looking forward to this one. I won a copy and now I'm anxious to read it. :) Yay!
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  3. This book wasn't that great for me. I'm glad you liked it though. I just didn't like it as much.

  4. I was so/so about this book, but i pretty much agree with your review! Especially about Vanessa Hudgens. ;)