Play Me by Laura Ruby
Release Date: March 2009
Publisher: Harper Collins
Eddy Rochester is soon to be a star. He's a wanna-be filmmaker well on his way to fame and fortune as his latest show Riot Grrl 16 rises in the ranks of an MTV contest. It's sure to win (after all the competition is a joke) and will lead to his big break into filmmaking. Finally, his dreams are so close he can taste them.
Of course, when it comes to love he's already famous for being, what some would call, a player. He's the love 'em and leave 'em type who never makes promises about tomorrow. That is until he meets Lucinda Dulko, a no-nonsense tennis player who is perfect in Eddy's eyes. He gets swept away in a thrilling chase to make her want him just as much as he does her. Soon, he finds himself in a game he's never played before, where the power is no longer his. But for Lucinda, he's willing to risk it all. Will he manage to get the fame, fortune, and girl…or will it all slip between his fingers?
I went into this book thinking I would hate Eddy due to his “player” status, but I ended up really liking him. I wouldn’t so much call him a player, but rather a serial dater. He never stays with a girl long, but he never promises that he will. While it is mentioned several times over that he has been with many girls, we don’t really see it much. Instead, the love aspect is on him and Lucinda…how the so call player finally falls for a girl. She’s the first girl who doesn’t want him, which makes her all the more desirable. As many others have stated, Eddy’s voice rings true to a teenager. His emotions are real and often time raw as he battles with the challenges that life throws at him. As you keep reading you will see that there is more to Eddy than meets the eye.