Game Changer – By Margaret Peterson Haddix

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 Title: Game Changer

 Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix

 Genre/Pages: Fiction/247

 Rating: ★★★☆ (3 of 5)

 Summary: Athletics are everything for eighth-grader KT Sutton. She’s a softball star, and she’s on track to get a college scholarship and achieve international fame. Then one day during a championship game—in the middle of an important play—she suddenly blacks out.

When she wakes up, she’s in a different world. One where school is class after class of athletic drills, and after-school sports are replaced by popular academic competitions. One where KT is despised for her talent, and where her parents are fixated on her brother’s future mathletics career rather than KT’s softball hopes.

KT is desperate to get back to reality as she knew it, but bits and pieces of disturbing memories and dreams make her wonder if something truly awful happened there. What if she’s lost something a lot more important than a softball game?

My Review: In all honesty, if it wasn’t for the fact that I have loved all of Haddix’s books in the past, I would never have picked up this book. The blurb that is everywhere (goodreads, back cover, etc) does not do a very good job of explaining the book, or of making people want to read it.

This book was a bit slow in the beginning as KT struggled to discover what was going on in her life, made even slower by the fact that the first third of the book had all been explained in the blurb; however, once it finally got moving I really, really, liked it. The entire premise of the book was fascinating – a world where athletics has become a tedious daily task, something forced on you by the public school system, and academics, no longer required, have become cool, fun, and more exciting than a football game any day.

At first, the characters were bordering on unbelievable, but, over time, she went more in-depth on the characters, and succeeded in making them more likable and believable. SO, I liked most of the book, but I loved the ending! It was so perfect! There’s a really great moral to this story, and I liked it a lot.

All in All: Game Changer was a nice, fun read, and, as in all of Haddix’s novels, it has an undercurrent of morality and virtues, that really makes you think. A great book for children with siblings (especially ones they don’t like) and really anyone going into middle school/high school. Recommended for 8+.

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