All her life, Katie has been chosen last for everything: the last picked on the playground, the last picked by her absent father, and definitely the last picked by boys—even her secret crush, Alex, friend-zoned her. This senior year, Katie is determined to come first.
But then Alex asks her to help him find a date?!
Alex has been living life in the fast lane, but he’s ready to slow down—with a girlfriend. The last person on earth he’d consider? The girl his brother developed serious feelings for before he died: Katie. The only way Alex is going to get over Katie is by falling for someone new. And who better to help him find his new crush than the girl he can’t stop thinking about?
What can possibly go wrong?
Playing Her Secret Crush is a cute, friends-to-lovers YA romance. The “playing” in the title refers to the online RPG that Katie and Alex play as part of a team–it’s actually a huge part of the story, even though the blurb doesn’t really reveal that. It was a fun part to read–probably even more fun if you’re a gamer yourself 🙂
The biggest roadblock to Katie and Alex being together was the fact that Alex’s older brother had (kind of, maybe? He seemed a bit fuzzy on the details at times on this) said he liked Katie just before he died, which for Alex seemed to mean that she was therefore forever his brother’s girl–this was more than a little annoying. Since pretty much all of Alex’s self-destructive tendencies came from what he thought he “should” do for his brother, though, he fortunately gets over them all at once in pretty dramatic fashion–and just in time, of course.
New gaming teammate and neighbor Lexi provided a fun distraction throughout–geesh, though, Katie and Alex were super slow to figure out what was perfectly obvious to the reader–she got an HEA of her own too (probably, we didn’t really see it all to the end but it’s strongly implied) which was a nice touch.
This was my first book from this author, but probably not my last!
Rating: 4 stars / B
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
Casey Griffin can often be found at comic conventions on her days off from her day job, driving 400 ton dump trucks in Northern Alberta, Canada. As a jack of all trades with a resume boasting registered nurse, English teacher, and photographer, books are her true passion, and she is currently busy writing every moment she can.
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