Playing in Traffic
SKYE WAS THE DEVIL.
AND I WAS DOOMED FROM THE DAY SHE SPOKE TO ME
Skye Colby? She's the multi-pierced, multi-tattooed girl hanging around the cybercafés, always out at odd hours in marginal places. The jocks call her "slut puppy," the bland blondes in the plaid miniskirts wrinkle their noses at her, the teachers think she's brilliant,...more
+ Katy. What an awesome character she was. The conflict between her and Matt at the end was heartbreaking.
+ Some of the writing. The beginning and the end notably.
+ When Matt's world begins to crumble around him, it is well-described and potent.
+ Matt is believable and unusual as a YA hero.
+ The last few lines. Gail Giles is known for her mindf--k endings, and this was undoubtedly my favourite. Except maybe Shattering Glass.
What I didn't like about this book:
- I just ...more
i Rated this book a 4 out of 5 because i loved the way Matt and Skye's characters fed off of each other also i loved the way Katie's character was used almost as a voice of reason which really added a whole new dimension to the book. This book had one of the largest jaw dropping endings i have ever read in a novel which left me sitting in awe as i closed the cover for my final time.
One dislike i had with th ...more
Mental Illness, Abuseive Realationships, Family Relations
Matt is a low key guy whose parents aren’t around much. He and his sister look out for each other, but Matt is keeping the family secret from her. Katy’s father is not Matt’s father. Meanwhile, Matt has gotten involved with a girl named Skye, the school’s goth girl, slut. She is needy and he dreams of being her knight in shining armor, and tapping her. This confusion between wanting to be a good guy and wanting t ...more
As narrated by Matt, Playing in Traffic is a bleak novel telling the story of a quiet, doormat senior class man in high school with a few friends and no history of cool or relationships with girls. And then the school goth-girl singles him out and wants to be his lover. Matt finds out, though, that he becomes her used lover as she utilizes him to do her dirty work and equivocally console her. Matt soon fin ...more
Matt is just an ordinary guy until he meets Skye, the goth girl everyone ignores and makes fun of. He knows she is not really his type, but he's heard she might be "easy," so he ignores the fact that he doesn't even really like her an ...more
Skye is bad…bad in all the ways Matt would never dream of being. But when she teased the tip of her tongue out from between her “come-ki ...more
Overall the story could have been good and the main ...more
Matt is a doormat, invisible to everyone, even his friends. That's until Skye notices him, inviting him to experience her world of sex, raves, lies, and excitement. It ends when he realizes that she really is crazy, and will really never love him, and really is using him terribly. I hated it, personally. It was interesting to read, though. I hated it not that I think it's of no value, but because it made me uncomfortable, and even a little depressed. It ma ...more
Um. Sorry I did not like anything about this book. Ok so Matt is an ordinary high school boy and randomly this hot goth chick starts paying attention to him and lures him into her trap with her sexuality, but she really is just trying to use him to murder her parents?
Creepy and disturbing on several levels and I didn't like the characters or the weird format of the chapters. A lot of sex tension and bad language and other serious, adult, and bleak th ...more
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