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Playing the Field

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All Darcy wants is to play on the baseball team, to hear her name announced, "Now batting, Darcy Miller," to play the field. Is that so much to ask? Unfortunately, it might be. In a few short months, Darcy Miller goes from typical senior in high school to candidate for Jerry Springer. Her mom has started dating Darcy's principal, the very principal whose son Darcy happened...more
Hardcover, 181 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (first published 2006)
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An easy read, author writes in a great voice, laugh out loud funny at points. The book leaves an awful lot to be desired, though. I had this in my classroom because I purchased it at a KC Public Library book sale in the teen fiction section. Not anymore! I could see having this in the high school classroom, but not middle school. The content is a little mature and the language is really mature, but the reality is it's probably the way teens talk to one another.

Basic premise is this senior girl...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Meet Darcy. She is a senior and a star softball player. Her dream has always been to play baseball. That dream is about to come true, but there is a catch.

Darcy's life is far from easy. Her high school principal is currently dating and yuck! sleeping with her mother. Attempts by her mother to convince Principal Basset that her daughter should be part of the boys' baseball team have fallen short. That is, until someone tells the pr...more
This is a quick read. Seriously. I think I knocked it out in a couple of hours. This is, I think, due to a very good narrative voice. Pacing is good.

However, there is a lot to be desired with this book. I really like the premise, which is why I picked up the book in the first place. But I think it's fairly obvious that this is the author's first novel. He generally skips over all the tension that should actually develop the plot. So this then is not a gay book, nor is it a sport book. (Though th...more
Jennifer W
I enjoyed the premise of this book. A straight young woman has to pretend to be a lesbian to join the baseball team. The book touched on high school politics, both from the administrators as well as from the students and student clubs. The main character had a good sense of humor and I found myself chuckling throughout the book. However, I don't think the author really delved deep enough into what it was like to be assumed gay even when Darcy and the reader knew she wasn't. I also think the auth...more
Jaylen Johnson
This was a very good book. This book deals with high school relationships. If you like baseball you'll love to read this book. This book is perfect for any high schooler to read.
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Wild Things: YA G...: Playing the Field 1 7 May 17, 2012 04:20PM  
Phil Bildner, 41, grew up in the New York City suburb of Jericho, Long Island. He attended the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he received his undergraduate degree in political science. Phil then attended the New York University School of Law (J.D. ’90) and was admitted to the bar in both New York and New Jersey.

Phil went to work for a large Manhattan law firm; however, afte...more
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