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Playing the Field

3.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  27 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
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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Apr 04, 2011 Andrew rated it it was ok
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
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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
Nov 19, 2007 Christian rated it liked it
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
Jennifer W
May 14, 2012 Jennifer W rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
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
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Jun 03, 2015 Cheyanne Malenke rated it it was amazing
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May 20, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-youth, fiction
Seemed like there was an awful lot of dread and anticipation for not a lot of actual action. Probably a pretty accurate portrayal of the average high school experience these days. But I'll not be encouraging my kids to read it as I didn't like the language and drug references. Otherwise, cute story and good writing.
Jaylen Johnson
Sep 24, 2009 Jaylen Johnson rated it it was amazing
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.
May 03, 2008 Sarah rated it liked it
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Great book.
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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
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