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4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  1,153 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews

When one of Ian's boys dares him to get plain-faced Kylie Winship to sleep with him in just three weeks, he thinks it'll be a breeze. Tall and fine, with honey-colored skin and eyes, Ian is used to getting what he wants from girls. And if he succeeds in playing Kylie, he'll be down with the most popular crew in his high school. But this girl, who everyone considers a nobod
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Jump At The Sun (first published December 1st 2005)
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Nov 02, 2010 Ericaj rated it it was amazing
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Apr 27, 2016 Slim rated it it was amazing
I didn't want this book to end it was soo good lol, like man I wanted more after I read the ending. I'm like really? Lol, I do think I read this book when I was in high school because I remember reading Jason and Kyra. But maybe I didn't I don't remember it might have been Jason and Kyra. Oh well. Good book though I definitely enjoyed this book I read it in one day, Like literally, I even stopped doing my class work so I could finish lmao.
Dec 02, 2008 Hua rated it liked it
At first when i saw this book, i didnt really like the cover. But after reading the blurb of the book, i started liking it. I read the first few pages and it draged my attention away so i borrowed the book from library. This book is about a girl named Kylie was being played by a guy named Ian. Ian went after Kylie for a bet, but he found out that he fell in love with Kylie. And it was kind of late when he found out. Now that Ian is trying to get Kylie back and... If you want to know, you have to ...more
Sep 24, 2007 Katie rated it really liked it
im reading this book now and its really good. its about a guy who plays a girl for a dare but he ends up liking her.
Feb 19, 2012 Christie rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I am slowly working my way through all the books I bought for my classroom library. I want to be able to put books into the hands of my students and to be able to say something meaningful about them. Although I am way past my teen years, I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised by the caliber of the teen fiction out there today. I’m not talking about the mega hits like Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series which, sure, teens read en masse but which I can’t say is quality literature by any stretc ...more
Dec 05, 2008 Aja rated it liked it
The book I recently finished reading is Played by Dana Davidson. This is a fictional book that has a very strong message and moral to it. Which is if you are not ready to take on the responsibilities and consequences of having sex then don’t. and if you do then protect yourself.

Ian and kylie have been going to cross-country high together for two years, and they have not once said hi to each other. Ian is the schools star basket ball player and she is the unnoticed ugly duckling who at sixteen
Jul 16, 2010 Chioma rated it it was ok
I had very high expectations for Played after reading Dana Davidson's incredible book Jason and Kyra. After waiting over 4 months for this book to finally become available on paperback swap, I was really disappointed with the outcome.

In this book Ian is one of the finest more popular guys in Kylie's school. And he suddenly finds interest in her. Little does she know that it is only because of a bet. A bet that consists of Ian getting Kylie to fall for him, and sleep with him, in order to be ini
Jan 27, 2011 Anayeli♥ rated it it was amazing
I choosed to read this book because it is a very interesting book and the title tells you what the book is about it is about a girl getting palyed by a guy that only wants to get her verginity.The genre of this book is fiction because nothing that is in this book is reall it is made up. The setting is at school and at the guys house and at her house.The main character is a girl that likes this guy but she thinks that he will never like her and her mom and dad are divorced so she has a very rough ...more
Claudia Delgado
Sep 20, 2012 Claudia Delgado rated it it was amazing
Through out my whole high school experience reading was one of my worst subjects and I couldn't ever finish a book I have started to read. Played, by Dana Davidson was one of out of the few books that I really enjoyed reading and open up any time possible to continue reading. This book is fiction, but the details and events giving in the book could actually happen in real life.
The book takes place in Cross High School and a group of boys in FBI, Freaky Boys Incorporated dare Ian Striver that in
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Sep 03, 2012 Bria rated it it was ok
this book had me thinking, do all guys act this way: making bets about if they can get girls into bed with them. This book was a huge eye opener and was a lot of fun reading. It made me very disappointed in the guys in this book and hope they guys in my school aren't like this (which I know they not ). Pretty good good book for girls to read.
Jan 23, 2014 Taijah17 rated it it was amazing
This book is a story i would recommend to people who are dealing with trust issues. Many adolescents struggle with boy problems or trying to find a boy that can truly except them for who they are. The story of two teens Kayla and Ian both trying to figure out what they want to do with themselves. Kayla who is a sweet, smart & loving girl and Ian who is just a straight up player. Ian friends made a bet with him that he had 2 weeks to sleep with Kayla, not knowing that his feelings towards her ...more
Sep 17, 2014 Karlyne rated it it was ok
It was a fun, fairly light read when I was in my teens. Because light fare is sometimes necessary amidst the many mind-burdening literary works out there, I try to avoid the common snobbery used to classify novels as either literature or just plain writing. However, now that I have grown older, I feel like there really wasn't that much to the story. Even light reading will have themes that are often overlooked by many, but in the case of subtly powerful characters or instances that make you thin ...more
Jan 22, 2009 Briyanna rated it it was amazing
I really injoyed reading this book, because I felt as though I could relate to it. Hopefully, the author make a second part to the ending.
Jan 07, 2009 Susu added it
The Book that I just finished reading was called played, by Dana Davidson. The book was a fiction. The Theme or central idea was that love can make persons personality change.

In the book Ian is a boy who is kind of popular at Cross High School. He is trying to get into this club that is called F.B.I which is for the kids that are really really popular only. To get into the club Ian has to do a dare, which to make this girl name Kylie give it to him and also fall in live with him in 3 weeks only
Katrina Burchett
FBI - Freaky Boys Incorporated. This is an exclusive fraternal group at Cross High and this so-called brotherhood is composed of juniors and seniors. Ian Striver wanted to be a part of FBI since he was in ninth grade and now he's one of the pledges going through the induction phase. There are a few challenges he needs to complete and one of them is to get a girl who isn't stylish or pretty to have sex with him. Ian has three weeks to make this happen and Kylie Winship is the plain girl his frien ...more
Q. Thompson
Oct 26, 2011 Q. Thompson rated it really liked it
This review is in reference to "Played", a book written by Dana Davidson in 2005. The general subject matter is about a young lady being played the "fool" by a young man trying to become initiated in a club. In order for Ian Striver to become an official FBI, Freaky Boys Incorporated, member he must get a girl to fall in love with him and sleep with him within three weeks. The lucky girl, Kylie Winship, was clueless about the situation, but, yet suspicious. When Ian began pursuing Kylie, she fel ...more
As I mentioned before, I liked Dana Davidson's other book, Jason & Kyra I fell so in love with the romance, and the characters that I wanted to read more of Davidson's work. Thus, I read Played.

The story is about this guy, Ian Striver, who wants to be part of a popular group, FBI(Freaky Boys Incorporated). As the initiation, he's dared to sleep with Kylie, a girl who isn't exactly very pretty. In fact, her hair is a mess, and she's very plain. If Ian can make her fall in love with him and sl
Jan 07, 2011 NICHOLE is currently reading it
this book is really good. I can pick up this book and never put it down some many things happening all at once. Every thing is making me wonder and ask questions. The main characters are kylie and Ian.Theres this group called FBI. In order to make it offical in the pact you have to get a ugly girl to have sex with you in a certain amount of time. One of the boys name Michael betted 150 dollars to have Ian get KYLIE and average girl to sleep with him in just 3 weeks. Its difficult but he takes th ...more
Mar 04, 2013 Tyshema rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful book to read. It had so many great life lessons that young teenaged boys and girls could learn from. In the world today its all about the way you look and the things you have. No one cares about the inter beauty of others anymore. But this book taught me to look at others for what they have on the inside and not care what anyone has to say about them. I also learned not to judge a book by its cover because at the end of the day no matter how you try to hide your feelings the ...more
Steph Su
Jun 04, 2009 Steph Su rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, poc
Ian Striker desperately wants to join the FBI, an ultrasecret group of the coolest, most popular guys in and out of Cross High School. To do so, he and the other “recruits” must complete some tests. For Ian, he has to make a random girl, Kylie Winship, agree to sleep with him within three weeks.

At first Ian thinks his test is a royal pain. Kylie isn’t even that good-looking, and she was definitely not the kind of girl Ian wanted his friends to see him with. But as he grudgingly hangs out with Ky
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Jan 14, 2010 Raven C rated it really liked it
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Jan 25, 2010 Merica rated it really liked it
Ian and Kylie are two students in the same school and yet they never really met until their 3rd year in high school. Kylie was the sweetest and kindest person anyone could have as a friend, sister and daughter. But when it came to guys, there was only one that came to mind. Ian has had a rough life growing up and has always hung out with the wrong crowd. He's always wanted to join a certain gang that would let people join only after a high challenging dare. Ian's dare was to get the "nobody" Kyl ...more
Nov 21, 2013 Katie rated it did not like it
I'm sorry but the writing was so bad. So bad. I understand that it kind of fits the setting, but it is so forced. It's hard not to laugh out loud at how ridiculous some of the lines are. Aside from the writing, the plot is worse. The most cliche plot ever, the guy thinks she's ugly, but turns out she's not, but then he makes a mistake (which could have been avoided with even a little communication) and then the girl doesn't trust him but they get back together in the end. There was nothing excit ...more
Kesia Alexandra
Dec 20, 2015 Kesia Alexandra rated it it was amazing
This book randomly crossed my mind the other day. I remember reading it in middle school (age 14 or so) and absolutely loving it. I then immediately read Davidson's book "Jason and Kyra". I think I reread "Played" again right after that. I was very obsessed with both of these books for quite some time.
Shaleese jett
Dec 07, 2015 Shaleese jett rated it it was amazing
Best book ever. It keeps you thinking 100% of the time . It has a lot going on and some things will have you in shock. It's like a new chapter in life with reading. The end will give you a twist and you will wish there was more :) rate 5 star definitely!
Oct 01, 2011 Jackie rated it liked it
It was a quick read and it took some time to feel comfortable with the characters... I missed a little depth in them. The story was VERY predictible, but still entertaining. What kinda "shocked" me was the way Dana Davidson explained the first time, Ian and Kylie were really together. I wasn't sure if I still read a YA book, considering that both teenagers were just 16! I tried to figure out, what the message was behind all those graphical explanations... I also had some problems with Ian being ...more
Jeanna Brown
A popular high school boy is given a dare to be apart of the in crowd - he has to convince a 'lame' girl that he actually likes her enough to be his girlfriend. He takes on the bet, but develops feelings for her.
Nov 07, 2008 Monica♥ rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teens
Recommended to Monica♥ by: my friend
i really liked this book. i thought it was sad because it was about a very popular guy whos name was ian and how he had a bet with his friends to get with a girl named kylie and make her fall in love with him and then have sex with her in 3 weeks. ian didnt like kylie she wasnt popular or pretty. but after like the 1st week he started to like her. but he tried to deny it because he was scared of what his friends would think of him. he didnt wnat to lose his image at school of being popular to so ...more
Jun 21, 2013 Magdala rated it liked it
Ths book has me: the different visual, as in where the guy is dared to meet the girl and stuff, the girl doesn't kno yet, the guy falls in love, she falls in love, at first didn't want to admit but he changes. Basically he wanted to get into the most popular club where they choose the person. So Ian decides to take the challenge thts been given to him to get in. The challenge was to hav sex wit the "not the usual girl I would date or pick" Ian starts to lik her n hel'l hav to choose whether he w ...more
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Dana Davidson is the author of two novels for young adults, Jason and Kyra (Hyperion/Jump at the Sun 2004) and Played (Hyperion/Jump at the Sun 2005). Booklist calls Jason and Kyra a book that “teens won’t be able to stop reading….” About Played, School Library Journal says, “Davidson’s understanding of teen motivations and language is apparent….”

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