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All new girl Raye Archer wants is a way into the in crowd, so when ice-queen Ella Parker picks her to get back at her ex, the gorgeous Julian Kilgarry, Raye is more than game. Even if it means creating a fake Facebook identity so she can learn enough about Julian to sabotage him. It's a fun and dangerous...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published August 26th 2010 by Putnam Juvenile
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Tatiana
Mar 03, 2011 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tatiana by: Goodreads Giveaway
Shelves: first-reads, 2011, ya
My first social networking/cyberbullying YA read. Internet here is used as a tool to fake personas, to flirt, to execute revenge and to bully. I felt quite old reading it. Clearly I don't get out much internet-wise as I have never been obsessed enough about someone to create a fake Facebook account just to become that someone's "friend" to follow his/her updates. But apparently that's what (young) people do?

Strangely enough, for a book which is mostly about bullying, The Julian Game is a lot lik...more
Brittany
Raye Archer is trying to be popular after transferring to an all-girl school full of already formed relationships. They have all been going to the same school together since...forever. Raye finds a friend in Natalya a fellow outcast of the school. Together they create a fake profile on facebook for a girl they deem Elizabeth. Elizabeth sits dormant for awhile, after that initial development, but when one of the popular girls, Ella, seeks revenge Elizabeth might be just what she needs. Elizabeth...more
Katie
The Julian Game was nothing what I expected it to be like, but I still thought it was absolutely fantastic. It’s realistic and entertaining and in the end, you’re hit with a lesson on internet privacy that you won’t even see coming. Entertaining, enthralling and informative all the same time!

Raye starts out as a pushover, seeking attention and acceptance from her school’s coldest yet popular girl, Ella. But as the charade of pretending to be a sexy, blue-haired foreign girl grew, so did Raye’s b...more
Katelyn
Aug 10, 2010 Katelyn rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc
I first need to give it up to the marketing genius' behind this book. The cover was engaging and drew me in right away and when I read the summary write up on the back of the book I was hooked; I just had to read it so I begged to be on this tour. With the actual book itself, I admit that I was just a little disappointed. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting or hoping that it would be. While I still think the premise and overall idea seem quirky and fun, I don't really think the book lived up...more
Kala
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Dianne Salerni
In The Julian Game, a Facebook prank turns into a campaign of online bullying at an all girl's prep school on the Main Line of Philadelphia. I received an ARC of this book, and before I could read it, my 13 year old daughter disappeared with it -- drawn by the fascinating cover. Luckily, it didn't take long to get it back: she finished it in a single afternoon, completely unable to put it down. As a new Facebook user herself, she was sucked into the subject matter and hopefully came away from th...more
JenniferJ
I didn't really know what to expect of this one going in. I just was up for something a bit different from my norm. I liked Raye for the most part until I thought she was blowing off her true BFF just to gain a spot at popularity but I sort of could see where her mind was at even though I felt she should have invited her friend Nat along for the ride or at least let her make her own mind up over whether she wanted to or not.

Ella I couldn't stand from the start! I have known a good many Ella's in...more
Colby
The book was okay...just one of those where I didn't really care for any of the characters, and therefore I didn't care what happened to any of them...though it was short, it was slow for me to get through.

It lured me in with that awesome cover, and it also got me with my vast love for books with titles that are like 'The ________ Game/s'...well...I guess it's just The Hunger Games, but have you READ that book? So freaking good. Read that instead of this.
Heidi
Kinda creepy... wherre did Adele Griffin come up witht the colored gloves?
Erin
Maybe 3.5 stars.

Well, I went into this one expecting a one or two star book, and obviously ended up enjoying it far more than I expected. The story goes something like this: Raye is new in town, and her only friend is Natalya. One night they create a fake Facebook account for a sophisticated, beautiful girl they name "Elizabeth," in the hopes that they can use Elizabeth to befriend the popular kids. No such luck, so they promptly forget about her.

Then Raye forges a strange connection with Ella,...more
Katie
The Julian Game starts off a little slow but let me tell you this; it packs quite a punch. I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did but once I got into it I couldn't stop reading.

Raye Archer is just like every other girl in one way: she is in love with Julian Kilgarry. Too bad she has never even spoken to him. She's even too afraid to add him on Facebook. Elizabeth, on the other hand, is not. Raye's creation seems like a brilliant plan until a popular girl with a grudge wants to use it to ge...more
A Canadian Girl
The Julian Game by Adele Griffin is a novel that realistically portrays just how easy it is for bullying to occur in schools today. With the popularity of social networking sites, the truth can be manipulated without any difficulty and the effects can be widespread. Griffin also does a good job with Raye’s reaction because although she hates reading the vicious things said about her, she can’t seem to stop herself from seeing what other people are saying. The ending too was appropriate, and I li...more
Kari

Entertaining and realistic, The Julian Game has some intense characters, lip quirking events, and a certain stunning depth. While perhaps not every high school would go through things like in The Julian Game, some would. The Julian Game is a striking portrayal of how swept up in the online world we can become lately, and how much damage something innocent can wreak.

Raye is a great character, someone who flies pretty under the radar at first with hints of social leperness but isn't all out tormen...more
Jennifer
Note: This book is a Goodreads First Read

"The Julian Game" is a fun, dark, quick read- definitely teen literature for the facebook generation. As I was reading it I couldn't help drawing parallels to "Mean Girls" (Ella Parker IS Regina George) which is fine by me as that movie is awesome and an all-too true portrayal of bitchy girl behavior.

While this book is far from a laugh riot- and takes a bit more serious tack- just as in "Mean Girls" in "The Julian Game" we find a nice new girl buddy up to...more
Bookworm1858
The Julian Game by Adele Griffin
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2010
200 pages
YA; Contemporary
4/5 stars

Source: Library

I originally wrote this book off because of the weird cover-what the heck is up with the wig and the gloves?! But after reading Small Review's championing of the story inside and that the cover relates, I decided that I would give it a chance.

At first it seemed to be going on a pretty routine path with new, smart, scholarship girl Raye being drawn into the games played by popular girl with a...more
Nina
I hadn’t heard much about this book, but the description in combination with the cover really got me eye. So of course I bought it and I have to say I really liked it.

Raye is a great character. She’s sheltered, has one good friend and wants to be popular. Too bad that being in the in crowd is not that easy. Raye is also very naïve and trustworthy. I like the relationship she has with her father and her best friend, who is indeed very cool. Ella is a typical in crowd member. The whole vibe I got...more
Emily
I love the cover of this book. I will admit that the cover is why I picked it up in the first place. The electric blue hair, the gorgeous green gloves, the mysteriousness of the eyes being covered. I love everything about it. But did the book live up to the awesomness of it's cover? Eh...a little. I thought the book was good. It was a quick, easy read. But it wasn't anything extraordinary. It is good for raising awareness about cyber-bullying. In the book, Raye and her friend, who are students a...more
Elii Vela
I enjoyed the book and have no idea, I think the author managed to perfection the issue of bullying of social networks and can sometimes be a double-edged sword. The reading rate is very fluid. The characters are well designed and built.

The secondary characters I like it, are very funny and human, real... Raye at the beginning of the book made me a bit immature and, I hated her pathetic attempts to look good with Ella and yes, with Julian. At the end, I think Raye got to mature a little.

The frie...more
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OK let me just start off by saying that, this book definitely lives up to the awesome cover! :)

The Julian Game will catch you at line one and won’t release you until you’ve read it in its entirety.

The characters where more or less lovable, and what I mean by that is that I loved Raye and…not so much Ella. The characters where very believable, although I'm not sure we've all met a villain like Ella Parker (at least i hope we haven't) ....i know i have and could relate to the situation.

Bullying,...more
Izzy
Raye is far from popular, as the new scholarship girl, and spends her Friday nights watching sci-fi movies with her friend, Natalya. One night they decide to create a fake Facebook profile for "Elizabeth" and use her to talk to all the boys they're too afraid to approach as themselves. While it wasn't as successful as they hoped, Elizabeth and the extremely popular, extremely hot Julian become friends. But then the queen bee of the school, Ella, learns about Elizabeth and wants to use the fake p...more
Em (Love YA Lit)
Em's Review: Raye is a scholarship student at a prestigious school who wants to be a part of the in crowd. When the popular Ella Parker enlists her help in getting back at her ex, the ever-so-handsome Julian Kilgarry, Raye jumps at the chance to join Ella’s inner-circle. When Raye shares her fake online persona with her, Ella convinces Raye to take revealing pictures disguised in a blue wig in order to use “Elizabeth” to seduce Julian and lead him to trouble. But when Raye falls for Julian and t...more
Small Review
It’s a good thing I’ve started exercising again, because with all of this author cheerleading I’m doing, I need to get in shape. I am totally fangirling here. Ever read a book by an author and think, “Where have you been all my life?!” It started with an innocent Goodreads giveaway (Tighter review) and, well, I may have a few more Adele Griffin books making their way through inter-library loan as I write this review.

Small appreciation

Usually I’m a “more is more” kind of person, and don’t get me...more
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
The Julian Game was a light, fast-paced and amusing novel. Raye, was a mellow, book-smart girl who had a relatability factor. Her overall personality came across as someone sweet yet, yearning for acceptance from the popular cliques. While, her best friend Natalya, was the complete opposite. The realism behind her voice of opinion was respectable and on point. When Raye found times to give into temptation, Natalya pulled her back to reality, maybe not right away - but eventually. Ella, one of th...more
Keyona
From the blog:

The beginning was just okay for me. The main character, Raye, was smart, always made straight A's and on scholarship at a prestigious all girls school. She had one best friend who was my favorite character of all. She was a nerd, and a little weird to most people. BUT she knew who she was, and was very comfortable with it. It was Raye who wanted more. She certainly got more than she bargained for when she let slip to the very popular Ella that she can be very vengeful. Just so happ...more
Nithya Garg
Hm...I don't really know how I feel about this book, I think it was a pretty generic plot, I mean it had everything that you need in a book, but it lacked an original plot. It was definitely an interesting stor, but it did nothing for me in terms of plot. The characters were extremely cliche that I felt I was watching a disney channel movie!!! Everything was very predictable, right down to the characters personalities, to the ending of the story. I mean by the middle of the story, I just new wha...more
Proud Book Nerd
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John
Title: The Julian Game

Author: Adele Griffin

Publisher: Putnam (Penguin)

Let me start by saying this: I am not putting up a cover comments section because I want to rave about it in depth. Right now. This cover is just amazing. It makes me want to eat healthier and exercise more just because I want to be able to look at it again in the morning. Not only does it look really cool, but it's completely plot oriented! That's right, it actually has something plot relative. In fact, the entire thing is pl...more
Cindy Hudson
Raye Archer is new at her high school, and even though she has a close friend, she’d like to fit in with more people. So when the opportunity comes up for her to tutor Ella Parker, leader of the mean girl popular group, she grabs it. But Ella’s not all that interested in learning to speak Chinese, so when the tutoring sessions turn to other talk, Raye finds herself offering to help Ella get back at her ex-boyfriend Julian by using a fake online personality.

Their scheme works better than Raye exp...more
Jaidis Shaw
I think it is safe to say that high school is tough and that nobody makes it out unscathed. The same thing goes for The Julian Game by Adele Griffin. We meet Raye who is your stereotypical good girl. She is the recipient of a full scholarship, gets all A’s in her courses, prefers to spend her time studying and tries to remain invisible. But just as we all long to be accepted, so does Raye and she creates a fake profile on Facebook so that she can have some contact with the popular kids even if i...more
Brenda
I don't necessarily think that the writing was bad in this book, it's just that the whole thing fell flat for me. I was expecting a lot more from this book, and it just didn't deliver.

Sometimes I complain that YA novels are way too long, but it's possible to go on the opposite end of the spectrum, and just be way too short. This one clocked in at 200 pages, and it moved way too fast. We didn't really have time to explore anything, or really even feel anything before the plot moved from one thing...more
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