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Gracie Faltrain Takes Control (Gracie Faltrain #2)

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To win a little you have to risk something. To win big, you have to risk it all.

Gracie Faltrain is back and she couldn't be happier. Her team won the Championships, she scored a few goals and a boyfriend, as well.

Just as she's settling down to a new season of soccer, the stakes are raised. Coach has entered the team in the Firsts – a boys only league. To pr
Paperback, 250 pages
Published March 2006 by Pan
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Noelle and I chat about this book at Young Adult Anonymous.

How do I say this without sounding insane... Cath Crowley is my spirit author.

It's like she looks at my high school self, takes a part of who I was, then a part of who I wished I was, and crafts a story that I always read at the right time.

Gracie, in this book, is at her well intentioned, wholly misguided best. She is steamrolling over her best friends in her efforts to help them. Mind you, they never asked or wanted her help. In fact,
Jun 23, 2012 oliviasbooks rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who loved Gracie in volume one
Recommended to oliviasbooks by: Volume 1
"'I told you that love sucks. But is anyone listening to me? No. England could fall off the map and you’d just smile and keep playing soccer.' JANE IRANIAN"

Oh, yes, in this sandwiched volume soccer-playing Gracie Faltrain takes control – of lots of things and unfortunately not in a good way at all. When I closed my copy of The Life and Times of Gracie Faltrain, Gracie had finally learned the lesson that soccer is a team sport and that winning takes the combined efforts of all players, but when I
4 stars like for the first book even though I have to confess I liked this one a bit less.
Aside from the fact that I was ready to jump into the book and slap (repeatedly) Gracie on more than one occasion for how unlikable, selfish and downright egotist she was, the single POV this time was less engrossing.
While in the first book it was fun to be in different people's head I can't say it had the same effect on me to be in Gracie's head the whole time. Maybe because I wanted to smash it?
Mar 20, 2012 Noelle rated it really liked it
I didn't write an individual review for this one but Maggie & I wrote a combo-review of this (in which I begin to suspect I run a blog with Gracie Faltrain) at YAA.
Gracie, Gracie, Gracie ... I look forward to seeing you "finally get it right" in the next instalment.

The second book in the series was the hardest for me to read. Doubly hard maybe because this time there are no switching points of view - the reader is alone in Gracie's head. And although Gracie has finally learnt that soccer is indeed a team sport, now other problems await to be solved. Her boyfriend Martin still has no contact to his mom who left the family years ago. Her best friend Alyce is
This second installment was a very big shift from book one. Honestly, I don’t think it was a change for the better. Gracie is still a flawed human being with an ego problem and a habit of being self-absorbed. One one hand, I appreciate how confident she is (how many YA girls are?). On the other, the lack of other POVs in this book forced the reader to spend the entire book stuck inside Gracie’s head. And her head is a very frustrating pace most of the time.

I was certainly disappointed with this.
Mar 30, 2012 Sally rated it really liked it
Gracie Faltrain is fun to read about because as far as heroines go, she's far from perfect. REALLY far from perfect! She's interfering and arrogant and self-centred, and always extremely frustrating - but that's what makes her so interesting and such a vibrant character. You love her, but a lot of the time you also want to smack her. You're not just rooting for her to come out on top, you're rooting for her to wake up and realise that she's trying to get to the top the wrong way. I mean any fool ...more
Nov 15, 2011 ALPHAreader rated it it was amazing
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Review of all three books: 'The Life and Times of Gracie Faltrain', 'Gracie Faltrain Takes Control' and 'Gracie Faltrain Gets it Right'.

World, meet Gracie Faltrain. She’s in year 10, is her school’s soccer superstar and the renegade girl who plays on the boy’s team. Gracie is a phenomenal player, because when she’s on the field she grows wings and never misses a goal. But she plays for herself. She doesn’t pass or share the glory – when Gracie Faltrain plays, she plays to win, and nobody better
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Mar 17, 2016 Marie Davies rated it it was amazing
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There are good reads and there are great reads. This second Gracie Faltrain surpasses both as a fantastic read. I love the wit, setting and sheer pace of this world. I could not put this book down and was immediately sad when it ended then thankful to realise there's a third and final book. Even if you don't care about soccer, you'll wish you grew up in Gracie's world when you were a kid. Cannot speak highly enough of Cath Crowley's talent - she makes me want to be a better writer.
I don't know how to rate this book...

Probably my least favorite Cath Crowley--likely because it felt the least Cath Crowley... :-/

I hear the third one is much more like what I've come to expect... so I'll stick with this series.
Man, Gracie frustrates me. But I like how she figures it out eventually. And I love the way Cath Crowley writes.
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Author of A Little Wanting Song (Chasing Charlie Duskin), Graffiti Moon and the Gracie series. Am living in Melbourne and writing my next book. You can also find me at
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