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Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
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Jan 27, 2010

it was ok

When I had first heard about Girl in the Arena, I had dismissed it as a take-off of The Hunger Games, due to the similar sounding themes. But after reading a couple of positive reviews, my interest was piqued and I bought myself a copy of the book.

But ultimately, I would have to say that I found Girl in the Arena a disappointment, not at all what I had been hoping for. While there are enough similarities between The Hunger Games and Girl in the Arena to make comparisons between the wto books, Girl in the Arena lacks the depth and plausibility that made The Hunger Games such a strong and compelling book.
But, while this is not a book that will appeal to audiences of all ages, I do think it's possible that that YA readers for whom it is intended, might enjoy it more then I did.

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