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Game On

(The Academy #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  622 ratings  ·  107 reviews
The Academy is an International Sports Mecca for teen athletes of all sports. There are only two ways in. Deep pockets or enough talent to score a scholarship.

Young tennis star Maya's dreams have finally come true when she earns a scholarship to The Academy. Plucked from her small town, Maya moves to the sports training facility/boarding school to (hopefully) start the be
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published June 1st 2013)
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Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Maya who is a really good tennis player, or so we hear, but there is no way to know for sure since she rarely plays, gets a scholarship to The Academy, which I assume is the name of the school, since that’s all the author calls it. At first she’s really excited and meets some new friends and really practices. Then she gets in with a girl named Renee and eventually moves in and starts hanging out with her and her roommate, Nicole who is one of the best tennis players in the world, (or so we hear ...more
May 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Sadly, this book was not what I was expecting. Being a follower of tennis, this was the aspect I was most looking forward to but it barely played any part in the story. The sports academy in the book is just a cardboard setting, and the plot of humble girl getting taken in by the backstabbing rich kid and swooning over poorly developed love interests could honestly have taken place at any kind of school.

With former player Monica Seles being the author, I thought I would be reading about court r
Apr 16, 2013 rated it did not like it

I don't even know where to start with the Academy, so I'll just start with the most obvious things: It reads and feels fake. And, save for maybe Renee (who isn't around nearly enough, but we'll back to that later), it has no likable, endearing, engaging or worth-rooting-for-characters, not even the "villains".

The Academy is supposed to be this super awesome place part boarding school, part high performance sports training facility. Everyone who goes there is supposed to be the next big thing
Clare Cannon
Aug 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately, the main draw - the tennis-player author - turns out to be the main let-down, because there's hardly any tennis here. Instead, it's soap opera drama, with the added appeal of being about a supposedly down to earth, hard working girl who has a conscience. Then again, perhaps that's not such a rare soap opera theme. Maya is suddenly thrown into the high life, and she adapts pretty well. Though she later repents of her rapid assimilation into the image/partying/no time for friends co ...more
See more of my reviews at Me You and My Shelf

The tagline for this book might as well be:

In a tennis academy, screw tennis. Yay for teen drama!!

This book is apparently for fans of the Gallagher Girls. Well, thanks for the lie.

This book was pathetic. Everything about it like characterisation, plot, tennis content, and common sense fails. I felt like clawing my eyes out after a few paragraphs.

The Academy: Game On is about a top notch sporting school. It offers many sports. Our main character, Maya
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports, young-adult
Yes! Game On makes me smile. It is a clean, refreshing, and endearing story about a 16-year-old girl, Maya Hart, who moves from her small town in New York to The Academy. The Academy is the #1 place for the elite athletes around the world. This is where the best of the best are molded into superstars.

Maya is talented, tall, blond, blue eyed, gorgeous...and insecure? Yep. It's tough when everybody is just as good, or better, than you are. She learns who her real friends are, what it takes to suc
Maxine Livingstone
This book was supposed to be about a young girl who finally makes her dreams come true in attending an athletic Academy in Florida. She was suppose to train hard in order to be the best. However, this does not take place. Upon her arrival to the Academy Maya become infatuated with Travis Reed the son of legendary football player Nails Reed who owns the Academy.

From the moment takes off this entire book is about her having a crush on a boy she just met becasue of how good looking he is. As the st
If you are interested in reading this book because the main character is a tennis player and because it is written by a famous tennis player then DO NOT read this novel. There is VERY little tennis in it. There are only two short scenes in the entire novel that involve Maya practicing tennis. I am actually surprised that Maya is supposedly so good at tennis because she never practices or plays until near the end of the novel. She doesn't seem particularly dedicated to her sport, never discussing ...more
Paula  Phillips
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one book where I loved the cover and could not wait to get started as I had requested this from Netgalley. I had the cartoon like cover and in this instance prefer it over the real life models cover. I will give pre-warning to people who see the "If you love Gallagher Girls, you will wnjoy this" by saying that this is in no way a Spy School novel. In fact I would have to say more if you enjoyed Mythos Academy or Oh My Gods by Tera Lynn Childs minus the Gods part then you will enjoy The A ...more
Jun 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Former tennis star Monica Seles has penned the first story in what looks to be a series based on a boarding Sports Academy for teens. The main character in GAME ON is Maya Hart, a scholarship student that majors in tennis. She's one of the "have nots" and strives hard to fit in on both sides of the fence. She has a love interest who is the son of the owner of the school. He's a wealthy football start and the rival for his affections is a mean super attractive rich girl that is an already establi ...more
This book was given to me from a goodreads first reads giveaway.

I read this book in one sitting within one day, it was a nice simple, read and one that I would have loved when I was young. It is totally the kind of book I would have read.

Maya gets into The Academy on a special scholarship after 4 years trying. It is a sports academy where you get in by having rich parents, or a scholarship, which is very hard to get. She was given 6 months to prove herself or she is out. Mia meets a few friends
Apr 02, 2013 rated it liked it
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Let’s get this out of the way first before I start my review:

I completely fan-girled when I saw who the author was. Most of you know by now that I’m a tennis junkie (if you didn’t know that, well now you do). Monica Seles is a well-known name among the sport and fans. She was THE superstar. Former world number one. In the International Hall of Fame. Won nine Grand Slam Titles. Youngest ever to win the French Open (at age 16). Sad
Georgia Hurley
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
this was awful and i read it when i was a fetus
Monica Seles has more than just athletic talent and she has proven it to me with her novel, The Academy: Game On! Set in an ultra luxurious academy for rising athletic stars with either the hard-won scholarship or the rich family, young tennis hopeful Maya is part of the former group and with one look around, knows she is out of her league, socially, for sure! Star struck and naïve, Maya is like a goldfish in a shark tank and the sharks are hungry! Overwhelmed by the different lifestyles of the ...more
Cass -  Words on Paper
Tennis. One of my early loves.

This cover is SO pink! It burns my eyes, it's like highlighter/neon pink all over. Can't avoid it. What I DO like about the UK cover over the US one is that it appears to focus more on the sport aspect of the book, though I'm sure there is a good deal of romance. And of course this cover allows you to imagine the characters for yourself. But it's just so pink! XD

Release date: July 2013
Source: Publisher (Bloomsbury)

Planning to read? Pretty soon, actually. I'm in the
Pania Dowd
The Academy by Monica Seles.

Why did you decide to read this book ?

I decided to read this book because I saw that it was about some sort of sporting academy and because I'm in an Academy I wanted to find out more. I guess the pink on the border of the book made the book stand out.

Character Description or Setting.

The main Character's name is Maya. She got selected into the top sporting school called Academy. There's two ways to get into the Academy, one way in is if you're very talented you get
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was pretty dreadful, even for a Ghost-ish written Celeb YA title. I really wanted to like it because not only is Monica Seles a legend but James La Rosa who co-wrote it is one of my favourite (sort of ex) Tennis journos. The main problem is the lack of emphasis on what Monica Seles knows the most about - actual tennis. The sport itself is barely mentioned, not one competitive match and only a few barely described practice sessions. The main character Maya spends more time in a will they won ...more
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Won a free copy on Goodreads first reads.

The Academy:Game On is a good fast paced book more suited to younger readers and but is still a good read for older people. I enjoyed this book and know a couple of young girls who would love this and will be buying them copies when the book is released.
Highly recommended to young girls (and older ones) whether they like sports or not.

Thank you for the win.
Sarah Bartlett-Wright
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
the books plot is a bit over used, with the love triangle, 'queen bee' and the two best friends. It was a story that I would've probably read when I was eleven or twelve, but it was sort of fun to read something so cheesy.
shre ♡
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Tad overdramatic, little weird, simple (middle-grade) language, good idea, an overall OK from me :P Review to come.
Sean Harding
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Former tennis player Seles writes, or co-writes, or has her name on the cover of a book about future tennis star, who is attending a sports academy - book has way too much time on a love triangle and deceptive practices by nefarious peoples, and way little time on other more interesting matters.
It did have a good conclusion however, with Maya taking control and leading to what will be a second book in the series.
Average but with some promise, less boring teen romance junk and more about the insi
Kirsty-Marie Jones
May 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads

Review originally posted on Studio Reads

So...this isn't my usual read, and because of it I wouldn't necessarily have bought The Academy: Game On, which is a shame, but luckily I won a copy.

It was a quick, light read that I started in-between books and honestly even though I wasn't in love with this book, it was hard to put down. Alright, it was really cheesy in some places, mainly with Travis, but I could deal with that.

Onto the characters, we have;

Maya- The main character, on scholarship, away
Oct 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: giveaways, retellings
It wasn’t good and then sevenge pics came into it, I checked out. Sorry book.
Mad White
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is not particularly well written but I love the characters and it's light and fluffy but makes you read on.
Stephanie Davies
Author Monica Seles is a retired tennis champion. She won the French open at sixteen and went on to become the number one ranked woman in tennis, winning a total of nine Grand Slam titles before retiring from the game in 2004. I know this only because I read her biography in the back of ‘The Academy: Game On’, which I won through a Goodreads First Read competition. ‘Game On’ also has another author in very small print on the title page, so I’m guessing it was ghost written – not that it really m ...more
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I had not heard much about The Academy: Game On, and when I saw it on a goodreads giveaway I was interested to see what it was like, I entered and then forgot about it until I received an email saying I had won a copy. It has taken a while for me to actually get around to reading this book due to review book I had requested taking priority, but a trip to London gave me just the right amount of time to squeeze a few small books (small in page count and also small in size so that they would fit in ...more
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
At the Academy nothings as it appears to be... or is it?

Maya is a tennis player desiring to make her dream come true -- to go to the Academy and make it pro, but the Academy isn't all it appears to be. Maya is a relate able character that tries to find the best in people and is focused on her dream. When first arriving she meets her new roommate, Cleo, a spunky, Asian, golf player trying to make it big in hopes of providing for her family back home and making an impact of the image of golfers.
I’m not going to lie. There are only two reasons that I read this book:

One: it’s about tennis—and I love tennis.

Two: it was written by tennis superstar Monica Seles, who is one of my tennis idols, along with Billie Jean King, Li Na and Dominika Cibulkova.

Considering those two factors, I was shocked that tennis itself doesn’t play a big role in “Game On.” Surprisingly, I didn’t really mind. But, I still wish there was more tennis.

“Game On” is definitely a chick lit; the mood is light, and there’s
Sep 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like irritating main characters
Game On is an unrealistic book full of shallow, annoying characters with the most annoying character being the main character, Maya, who is unrelatable, extremely difficult to connect to and incredibly self-absorbed. I found myself unable to root for her and had no sympathy for her when I knew I was supposed to. Maya begins her journey at this academy which is called The Academy - so inventive - and she is supposedly feeling inferior to everyone there, going on about how it took her years of ded ...more
Shannon (aka The Tale Temptress)
I've always been a big fan of sports books, so getting hold of this one was great, and I am so happy that I did. This book was a lot more than what I expected, and it devoured me, not the other way around. I literally read it in one sitting, the pacing was so great and the story sucked me in so deeply. I loved this book.

First of all, I loved the competitive environment of the Academy. It was so well done that I could literally picture myself there, picture the different types of personalities i
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Monica Seles is a former Yugoslav world No. 1 professional tennis player and a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

She was born and raised in Novi Sad, Serbia. She holds dual Hungarian and United States citizenship as of 2007.

She won nine Grand Slam singles titles, winning eight of them while a citizen of Yugoslavia and one while a citizen of the United States.

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