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Love Match

(The Academy #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  293 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Getting into The Academy is the easy part. Staying there takes more than just talent. After being betrayed by her rival and her boyfriend, Maya knows she needs to shrug off the drama and focus on her game. And after a strong showing in the semi-finals at a tennis competition, Maya seems pretty focused. Until that competition brings a new round of gossip, a modeling gig, an ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published February 13th 2014)
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May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only have love for one trashy series at a time, and Game On secured Monica Seles's The Academy series as my chosen. Love Match cements its position with more drama, and occasional sport.

Yes, sport. There are plenty of physical female characters in YA fiction, but usually they're defensive or violent, so it's great to see sport have a starring role. Tennis player Maya Hart's point of view guides the entire novel, even though her own storyline is so-so. Her on-court career is going great, but he
Mackenzie Hastings
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
The first one was a bit of a disappointment but I'm willing to see what the second book has to offer. If it's bad as well I just won't read anymore books in the series.
Nov 03, 2013 added it
Shelves: bloomsbury
I find these fairly addictive. Maybe because I never played sports?
Alisha Tarran
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Getting in to the Academy was the easy part for Maya Hart, it's staying there that's proving tricky. After the explosive ending of Game On, in which Maya's rival Nicole tricked her then boyfriend Jake Reed in to thinking Maya had cheated on him, and Jake promptly fell in to bed with Nicole, Maya is trying to push the betrayal to the side and focus on her game, not the drama. Unfortunately Maya has been pegged by Nicole as a threat, and Nicole has plenty of tricks up her sleeve, especially when M ...more
I have decided to merge these 2 books together in one review. I could write one for each book, but I thought this would be way more fun.

At first I bought the second book (though I didn't know at that time it was a second book, I just saw the book at a discount, it looked great and I couldn't wait to read it), but after reading a bit, I noticed that they really did jump into the story, and after some research, I found out that it was because this was the second book. But now I have read the first
Maxine Livingstone
The rating is 2.5.

This sequel is a bit better than the first. While Maya is still boy crazy and wanting to have a romantic relationship she is slowly realizing that tennis is more important than anything.

I'm not going to say to much about the book. However, the book does end with the potential of a 3rd installment. Unfortunately, that is not going to happen; probably due to the not good reviews both books review received and probably because it doesn'the focus on what it should which is tennis.
Paula  Phillips
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Maya Hart has had an interesting first year at The Academy capturing the attention of not only the mean girl Nicole Ryan but also the hearts of brothers Travis and Jake Reed whose father Nails Reed is the Headmaster of The Academy. However, though the chemistry is present with both brothers , she only really has love for one - the bad boy Jake Reed. Can Maya prove to Jake, that she wants him not Travis ? Maya has also been entered in a tennis tournament and gets the chance of a lifetime to play
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-but-unowned
Compared to the first book, I liked this a lot more! Going into it knowing that there might not be that much about sports makes a big difference for what I'm expecting when reading.

And surprisingly, there was more about sports in this one than the first! So it made for a nice surprise when reading.

I think Maya is growing into a more mature woman. After her situation with Nicole, Travis and Jake in the first book she is realizing that not all things are as they seem and her trust level has gott
Yes I have waited so long to have this book finally in my hands.
BTW this review may contain slight to heavy spoilers so don't read is you don't want to know!!!

So this book picks up a few weeks later when game on finished. Maya still has a broken heart but its mending she starts to be friends with Travis and it is totally adorable the way they act not like romance more like friends with a little more um passion. And Jake...Jake oh Jake is trying to give her distance but ends up just ditching her
Maryam Dinzly
Dec 13, 2014 rated it liked it
NUUU, WHAT IS WITH THE ENDING. DAMN IT WHY ISN'T THERE A DEFINITE ENDING. Okay, basically, this is the continuation to the first book. Remember how the first book ended? Nicole played both Jake and Maya, causing Jake to bang his frustrations by sleeping with Nicole (well, fuck man.) YEAH. So, if you think this second book will be all loveydovey about Jake and Maya getting back together, YOU. ARE. SO. WRONG. This second book mainly focuses on Maya's career as a sportswoman. Maya's lovelife wasn't ...more
Ruthie Lewis
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was simply brilliant. It was intriguing and dramatic without making the main character seem trashy. I thought it was also genius to switch things up and write about girl's tennis because it is a rare topic among teen literature, but I might be bias because I love tennis in general.
Sean Harding
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Second book in Sports Academy series, with main character a Tennis star of the future, written apparently, or it has her name on the cover, Monica Seles.
Like the first one there is not enough tennis and too much teenage angst and romantic fluff. More intrigue on the court please!
Not sure if there are of will be anymore in this series as this seems to be the last one listed on this site.
Mad White
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Basically the same review as the other book, the writing is okay but the characterisation is better. It frustrates me a bit but I think only because the author never made the next book, it definitely left it a little too open ended.
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A couple of weeks ago, I posted the review of “Game On,” which I read twice in July. I found “Game On” to be a light, entertaining read, despite its lack of… well, there was no tennis in it.

I pleasantly surprised to see that Seles decided to start “Love Match” with Maya describing a tennis match at a pro tournament. I love the way she describes the match as a dance. Though slightly clichéd, the metaphor was appreciated (none of my non-tennis-playing friends seem to understand me when I say that
Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it
The Academy: Game On was amazing so when I saw this on netgalley, it was a no brainer I knew I had to have it and read it. Quite frankly, I'm so glad I did because The Academy: Love Match is even intenser with more actual sports games and matches that were so captivating and fun to cheer for the person you wanted to win.

The Academy Love Match starts off with the aftermath of the betrayal Maya is left to face. Her life is becoming intensely complicated balancing a rising stardom and the Reed bro
Eugenia (Genie In A Book)
*This review also appears on the blog Chasm of Books*

Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Even though I love to read a good book that is really deep and meaningful, sometimes it's nice to have something a bit more lighthearted and fun. Love Match focuses on the social side of an elite sporting academy where there are threats everywhere: from the paparazzi to other peers who really can't be trusted. Add that to a bunch of relationshi
Kirsty-Marie Jones
Actual Rating: 2.5-3

The Academy: Love Match was not what I was expecting, and in a bad way. I liked the first one okay, though It wasn't my favourite, I did enjoy the drama. So because of that I wanted to see where the second one took us. Love Match being the second in the series I was expecting progression, and that's where it failed. While there was progression and growth with some characters, the mean character and some important characters got left behind completely and therefore was no subs
Michelle Wrona
This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!

I guess that this is the perfect chick-lit, full-of-endless-drama for the past twelve-year-old me. I know it would have been. Don't get me wrong, this was a good book, it's just not everything I was looking for. After reading, Love Match seemed to be a book that I just read because A. I had to and B. It was for pleasure and I read the first book in The Academy series. Seles is an okay author who would've done better i
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled across this series by accident when I won a copy on goodreads. From the minute I finished reading The Academy I wanted to read The Academy: Love Match straight away, unfortunately I had to wait six months before I could get my hand on it.
The minute I began reading The Academy: Love Match we find Maya in a tennis match against her tennis idol, and while it doesn't go as planned, she certainly has learnt a lot in the academy and you know she will give Nicole a run for her money. The aft
SJH (A Dream of Books)
'The Academy: Love Match' is the second book in Monica Seles's series about promising tennis player Maya, who finally seems to be getting her fair share of the limelight. I enjoyed the first book last year and although I liked the fact that it combined sport with lashings of drama and gossip, I did wish that the tennis angle had been played up a bit more. I wanted to be given more details and insights into what it meant to be a full-time player trying to make it on the big on the professional ci ...more
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
The Academy: Love Match by Monica Seles was a quick, fun read. I enjoyed the first book in the series, Game On, when I read it last year. YA books involving sports are definitely something I'd like to see more of. I think the idea of a superstar sports academy involving the top young athletes is an amazing idea. And while I wish there were better character development in general, I did still enjoy Love Match. There's quite a bit of drama amongst Maya and her friends and the other students at The ...more
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I don't know what to say about this book. IT WAS SO AVERAGE. Noting special. But one thing i did know is that i was on team Travis till the end. "Oh i like you and all but i wanna get my family in order." Like really? Dude i was on your side for THE WHOLE book till you said that.
And Jake. Boy... you said you're gonna win her back and then this happens. YOU ONLY SHOW UP FOR LIKE 4 TIMES IN THE WHOLE BOOK. You also avoid her better bluntly, but then said you want her back. Dude that's not how it
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Love Match is the second book in The Academy series, penned by ex-tennis pro Monica Seles. This second instalment isn't quite as good as the first, which I really enjoyed when I read it last year, but it's still an entertaining read for anyone who likes their YA fiction more on the gossipy, dramatic side.

Maya is still the star of the show, chasing boys and trying to balance her social life with her professional alter ego. She becomes involved in modelling, plays several important matches and ha
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
3.5 Stars. As a tennis fan, I was a little disappointed that this one didn’t feature more sportiness, still, I enjoyed it, it was light enough for a sunny day read, yet had its thoughtful moments, too.

Tennis player, Maya, is torn between football brothers - perfect though possibly manipulative, Travis, and bad boy with a heart of gold, Jake. Maya had solid chemistry with both guys, though I was more interested in the dynamics between the brothers as their dad pits them against one another. I als
Sally Davila
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
In this book we continue the story of a young girl accepted into a prestigious school for athletes. Maya was accepted for her amazing abilities in tennis, but she didn't expect to get caught up in a rivalry between one of her idols, or a love triangle between the two boys she knows she can't trust.
In this continuation from the first book, we meet some new people as well as see old friends from the last book. Will Maya get caught up in the politics behind the sport, or will she overcome all the
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this book in a day. It was better than the last book. It focused more on the tennis aspect. This book also set up a lot of ideas that can be explored in books to come.

I have a hard time with this love triangle. I don't dislike love triangles in books and this book's love triangle i quite good. Except, the characters changed (or I should say grew) a lot in this book so I really don't know where it is going. But thats not a bad thing. :)

This review is very short because there really isn't
Betsy :D
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it
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I was greatly disappointed by the first novel in this series but when I recently saw this book (the sequel) in the library, I figured it was worth a shot.
I'm really glad I decided to give this book a chance. It was MUCH better than the first novel. I found it to be less predictable and thankfully had much more tennis in it. I grew to like the main character more and actually wished I could read the third novel (which I'm assuming will be released as the series feels very unfinished) immediately
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Omg this booo was awsome i wish it would not be so thin so i could read longer on it.

The story kind of continues where it left of in the first with the tradical break up off maja and jake.

In this book thought maja and travias are and are getting allong asome. Almost to good for the press.

At some point the press sees her with both reed brothers and says that maja couldnt dwcide which on she liked.

Even though maja has confused feelings for the reed brothers they dont make it easy on her

Read it f
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really, really enjoyed this. I was expecting something cliche (sorry) but this is was a very nice, refreshing surprise. I mean, I kept expecting it would become pathetic (again sorry, but let's face it teenage angst filled novels are more often pathetic than not) but this was a very light, summer perfect, enjoyable read. I am definitely curious about what happens next so I am pretty sure I'll pick up the next one. Definitely recommended! Free copy received from the publisher/author in exchange f ...more
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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.

Other books in the series

The Academy (2 books)
  • Game On (The Academy, #1)