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The Julian Game

3.17  ·  Rating details ·  640 ratings  ·  144 reviews
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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
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published August 26th 2010 by Putnam Juvenile
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Feb 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Tatiana by: Goodreads Giveaway
Shelves: ya, 2011
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
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

This isn't normally something I'd pick up, but I needed something light, well-paced, and different from my usual fare. This book satisfied all three needs.

The story isn't the most realistic in execution, but it's entertaining nonetheless. I enjoyed the concept of using the internet to create a secret identity and seeing what that can lead to. I enjoyed Raye as a character and sympathized with her situation.

Enjoyable, quick read that puts Adele Griffin on the radar for future reading.
Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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
Aug 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed-books, arcs
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
Oct 31, 2011 rated it liked it
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Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Reading Teen
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
This review is based off of an ARC and could possibly change slightly in the final copy.

What first attracted me to this book was the cover! I mean, wow, awesome job! One of the best covers I've seen in awhile! When I started reading this book, I thought it was a remake of "John Tucker Must Die" and there are some similarities, but the book quickly took a turn and I thought it was really well done.

Raye wasn't the typical nerdy girl that let the popular girls run all over her. She wanted populari
Oct 15, 2010 rated it liked it
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,
Dianne Salerni
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Probably my least favourite of all the Adele Griffin books I've read so far. I didn't think she did anything that different with the whole notion of bullying (including cyber-bullying) and the book felt kind of unfinished. I was hoping we'd get more about Ella's obvious mental health issues ((view spoiler)) but that never happened. I was also never a huge fan ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Dec 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Pretty terrible book with cliché, unbelievable characters that you don't invest in, a plot that could have been much more, terrible writing (what even was the terrible Polish accent, it was beyond offensive) and "quirks" thrown in that are just a bit random.

The best thing this book has going for it is the cover and the blurb. I only made it to the end because it was short.
Aug 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Ugh. This was totally not what I expected. I was hoping for lighthearted and fun and sweetly romantic. Big NO.

This got three stars instead of two because the overarching message was a good one, but the characters were kind of flat, the bullying was awful, and the "internet speak" was annoying and barely understandable.

Too bad because the cover is so much fun.
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kinda creepy... wherre did Adele Griffin come up witht the colored gloves?
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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
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyable read and a lesson in internet privacy. However this book ended so abruptly I had to check there weren't any pages missing, if left open for another book in this vein then so be it, but the ending disappointed me.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I normally hate the popular/mean group cliché, but this book does it really well. Loved it.
Fathia Al-Atiyyat
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not a cup of tea, however is acceptable if you like drama. Not bad, but could be far better.
Alice Davis
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was an okay read. I didn’t enjoy the ending. It seemed rushed.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: disapponting
Spoiler Alert!!!!

I was disappointed because the book cover is misleading. I thought I will be reading a Hunger Games type of book here but nope I ended up reading a Middle Grade book.

The concept is okay. It's just that I was expecting more from it than the usual high school drama.
May 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Sep 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
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Raye doesn't fit in in her new school. While most students at the all-girls prep school are there because of their parents' wealthy status, Raye is on scholarship. And, what's more, all Raye really wants is to fit in with a few friends. On a whim, she and her friend, Natalya, create an online profile that embodies everything they're not - witty, popular, sexy and wanted. But their harmless prank goes horribly awry when Raye falls
Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
I read a few reviews for this book before I read it, and I have to say that I think some people were taking the promise of action in this story much too specifically. Action via the Internet is never all that fast paced in my experience. Although I'll be the first to admit that this book wasn't exactly what I expected it to be, I went into it with an open mind and clean slate and ended up liking it quite a lot!

Now lest this come back to bite me in the hindquarters I will say now that, yes, I do
Aug 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Mar 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
The Julian Game was a unique and intriguing look at how far some people will go to extract revenge. Raye Archer is the new girl and just wants one thing- to fit in with "The Group". A clique of cold, beautiful girls so perfect and untouchable that no one would ever dare try to bring them down. When one of "The Group" Ella Parker reaches out to Raye for help- Raye is overjoyed. Together Raye and Ella help bring Elizabeth (a fake Facebook identity created by Raye and her best friend) to life. Ella ...more
Sep 07, 2010 rated it did not like it

Originally published on The Librarian Next Door:

Well, here we have it: the first book of the year that I did not like. Unlike previous books that I found disenchanting because of too much hype, I disliked The Julian Game all on its own.

I wanted to like Raye, but she kept making such stupid decisions. I never understood her obsession with being friends with Ella. Yes, high school is about trying to fit in and a lot of YA books deal with this theme. But Raye already had a kick-ass friend in Nataly
Aug 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teens
Review posted at Amaterasu Reads

In Raye's attempt to fit in, she found herself under the scrutinizing gaze of the meanest girl in school, Ella Parker, and in her quest to be part of the "in" crowd, she agreed to get back on the popular Julian Kilgarry, using a fake online identity. What she didn't count on was that the real Raye will fall in love with the guy she was supposed to take revenge on.

Let me just say that I was never one for bullying. My high school life was pretty complicated, and
Jan 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: least-favorites
The Julian Game had the potetial to be good. Adele Griffin is a good author and one I usually like, so I was surprised with how bad this one was. There was a major hole in the plot and I thought that Griffin's attitidue toward cyber-bullying was shockingly cavalier considering what a big issue it is and how it's resulted in suicide recently.

The novel began well. Raye, a likable protaganist is the narrator of the story. She is a scholarship student at Fulton Prep, an elite private girls' school.
Jul 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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