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The WordSmithe

I love a good book! Young Adult, New Adult, Adult and nearly any genre. If it’s well-written, I’ll read it. And, I love to talk about what I’ve written.


I have a WIP–a new adult dystopian novel. I’m also exploring short fiction.

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If you’re an author and you’d like me to review your book, just drop me a line. I’ll be happy to read an ARC. I always give an honest review. And, even if I didn’t particularly go crazy for your story, I will stay positive. I believe something redeeming can be found in nearly every book.

Some Things Aren't So Obvious

The Obvious Game - Rita Arens

Rita Arens’ debut novel, The Obvious Game, is a well-written poignant coming of age tale. I was so moved after this book I couldn’t read anything else that day.


Arens crafted a memorable story about one teen’s overwhelming struggle. Diana should have been the average high school sophomore dealing with popularity issues, getting good grades and having crushes. Instead, she was challenged with a mom battling cancer, a boy magnet best friend and a few extra pounds on her body.


The Obvious Game masterfully addressed the issue of body image. It is common knowledge that many people struggle with real weight issues daily. And, unfortunately, teens suffer the most. They are busy trying to figure out who they are in the world and then someone makes the comment that they look “pudgy” or a particular guy likes girls with a certain body type. Poor Diana got caught on this horrible roller coaster.


Arens did a fantastic job with character development. I got a vivid picture and understanding of each person in The Obvious Game. I felt their pain, their struggles and their sorrow. It’s been a long time since I read a book that just had me wrung out. Diana’s story stayed with me for a couple of days. It was so real that it hurt.


Fortunately, there was a happily ever after for Diana. I cheered her progress. Arens’ The Obvious Game should be a must read for any one in high school. And, if you just want a good, heart felt story, add it to your to read list. You won’t be disappointed.

Source: http://thewordsmithe.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/some-things-arent-so-obvious-a-book-review-of-rita-arens-the-obvious-game