Seventeen-year-old Olivia peters has long dreamed of becoming a writer. So she's absolutely over the moon when her literary idol, the celebrated novelist and much-adored local priest Mark D. Brendan, selects her from hundreds of other applicants as the winner of the Emerging Writers High School Fiction Prize. Now she gets to spend her summer evenings in a college fiction seminar at the nearby university, where dreamy college boys abound and Father Mark acts as her personal mentor.Book links to The Book Depository and photo and teaser from Goodreads
But when Father Mark's enthusiasm for Olivia's writing develops into something more, Olivia quickly finds her emotions shifting from wonder to confusion to despair. And as her wide-eyed innocence deteriorates, Olivia can't help but ask - exactly what game is Father Mark playing, and how on earth can she get out of it?
This remarkable second novel by the author of The Possibilities of Sainthood, about overcoming the isolation that stems from victimization, is powerful, luminous, and impossible to put down.
Published in US: May 25 2010
Source: One ARC Tour
This is a very emotional story, and I really felt for Olivia. I really appreciate what the author was trying to do. I feel like it was dragging some and Olivia's thoughts were become repetitive in the middle.
This Gorgeous Game has a very compelling premise, it makes you want to know how something like this can escalate, and how you can find yourself in this situation. The answer little by little, and looking over things that you should not have. Olivia got herself in deep by inching forward and didn't realize when the bottom dropped out on her. She was afraid to get help for obvious reasons, but luckily she finally did.
The supporting cast is good, I liked Jamie and her friends.
This really was a great story, and I would recommend it if you like dark and edgy.
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