Monday, April 12, 2010

Book Review: Girl in the Arena by Lisa Haines

The last thing 18-year-old Lyn wants is to be a Glad wife. The daughter of seven gladiators, Lyn has watched Allison, her mom, fall apart every time one of her fathers is killed in the arena. She's been the one to pick up the pieces every time, the one to take care of her little brother, Thad. Lyn would do anything to escape Glad life.

But everything changes the night of Tommy's final match. The top-ranked Glad in the GSA (Gladiator Sports Association) and Lyn's seventh father (and the only one she's really liked), Tommy only has to fight one more match before his contract is up and he can retire. His opponent is Uber, a young fighter who shouldn't be any trouble for experienced Tommy.

But, against all odds, Uber wins the match. In front of hundreds of thousands of screaming fans, Uber slays Tommy and claims Lyn's dowry bracelet, the bracelet Lyn gave her dad for luck, the one no man is supposed to touch - except her husband. And then, just when things can't possibly get worse, the GSA rules that Tommy fought unfairly, strips him of his honor, and Lyn and her family of their home and all their possessions.

Allison falls completely apart, unable to deal with anything, especially the future. Even before she makes it home from the match, Lyn's life has turned into a media firestorm, the paparazzi following her every move, her face plastered all over TV and the Web. The press mob her house day and night. Lyn has one out - she can marry Uber. After all, Glad law states that she must, because he claimed her dowry bracelet from her father's body. Lyn doesn't care about Glad law, but Allison does, desperately. And then the GSA offer a deal - if Lyn marries Uber, they'll make sure her mother and brother will keep their home, and much more.

How can a girl choose between her future and her family? Or can Lyn find a way to shape her own destiny?

Imagine wrestling as a fight-to-the-death sport, as popular as the NFL, as powerful as the government, as prolific as reality TV, its personalities instant celebrities, and you've got Girl in the Arena. Lise Haines very cleverly twists pop culture into a world that you just might recognize as your own in this roller coaster ride of a novel that you've got to check out @ the library!

Megan
(who can't wait to start Heist Society by Ally Carter)

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