Game Changer: A Book Review


Game Changer

Game Changer by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Summary: A talented teen athlete questions reality—and the role she plays in it—when a mysterious injury upends her world. Athletics are everything for eighth-grader KT Sutton. She’s a softball star, and she’s on track to get a college scholarship and achieve international fame. Then one day during a championship game—in the middle of an important play—she suddenly blacks out. When she wakes up, she’s in a different world. One where school is class after class of athletic drills, and after-school sports are replaced by popular academic competitions. One where KT is despised for her talent, and where her parents are fixated on her brother’s future mathletics career rather than KT’s softball hopes. KT is desperate to get back to reality as she knew it, but bits and pieces of disturbing memories and dreams make her wonder if something truly awful happened there. What if she’s lost something a lot more important than a softball game?

{kindly taken from Amazon}

My Thoughts: Margaret Peterson Haddix always delivers such powerful story with a hint of a fantasy element. I loved her books, Uprising and Claim to Fame, and after reading this Game Changer! With a strong story line and engaging characters, Game Changer was a delight to read from beginning to end.

In this story, KT is absolutely obsessed with softball. Her whole life revolves around it – her parents drop everything to drive her to tournaments, coaches admire her for her talent, and now, a scout is on the lookout for girls with the skill. But, at one of the biggest tournaments of KT’s life, she blacks out, and wakes up in alternate world where sports are replaced with academics. Immediately, KT’s world is turned upside down. At school, she is seen as the “teacher’s pet,” because the conditioning drills they do come easy to her, and outside of school, KT doesn’t fit in because she doesn’t participate in any academic teams. Even worse? Softball barely exists. Right away, I was hooked! I thought this was such an interesting idea to explore, and I applaud the author for really providing the detail to make the story come alive.

KT was a complex character. My favorite? Not but a long shot, but definitely interesting. Because of the whole alternate world, she grew throughout the novel. She actually developed feelings for her brother, and I think that she learned that family and friends are much more important than softball. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll just say that I liked her much more at the end than in the beginning :) The supporting characters are solid. I especially liked her brother, Max {I enjoyed seeing him grow from the actual story to the epilogue!} and Evangeline, another girl in KT’s grade who ends up having a much bigger part than I originally thought.

The ending was really well-written, and I did not see it coming at all! It wrapped up the story nicely, and led into great topics for discussion. {this would be a terrific read for a book club or classroom read-aloud.} Game Changer is a book to read from cover to cover!

Pros: Interesting and engaging plot.

Cons: Nothing.

Heads Up: Pretty kid-friendly book!

Overall: I give it 5 stars {*****} and I recommend it for ages 11 and up.

Have a wonderful rest of your Wednesday!

B :)


6 thoughts on “Game Changer: A Book Review

  1. bella, can u plz review the emma and payton series by julia devillers and jennifer roy? It includes these books: Trading Faces, Take Two, Times Squared, Double Feature, and Triple Trouble. Can u plz also review the beacon street girls series? thx xD


    • Hi Nicolette!
      I have actually reviewed one of the Payton and Emma books! You can find it in my “2011-2012 Reviews” page, and it is called Double Feature. I put Triple Trouble on hold at my local library, so check back for a review in a few weeks. Currently I’m reading another book by Jennifer Roy. It will be up in the next few days!
      Finally, I never really liked the Beacon Street Girls books, so I won’t be reviewing those. Sorry!
      Bella :)


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