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. Volume XII Number 5 . . . . October 28, 2005
On The Game tells the story of 15-year-old Yolanda and her first experience with love. Étienne, her boyfriend, is 21, and he likes to buy her expensive gifts. For the first time, Yolanda is in love and is willing to do anything to keep Étienne happy. Even when he asks the impossible, Yolanda cannot say no. This behaviour begins her spiral toward a world completely out of control.
Polak has created a story that is entrenched with the reality surrounding teenagers today. More and more stories are emerging of teenagers forced into lives of prostitution. These teens, like the main character, do not believe they have a choice. On the Game is a sad tale with a happy ending which raises the bar to make the story fictional and more palatable to its readers. Unlike the reality experienced by many of the teens upon whom this story is based, the end result is not the same. Yolanda has friends who can help her escape and a mother who will enable her to heal.On the Game is a story for every teenager, both male and female. For the male, the novel teaches the lesson of the need to take care of other's feelings, and for the female, it shows that it is sometimes necessary to ask for help if you do not think you can say no.
A book that, once it is started, is difficult to put down.
Christina Pike is presently seconded to the Department of Education of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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