Ruby, Laura. Play me.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:Brief article - Book review

RUBY, Laura. Play me. HarperCollins. 311p. 2008. 978-0-06-124327-1. $16.99. S

Ruby indicates that this book is a response to a girl's request for a plot "about a player who gets his heart crushed/ smashed/totally annihilated." Ruby fills the bill, but by the time it's over, Eddy is more sympathetic than perhaps that angry girl wanted. Eddy is handsome, smart, and hooks up with girls, thinking they understand the rules: no strings. He is always shocked by the girls' annoyance after casual liaisons. In truth, Eddy has no one to teach him good manners. He lives, often alone, in a big house; his mother has run off to pursue an acting career as a medical examiner on a crime show in Miami, Florida. He does have a much-loved half-brother, son of a stepfather his mother has since divorced, and a parrot named Tippi Hedren. He is about to graduate but has no plans for college because he...

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