Headgames, Casey Lever

| 1 July , 2010 | Reply

Tina Gamble

What happens when a simple kids game goes too far?

For some, the truth can be damaging, for others it can be a means to set you free. It can dredge up our very worst fears, or reveal unsettling facts that we would prefer to keep hidden.

When Steven finds out that his crush, Avery Adams, is playing in a secret game, he instantly wants in. Dragging his best friend, Tala, along for the game, they soon find out, they may be in over their heads.

With no winners, the challenge is set. The stakes are high and the outcomes can be cruel.

Everyone has a secret. But who will be the first to crack?

Casey Lever\’s new teen fiction novel, Headgames, shows readers a different side to a familiar kids game. Bringing together five teenagers from various backgrounds, this story is an absorbing read that draws on the issues common to family, friendship and our choices in life.

While delving into some strong issues, Lever gently exposes readers to little snippets of a bigger picture. Touching on issues, while not dipping too deep, Lever keeps this story entertaining, while maintaining accessibility to the more mainstream teen market.

This story shows the different perceptions of social classes, and the varying upbringings of each teenager. It shows that prejudice is not only for the rich, and that friendship can be found in the least likely of circumstances.

Breaking down each other\’s walls, Steven, Tala, Connor, Avery and Jude, soon find there is more depth to each other than the outlying face they show the world. And through their unexpected friendship, they find the courage to face the truth – now it is up to each of them, to decide what to do with it.

One thing I really like about Lever\’s novel, is that she shows an understanding that not all problems can just be fixed with a flick of a wrist – some will take time – and sometimes, as much as you want to help, you can\’t always fix someone else\’s problems, but what you can do, is be there – ready to help them in any way that you can.

Casey Lever\’s novel, Headgames, weaves together the lives of five very different teenagers, with a shared need for understanding and friendship. In a game of trust, when the challenges are set, these teens will need to look towards themselves to see what secrets lay there, and come together to confront the answers, or let it drag them under.

Available now: Random House RRP$18.95


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