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The Obvious Game by Rita Arens & Giveaway

Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Publication Date:
Feb 7th, 2013
978-0-9856562-7-0 (ebook), 978-0-9856562-8-7 (Paperback)
Paperback Price:

Summary: “Everyone trusted me back then. Good old, dependable Diana. Which is why most people didn’t notice at first.”

“Your shirt is yellow.”

“Your eyes are blue.”

“You have to stop running away from your problems.”

“You’re too skinny.”

Fifteen-year-old Diana Keller accidentally begins teaching The Obvious Game to new kid Jesse on his sixteenth birthday. As their relationship deepens, Diana avoids Jesse’s past with her own secrets — which she’ll protect at any cost.

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My View: This book took me by surprise. From starting on a completely different note to the path it finally took, it made for a roller-coaster ride.

The book is an amalgamation of so many themes that I can almost do a thematic analysis of it (ah, my psychologist cum researcher self peeking through).

Although the main focus of the book is on eating disorder and what goes through the mind of the afflicted, the book is so much more than that. There’re a lot of difficult lives involved, trauma and sickness.

And I did like ‘The obvious game’, I think I will play it sometime.

Now that I think about it, the book not only makes for an intense read but is also a learning medium for those interested in psychological illness or the field of behavior medicine.

Overall, a good intense read, just don’t go looking for feel-good things.

3/5 stars – I liked it. download (8)


About The Author:

Rita Arens is the author of The Obvious Game and the editor of the award-winning parenting anthology Sleep Is
for the Weak. She writes the popular blog Surrender, Dorothy ( and lives in Kansas City with her husband and daughter. The Obvious Game is her first young adult novel. She is at work on a second.

Rita has been a featured speaker at BlogHer 2012, BEA Bloggers Conference 2012, BlogHer Writers 2011, BlogHer 2011, Blissdom 2011, Alt Summit 2010, BlogHer 2010, BlogHer 2008 and BlogHer 2009, the 2008 Kansas City Literary Festival and 2009 Chicks Who Click and appeared on the Walt Bodine Show in 2008.

She’s been quoted by Bloomberg Businessweek, The Associated Press, Forbes Woman, the Wall Street Journal, Businessweek and Businessweek Online and featured in Breathe magazine, Get Your Biz Savvy, The Kansas City Star (archived material available on request), Today Moms (Today Show blog) and Ink KC.

Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | BlogHer | LinkedIn | Pinterest | Amazon | Goodreads


The giveaway is open for US, UK and Canada only.

Win 2 paperbacks and 5 ebooks of The Obvious Game.

Ends 14 March.

Enter here.



Often seen with a nose buried in a book, you might spy me at a library while 500 unread books adorn my shelf. At other times, I'm busy travelling solo, eating out or looking for my new escapades. You will always find me doing too much all at once.

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