Review: Anyone’s Game (Cross Ups #2)

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Title: Anyone’s Game (Cross Ups #2)
Author: Sylv Chiang
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Annick Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Release Date: September 11, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

What’s up with Cali? Why does she keep changing her gamer tag?

It’s summertime, and even though his good friend Cali moved to another city, Jaden can connect with her online almost every day to play their favorite game, Cross Ups. His mom has loosened her rules on how often he can play, and he has an amazing new controller that will make him even better at tournaments. But then he gets roped into a dorky summer camp with his buddy Hugh, and Cali starts acting really weird . . . So when a last-minute tournament spot opens up in Cali’s city, Jaden jumps at the chance to go.

But things go badly from the start. Jaden loses his controller on the train, and his reunion with Cali is awkward. She’s unhappy, and Jaden can’t figure out why, especially when she’s getting better and better at Cross Ups—and may even win the tournament.

With its sharp dialogue and relatable characters, Anyone’s Game, the second book in the Cross Ups series, chronicles the ups and downs of middle school with a relevant, contemporary twist.

Review:

This is another great story in the Cross Ups series.

I really liked the focus on female gamers in this story. Cali is able to beat Jaden in the game Cross Ups, much to his surprise. He is teased for losing to a girl, though she is just as good at the game as him. Even though girls are not the stereotypical players of video games, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be good at them.

This story also dealt with the problem of cyber bullying. Cali has to deal with a player who sends her creepy, sexist messages. The boys think it is just another part of gaming, but there is a difference between someone saying that you don’t play well and someone  making comments about your gender. This is an important issue that is a very real  danger when kids are playing online.

I loved this story! I can’t wait for this series to continue.

What to read next:

  • Secret Coders (Secret Coders #1) by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes

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  • Gameworld by Christopher John Farley

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Have you read Anyone’s Game? What did you think of it?

 

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