- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: ECW Press (Sept. 1 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1770411828
- ISBN-13: 978-1770411821
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 322 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #517,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Playing With Matches Paperback – Sep 1 2014
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"Charming … Rosen gives us a coming-of-age tale with a twist featuring a fun heroine who puts 100 per cent toward creating a happy ending." ― Quill & Quire"This charming story of growing up and owning up, will ring true with readers, particularly those who share her cultural traditions." ― School Library Journal “Fizzy, funny and ultimately redemptive.” ― Kirkus Reviews “Playing with Matches is compulsively readable. It is absolute fun, and Rain is the best kind of narrator." ― CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Suri Rosen has created a set of characters fully realized. Each has positive traits and some flaws, making them inherently human. . . . Readers may want to keep a box of tissues nearby." ― Jewish Book Council
"Playing with Matches is a fabulously unique story―formal matchmaking is definitely not a regular theme in YA―that embeds all the angst of falling in love and growing up and doing right by your family and yourself all under one cover." ― CanLit for Little Canadians
"This is a funny, refreshing look at the challenges of being a teenager, when the world seems against you no matter how hard you try to make things right … because Rosen chooses to amuse rather than preach, her gentle lesson about self-discovery and forgiveness will resonate with young adult readers." ― National Reading Campaign
“I’d never read a YA novel with a Modern Orthodox Jewish main character before, and this one was funny, sweet, charming, and so, so recognizable to me in ways big and small that reading it made my heart explode a little.” ― Barnes & Noble BNTEEN Blog
”Playing with Matches is a cute story, but it will also touch your heart ― My Book Views
"Besides being a sweet, big-hearted coming-of-age comedy, this offers a fascinating glimpse into the importance of the matchmaking role in observant Jewish communities." ― The Bulletin of The Center for Children’s Books
"Breezy and entertaining." ― Ottawa Jewish Bulletin
"Deliciously plotted and unflaggingly entertaining, the narration of Rain's double-life adventures is frantic, funny, and finally heart-warming . . . a catch readers won't want to miss." ― Books for Kids
“While Playing With Matches is aimed at a teen audience, adults who enjoy light fiction will also find it absorbing reading." ― The Reporter
About the Author
Suri Rosen dabbles in many arts, but excels in daydreaming. She has worked as a professional artist, filmmaker, journalist, and TV producer. Playing with Matches is her first novel. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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I didn't look at this book for its writing, for its in-depth details that pertain to the characters' lives. Instead, I guess I just had to evaluate this and give my opinion from a simple view. At the time when I read this, I wasn't in for a trashy read so that may have affected my rating quite a bit. But seriously? I wouldn't even classify this as YA fiction. It completely gave the look as a middle-grade tween book about a dumb girl who tries to save her sister, Leah, from getting lovesick in Toronto.
This has a pretty cliché cover too, after all. What else could I have expected when I see a girl making the Justin Bieber hand-finger-heart? A little teenager can't start making a business out of match-making, that's for sure. People, young or old start sending her emails about themselves and feel that this person they don't even know will help them set them up on dates. *rolls eyes*
If someone told me that there's another novel out there similar to this one by one of my most favourite authors, I still don't think I'd go for it. It's boring, cheesy and uninteresting. I guess that one of the only intriguing parts were the side characters, like Professor K, Leah, Jake, all of that drama that came out of the dates and such. Rain's complaining, "boring" life? Yeah I wasn't too interested in what she had to say. When she had a ton of new friends, a nice lifestyle, all she could do was complain about everything: about a sticky pole in a bus, about her sister not understanding her when Rain's the total annoying kid, there's a ton of things.
The fact that this was quick kept me going, but then again: Why did I waste my time? Playing With Matches was something that I picked out without even knowing what it was about, but if I did, then I might've not given it a chance anyway. If you're fine with reading something that's more meant for twelve year olds instead of YA, then this might be okay. But then again, it's trashy and weird. Meh.
First off I just have to talk about the cover and my physical copy of this book. I was sent a PDF version until Playing with Matches was ready to be mailed out; when I opened the PDF I was so surprised by the cover design. I love the choice of colors and font used. I remember looking at it thinking how soft it looks! And when it came in the mail and I basically fell in love with it. The cover, the back of it, the font used, colour choices, the text style and the little arrows were all just beautiful touches to make this book look fantastic! And the spine! Let me just say that this book looks amazing on my bookshelf. I mean, if you still want to go and buy the ebook version, sure knock yourself out! But you'll be missing out on one BEAUTIFUL book!
Raina Resnick is the main character and narrator throughout Playing With Matches, and I have to say that her character brought this story to life! I loved her character development throughout the book, it made her into a realistic character that people can relate to. I admit I was on the fence on if I would really like Raina's character at the start of the book, but you quickly grow to love her. One thing that really bothered me was Raina’s family. HOW IN THE WORLD COULD YOU BLAME HER?! Ben was clearly a loser who didn’t understand that no family is perfect. My heart broke for Raina, she was really just trying to make everyone else happy. Who hasn't been in a similar situation of trying to make others happy?!
Now Suri Rosen...debut novel? Lies I tell you, LIES!! I'm only kidding. But Suri Rosen if you happen to actually read this I would like you to know that I am in awe of you. The writing style was perfect, everything just had a great flow. I have to say the biggest (and best) thing that I didn't see coming was the fact that Suri Rosen didn't focus on giving Raina a love interest. This made Playing With Matches refreshing and unique compared to all the young adult books that do focus on love interest. Suri Rosen proved that there is more to a character than falling in love, and that's an important message!
Overall, Playing With Matches was such a cute read and I loved it to pieces!! A unique and refreshing read that has made its way onto my favourites list. A huge congratulations goes out to Suri Rosen, what a fantastic debut novel! I look forward to reading more of her work. Did I love it? YES. Should you read it? HECK YES!!!
I thought the story was original, the main character was well written, and the plot twists were cute.
It didn't blow me away, but it's a solid book and very entertaining.
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