Giveaway: The Obvious Game by Rita Arens

So let’s start this one with the full disclosure, which is that not only did I receive an advance copy of The Obvious Game to read, but its author, Rita Arens, is a longtime colleague of mine (and also the person responsible for getting some of my own work printed in a book for the first time, many moons ago). (You should definitely pick up that anthology if you want to read about how horrified my daughter was when she found out about the, ahem, miracle of life. Anyway!) In short: I am predisposed to find Rita groovy.

That said, you know I’m not going to hype a book here if I didn’t love it, and folks, I loved this book. It’s everything I feel like great Young Adult fiction is—an interesting story that doesn’t talk down to the readers or simplify or whitewash the hard stuff, characters you want to reach out and comfort, and some hard lessons along the way.

The Obvious Game is not a light and fluffy read; this is not a book for younger readers, nor for anyone who will find discussion of serious illness too upsetting. What’s the phrase? “This book deals with mature subject matter.” So yes, it’s serious, and often sad, but ultimately both very real and hopeful. I enjoyed reading it as an adult, and will happily pass it on to my teenage daughter. Growing up is hard, and so much of that is captured here, beautifully.

This is Rita’s debut novel, by the way. Exciting! Want to win it? (Why do I even ask that; of course you do.) First, go review the contest rules and regulations, then come on back here and leave a comment on this post by 8:00 a.m. Eastern time (that’s 5:00 a.m. Pacific) on Friday, February 1st, 2013 for a chance to win. I’ll let my random number plug-in picker thingie (technical name: There Is No Technical Name) select a winner, and those of you who don’t win should buy a copy anyway because it’s awesome.

Ready? Go!

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106 Responses to “Giveaway: The Obvious Game by Rita Arens”

  1. 1
    Liza January 28, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    Pretty please!

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    Christina January 28, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    Sounds good to me!

  3. 3
    Teme January 28, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Sounds great … adding to to-read list no matter what happens.

  4. 4
    Leslie January 28, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Ooh please with pretty sparkly snowflake hearts!

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    Dawn January 28, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    Wow I’ve never been a number this low before; maybe it will be lucky!!

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    Beth B. January 28, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    Would love to win!! Thanks!

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    Cindy January 28, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    Sounds totally readable and sharable. I’m still kindle resistant (even though I kind of really want one) because I love books so much, the physical part of books ALMOST as much as the content. And the best part of a “real” book is that you can pass it on.

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    Lou January 28, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    I would love to read this and pass it on to a teenager. : )

  9. 9
    Emily January 28, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    I’d love to win this, thanks Mir!

  10. 10
    Cheri January 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    Love her Surrender, Dorothy blog so I’m definitely a fan of Rita Aren’s writing. Would love to win this :)

  11. 11
    Melisa January 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    Yes, please!

  12. 12
    Patty January 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Hoping to win!

  13. 13
    Heidi January 28, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    Random number thingy – pick me please!

  14. 14
    Linda Sherwood January 28, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    Please. I love YA. :)

  15. 15
    Elizabeth Fox January 28, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    Pick me please!

  16. 16
    Michele January 28, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    I have two teenagers – would love to win!

  17. 17
    Shannon Crandall January 28, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    I would love to read an actual book with pages again. I’d sniff it first, of course.

  18. 18
    dallimomma January 28, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    I would like to win this book. Thanks for asking!

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    ccr in MA January 28, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Sound enticing!

  20. 20
    Cheri January 28, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Always wanting great recommendations and if I don’t win it, I’ll probably get it anyway so I can recommend my book club read it.

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    Sabrina D. January 28, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    Would love this just for me…

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    Dawn January 28, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    Sounds grrrrrrrrreat! ;)

  23. 23
    Marsha January 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    Would love to win!

  24. 24
    Gwen January 28, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    I love to read! Can’t wait.

  25. 25
    Louise January 28, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    Lucky number 22?

  26. 26
    Tonya January 28, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    We could use some new YA fiction in this house.

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    RachelJ January 28, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    Sounds like an interesting novel.

  28. 28
    Kat January 28, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    I could add it to my classroom library!

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    Crisanne January 28, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    Sounds fantastic!

  30. 30
    Sonia January 28, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    I desperately need a new book to read. Thanks for the opportunity to get one for free!
    Sonia

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    Lucinda January 28, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    I’ve read a lot of Rita’s posts on BlogHer. How exciting. Her first book! Congratulations to her.

  32. 32
    Janie January 28, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    I do love a good read, and young adult fiction writers have recently brought me some of my all-time favorite books. Hope I win!! If not I will buy it! :-)

  33. 33
    Kelly January 28, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    This would be lovely to win! I love reading.

  34. 34
    Sue January 28, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    For my granddaughter and me!!!

  35. 35
    Amy January 28, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    I want to win!

  36. 36
    Katie K. January 28, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    My daughter and I would both love to win this!

  37. 37
    Groovecatmom January 28, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    Pick me please!

  38. 38
    beth s January 28, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    need a good non-kindle book for when i let me battery die again!

  39. 39
    KristenM January 28, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    Would love to read it. For free, especially.

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    Jessica January 28, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    I’ve been reading her blog for years, too, and I was waiting for this! :-) (Well, not this giveaway on your blog, but rather this book release.)

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    ingrid January 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    Pick meeeee!

  42. 42
    Dianna January 28, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    This sounds like a good read.

  43. 43
    Emily January 28, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    Me please! I need a new book to read!

  44. 44
    Ellen January 28, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    My daughters would love it!!

  45. 45
    Kim January 28, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    Sounds like a great read!

  46. 46
    Susan Brandenburg January 28, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    Yes please! I love a good read.

  47. 47
    addy January 28, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    Well, you should try living around here. We have parts of two different sets of dishes.Cuz, somebody always making trouble and glassware gets broken.

  48. 48
    Michele January 28, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    Rita is awesome! And you are pretty.

  49. 49
    Kris January 29, 2013 at 1:20 am #

    Please!!

  50. 50
    Valerie January 29, 2013 at 4:15 am #

    I’d love to read this and then donate it to my school library!

  51. 51
    Laurel January 29, 2013 at 6:40 am #

    Books and free. Good and better.

  52. 52
    Dana January 29, 2013 at 7:31 am #

    I would love to win a copy of this! So happy for Rita that she got it published!

  53. 53
    sara January 29, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    Thanks for the chance!

  54. 54
    Rebekah January 29, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    Thanks Mir!

  55. 55
    Jess January 29, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    Pick me!

  56. 56
    Kris January 29, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    Cool! Thanks.

  57. 57
    Liska January 29, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    Would love to read this! Thanks!

  58. 58
    Cindy January 29, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    I would love to read this! Thank you!

  59. 59
    Rachel G January 29, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    thanks for the chance to win!

  60. 60
    Elizabeth January 29, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    Sounds like a great read!

  61. 61
    Christine January 29, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Sounds great – always looking for new reads!

  62. 62
    Virginia January 29, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Pick me !

  63. 63
    DawnA January 29, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Yes please.

  64. 64
    Sam January 29, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    First time entering a giveaway here….and it probably won’t be the last. Thanks for the opportunity!

  65. 65
    Samantha January 29, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Thanks for another great give-away!!

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    Alison January 29, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    Reading is fundamental!

  67. 67
    Karen. January 29, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    I really like YA fic. Neat. I hope this book is a success for your friend.

  68. 68
    Brigitte January 29, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    While I think I’d have to hide it from my daughter for about 4 more years, I’d read it myself right away!

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    janet January 29, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    This would be great for our small town library.

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    Kristine January 29, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    I’d love to read it!!! Especially if you say it’s so good :)

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    Emily January 29, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    I’m intrigued. Sounds like a great book!

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    NTE January 29, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Sounds great – it’ll go on my TBR pile (mountain) either way :)

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    Kyallee January 29, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    I’m always looking for a good read — thanks for the recommendation!

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    Diane January 29, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    My daughter would love this!

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    Elizabeth January 29, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    you are a good friend :)

  76. 76
    the Iowa Expat January 29, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    A book to be gifted? Count me in!!

  77. 77
    Amy January 29, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    I hope I win!!

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    Gina January 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    My boyfriend’s daughter is a voracious reader. I think she’d love this one.

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    Theresa January 29, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    sounds like a great book!

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    KarenP January 29, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    Oh,yes please.

  81. 81
    Karen January 29, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    I’d be interested in this one.

  82. 82
    Lara January 29, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    Sounds like some interesting reading for my niece and I. Thanks for the opportunity.

  83. 83
    Jen January 29, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    Great giveaway! Thanks for introducing us to this book and author!

  84. 84
    Steph January 29, 2013 at 11:41 pm #

    Me please! !!

  85. 85
    Heather January 30, 2013 at 5:38 am #

    I think YA fiction is some of the best stuff being written these days. Definitely excited to check this out! Thanks Mir!

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    Michelle January 30, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    I’m always looking for new reads, thanks!

  87. 87
    Jill H January 30, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Yes please! I need a new book to read during these grey, cold winter months :)

  88. 88
    NancyAP January 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    Ohhh, I love YA. Would love to win this. Thanks Mir!

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    Brandy C January 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    Looking for a good book. Hope I win Thanks!

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    Brandi January 30, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    It’d be great to send to my baby cousin!

  91. 91
    Laurie January 30, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    thanks for the book recommendation … and for the chance to win ~

  92. 92
    dma January 30, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    Sounds good.

  93. 93
    Nani January 31, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    Would love to read it!

  94. 94
    Carolyn January 31, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Looks good, thanks!

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    MamaChristy January 31, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    Sweet! I’d love to win!

  96. 96
    Pam January 31, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    Would love to enjoy this. Will look it up!

  97. 97
    Miss Britt January 31, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    I didn’t realize this was out!! If I don’t win it, I’m buying it!

  98. 98
    Nancy January 31, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    Me! I love YA books :)

  99. 99
    Steph T January 31, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    I could use something new to read…BADLY and, I’d love to win! I’ve never won a contest from a blog before! Wooohooo! Random number generator thingy, pick me! :)

  100. 100
    Southern Gal January 31, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    I love a good book!

  101. 101
    Pauline January 31, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    I’m ready for a new book. Thanks~!

  102. 102
    jenn January 31, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    Would love to win a copy – for me and my teenager :)

  103. 103
    M February 1, 2013 at 12:04 am #

    Please.

  104. 104
    Steph February 1, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    Looks great!

  105. 105
    Lexi February 1, 2013 at 7:24 am #

    Squeaking in before 8! Thanks, Mir!

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