Giveaway: The Obvious Game by Rita Arens

By Mir
January 28, 2013
Category Contests

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!


  1. Pretty please!

  2. Sounds good to me!

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

  4. Ooh please with pretty sparkly snowflake hearts!

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

  6. Would love to win!! Thanks!

  7. 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.

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

  9. I’d love to win this, thanks Mir!

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

  11. Yes, please!

  12. Hoping to win!

  13. Random number thingy – pick me please!

  14. Please. I love YA. 🙂

  15. Pick me please!

  16. I have two teenagers – would love to win!

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

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

  19. Sound enticing!

  20. 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.

  21. Would love this just for me…

  22. Sounds grrrrrrrrreat! 😉

  23. Would love to win!

  24. I love to read! Can’t wait.

  25. Lucky number 22?

  26. We could use some new YA fiction in this house.

  27. Sounds like an interesting novel.

  28. I could add it to my classroom library!

  29. Sounds fantastic!

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

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

  32. 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. This would be lovely to win! I love reading.

  34. For my granddaughter and me!!!

  35. I want to win!

  36. My daughter and I would both love to win this!

  37. Pick me please!

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

  39. Would love to read it. For free, especially.

  40. 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.)

  41. Pick meeeee!

  42. This sounds like a good read.

  43. Me please! I need a new book to read!

  44. My daughters would love it!!

  45. Sounds like a great read!

  46. Yes please! I love a good read.

  47. 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. Rita is awesome! And you are pretty.

  49. Please!!

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

  51. Books and free. Good and better.

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

  53. Thanks for the chance!

  54. Thanks Mir!

  55. Pick me!

  56. Cool! Thanks.

  57. Would love to read this! Thanks!

  58. I would love to read this! Thank you!

  59. thanks for the chance to win!

  60. Sounds like a great read!

  61. Sounds great – always looking for new reads!

  62. Pick me !

  63. Yes please.

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

  65. Thanks for another great give-away!!

  66. Reading is fundamental!

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

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

  69. This would be great for our small town library.

  70. I’d love to read it!!! Especially if you say it’s so good 🙂

  71. I’m intrigued. Sounds like a great book!

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

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

  74. My daughter would love this!

  75. you are a good friend 🙂

  76. A book to be gifted? Count me in!!

  77. I hope I win!!

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

  79. sounds like a great book!

  80. Oh,yes please.

  81. I’d be interested in this one.

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

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

  84. Me please! !!

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

  86. I’m always looking for new reads, thanks!

  87. Yes please! I need a new book to read during these grey, cold winter months 🙂

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

  89. Looking for a good book. Hope I win Thanks!

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

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

  92. Sounds good.

  93. Would love to read it!

  94. Looks good, thanks!

  95. Sweet! I’d love to win!

  96. Would love to enjoy this. Will look it up!

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

  98. Me! I love YA books 🙂

  99. 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. I love a good book!

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

  102. Would love to win a copy – for me and my teenager 🙂

  103. Please.

  104. Looks great!

  105. Squeaking in before 8! Thanks, Mir!

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