Girl in the Arena

Girl in the Arena

A Novel Containing Intense Prolonged Sequences of Disaster and Peril

Book - 2009
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In Massachusetts, eighteen-year-old Lyn, who has grown up in the public eye as the daughter of seven gladiators, wants nothing less than to follow her mother's path, but her only way of avoiding marriage to the warrior who killed her last stepfather may be to face him in the arena.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781599903729
Branch Call Number: YAFICTION HAINES
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 20 cm


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Jul 08, 2014

I thought it was pretty good. could have been better.

Mar 12, 2014

“Girl in the Arena” follows Lyn, an eighteen year old girl who has had seven fathers, each of whom have been a modern day gladiator. When Lyn’s seventh father is ruthlessly killed in the arena, Lyn must do the unthinkable: marry a man she does not love, or go into the arena herself. Taking the more obvious (and more radical) choice, Lyn sets off to become a fierce female gladiator.
“Girl in the Arena” is a book that failed to deliver. The sheer amount of grammatical errors within the novel cause readers to wonder how it even managed to be published. One example of this would be the fact that there are no quotations within the novel, as dialogue is instead indicated by a hyphen. The characters of the novel are flat, dull, uninteresting with all having the same sort of boring approach to life. Every character acts the same, and basically have the same personalities. While “Girl in the Arena” was an interesting idea, the numerous mistakes that were made has caused it to be an unenjoyable read.
“Girl in the Arena” is suitable for ages thirteen and up. It is not recommended for a ‘book talk’ or essay accomplice, as there are no underlying meanings within the novel. It is a pity that this novel was so poorly written, as the idea was unique and interesting.

Jul 28, 2012

I expected way more from the book based on the description.

Jun 26, 2012

My first thought upon spying dialogue was Hey! It's just like French! which means that instead of quotation marks, there are em dashes at the start of each spoken line. Kind of like Blood Red Road, but easier to tell apart thought and speech.

The premise here sounds a bit like The Hunger Games, but the world most definitely isn't; it's basically our world right now, with gladiator fighting. (In fact, I'm not sure you can call it futuristic.) There's also a distinct lack of fighting, especially when compared to THG; instead, Lise Haines concentrates on relationships and the planning and plotting to take up residence in between the two monumental fights.

The integration of Roman and Greek history is a pleasant and well-done surprise. Contrast the cultural background with the life of the rich and famous that Lyn and her family go through, and you get a rich reading experience. Haines may lose some readers with description after description of the paparazzi as the plot meanders somewhat, even with sparse, informative flashbacks.

Lyn is the kind of protagonist I wish existed outside of books with life-threatening situations. Hardy, level-headed and plain smart, she earns our respect by rolling with the punches and overcoming troubles and tragedies without ever appearing cold-hearted. The mentally ill brother and best friend good with computers are both cliché, but they serve to highlight Lyn's character.

If you can hang on to the end (and I sincerely suggest you do), the author delivers an emotionally resonant finish that stays in tone with the rest of the novel, something not to be underrated. Girl in the Arena is an entrance into a world that could've been ours, and is all the more powerful because of that possibility.

Jun 06, 2012

In the not-too-distant future, society copes with worldwide war and constant violence by embracing an extreme pastime: the ancient sport of the Gladiator. The corporate Gladiator Sports Association enforces a strict code of laws and rules?so strict that they extend beyond the arena to a Gladiator?s earnings, property, and family. So when eighteen-year-old Lyn?s stepfather Tommy is killed in a match, the GSA requires that she marry his opponent, Uber, or her family will lose everything. Lyn has grown up immersed in Glad culture (her father and all six of her stepfathers met their end in the arena) but she has no intention of becoming a traditional Glad wife. Instead, she breaks all convention and challenges the GSA and Uber to another death match?and she?ll be doing the fighting. The problem is, Uber?s not really such a bad guy? Like Katniss, Lyn is a girl determined to get herself out of a mess that is not of her own making. She?s also in a forced fight to the death in an arena while crowds of fans scream for blood. But this is no Hunger Games rip-off. Girl in the Arena is a smart, savvy, satirical addition to the tough-girl dystopian genre.

Dec 18, 2011

Good but paced badly, fast then slow then fast... etc. Good plot, okay characters, not a ton of detail. I still liked it but I wouldn't call it a definite favorite.

Sep 27, 2011

Good book, but i thought that it would have more feeling and be a harder read.

Aug 02, 2011

this book could've been so good .but it wasent . i found the lack of punctuation irritating . and the entire book confusing.

Jul 28, 2011

Hope the story continues.

Jul 06, 2011

I tried really hard but just couldn't get into this book. The style of prose was hard to follow. Disappointing becuase the story-line looked so promising.

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whiteshadow13 May 02, 2012

In Massachusetts, eighteen-year-old Lyn, who has grown up in the public eye as the daughter of seven gladiatrors, wants nothing less than to follow her mother's path, but her only way of avoiding marriage to the warrior who killed her last stepfather may be to face him in the arena.


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