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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

BookSparks Summer Reading Road Trip Book Stop - Playing Tyler by T.L. Costa

Playing Tyler by T.L. Costa *Cover not final

About The Book:

Tyler MacCandless can’t focus, even when he takes his medication. Tyler’s dad is dead, his mom has mentally checked out and his brother, Brandon, is in rehab for heroin abuse…again. The only person he can really count on is his Civilian Air Patrol Mentor, Rick. The one thing in life it seems he doesn’t suck at is playing video games and, well, that’s probably not going to get him into college.

Just when it seems like his future is on a collision course with a life sentence at McDonald’s, Rick asks him to test a video game and Tyler thinks his life might finally be turning around.

That is, until Brandon goes MIA from rehab and Tyler and he discovers that the game is more than it seems. Now Tyler will have to figure out what’s really going on in time to save his brother… and prevent his own future from going down in flames.

Praise for Playing Tyler

“Katniss Everdeen, Harry Potter, Ponyboy Curtis…add another name to the list of unforgettable teenage heroes: Tyler MacCandless. Ty will break your heart and make your cheer on this fast and furious thrill-ride. A breathtaking new voice in young adult fiction, TL Costa weaves realistic adventure, heartache and first love in this amazing, fast-paced story. Fresh. Thrilling. Heartfelt. I’m running out of adjectives, but trust me. You will love this book.” – Kristin Higgins, NYT and USA TODAY Bestseller author of The Best Man

My Thoughts:
"Playing Tyler" is a poignant look at the Generation Y kids and the lives that they lead. Author T.L. Costa brings a sense of empathy for her characters in this intriguing story of two brilliant kids who are caught up in a very adult situation that they soon find they have no control over. 

I found the story to be fascinating, and a little sad at times. But the fact that the author can evoke such emotions, to me, is a sign of a good storyteller.
"Playing Tyler" would be appropriate for more mature young adult readers, but I'm not sure I would recommend it for younger than 16.  Adults will also enjoy this well-written novel.
About The Author:
T. L. CostaT. L. Costa is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and has a Masters of Teaching from Quinnipiac University. She has worked as a publicist, assistant gallery director, high school teacher, and mother. When she is not busy teaching the next generation, she is most likely to be found in the garden battling woodchucks or writing. She lives in Connecticut with her family.

"Playing Tyler" is just one of the many wonderful books being highlighted this summer by BookSparks PR with their Summer Reading Road Trip promotion.  Click here to learn more - http://www.booksparkspr.com/src2013/

My thank to BookSparks for including me on this blog tour and for providing the review copy of this book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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