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Don't Hate the Player

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Heartfelt tale tackles toxic side of the gaming industry.

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Alexis Nedd's heartfelt novel doesn't shy away from the toxic side of the gaming industry. Nedd seamlessly incorporates diverse characters -- gender, race, sexuality -- and their experiences with harassment online and IRL into Don't Hate the Player. Told from Emilia and Jake's perspectives, readers will love how their supportive friendship turns into a swoon-worthy relationship. As the story progresses and Emilia tries to keep her identity a secret, teens will see the importance of practicing good digital habits plus the power of friendship, communication, and perseverance.

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