Review: Once Upon a Player by Agay Llanera

Once upon a Player
by Agay Llanera

Gorgeous college senior Val Fabian is a player in every sense of the word. She’s the star spiker of her university’s volleyball team, and she never runs out of dates. But it seems that this year, she has finally been bitten by the commitment bug. She sets her sights on an unexpected target–the unassuming yet ultra-cute Jake Clementia. Val is used to getting what she wants, and is sure she’ll snag him before graduation. But in the process of winning his heart, she is sideswiped by a surprise move that sends her tumbling from her pedestal.

I’ve always admired ladies who have guts, spunk and courage to do what they want and to say what they feel. But girls with attitude and extreme self-confidence and drive, to the point of hurting other people’s feelings… no, major no no to me.

Valerie Fabian, star player and captain of the Star Phoenix volleybelles is cutthroat and determined in life, especially after an unfortunate family affliction. She’s quite vain (in my opinion) and pretty pretentious too. She’s used to getting what she wants, when she wants it. Even to the extent of losing someone she loves in the process.

Now I don’t want be negative about Val or her fab abs and fab friends. While there’s a reason to her notoriety, I find her flaws remarkably spot on. Her character is actually realistic, and I could agree that some kids of this generation behave like her. I’m not saying everyone – maybe just a portion.. but that’s beside the point.

Anyway, I like how Val’s personality eventually won me over. It was really hard for me to like her at first, but her co-volleybelles, Kat and Dessa, made her likeable in the end. And her love interests (take note the plural form) were really surprising, I wasn’t expecting the lucky guy to finally claim his spot on Val’s heart by the end of the story.

This has been a totally deceivingly good book! Agay Llanera’s writing is descriptive and succinct. A breath of fresh air. Would surely love to read more of her works, soon!

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