Review: The End Game by Kate McCarthy

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“Professional athletes are pillars of their respective communities. They are heroes in the eyes of boys and girls and are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that positively represents their community.”

The public loves a good scandal. Seeing someone fall from the pinnacle of success makes a great headline. No one knows that better than I do. What started out as a promising career in college football, spiraled into scandal and shame.

But being a hero is easier said then done. Especially when there are those who expected to see the great Brody Madden fail. I craved nothing except being the best—willing to do anything to prove them wrong. But I went too far, and I tried too hard, and it broke me.

“At the time of going to print, Jordan Elliott was unavailable for comment.”

I met Brody Madden in my senior year of college. An Australian native on an international scholarship, I was the female soccer sensation with stars in her eyes and no room for a hotshot wide receiver with a chip on his shoulder.

But a heart bursting with ambition and a driving fire to succeed isn’t made of stone. I became his strength, his obsession, and the greatest love of his life. Only I wasn’t there when he needed me most.

This is a story about love and a game that takes everything. Where the path to glory is paved with sacrifice. Where pressure makes you, or breaks you, and triumph is born in the ashes of failure. Where two people’s end game will change everything.


Ugh. The End Game was so not good. Really it was pretty boring for the most part, there there was a sweet spot in the middle where I thought oh, this might actually turn around and become good, but then it got lame again. That was this story. Meh. *slight spoilers ahead*

Jordan is this big soccer star from Australia who is new to the US and falls in love with Brody, the college football star. Of course everyone wants Jordan because she is new and Australian (which btw she didn't seem very Australian. If I wasn't told this I never would have known....she doesn't use any Aussie words or slang and I kept forgetting she wasn't supposed to be from the US). She is trying to just study and play because her twin brother has given up so much for her to be there she can't mess it up.

Brody is of course a player. But once he meets Jordan he wants to be with her. No more player ways, she is a marriage kind of girl. And luck is on his side when she is assigned as his tutor for a class he is not doing so well in (though I don't think there was much tutoring that happened). They get together, he has a dark past and dark present, he gets mixed up in drugs, boo hoo, scandel, everything gets better and everything magicallly works out so they both have the bestest lives ever even though Brody ruined things for his carreer with the drug use. Yey! Sunshine and rainbows and unicorns and boring! That is the main issue with this book. It is boring. I never connected with the characters, I didn't care about anything that happened to them, it was just meh. I wouldn't have finished it had it not been a book club read because there was nothing there to hold my interested. Plus the sunshine and rainbows everything magically worked out amazing in the end wasn't believable.

Rating: ★1/2


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