Girl in the Arena

A Novel Containing Intense Prolonged Sequences of Disaster and Peril

Haines, Lise

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Girl in the Arena
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.
ISBN: 9781599905211
Characteristics: 324 p. ;,21 cm.


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Jul 11, 2014

I was hoping for a much better story-line, it was extremely predictable.

Jul 08, 2014
  • Violet_Cat_646 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Nov 05, 2013
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Although I've given this book a decent rating, I have somewhat mixed feelings about it. I felt like the plot was quite original and the concept was really interesting, but that the overall novel didn't quite live up to my expectations after reading the subtitle. Definitely imaginative and interesting, just don't expect it to completely live up to its promises.

Jul 28, 2012
  • magykal16 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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

Jun 26, 2012
  • Yahong_Chi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Mar 13, 2012
  • skywalker13 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • THE_BREEZE rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • Tegan1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hope the story continues.

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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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