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Peek Inside Playing Her Secret Crush

Alex needs a girlfriend. It’s the only way he’ll get over these feelings for his best friend, Katie. Who better to help him find a new crush than the girl he can’t stop thinking about? What can possibly go wrong?

Playing Her Secret Crush

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All her life, Katie has been chosen last for everything: the last picked on the playground, the last picked by her absent father, and definitely the last picked by boys—even her secret crush, Alex, friend-zoned her. This senior year, Katie is determined to come first.

But then Alex asks her to help him find a date?!

Alex has been living life in the fast lane, but he's ready to slow down—with a girlfriend. The last person on earth he’d consider? The girl his brother developed serious feelings for before he died: Katie. The only way Alex is going to get over Katie is by falling for someone new. And who better to help him find his new crush than the girl he can’t stop thinking about?

What can possibly go wrong?


“A very sweet, cute, unique YA. I loved this one so much.” --Becky Wise, Amazon

“Bottom line: if you are a fan of best friends romances and you like gaming, Playing her Secret Crush is going to be a nice and easy win for you. A quick, cute read that you can finish in one sitting.” --Michelle, Book Briefs

“A cute, friends-to-lovers YA romance.” --Becky Moe, Amazon

“A Great, Quick, Swoon-Worthy Reader for Fans of Computer Games and the Friends to More Trope.” -- Elizabeth Grimsley, Amazon 

"Playing Her Secret Crush by Casey Griffin was a fun, quick and quirky young adult story that takes a friends to relationship theme and adds its own thing." --Arys, Goodreads

"If you’re looking for a quick read over the weekend or at the beach, you won’t be disappointed by this." --Romancing the Book, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640635876
Release Date: Jul 2, 2018
Page Count: 270
Imprint: teen crush
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: bad boy/bachelor/playboy reformed, friends to lovers

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By Carrie June 30, 2018

Playing Her Secret Crush by Casey Griffin is a cute contemporary romance in which best friends have hidden feelings for one another. The one thing it seems the book blurb has left out is the setting being based around professional gaming.

Now that it’s their senior year Katie thinks she needs to brea ...more

By Shirley July 10, 2018

Original review

This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled: Crush and Netgalley!

Playing Her Secret Crush
is about Katie and Alex. They are both in love with each other but they both think that the other isn’t in love with them. Kat ...more

By books are love December 02, 2018

more like 3.5 starts

REceived in exchange for a honest review.

The story overall was a feel good one that teaches us about friendships, loyalty and family.

You can tell that Alex likes Katie but he is trying to honor his brother who died. Only what Alex perceived may have been wrong and the whole time ...more

By Arys July 03, 2018

Playing Her Secret Crush by Casey Griffin is a friends to relationship story. Katie has a thing for her serial dater friend Alex and Alex has feeling for her too, but not only is she his friend, she is the girl his brother liked before he he died. They like each other, but are off limits. When Alex ...more

By Michelle July 30, 2018

super cute. i love a good gaming romance. Full review to come ...more

By Romancing the October 28, 2018

Reviewed by Angie
Book provided by Entangled Crush
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

It’s been awhile since I’ve read YA, but Playing Her Secret Crush made me wonder why I had stopped in the first place.

​Although, truth be told, the title is a bit misleading; but it does go with the gamin ...more

By throneofreaders June 30, 2018

Rating: 3.8 stars

Disclaimer: This e-arc was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The story tackles about gaming, LGBT, teenagers realizing their feelings for each, coping up with loss, acceptance, and friendship. Predictable, yet it was a fun read for me.

The nerd in me i ...more

By Candyce July 06, 2018

Playing Her Secret Crush was a fast and fun read. As a fan of contemporary books, this is a must read. Katie feels like she always chosen last. Her father left, at school she is last and even her secret crush doesn't seem to notice her. Her senior year is going to be different. Katie is a brand new ...more

By Shakera July 06, 2018

Sometimes, there are words that are better left unsaid… This was totally not one of those times! Katie and Alex have had a crush on each other for quite some time. For good reasons, they never said anything. Now that senior year is here, it’s time to turn over a new leaf. Katie wants to be more outg ...more

By Keanna (JustKey) August 02, 2018

Two gamer best friends who feel in a love with a game called Caroon where Alex wants to make his brother proud. But at what costs? Going through girls like a revolving door or taking so many risks that he may go too far ans maybe even the girl who's been by hos side since his brother died? I loved t ...more

By Bette June 29, 2018

Loved this story. It's a sweet YA friends to more story and Alex and Katie are amazing characters. While the gaming aspect of this story weren't to my personal taste (I'm old) I can see how that would appeal to some. It seems well done and researched. Both Alex and Katie are attracted to each other ...more

By Sasha Says July 07, 2018

3.75 stars
This was a super-cute and fluffy YA romance, perfect for a quick summer read. Although not mentioned in the blurb, Alex and Katie are very into an online game and much of the book is centered around the game and their teammates, which was really fun to read about. ...more

By Lenore September 14, 2018

I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

4.5 stars — Okay, I had NO IDEA that this was going to feature nerdiness and gaming!! While I’m not a gamer of ANY TYPE whatsoever, I really loved having another ner ...more

By Elsa June 25, 2018

Rate: 4,5 / 5 stars

Oh how I've missed reading YA. I need to start reading more from time to time.
This book, well the first chapter wasn't impressing to be honest but it was all do to the gamer talk. I've never been a gamer and all that description was a bit boring but once the story got going, I ...more

By Char (1RadReader59) June 26, 2018

This short really surprised me. I had read some of the reviews and wasn’t sure what to expect. I am happy to report I that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I am not a gamer and this being a teen book about two friends that are going into their senior year in high school who meet the end of their freshman y ...more

By Olivia June 24, 2018

"Playing Her Secret Crush" follows Katie and Alex as they enter their senior year of high school. Katie has decided it's time for a makeover- she has had a crush on Alex for years, but she has been permanently friend-zoned. She has read the magazines, invested her money in make-up and new clothes, a ...more

By Sascha June 22, 2018

Playing Her Secret Crush is a cute friends to more young adult novel ready to be your next beach read if you're into gaming. Yep. No where does the blurb hint that there is a huge gaming aspect to this novel, which I think may have been a misjudgment, especially since I really enjoyed the gaming and ...more

By Michelle June 17, 2018

My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!

Thank you to Entangled Publishing for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of those cute romantic reads you pick up for some light summer fun. I read this one right before bed last night in a couple hours flat, ...more

By Becky July 05, 2018

Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 7/5/18.

Playing Her Secret Crush is a cute, friends-to-lovers YA romance. The "playing" in the title refers to the online RPG that Katie and Alex play as part of a team--it's actually a huge part of the story, even though the blurb doesn't really reveal that. I ...more

By Elizabeth July 11, 2018

I loved this book. It's one of my favorite tropes, and I ate it up—computer game and all. I'm not really into the whole comic con, video game, cosplay thing, but Griffin made it rather endearing and almost cool. I loved Alex and watching him struggle with his deep feelings for Katie, as well as his ...more

By Demetra | Demi Reads July 03, 2018

This book was a nice change from what I've read recently!

Katie and Alex have been friends for 2 years. They met when Alex's brother was in the hospital. They both have feelings for the other but for their own reasons have kept them a secret. Katie feels like she's been last to everything and now tha ...more

By TheNextGenLibrarian July 06, 2018

When I asked to read and review Playing Her Secret Crush by Casey Griffin, I thought it would be your average YA romance about a secret crush on your best friend. And while that the crush part was correct, nothing about this book was average. Katie and Alex are gamers, which through me for a loop be ...more

By Brittny July 11, 2018

This is a fun contemporary romp. In Playing Her Secret Crush Katie and Alex have good reasons for keeping each other in the friend zone. Alex decides senior year is the time to give up his fast paced ways and find a girlfriend. When he asks his best friend to help he thinks who better than the girl ...more

By Colleen March 29, 2020

Very cute. Very sweet. Excellent writing. Great depth to characters with more backstory than normal. It was told in alternating, 3rd person POV which was actually really cool given the YA genre. But that just added to the sweetest of each characters' story.
A very cute, sweet, easy beach read. The o ...more

By Becky July 06, 2018

A very sweet, cute, unique YA. I loved this one so much. I don't think I've ever read a book involved with online gaming. It reminds me of a lot that goes around in my own house. Katie I love. She wants to make changes so she is seen and no longer invisible. Which I could relate to from my own high ...more

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Casey Griffin

About the author

Casey Griffin

Casey Griffin can often be found at comic conventions on her days off from her day job, driving 400 ton dump trucks in Northern Alberta, Canada. As a jack of all trades with a resume boasting registered nurse, English teacher, and photographer, books are her true passion, and she is currently busy writing every moment she can.

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