Playing By The Rules


Author: Brandon Wong

Published: 2016, Wattpad

Rating: ★★★★☆

Date Read: September 28, 2016

3.7 million reads and #108 in Teen Fiction

Playing By The Ruleshead1On the ice, Caleb Dawson is unstoppable. With prodigious talents, Caleb is easily one of the best teenage hockey players in America. There is no doubt that Caleb will become the next greatest star on ice. The only problem is: he knows it. And he demands to be treated like a star. Cocky, arrogant and self-centered, Caleb is on a straight path to destroying his own career.

Jennifer Beckett is academically gifted, as her longstanding position on the honors list indicate. While she may seem flawless inside the classroom, Jennifer is a totally different person outside of class. Broken, fearful, dependent. To hide her insecurities, Jennifer stays away from any sign of trouble. But Caleb is a different kind of trouble, one that draws her into his world. Can this relationship save the two of them from their own destruction?

head2Finally able to binge-read a book again after two weeks of being busy with school stuff. I learned this book from Melissa, founder of The Polyethnic, for the Author Hop Book Tour.

“He’s built barrier to the world and I was allowed in, at least temporarily.”

What a great read!!! ❤ It was a cliche but there is something different with this one that made me like it. I think it was the realistic side of the story, it’s possible to happen unlike the other cliche romance stories. The writing is perfect, the change in POVs weren’t confusing as well as the change in pace. The author made a good description and story-telling of the hockey games. I know nothing about it but I felt that I got what he’s saying and I felt the action. It made me want to learn about it.

“Flaws comes with the whole package. You either take them or you leave them, and I’m definitely not giving up on you.”

I like the character development, and the characters though some were annoying at times. Jennifer Beckett, the female main character, is brainy, socially awkward, and has depression. She’s sometimes immature. Then Caleb Dawson, the arrogant hockey superstar that has a soft spot for the things and people he loves. Then there was Madison and Nick, a couple, and their best friends who helped and supported both of them through their hardships. I wish I have a best friend like them.

I finished this book within a day because it was so good that I don’t want to put my phone down. It made me felt what the characters are feeling and there was a time that I almost sobbed. I didn’t because I was in class. Haha, shhh. This is worth reading especially if you’re into teen romance and sports!



Brandon Wong is an up-and-coming author on Wattpad, an online story sharing platform. Brandon’s debut novel, Playing By The Rules, was published on Wattpad in Fall 2015 and has since garnered over three million reads.

Born in the coastal city of Hong Kong, Brandon moved to the prairies of Edmonton, Canada at the young age of one, where he has lived ever since. Brandon currently attends the University of Alberta as a Finance major.

Brandon is an avid sports fan – a source of inspiration in his writing – and often travels to see his favorite teams play. During his teenage days, Brandon represented his school as a five time gold medalist in track and field and softball. He also played handball, basketball and soccer.

In the summer of 2015, Brandon turned to writing, and Playing By The Rules was created several months later. Combining the fast paced action of hockey with bittersweet romance, the novel has proved to be popular with the Wattpad audience and its influences quickly spread on the platform.

Twitter: @brandonwong048
Instagram: @brandonwong048 @brandonwong048
Snapchat: @bwong_97



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