Playing With Matches is a beautiful coming of age story, about a teenage girl with no friends who gets sucked in to a world of anonymous matchmaking, and through that finds herself. The main character, Raina, is a very rea l and larger than life person, with good intentions but also a skill for attracting misunderstandings. Her story is a heartfelt, believable one, which made me cry at sometimes and laugh aloud at others. I love it. Some books are just a nice story but don't leave you anything much to think about, this is not one of those books. At the beginning of the book Raina is a more or less normal teenager. She just wants to make friends and get through high school, but when she is faced with her sister blaming her for the broken engagement and wanting to repair the damage to their relationship, and the unwanted challenge of fixing up people who have nowhere else to turn, Rain begins to grow up a bit. Through Esther she learns to consider other people's points of view, and most of all her story reminds us that keeping secrets only leads to misunderstandings. It might be hard to tell someone, but it's so much better once you do. I loved this book, and would absolutely recommend it.