Leanne Yong, Author

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Cover art by Lucy Wang
Cover design by Mika Tabata

How did I let my sister talk me into going out when I have a game to fix and a jerkface to destroy?

Sam Khoo has one goal in life: create cool indie games. She’s willing to do anything to make her dream come true – even throw away a scholarship to university. All she needs is a super-rare ticket to a game design workshop and she can kickstart her career.

So when Jaysen Chua, otherwise known as Jerky McJerkface, sneakily grabs the last ticket for himself, Sam is left with no choice. It’s war. Knowing all too well how their Australian-Malaysian community works, she issues him an ultimatum: put the ticket on the line in a 1v1 competition of classic video games, or she’ll broadcast his duplicity to everyone. Thank you, Asian Gossip Network.

Meeting in neutral locations, away from the eyes and ears of nosy aunties and uncles, Sam and Jay connect despite themselves. It’s a puzzle that Sam’s not sure she wants to solve. But when her dream is under threat, will she discover that there is more than one way to win?

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Praise for Two Can Play That Game

A gentle enemies-to-lovers romance… with a great sense of humour and deep empathy for young people trying to find a balance between the demands of two cultures.

Books+Publishing

A relatable, fire-cracking story about chasing your dreams. Sam Khoo stole my heart.

Wai Chim, award-winning author of The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling

Funny, romantic and heart-warming. A dazzling debut.

C.S. Pacat, NYT bestselling author of Dark Rise

An utterly gorgeous and heartwarming debut.

Nina Kenwood, acclaimed author of It Sounded Better In My Head and Unnecessary Drama

An utterly charming, generous and affirming story.

Michelle Law, acclaimed Asian-Australian writer/actor

I wish this book had been around when I was growing up!

Vanessa Len, bestselling author of Only A Monster

A gloriously nerdy debut about family, culture, passion and ambition.

Tobias Madden, bestselling author of Take a Bow, Noah Mitchell

This nerd loved it.

Rebecca Lim, award-winning author of Tiger Daughter

Hilarious, genuine, and wonderfully geeky.

Grace Chan, author of Every Version of You

Witty, charming and full of heart. I didn’t want it to end!

Kay Kerr, acclaimed author of Social Queue and Please Don't Hug Me

A warm, witty and big-hearted novel.

Leanne Hall, award-winning author of The Gaps