I remember reading this book that was very interesting but never really got to finish it.
All I can remember is that there was a boy who snuck out to this casino like place and played a sort of shooter video game against some random dude. Almost got caught by the authorities by being there. The boy was extremely good at it.
He had to go to school but it was some virtual class? He didn't have a real dad I think his father figure was his older brother? (possibly?). But his brother didn't trust the government or something and accused one of the famous model/players on tv to be fake.
Anyways, the boy got admitted into some school for what he was good at, the virtual video games. But they weren't normal games, they had installed some chips into the students and they trained by entering a different reality to fight. They could feel pain like a normal fight.
There was some higher ranked girl who was basically the best of the best and the boy strived to beat her in a fight. I don't want to go on too long but I'd appreciate if anyone can find the title of this story it was very good!!