For Noah Sullivan being the best friend to a douchebag and player like Jake Nelson has never been easy. It's been a rocky road since kindergarten when Jake duct taped Noah to his chair before recess. With just six weeks to high school graduation, Jake accidentally blows his drunken ass up on his grandfather's tractor, and Noah finds himself immersed not only in a whirlwind of grief, but on a quest to find a mystery girl from Jake's past.
While cleaning out Jake's room, Noah and Jake's dad make a startling discovery. Instead of the obligatory porn collection or pot stash, they find a ring, but not just any ring. Its half a carat of commitment in a platinum setting-proving even man whores have taste. After Jake's mom pleads with Noah to find the girl who meant so much to Jake, Noah begins a modern day Grail quest to track the girl down.
Since Jake was a notorious player with a legendary collection of trophy panties, Noah finds himself in over his head. There are the usual suspects like Avery, the Ice Princess Jake dated for appearances, or Presley, the school mattress Jake dated for convenience. But the trail begins to point to the most unlikely of suspects: Maddie, the Valedictorian and choir girl who was trying to help the unmotivated jock graduate--the girl who also has surprisingly caught Noah's eye and meddled with his heart.
Most of you know that I love books that are totally unrealistic and could NOT happen in real life. I hate dealing with real life which is why I read so much. Saying this...I CRIED THROUGH SO MUCH OF THIS FREAKING BOOK!!! So you know it is going to be sad b/c the book description tells you that Jake dies...but I did not expect to cry through the first several chapters while everyone is trying to deal with it. I really like Noah but I kind of hate him too. Noah comes off as the nice guy b/c Jake was the douche but in reading Noah's thoughts...he's a douche bag too and a little spoiled. I like the fact that he really did care about Jake and through the whole book when something hard is going on he thinks about how Jake was always his rock. He ran to Jake for just about anything. It was nice to watch Noah mature and in a way you get to see how Jake was maturing too before he died. Katie Ashley did a great job with putting some twists in the book that you don't see coming.
I really did enjoy this book even though it made me emotional. I am giving it a strong 4 out of 5. It is a YA book and the characters are in high school. GO GET THIS BOOK (and all of Katie's other ones b/c she is a GREAT writer)!!!
About the Author:
Katie Ashley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of The Proposition. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs and one outnumbered cat. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.
She spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.
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