Title: Don't Hate the Player
Author: Katie Ashley
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
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.
Hanging out with Maddie shows Noah a different side of Jake--one that was deeply human and surprisingly douche-free. And the more he tries to solve the mystery of the ring and of Jake, the more Noah starts to discover about himself and of love.
Katie Ashley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of The
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.
She also writes Young Adult fiction under the name Krista Ashe.
I really liked the concept of this book. Noah goes through a lot in this book. His best friend dies suddenly and horrifically, he still hasn't dealt with losing his Grandfather two years ago, and his dad is a no show in his life. Thankfully he has his mother and grandmother. I loved the relationship between Noah and his mom. It was very touching!
I liked the characters, but didn't fully connect with them or the plot. I mean, we find out pretty early on who the "mystery" girl is. There's really no mystery! I kept thinking, that she was only making us think we knew, then she'd slap us with a twist. Nope never happened. That was a let down for me. Maddie was my favorite character. I would like to read a book from her POV. All in all, it was a good book, but I didn't feel the characters the way I would've liked. But in all fairness, I've been in a reading funk lately and can't seem to pull out of it.
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