Author: Katie Ashley
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
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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 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.
She also writes Young Adult fiction under the name Krista Ashe.
5 Phenomenal Stars
It’s a funny thing about perception…what we perceive is not always in fact, reality.
Noah Sullivan is a 17 year old high school senior who just lost his best friend in a tragic accident. Told from Noah’s point of view, this sad and touching young adult story brought tears to my eyes and sniffles to my nose on more than one occasion.
After Jake’s death, a surprising personal item is found in his bedroom. Jake’s mother pleads with Noah to help find the person for whom this item was meant to be given. What started out as a daunting task to find this specific person, ends up being an exercise in self-discovery for Noah as well as leading him to uncover unbeknownst truths about his best friend who was known for being a self-professed player.
Noah thought he knew everything there was to know about Jake, his best friend since kindergarten. But everything is not always as it seems. Not only did he discover a different side to Jake, Noah also learned about himself, his emotions, and what was truly important in his life. Growing up is never easy for anyone. The teenage years are full of emotional turmoil. And then to lose a best friend at such a young age is life altering. Watching Noah struggle and come to terms with Jake’s loss was heartbreaking. As a mother of a child close to Noah’s age, I wanted to reach into my Kindle and hug him tightly. I wanted to tell him that it was okay to express his feelings, something he tried very hard to hide from doing. I wanted to tell him he needed to let it out. But Noah had to figure this all out on his own. He had to experience the process in order to come out on the other side.
Noah’s relationship with his single mother was not unusual for a teenage boy. Maddie, the main female character was the kind of person who always tried to bring out the good in everyone. Noah’s grandmother was a doting woman who was wise with her words. And of course, there were also your usual cast of high school characters that we can recall from our own experiences.
Kudos to Katie Ashley for this beautifully written coming of age story. What a brilliant job she did getting into the head of a teenage boy. Happily, there were some very humorous moments to lighten up this tender tale. (I’ve never heard the term “polish your knob” before. LOL!) I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a very touching read. And I’m hoping I can talk my own teenager into reading it. There are certainly some very valuable life lessons to be gained here.
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