Thursday, May 9, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Review & Giveaway: Don't Hate the Player... Hate the Game by Katie Ashley

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.

For all of our YA fans out there, you will definitely enjoy this one. The idea behind this story is very interesting. Right away, you love the main characters! Noah is a great kid, but is quite the honest teenage boy. Maddie is sweet and an overall good girl that you can’t help but adore.
Watching the journey Noah takes throughout this story, is as heartbreaking as it is sweet. In just a matter of weeks, his entire world shifts. If it is life altering, it happens between Spring Break and graduation for Noah. I can’t imagine that he would have survived without Maddie’s support. I loved that he was pretty about his emotions and his lack of display of them.
Maddie. Ah sweet Maddie. What a good girl. She is the sweet Pastor’s daughter who loves everyone. She seems like a great girl and Noah is very lucky to have her support. She provides a great new perspective whenever Noah is struggling and helps to alter his outlook.
Even though Jake is never alive during the story, you felt like you knew him through Maddie and Noah. He was quite the complex kid and it seems that he was quite misunderstood by his peers. I would’ve loved to have seen Jake before his death to truly understand him.
Overall, it was a very sweet, but heartbreaking story. If you are a fan of YA, you will enjoy this one.

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.

She also writes Young Adult fiction under the name Krista Ashe.

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