Today we welcome Katie Ashley to our blog as she celebrates her new book Don’t Hate the Player…Hate the Game which released on April 30th!
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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.
When I got to the end of the story I was……………………….
I was ……………………………………………………….
and yes I was ……………………………………………….
This was a 5 star read for me. This YA book moved me in a way I didn’t expect to be and to be honest I was…………………………….
and there were points in the book I was doing that too! I can’t relate in one small review how beautiful this story truly is and the sad part is this story isn’t that much of “fiction” even though it’s written that way. This is something that plays out in our kids lives and to see Noah experience what Jake’s mother was going through and rely his own interactions with his mother had me thinking I was reading something that really did happen. As a mother of three children I can’t imagine the depths of despair I would experience if I had lost one of my children. As a Mother I never want my children to experience such a loss as Noah experienced by losing a friend at a young age but as a Mother and very avid reader I’ve encouraged my 16 year old daughter to read this one by buying it for her.
You see once I got to the very end of the story I realized how truly difficult teens have in this day in age ~ where living up to an image is what’s expected and to have the strength, guts, and maturity to walk your own walk is an example of true grace something I hope my kids do.
I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone regardless of your age. There is a lesson for everyone such a beautiful one even though it takes walking through the valley of the shadows to get to the other side where things will be alright. Kudos Katie for such beautiful story and what a true testament to the diversity of your writing. I definitely was left wanting more ~ more of Noah & Maddie’s sweet story ~ more of Jake’s family, all of them, continued healing and more happy tears versus the gut wrenching sobs.
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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