At a freshman party she doesn't remember, Jess Jordan was almost raped.
Almost. Very nearly. Not quite. Three years later Jess has managed to make everyone believe she's better. Over it. Because she is...almost. Very nearly. Not quite.
Unfortunately, until Jess proves she's back to normal activities, her parents won't discuss college. So she lands a summer internship and strikes a deal with hockey jock Gray Porter: He gets $8,000. She gets a fake boyfriend and a social life.
Jess has no idea Gray signed on for reasons other than money. She also never expects to fall in love. But Gray's beyond hot, holds her hand all the time, and makes her forget that he's simply doing his job. It's like having a real boyfriend
...Almost. Very nearly. Not quite.
Gray Porter is hiding secrets of his own. About Jess Jordan. About why he's driven to protect her, why he won't cash her checks or deny her anything she asks.
A best-selling high school romance by Anne Eliot, performed in dual narration by Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross.
©2012 Butterfly Books, LLC & Anne MacFarlane writing as Anne Eliot (P)2015 Butterfly Books, LLC & Anne MacFarlane writing as Anne Eliot
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"Good portrayal of a great story"
This was one of my first ever YA reads in 2013 and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it three years later. Firstly, as an audio interpretation I can only say how excellent it was. It was a dual POV narration but it pushed the boundaries further with the male and female narrators speaking the appropriate parts of dialogue in the alternate POV. This enhanced the listening experience massively.
As the title suggests, this tale centres around the years of fallout after an almost rape. This could sound morose and certainly the half life existence Jess is living is a grim at times. However, this is a story of hope, restoration and first love. It's quite beautiful. Grey is a young man with integrity. I admired and half fell in love with him. He was was so intertwined with Jess' life, it was a mess of lies but they navigate the lies to find a truth in their friendship. Whilst the subject matter was serious and had the potential to be excessively heavy, Anne Eliot finds a way to translate a grave message that hits home yet still delivers a great YA story that satisfies and fulfils the reader.
The narration hit the spot in terms of the characters ages, they fit the age range well in terms of voice, emotion etc.
If you've not read this book, I highly recommend as a perfect YA, coming of age love story with a punch.
Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog
"Young love and secrets"
It's in the top ten.
I liked that the author was not afraid to tackle a very sensitive topic, and did so with empathy.
Kai and Wen bring the story to life, they add emphasis without overdoing it.
It was, and I did.
I liked the story, it was a difficult trip at times, but love won out in the end.
"everything I didn't expect from a teen novel"
the voice acting grew on me as the book went on. the story itself was just GREAT. I loved the way that the author not only surprised me with the strength of her characters but also with the climax of the story.
a good read for sure.
"Really good book!"
I really enjoyed this book it just sucked me in and I couldn't stop listening. I felt like I was actually there during her flashback dreams. I fell In love with Borg characters. The narration was slightly annoying at first especially hearing "she laughed" and then after that having a real laughing sound but after I got used to it, it didn't bother me anymore.
The plot for this book was okay, but what really got me was the narrators! All the other audiobooks I have listened to, the narrators never switched off. If there was a line with the male voice, the female couldn't just make her voice go "manly". Rather the male narrator had to put his voice in. The switch off in this book just drove me nuts. Also, they talked really slow and in all honesty, this book got the low reviews because of the narrators. They didn't make the story alive in my opinion. I really wanted to just mark this book as finished, but the person in me kept listening to this book until it was done. Torture for me to be honest.
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