Jul 31, 2012

Almost by Anne Eliot

Book Description:

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 amazingly 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.

Christina's BookReview
Jess Jordan has lived the last three years repeating the same word in her mind. Almost. Jess Jordan was almost raped, is Almost cured, is Almost normal. Her life consists of Almost…

Her parents don’t think Almost is a good enough reason to let her live her life. With the constant supervision of her parents Jess is miserable. If only she could stop her terrible nightmares. If only she could forget that terrible night.

When her sister makes her a list of “how to be normal” Jess takes it upon herself to see that the list is completed. It’s the only way she will be able to even think about College. Enter Gray Porter...

Gray needs to get a job at Geekstuff.com in order to save for College. Gary needs to concentrate on his jobs and grandmother. Gray doesn’t have time for a girlfriends especially NOT Jess Jordan. Unfortunately life has other plans for him…

When Jess makes Gray an offer he can’t refuse both of them are not ready for what happens. As Gray tries to protect Jess and try not to fall in love with her he lives with a dark secret. One he doesn’t want Jess to know, just yet. And Jess refuses to let Gray in on why she is always so bitchy and always falling asleep. Jess needs Gray to accept her deal and that’s it. No strings attached. No need in revealing to him her nightmare.

When happens when his secret is out? What happens when Jess gets her memory back of that dreadful night? READ AND FIND OUT.

I have to start off by saying that I struggled a little through this book. There were times where I found myself dying to just get to the end. The only reason I continued through it? Gray Porter. :) He was everything girls look for in a guy. He was sweet, caring, funny, handsome, patient, and smart. I loved every part he was in but at one point I wanted to yell at him to STOP BEING A WHIMP!

Jess treated Gray like CRAP! Every time he tried to make her smile or comfortable she belittled him and then felt bad for it. But it didn’t stop her from continuing it. I wanted him to man up and just shake some damn sense into her. I wanted to strangle her at time. I know, a little dramatic, but so true.

Some of the secondary characters need to be mentioned because I enjoyed when they were present in the story. Cory and Michelle were great best friends to Gray and they were so cute together! Kika was the greatest little sister and I enjoyed the way she told Jess things just how it was.

I’m sure you all know why the 4 star rating by my ranting above. Jess just wasn’t a character I enjoyed reading about. I can’t relate to what she went through like others could I'm sure. As an author the point of your work is to have all readers sympathize with the character.I found Jess to be selfish, bitchy and rude throughout the whole book. I wished that she had tried to at least let Gray help her when he wanted to and that she wouldn’t have waited until the very end to suddenly give him a chance.

I would recommend this books because the premise of it was good and because Gray and the secondary characters makes the read worth it. 

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