Don’t Hate the Player… Hate the Game by Katie Ashley + GIVEAWAY [NOW CLOSED]
Dont Hate the Player.. Hate the Game
Age Group: Young Adult
Release date: April 30, 2013
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.
Book Synopsis: 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.
“Who knows. Sometimes we just have two sides to us, Noah. One that we’re willing to let the world see, and then the other that we hide deep within ourselves.”
Katie Ashley has written an amazing book, told in the perspective of a boy, Noah. Now I know many books are usually told in alternating points of view or told strictly in the perspective of a girl, but to read a book solely told from a male perspective, was so refreshing! I loved it!
The story begins with an introduction to Noah and his best friend Jake, who is a self proclaimed ‘douchebag’ and ladies man, however the plot quickly thickens when Jake passes away suddenly. Before I get on with the review, I must proclaim my love for this book was instant! It was really well written and actually had me experience such a range of emotions. At the beginning of the book I was crying – actually throughout the whole book I was crying, but there were some parts in which I laughed, other parts where I was insanely happy, and then other parts where my mother thought I was crazy because I was just casually jumping up and down with anticipation of what I wanted to happen next.
I really LOVED the whole storyline, and I credit it to unique concepts and issues discussed within this novel. These issues really resonated with me, and are issues which everybody has or will experience: identity and expectations, change, loss, love, grief, forgiveness and life after the death of a loved one. This novel follows Noah’s discovery of finding put who is best friend really was and through this journey, he embarks on his own journey of self-discovery.
One of my favourite lines from the book was,
“Like you were a product of what society wanted of you for a long time- even though it wasn’t who you really were deep down inside”
I think identity and expectation are issues in which a lot of people, both young and old, deal with on a daily basis. Ashley teaches us that it’s ok to be who we are and that the expectations placed on us by society and those around us don’t define who we are deep down – in the end, we just need to be ourselves. This book taught me some very interesting things and also reaffirmed my love for books, and this genre in particular. It’s not everyday where I read a book written in the perspective of a guy and actually like it, so that was surprising, but perhaps not as surprising as Jake’s one and a half carat of commitment to a mystery girl. I just can’t get over the fact that this book was actually so amazing and the fact that it talked about so many different concepts. I really loved this book – if you couldn’t tell already, a in all honesty it was a good read that I would definitely recommend to anyone and everyone. It’s not too long, and for the length of the novel you get an amaze-balls book which talks about things that I think we as a society or as friends and family need to address.
Here’s a quote that I think summed up what I took away from the book, I mean if I can’t have Noah and you guys can’t have Noah, and nobody can have Jake, at least we can have this quote:
But I grew tired of that. More importantly, I grew tired of being somebody I really wasn’t…
Although the novel was about romance, I focused more on the self discovery part of it. I think when we read certain books, we take away different aspects, mine’s was about how its was ok to be myself, that society’s expectations didn’t need to affect me and that other things in the world matter more. I can’t really find the right words to do this book justice, the only thing I can say is that I highly recommend you get a copy of this book. It was truly a great read and its one of those books that you only come across once in a blue moon. I rate this book 4 stars it is totally worth reading and is just all round amazing.. seriously. ALSO – on a side note, I need to mention the cover, it is pretty damn amazing! It just works, I mean the lighting, the hot guy, hot girl, the passion, its just a damn good looking cover!
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