Friday, December 28, 2012

The Perfect Game by J. Sterling

For her junior year in college, Cassie Andrews transferred schools and is now rooming with her best friend Melissa. She's starting to take college classes in photography, which she loves to do and wants to get a career in after college.

During her first college party, she sees Jack Carter. Right away, she knows that Jack is a player and very cocky, a guy who knows that he looks like a God and thinks he deserves to be treated like one. It doesn't help that he is a phenomenal baseball player and will go into the big league very soon, if his agents are correct.

Cassie wants absolutely nothing to do with him. She avoids him, yells at him, walks away from him, and, when possible, ignores him.

But Jack is very persistent and dedicated to making the one girl on campus who despises him on sight talk to him, and also go out on a date with him.

There's only so much a girl can handle and Cassie can't deny that he is very good looking. So she finally does go out with him, and then becomes the first girl that Jack Carter has ever dated and called his girlfriend.

Ever since Jack's parents left him and his younger brother Dean, Jack has had trust issues. He only hooks up with a girl once and then he's done with them, leaving them no imagination that they will be the one to snatch up his heart.

But when Jack sees the disgust and hatred in Cassie's beautiful green eyes, all bets are off. He wants to know this new girl on campus and he is going to do everything in his power to get what he wants. And it's a lot of power since he is the star player on the baseball team.

And once he finally gets Cassie? It's a dream come true. She is the one for him and he will do anything and everything for her.

Sure, when he gets drafted to start on a Double A team, the distance is hard on both of them, but they always think about each other every minute.

But old habits die hard - can Jack change his ways for good? Will Cassie's heart get broken by the biggest player turned boyfriend on campus? Read The Perfect Game by J. Sterling to find out!

My Thoughts/Reflections
So, just a forewarning, this is a NEW AGE novel, which means that it's a little bit more mature and graphic than a YA novel but not too racy like an adult novel. Mainly, New Age (NA) novels are set in college and are about characters who are starting to grow up, but still do things that are immature.

Now, on to the review! I was very intrigued with this novel and just recently found it on Amazon - it was an impulsive purchase.

And I did like it. It just wasn't my all time favorite novel. Nor my all time favorite New Age novel.

Also, this book is written in alternating narrations between Cassie and Jack, so we got to see both of their viewpoints throughout the novel.

I really liked Cassie. She was fiesty and didn't take Jack's crap. Nor did she give in when Jack was persistent about going on a date with him. I didn't blame her - the most notorious player on campus wants to date her? Something else must be hidden within his persuasion.

But she laid down the rules and made sure Jack knew about them.

Now, Jack. Oh, Jack. He was very determined because he's always got everything he wants - well for the most part. And he was very sexy and very confident, which is good in a guy.

However, he became one of those guys that NEEDED to be with his girl. When Cassie didn't answer her phone or call him back right away, he got frantic with worry and freaked out.

He didn't do it all of the time, but it was enough to drive me crazy.

And the huge mistake that he made? Totally called it when he kept insisting that he was going to mess up. And I called everything that would happen throughout the mistake until it was done. So, I thought, it was very predictable.

That doesn't mean I didn't like this novel - I did! Just not as much as I could have liked it. I really did like the ending, though I'm not sure how realistic it would be with different people in the real world.

Overall, I gave it 3.5 stars. I'm interested to see if Sterling will write more NA novels in the future - I'll have to read them if she does.

I would recommend this to any older young adult, since there is graphic material that many parents wouldn't want their children to read. But anyone who likes sports, photography, and wants to find out about the "real college life", this would be something that you might enjoy!

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