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.

Book Dames Rating 4 Stars

I was moved by this story and can’t wait til my 13 is tiny bit older to read it. I wouldn’t say its full on YA but borderline! Then again I never thought Twilight should of been YA, so what do I know!! This book was unique in many ways, first off being told in a teenage boy’s POV, and he’s not the broken boy playing girls left and right! I would say Noah is lonely and trying to find his footing on the right path! Katie Ashley wrote Noah perfectly, he seemed so really! I wanted to reach through the pages and hold his hand, once or twice I might have wanted to smack him (gently, and tell him to knock it off. I’m a mom I think that’s normal). I adore Maddie and her family. I love how this story played out and could see it playing on the big screen. It had all the qualities of a beautiful coming of age story, with just enough to keep you guessing without screaming at the pages for the characters to stop going down the wrong path! Katie Ashley, you have another best seller on your hands!

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