Friday, November 9, 2012

Almost by Anne Eliot

Good Reads Summary
Almost by Anne Eliot

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.

My Thoughts
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

You'd be surprised with the number of epically funny moments in ALMOST, though the same are found in between long and drawn out moments of a girl who’s not sure about what’s up and of a boy who won’t say what needs saying. The girl’s got problems and comes up with a pretty original way of coping (or not coping, if you will) and you feel sorry for her, even her put on meanness… because as mentioned it’s all put on since she can’t really move given her not knowing what she’s moving on from.

Then there’s Gray Porter: him and his all around good guy-ness who apparently has more to him as well. Both parties, it seems are haunted by the opposite sides of the same event, and both of them are unable to move on from what’s not been done.

To be frank I didn’t dislike this but neither did I like it: simply, even with the funny things, all the giddy moments of “I’m in love with his hair, his eyes, his abs” and then cut to the boy, and his very same thoughts going through his head of ‘her hair, her dimples her lips…’ AND there I was growing weary of the both of them waxing poetic about the physical perfection of the other as well as the both of them flogging themselves for each their own perceived shortcomings. Weary, because both lists got long and complicated and yes, repetitive. 

Some funny moments… sure, but not nearly enough to keep me interested in a pair of kids who having the hardest of time to move on. My interest was not even kept by that convoluted plan they’d both agreed to… because it’s so obvious that the plan’s a fool proof road map toward heartbreak. I mean aren’t convoluted plans always headed there anyway?


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