Book Review: Almost by Anne Eliot

Title: Almost
Author: Anne Eliot
Publication Date: February 1, 2012 by Butterfly Books
Rating: ★★★★★
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Synopsis

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.

 

Poor me, craving for a cheesy contemporary read.

I was in the middle of reading a dystopian book when I realized that the last book I’ve read was a paranormal one. I realized most of my books in my dorm room were dystopians and I was feeling a bit moody that day and I just randomly craved for a cheesy read. I opened up my Kindle app and found Almost.

I loved Anne Eliot’s How I Fall so much that’s why even before reading this, I knew I’ll love it too. I’m not wrong. Almost is not only a cheesy contemporary fic that I craved but also a dynamic story between two people. It’s very compelling and I did not expect to feel such strong emotions while reading it.\

Jess Jordan, the female protagonist, was almost raped, three years ago. With no memory of what happened that night, she continued to live by isolating herself and building up walls to everyone in her life, including her family. Determined to live a ‘normal life’, she persuaded her parents to let her live freely and normally. She needed to achieve everything in her to-do list, including “having a boyfriend.” Enter Gray Porter, one of the hotties in their school, who’s had the eyes for Jess since freshman year. He entered a deal with Jess: pretend to be her boyfriend in exchange for money, but Jess doesn’t know he’s not in just for the money. Gray signed in because of reasons both from their past.

When the novel started, I was pretty much excited. The story was told in alternating POVs of Jess and Gray. I’ve made it a point here that I love alternating POVs. First chapter was Jess’. Second was Gray’s. I was only on the second chapter of the book when I openly declared my love for this. Honestly, I found the story cute. But throughout the book, I’ve felt different strong emotions: Love, Anger, Fear.

Almost every chapter has got different feelings to offer. The way of writing was pretty good. The characters were real and relatable. Very much dynamic, and swoonworthy. This book just easily climbed up the ranks of my favorite books.

I love how Anne’s books deal with real life problems. I just find them really enlightening and interesting. It makes the book unique and real. Raw emotions here and there, and sometimes even life lessons can be found through the pages. I’m pretty much stoked now to read Anne’s other book, Unmaking Hunter Kennedy because not only I’ve heard good things about it, but also I believe that Anne will again make me swoon because of her writing.

It’s true. Don’t judge the book by it’s cover. I highly recommend you guys give this a try. I’ve also included a playlist of some of my favorite songs that I somehow found related to the book.

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A 22 year old bibliophile from the outskirts of Manila, who loves reading books for passion.

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