Title: Don't Hate the Player... Hate the Game
Author: Katie Ashley | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website
Publication Date: April 30 2013
Length: 266 Pages
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Source: Purchased (Kindle Edition)
Cover Love: Such a cute and perfect cover.
Point of View: 1st person, following Noah
My Rating: 4 Stars
This is the first book of Katie Ashley's that I have read, and I am happy to say I was not in the least bit disappointed. When I saw she was releasing a young adult book, and from the boy's point of view... I knew I had to buy it as soon as it was released. I absolutely adore a love story when told from the male perspective, and I can easily say I have fallen in love with Noah.
Don't Hate the Player... Hate the Game is a touching and lovely story. You fall in love with every single character by the end, even the ones that you start out disliking. Well... maybe there is one that you continue to dislike, but trust me there is no getting around Mr. Nelson being a jerk. Everybody hates him, so don't feel bad about that.
As I mentioned before, I love Noah. There is no easier way to describe him than just by saying... he is real. I mean, yeah I know he isn't really 'real' but Katie has done a brilliant job with his voice. He speaks and acts exactly how I would assume a teenage boy would. He is constantly trying to push his emotions away because he thinks others will look down upon him, because that is not how men act. How he responds to his ever growing feelings for Maddie... it is just all handled exactly how I would assume it would be dealt with by somebody his age.
This is really saying a lot about Katie's writing ability. So many young adult book out there right now are simply too adult. Yes the characters are described as eighteen and nineteen year olds but there is no way a vast majority of kids this age act the way they are portrayed. Therefore, I must take my hat off to Katie because I truly feel she has managed to hit the nail on the head with this one. And in all honestly, this simply enhanced my love for the story because I could easily believe everything that was happening.
There are so many other issues that Noah is faced with, other than the loss of his best friend. That tragic event is simply the catalyst for the directions that Noah finds himself pulled in. This is a true coming of age novel with a lovely and happy ending. It is about always being true to yourself, and letting others see you exactly how you want to be seen. Life is far too short to build up walls, and to allow others to dictate how you should be acting.
I know this all can sound corny as hell but believe me when I say it is touching and well worth a read, regardless of your age. I can be in no way classed as a young adult, and I haven't been for many, many years... but that didn't stop me falling in love with the story and characters.
I mentioned before that this was my first book by Katie Ashley, but I know it will not be the last. I am not aware if she has other books in this genre but seeing how well she told this story, and how easy it was for me to fall in love with her characters... I have no doubts in her ability to write. I will be checking out her other novels very soon.