Author: Kat Spears
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: Contemporary, Teen, Romance
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Source: Night Owl Reviews
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In Kat Spears’s hilarious and often poignant debut, high school senior Jesse Alderman, or "Sway," as he’s known, could sell hell to a bishop. He also specializes in getting things people want---term papers, a date with the prom queen, fake IDs. He has few close friends and he never EVER lets emotions get in the way. For Jesse, life is simply a series of business transactions.But when Ken Foster, captain of the football team, leading candidate for homecoming king, and all-around jerk, hires Jesse to help him win the heart of the angelic Bridget Smalley, Jesse finds himself feeling all sorts of things. While following Bridget and learning the intimate details of her life, he falls helplessly in love for the very first time. He also finds himself in an accidental friendship with Bridget’s belligerent and self-pitying younger brother who has cerebral palsy. Suddenly, Jesse is visiting old folks at a nursing home in order to run into Bridget, and offering his time to help the less fortunate, all the while developing a bond with this young man who idolizes him. Could the tin man really have a heart after all?
Jesse is a fouled mouth jerk. The writer portrayed him well, but he cussed like a sailor, worked for drug dealers, and pretty much knew how to work every angle there is. I enjoyed all the characters of this book, they seemed real and believable enough. Even the worst ones you couldn't help but like.
This story kind of reminded me of another book that I read, and even a few movies or TV shows I watched. But the plot was good and the story unfolded quite nicely.