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  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Butterfly Books, LLC (7 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937815013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937815011
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 610,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne Eliot is the author of the, How I Fall (and coming soon, How I Fly) two book series, and bestselling, young adult teen issue romances, Almost and Unmaking Hunter Kennedy. She loves writing about teens who live outside the ordinary and she's devoted to stories about teens who live outside the ordinary but who also get to find sweet first kisses and first loves.

Anne resides in Colorado with a very patient husband, two teens of her own whom she adores (an some teens near and far thanks to hosting many exchange students) who are all growing up too fast. She can also be found dreaming on tumblr at anneeliot.tumblr.com, tweeting @yaromance or goofing off on Facebook at facebook.com/anneEliotAuthor. Please visit her website at www.anneEliot.com for information on latest upcoming releases and additional fun and photos.

Any questions on subsidiary rights, inquiries about foreign translation and/or film rights should be directed to the awesome, Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

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Anne Eliot lives, reads and writes in Southern Colorado. Please visit her Amazon Author page or her website http://www.anneeliot.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smittens Book Blog on 4 Oct. 2013
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'Almost. Almost.
How I hate that word and the way it defines me.
Almost raped. Almost over it. Almost normal.
I can almost forget. Way worse, I can almost remember.'

'If you judge a book by it's cover, you might miss out on an amazing story.'

This is soooooo true, in this case...
The cover of this book did absolutely nothing for me, but a few people had mentioned that I should really give this book a chance, so I did.

And it was soooo good! A fabulous, heart warming, page-turning YA romance. I read it in one sitting and couldn't put it down.

Jess Jordan was almost raped. Three years ago. And she's not okay. She has night terrors, she's suffering from PTSD, she doesn't socialise and she's completely forgotten how to be normal.

'Lucky. Lucky. Lucky girl.
Nothing happened.
Nothing happened.'

But her parents won't entertain the idea of her going off to college, until she can prove that she's normal. That she's making `progress'. So, her little sister writes her a list. `How To Be Normal'
On the list; Get a boyfriend.
Enter Gray Porter.

'Person slaughtered: Me.
Method used: Dimple.
The guy has a dimple. Of course he does. To match the Hollywood chin divot. To make the lump on my forehead pound even harder.
Pointes for Gray Porter: 3,000,000-bajallion, trillion to the millionth power.'

When Jess and Gray both apply for the same internship, rather than go head to head for the one spot they both desperately need to secure their future at college, they come with a plan to benefit them both. And Gray becomes Jess's one way ticket to `normal' for the duration of the summer. Her pretend boyfriend.

'I'm living in fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Telss on 19 Nov. 2012
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For me, this book is more of a 3.5 star rating than a 4. I did enjoy the book a lot and must say the more I got through the better it got. The reasons I've rated it down is because I don't like how the scenes go on for so long at a time. For example the first scene in the book goes on for roughly 50 pages in the same room and it didn't feel like it was going anywhere. Other reasons are, I was hoping in the end it would say her dreams have gone or something but there was no mention of the dream.

However... I did enjoy this book, it didn't take me very long to read it. It had a good story and good meaning. I love that it was a happy ending. I like how between chapters its changes from Jess to Gray. You get a feel of how they both truly feel about each other.

I would recommend this book although it wouldn't be one of my favourites. I cant see me reading it again. 3.5 out of 5 stars!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DonnaC on 1 Aug. 2012
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Could not put this book down, very well written and a great story that really tugs the heart strings, this book had me laughing, smiling, shouting and crying and though the underlying story is of an "almost" rape the love story at the forefront is so endearing...well worth the read!!!
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I ALMOST didn't read this book this year. ALMOST.... It's been on my kindle for a while, and very nearly slipped under my radar, until it was recommended to me recently.
I'm so glad that I did pick it up, because WOW!
I was hooked from the second chapter, which just so happens to be when we are introduced to Gray Porter, the sweetest boy you could ever hope to meet.
Jess Jordan has lived in a protective bubble ever since she was almost raped at a party when she is a freshman. Now 3 years later she is hoping to persuade her parents that she is well enough to be able to go to college. Part of her plan is to have a 'normal' summer - get a job, make friends, and get a boyfriend.
She manages to get Gray Porter to go along with her plan, and lays down some ground rules. What she doesn't know though, is that he knows her, and he knows her background. In fact he knows more about what happened than she realises.
I really felt for these two characters. I felt for Jess, and what she had gone through. How she desperately wanted her family to think she had moved on but covered up the fact that she was still having terrifying nightmares. I also felt for Gray. He was so protective of Jess, but was unable to show her just how much he cared for her, and the sacrifices he had made in his own life for her. My heart broke when we discover the secret that Gray is hiding, as I imagined him as a puny 14 year old trying to do the right thing and having no one to turn to.
I loved seeing the 'fake' relationship between Jess and Gray develop, as Jess discovers that Gray is not the Hockey playing jock and ladies man that she thought he was. I loved seeing Jess come out of her shell around Gray, how she was able to relax around him and feel 'normal' for once.
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It's hard to know where to start with this book. Do I tell you how much I loved it? Do I tell you how much I loved Gray and how much I wanted to hug Jess? Or do I tell you how amazing I think the author, Anne Eliot, is? You see my problem? I have so many thoughts and feelings about this book but above all else I am so happy that I pushed aside a few other books that were at the top of my TBR to read this as soon as my friend, Fred, gifted it to me.

As you can see from the blurb Jess was almost raped when she was fourteen. Almost isn't the same as actually being raped, right? She should be over it three years later, right? Wrong.

Jess' life stopped the night of her almost rape. She doesn't have any friends, she wears herself out trying to be "normal" around her parents and she doesn't sleep at night. If she sleeps at night the nightmare comes - the nightmare where she hears a jumble of voices, the nightmare where she kind of remembers what happened but not quite, the nightmare that terrifies her and makes her wake up screaming and crying. To get past this she naps in her car during the day and is never properly rested. She always on high alert for when she needs her "normal" mask in place.

Gray Porter is a boy in Jess' class at school. He's a boy in the know - he's a boy in the know about what happened to Jess that night. Only Jess doesn't know he knows - he can't tell her since he's made a reluctant promise to her parents never to speak to her. He accidentally gets wrapped in Jess' life when they're both down to the final two choices for an internship that they're both desperate for - him for the money and her to help her normal status.

So, why did I love this book so much? There are so many reasons.
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