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Perfectly Ernest Paperback – August 5, 2014
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Growing up in small town Oklahoma, there were limits on the amount and types of entertainment at my disposal. Perhaps that’s why I set my imagination free. After collecting degrees in psychology and counseling, life brought me to Missouri, Texas, and Northern California—where I currently read, write, and live. I fill my spare time playing video games, watching movies, planning for the zombie apocalypse, reading graphic novels, and playing with my dogs. My passion for New Adult literature led me to producing the weekly New Adult Lit Chat on Twitter, and contributing to the NA Alley Blog. I’m also the author of the Moonsongs Books, a series of New Adult, speculative-rural fantasy novelettes. Get in touch on Twitter @EJWesley & Facebook/ejwesley. Learn more about my work at www.ejwesley.com
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5 STARS for Perfectly Ernest by E.J. Wesley. Have you ever made such a big mistake you can never take it back, you can never make up for what you did? Ernie's entire life is about to change. He's on the verge of pitching a perfect game that will take his college team to the championships. Maybe some players experience nerves, but not Ernie. He wishes for nerves, instead he drowns in nothingness, in resolve and surrender.
One moment, one choice and he's off the team, he's adrift in a world he never prepared for, the non-baseball playing collegiate world where his mind is calling the shots and doing a piss poor job of it. With the help of an oddball counseling group and a burgeoning romance, it's impossible to do anything but cheer for Ernie to find his way because the guy is plain cool.
I loved Finding Ernest. It's a sports book done right because E.J. gives us baseball inside and out. We feel the stitches on the ball. We feel the calm before the storm as Ernie pitches. I like that no one fully has their s*** together (except maybe the groundskeeper). We know something is going on with Ernie. His thoughts are taking him down paths that make the reader want to intervene in the worst way. How I wanted to jump into that game and shake him free. Anyone who has ever messed up in a big way will feel for him. My favorite thing has to be that he's a good guy. Really, I wish I knew him in school, the post-mistake version of him. He loves poetry even though sometimes poetry is not the best thing to read to lift your spirits. He's kind and thoughtful. He'd never think of himself in that light, but it's true. Or maybe my favorite thing about the story is romance that is almost precious for him that it takes him by surprise. I can't forget the misfit self-diagnosing counseling group. The issues and conditions the members have are not half-assed. E.J. gives us a taste of the flip side of normal and he does a wonderful job.
If you're a fan of sports stories, of New Adult, romance, finding your way type stories, coming back from the dark journeys, any of those things, or you just want a story about a cool guy who messes up and has no idea what to do next, I highly recommend Perfectly Ernest.
What I really loved was reading a college experience so like my own from the male point of view. I could relate to Ernie, even when he was being a jock, even when he was being selfish, even when he was low low low. Wesley captured all his personality facets in such a fun and easy read, I had a hard time putting this down to get my own work done. Margery, the female love interest, was a fully fleshed woman. I loved all the little observances Ernie had of her, her hip cocked to the side, her ponytail. His voice was masculine but not a jerk. I wanted to squeeze him and give him a big hug.
Favorite quote: "Class with her was particularly cruel. I could see her and hear her, but touching was a child's dream of touching a wisp of cloud." Sigh. I remember that feeling. How poignant.
All in all, a fantastic entry into the New Adult contemporary romance world for E.J. Wesley. Loved it.
*I was given an advanced copy of this book for an honest review.
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This is really a 4.5 star rating but I admit I'm not the best when it comes to picking these ratings.Read more