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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 27 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: June 3, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D4D9056
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The Perfect Game Audiobook – Unabridged
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I have no idea how to express how I feel about this book accurately. It was completely cliched with everything from the supportive best friend (Melissa), to the helpful male (in this case Jack's brother, Dean), to the bad boy Jack (who instantly changes his ways within days of meeting our heroine), to a hokey nickname (kitten) to a predictable climax (he cheats on her), to an even more predictable ending (they reconcile). The thing is...I don't mind predictable. Clichés exist for a reason. People like them. There's something comforting about slipping on a romantic comedy knowing that despite the friction the couple on screen will have their happily ever after.
But what I didn't like? I hated that our heroine, Cassie, didn't show ANY backbone. She's apparently a girl with trust issues and a list of rules she believes people should live by...but she doesn't show that here. In fact, when Jack cheats on her she hardly gets angry with him. When Jack's infidelity is the talk of the school-- essentially humiliating her, she doesn't get even. Nothing! She just begs to have him back! And then when he denies her...she leaves heartbroken only to have him crawling back to her a few chapters later with no questions asked or resentment built up. It was mind-boggling.
I really wish the author had taken her time and developed this part of the story a little more. It felt rushed. I know there are two more books in the series and I wish she'd have used one of them to let our couple take a much needed break from each other and to let our heroine, Cassie, develop a little more of a backbone.
All and all, the book is like a lifetime movie. Not great, but sometimes you just need something predictable.
This book was written in a way where you do not need to read The Game Changer, Cassie and Jacks story does continue, as much as we all want a story for other characters (EHEM..) The Game Changer also gives you more of one of my favorite couples.
One thing that I noticed before I started this book, is that there are two very distinct camps: you either loved the book or you hated it. I never saw a middle ground. As I started reading the reviews, my interest became more piqued to say the least and I really wanted to know why there was such a split between the two groups. As I started reading, I quickly figured out why you either loved it or hated it.
***************WARNING! SPOILER ALERT. IF YOU DON'T WANT TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS, TURN BACK NOW!!!!*************
The Perfect Game runs along a similar storyline like that of Jamie McGuire's "Beautiful Disaster." The two have their similarities with the innocent heroine and the pushy bad boy player/athlete/fighter who will stop at nothing to get the heroine's attention. That's pretty much where the similarities end. Where I really wasn't crazy about Travis Maddox of BD, I actually found myself being charmed by Jack Carter of TPG. Not saying that one author is better than the other, just that I have my own preferences when it comes to my bad boys. I was really disappointed to see people really angry about these two books being so similar in nature. But that is the really funny thing about books, no story is truly the same.
What I really liked the most about this book was Cassie. Oh. My. Cassie. This girl had sass and tenacity when faced with Jack Carter, biggest player at the university. Where other girls tripped and hung all over Carter like he hung the moon and the stars in the sky, Cassie held back her disgust with her head held high and a bit of disdain for the player in her eye. Whatever you do, do not call her, "Kitten" or there will be heck to pay with her, something that Jack can't seem to help himself to calling her any chance he gets. Cassie makes him beg, plead, and whimper for a date after weeks of letting him dangle. I like that she had a backbone and wasn't afraid to let him know she wasn't impressed with him.
There are times when I really need the book to get a move on, I find myself skipping and skimming to get through the initial meeting and getting to know the characters and how they interact with one another. With this book, I didn't have to skim because the author decides to skip ahead four weeks, so that we're past the initial awkward stage of dating and into a more comfortable stage where the characters have an established relationship. There were a lot of people who didn't like this fact and felt that it took away from the character development; I didn't feel that way in the least.
So, one thing that I took notice in this book is that it follows the fantasy of the good girl being able to tame the bad boy. What girl doesn't want to be the one to tame a wild boy down and make him hers? I may be cynical, but I won't deny that I enjoy that fantasy every once in a while. Anyhow, what most girls don't think about when they're daydreaming about how to tame their own bad boy is why is the bad boy so bad? Most of them have some kind of issue stemming back from something in their homelife. When Jack was 5 years old, his dad went to work but never came home. He just disappeared and never came back. The author leads us to believe that he simply walked away from his family and never looked back. At 8 years old, Jack's mom tells him that she can't handle him or his little brother, they're just "too bad" and she just walks out of their lives. What child wouldn't have some kind of traumatic issues of abandonment after that? Jack, rather than getting some kind of therapy for what he went through, went through a fighting phase. He never really grew out of that phase.
Jack has commitment issues, which is why he never sleeps with the same girl twice. And he never dates. Until he meets Cassie; all bets are off when he first lays on her.
The biggest issue people had with this book was the cheating. Jack is in the AA minor leagues, celebrating his very first perfect game, drinking a little too much. A jersey-chaser named Chrystal sets him up with more drinks until Jack has no idea what he's doing, until he takes her home and sleeps with her. He's feeling guilty about what he's done with someone who isn't his girlfriend, but rather than telling her the truth, he decides not to say anything to her; he's broken two of her rules and he knows he'll lose her if he says anything.
Normally I don't condone cheating, but I feel like I can relate to this particular situation. I had a boyfriend who cheated on me, someone I thought I would spend the rest of my life with. But he made a bad choice one night and ended up getting this girl pregnant. He was a good guy so he decided that he needed to do the right thing and marry this girl. We all knew this baby wasn't his but he wouldn't listen. Unfortunately for him, he ended his life a year after they were married.
Jack made a terrible decision, which was very much impaired by alcohol. Does it make sleeping with someone who wasn't Cassie, okay? No, but I really think that if he hadn't been drinking, he never would have hurt her by cheating. We all know that alcohol truly impairs our judgement, so I found it hard to really hate him like everyone else was doing. He's human and he made a really bad decision and he pays for it by marrying this girl because he got her pregnant. Does he have to do it? No, but he's a good guy and he doesn't want to be a bad parent like his parents were. It's really hard to hate him, because I think if I'd been given the choice, I would have taken my ex back in a heartbeat, because I absolutely loved him with everything that I had in me.
Towards the end of the book, Jack discovers that Chrystal was being dishonest and there was never a baby. He is able to annul the marriage, but not without some resistance on her end. He goes six months without speaking to Cassie and everyone is pissed about it in their reviews. The reason I think that he went so long without talking to her is because he wasn't a single man yet, and despite what his wife had done to him, he wasn't a real cheater. If given a choice stone cold sober, he'd never cheat on a woman he was with.
I really ended up adoring this couple and I really can't wait to see where the future takes them next.