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Almost
     

Almost

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by Anne Eliot
 

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Almost, by Anne Eliot

At a freshman party she doesn't remember, Jess Jordan was almost raped.

...Almost. Very nearly. Not quite.

Three years later, Jess has managed to make everyone believe she's better. Over it. Because she is....Almost. Very nearly. Not quite.

Unfortunately, until Jess proves she's back to normal activities, her parents won't discuss

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Almost, by Anne Eliot

At a freshman party she doesn't remember, Jess Jordan was almost raped.

...Almost. Very nearly. Not quite.

Three years later, Jess has managed to make everyone believe she's better. Over it. Because she is....Almost. Very nearly. Not quite.

Unfortunately, until Jess proves she's back to normal activities, her parents won't discuss college. So, she lands a summer internship and strikes a deal with hockey jock, Gray Porter: He gets $8,000, she gets a fake boyfriend and a social life.

Jess has no idea Gray signed on to her scheme for reasons other than money. She also never expects to fall in love. But Gray's amazingly hot, holds her hand all the time, and makes her forget that he's simply doing his job.

It's like having a real boyfriend.

...Almost. Very nearly. Not quite.

Gray Porter is hiding secrets of his own. About Jess Jordan. About why he's driven to protect her, why he won't cash her checks, or deny her anything she asks.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781475181227
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
04/10/2012
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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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Almost 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would love to read this book could you please release it as a ebook!!!!!!!!!!!!
Viclyn More than 1 year ago
Want to read this but I have an eBook and B&N Nook account. I will not buy this in paperback. PLEASE sell as Nook Book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please release as nook book
Fictional_Candy More than 1 year ago
Definitely a MUST read! Almost is about Jess. Jess is kind of a social outcast because of things that happened in their lives. Jess, though, she is really oh so very special. She is a young girl who is hanging on by a thread, she’s fooling everyone into thinking she is alright – even herself. And so when this opportunity comes along to achieve her dreams of independence, she jumps at the chance. And that chance lies within Gray Porter.  Jess, in her own words, is the master of “expressions laced with eye-snapping sarcasm and disdain.” She is just awesome, and she doesn’t even know it. Right away I want to be her friend. She has this whole fake it til you make it attitude about being better.  Gray Porter is kind of like the all American boy next door, except he has a whole past that no one has a clue about. One night change his life forever; his and Jess’s, and she doesn’t even know it. I just adored Gray. This young man spoke with sincerity, he felt these emotions to his core. He seems to have more heart than any teen boy should be capable of having, and he pulls it off perfectly. Instant win.  This book takes an every other chapter point of view, one is Jess, the next is Gray. So you get to see both sides of this story the whole way through, and it is sublime. This story really grabbed ahold of my heart, I was internally pleading with the pages before me to go the direction I desperately wanted them to. This book even brought me to tears.  “Uncertain of where to look and where not to look, I concentrate on her eyes. On what she’s feeling. Not on how she looked – not on how she’s made my heart feel like it’s in a horse race.” Every page, every thought… Gray makes me wish I was twenty years younger and, well, a fictional character in a book. In Gray’s chapters we learn a bit about the past through his eyes, and how he is connected with Jess. He has feelings for her, even if he isn’t coming out and saying it right away. And then through Jess’s chapters we learn about the stress, the insomnia, the mental breakdown she continues to suffer and hide. The summer ahead of these two is full of lies to everyone, and you know when it blows up in their faces it is going to be an emotional nuclear bomb.  This story was fantastic. I may be rambling on, but I think it is because there is just so much I want to say. But I’m going to let it go with what I’ve said already, and I’ll let Jess and Gray tell their own story. 
ZOmbieNP More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written story of love and its challenges. And how you can't run from your past because it's a part of you, it makes you who you are. But love overcomes all.
CHIA More than 1 year ago
Could not put down the book waiting for all the pieces of truth to play out. A very well written story of a young woman, Jess,trying to deal with her PTSD. Everyone has kept parts of what really happened to her that night because they feel this is the best way to deal with the issue. Parts of the book r so realistically written that it may disturb the sensitive reader.Being sensitive ,I did not like the way the adults in the book handled the event, but a big supporter of Jess, and telling the truth! Plot line similar to Charade but with the added realistic theme of PTSD,warning to sensitive readers who get involved in character's lives.
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
Three years ago, Jess Jordan was almost raped. Nothing happened. Well that is what she keeps hearing in her dreams, what she hears her parents saying after the horrific event. But even when you are almost raped…something did happen. And that something has broken her. She now has horrible nightmares and is usually up all night…leading her to sleep at different times throughout the day. Along comes Gray Porter. Both are vying for the same internship that they both need to go to college. Gray needs the money from the job to pay for his first semester. Jess needs this job on her college applications so she can go to an Ivy League school and out from under her parent’s microscope. Together they work out a contract, a way for them both to get what they want. Jess needs to be ‘normal’ so she concocts a plan to have Gray fake date her. He gets the money from the job and a chance to secretly protect her and make up for the night he let her down 3 years ago. Jess gets a ‘normal’ life to showcase to her parents. Win, win. But when the dreams get worse for Jess…she cannot depict what is memory and what is imaginary. And just as things are starting to look up for the couple everything gets revealed. Will it all be too much for Jess? Can Gray not protect her like he intended? Will everyone end up on the losing end? Almost was another book that started off sort of slow for me, almost debated putting it down and coming back later to it. And that was a scary thought since I have a blog tour coming up with Eliot's other book Unmaking Hunter Kennedy. But you know what happened next? Like the minute I had the ongoing debate  starting in my head? I connected with the characters and the story. I ended up drinking it in and falling in love with it. I could not believe I almost laid this book down. It was just that awesome. Yes there is an almost rape that happens. But please don’t let the idea stop you from reading the book. The author took a very serious, tragic event and turned it into a story about one character finally overcoming it. Of course  those feelings don't go away overnight and the author didn’t make it out that way either. It is all very real, all very believable. I give a huge kudos for Eliot writing a story that may very well help others that are in Jess’ shoes. Now let’s talk about Gray. Could an author write a sweeter, more perfect guy? Probably not. He knew Jess’ secret and never once treated her like she was broken and crazy. He did however treat her like she was a delicate piece of glass and that had me falling for him. There is a difference between someone treating you as if you are broken and someone treating you as if you are breakable. And the difference is what separates the men from the boys. Gray is definitely on the men’s side. He took care of Jess even when she had no idea he knew of her past. He wanted to be her protector and in doing so, the real Jess started emerging from her broken shell. He had her opening up to him and his friends and soon a new person was birthed. A new, stronger person. It just took a bit of time for her to see it. It was wonderful reading about them…absolutely wonderful. There is one bad side of finishing a book at 2 in the morning: I lay in bed thinking of the awesome things I want to write in the review. Come the next day…all that glorious info flew off to dreamland the minute I closed my eyes. Now, here I am, sitting here worrying I forgot the great details I wanted to get across to you readers. Well if I did, oh well. Just know this…if you are a sucker for first love romance, like me, that has you grinning at the sweetness of it all, then I recommend this to you. Eliot is a wonderful romance writer and it shows in her story. And no Eliot, you are no prude. This was romance…sweet, perfect romance!  
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TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
There are so many things I could say about this book. It was difficult to read at times. Then, there were times my heart smiled. This book discusses a subject that is terrifying for me as a parent to think about. I cannot even imagine what I would do if something like this happened to one of my children. I was immediately drawn to Jess. She has no memory of what happened to her, but she's trapped in a world of nightmares. So, she's guarded herself by coming across as snotty and rude. Really though, she's a wounded soul who desperately wants to heal. I just wanted to give her a hug and protect her. Gray Porter is one amazing guy. Not only does he manage to break through Jess' tough exterior, but he learns some things about himself in the process. He's loved Jess for a long time, so when the opportunity is presented to "play" boyfriend, it doesn't take much convincing. The real love that they develop is really something and very heart warming. I felt like they were able to help heal each other. I was worried that because of the subject matter, that there wouldn't be anything really positive in the book. Yes, Jess is struggling through a major trauma, but I also focused on the positives coming out of the relationship with Gray. It's a story about healing, hope, and love. If you're looking for a deeper story, that does have a happy ending or you are looking for an inspirational story, this is a good book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. AMAZING. Not sure why the image of the cover is not available, but it also is amazing. This is the book you were looking for. YA romance at it's best, simply so sweet. Heroine is strong girl living with rape related PTSD. She's awesome, cool and hiding behind a huge mask. Enter Gray Porter...guy who knows a lot of secrets about Jess's past...hero who's had a crush on her forever. He's just so perfect. This book has hundreds of reviews on goodreads and anyone who isn't all old and jaded loves it so much. Def. read this book you will turn page after page and your heart won't stop beating till the end. Butterflies...so good. ---- At a freshman party she doesn't remember...Jess Jordan was almost raped. ...Almost. Very nearly. Not quite. Three years later, Jess has managed to make everyone believe she's better. Over it. Because she is....Almost. Very nearly. Not quite. Unfortunately, until Jess proves she's back to normal activities, her parents won't discuss college. So, she lands a summer internship and strikes a deal with hockey jock, Gray Porter: He gets $8,000. She gets a fake boyfriend and a social life. Jess has no idea Gray signed on for reasons other than money. She also never expects to fall in love. But Gray’s amazingly hot, holds her hand all the time, and makes her forget that he’s simply doing his job. It’s like having a real boyfriend ...Almost. Very nearly. Not quite. Gray Porter is hiding secrets of his own. About Jess Jordan. About why he’s driven to protect her, why he won't cash her checks, or deny her anything she asks.