Anything to Have You

Anything to Have You

by Paige Harbison
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Anything to Have You 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JAB4422 More than 1 year ago
Anything To Have You takes us through the senior year's last semester with Brooke and Natalie. The girls have been best friends forever even though they are complete opposites. Brooke is a party girl who craves attention and admiration but Natalie doesn't like to socialize, preferring to stay at home and watch movies.  As I read this book, I kept thinking "it sure wasn't like that when I was in high school". Of course, I didn't know anyone like Brooke since she would have been in the group known as the 'popular kids' which I wasn't. I really felt sorry for her. I also felt sorry for Natalie because she didn't realize that Brooke wasn't always the good friend she pretended to be. Even though I liked Natalie, I thought it was really dumb of her not to find out exactly who she slept with on the night she blacked out from drinking too much. In general, the characters are odd. Most of them are not honest or open and then there is Natalie's father who pushed her to go to the party. Very strange. It was well written so I clearly understood what the girls went through. Because of that, I felt so bad for them and didn't feel good while reading it.  I must say that the writer did wrap everything up great at the end. Please note that I won this book in a giveaway.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
I don't know if this book shows the reality of high school teens nowadays or if it was a bit exaggerated, kinda like watching the teens on Gossip Girl and 90210. Our main protagonist, Natalie has a best friend.. that best friend is awesome.. most of the time. Her name is Brooke… and Brooke got SO much on my nerves, I really really disliked how she behaved and said. She could be a stereotypical sorority girl from the chick flicks we all watch (well, they're my guilty pleasures in life!). Brooke has a boyfriend, unfortunately Natalie has liked Aiden, the boyfriend, ever since he moved to their town.. and yes, trouble is on the way. Even though I didn't like Brooke.. I also didn't like Natalie all that much because while Brooke is the typical crazy party girl.. Natalie is the hermit; basically the exact opposite. I did like Aiden however. He was sweet, and seriously seemed to care about both Brooke and Natalie. He was very patient with Brooke, even when she would flirt with every guy in the room and act like an idiot. This book revolves around the events after a party that all three end up going to (hallelujah Natalie! you finally left the house).. unfortunately Natalie gets a bit too drunk to prove a point and blacks out. Next day she finds herself sleeping in the same bed as…. Aiden *GASP!* She doesn't remember anything and when she asks Aiden he tells her that nothing happened, while gazing at her all broodingly. I really liked the story. I admit it. It might seem shallow but it was a ton of fun. I especially loved all the lingering feelings between Aiden and Natalie but none of them acting out on it because of Brooke. I couldn't care less about Brooke but still, I don't condone cheating or hurting people, even if you don't care about them. There is a ton of swear words in this novel.. teenagers these days have such foul mouths! But what comes down to it is that this novel was fun, entertaining, and I found myself looking forward to getting back to reading it. I definitely recommend it to older teens who want a fun, fluffy book to read next! 
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Natalie is a senior in her last semester of high school. She's a smart girl but hasn't made any plans yet for her future. Totally lacking in self-confidence, Natalie lives in the shadow of her outgoing, party-girl best friend, Brooke. Brooke has been going out with Aiden for a year, but her eye is starting to stray. Couple that with the fact that Natalie has a secret crush on Aiden, and that Brooke is pushing Natalie to have some fun, and you have a sure recipe for disaster.  After drinking too much at a party, Natalie wakes up the next morning not knowing what happened, except that she has hooked up with someone. Was it Aiden, or nice-guy Eric, or bad-boy Reed, or any one of the other many other guys she was talking to at the party? Meanwhile, Brooke makes some bad choices of her own, and the girls' friendship suffers a major setback. Will Natalie and Brooke be able to get over their differences and become friends again?  The author has a great natural writing style and maintains a conversational tone throughout. The characters speak and act like real teenagers. I especially loved Natalie's habit of making lists. The story alternates between Natalie's and Brooke's points-of-view. The story is very cleverly structured to reveal just enough at the right times. This is one of the few books I have read recently where multiple points-of-view are used to great effect. Even the repeated scenes feel fresh when told from a different perspective.  My only criticisms are the title and the cover, which I don't think accurately portray the essence of the story. The UK edition has a different cover (which I don't like either). There is even an earlier US version.  Warnings - coarse language, underage drinking, drug use, sex.  I received this book in return for an honest review.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.) 17-year-old Natalie doesn’t go out much, but agrees to go along to a party with her best friend Brooke. Only to wake up the next morning in bed with Brooke’s boyfriend Aiden. Suffering from a blackout, and having no idea who she actually had sex with, she convinces herself that it wasn’t Aiden, it was another boy who she’d kissed earlier in the night. Things aren’t right between Natalie and Aiden though, and she knows that she’s developing feelings for him, even though he’s her best friend’s boyfriend. Who did Natalie have sex with? And if Brooke loves Aiden, why is she out trying to get attention from other boys? This was an okay story, but it took a while to get interesting for me. Natalie was an interesting character, but I was surprised at the way she just accepted a blackout, and didn’t seem bothered about not knowing who she’d had sex with! I did like her point of view better than the parts that were from Brooke’s point of view, but I didn’t really love her. There wasn’t really all that much flirting or anything between Natalie and Aiden, and although she obviously had a crush on her best friend’s boyfriend, she was actually pretty good at not acting on it. For all that Natalie was worrying about the fact that she had feelings for Aiden, Brooke was out feeling up other blokes anyway, so to say anything about Aiden cheating on her was a bit hypocritical. The storyline was okay, but it took me a while to really get into the story. The beginning of the book was just one big conversation/argument, and wasn’t all that engaging really. I was also not impressed when the point of view switched from Natalie to Brooke, as I didn’t really like Brooke, and wanted more of Natalie’s story, which was left on a bit of a cliff-hanger. There were some twists in the story, but they were pretty obvious to be honest, and I saw them coming a mile off. The romance bits were okay, but other than the odd line of dirty talk weren’t exactly exciting. Considering the title there wasn’t exactly much desperation or trying at all on Natalie’s part to get Aiden to leave Brooke for her. The ending was okay, and we did get a happy ever after, although I’m not 100% how realistic it was. The ending was probably the best part of the book, just because I like seeing the poop hit the fan, but overall this was just okay for me. Overall; okay story, but took a while to get going. 6.75 out of 10.