Friday Night Alibi: A Novel

Friday Night Alibi: A Novel

by Cassie Mae

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With her fresh, charming, and hilarious take on contemporary romance, Cassie Mae introduces readers to a soon-to-be college freshman who’s cashing in on her sweet reputation—and the unlikely guy who turns her life upside-down.
In the wealthy town of Sundale, Kelli Pinkins has hatched the perfect plan to capitalize on her sweet reputation. For a generous fee, she will be every trust-fund baby’s dream: a Friday-night alibi, the “girlfriend” or “BFF” that parents dream about. With college approaching in the fall, Kelli’s services are in demand more than ever, which means that her social life is nonexistent. But Kelli is A-okay with that. She’s raking in cash for school. Besides, relationships are tricky, and sometimes very messy. She’d rather be at home on Xbox LIVE, anyway. Then the unexpected happens: She meets college stud Chase Maroney.
Chase isn’t like the preppy, privileged guys Kelli usually meets in Sundale. For starters, he’s twentysomething, always wears black, and he shoots back one-liners as fast as she can dish them out. But Kelli’s attempts to drive Chase away falter when she realizes that he treats her like he really knows her, like he cares about knowing her. When Kelli finally gives in to the delicious kiss she’s been fighting for so long, she faces a tough decision: make Chase a real-life boyfriend and risk her heart . . . or keep her clients and lose her first true love.
Praise for Friday Night Alibi
“[A] very cool story.”Writing Through Rose Tinted Glasses
“This was a great beach read and I love Chase and Kels!”Paranormal Wastelands
“Cassie Mae’s writing is fresh and original, making for an utterly enjoyable read with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. You’ll be nose to toes in love with this book!”—Rachel Morgan, author of the Creepy Hollow series
“[Friday Night Alibi is] a funny story and well worth the read. If you’re looking for something that is quick and light-hearted then I would recommend this to you.”Sharon’s Book Nook
“Cassie Mae knows how to write, and write she does! You definitely do not want to miss Friday Night Alibi!”Le Book Squirrel (five stars)
Friday Night Alibi was a brilliant, lovely summer read. It was lighthearted, funny, and so sweet. . . . My rating: 5 Roses.”Imagine a World
“Totally entertaining with as many swoon-worthy moments as hilarious ones, Friday Night Alibi is a must-read.”—Jolene Perry, co-author of Out of Play
“A fun, funny, and fantastic story, this is one you will read in a day, and pick up to re-read again the next.”—Kelley Lynn, author of Fraction of Stone
“I loved this book. Chase had me right away, from his first smart-ass comment. He’s got a sharp wit that I adore but is also sweet and caring . . . definitely one of my favorite book boys!”—Rachel Schieffelbein, author of Secondary Characters
“Cassie Mae is a fabulous author who tugs on your heart strings as if she owns them. I will never be able to eat an orange again without thinking about Chase. Loved everything about this book!”—Jade Hart, author of Coffee and Cockpits

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345548818
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/29/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 233
Sales rank: 154,637
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Cassie Mae is the author of a few hundred—okay, maybe not that many—books. Some of which became popular for their quirky titles, characters, and stories. She likes writing about nerds, geeks, the awkward, the fluffy, the short, the shy, the loud, the fun. Since publishing her bestselling debut, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend, she has published and sold books to Random House and founded CookieLynn Publishing Services. She has a favorite of all her book babies, but no, she won’t tell you what it is (mainly because it changes depending on the day). Along with writing, Cassie likes to binge-watch Once Upon A Time and The Flash. She can quote Harry Potter lines quick as a whip. She likes kissing her hubby, but only if his facial hair is trimmed. She also likes cheesecake to a very obsessive degree. You can stalk, talk, or send pictures of Luke Bryan to her on her Facebook page.

Read an Excerpt

I need more friends. Okay, let me rephrase. I need more than one friend. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade Sades for anything. But seriously, she’s busy all the freaking time. Aren’t BFFs supposed to appear out of thin air to console each other? But when I called her, she said she was supersorry she couldn’t meet up with me. She’s going out with some guy she met at a campus party, trying to get the feel of college before we actually go there I’m guessing.

Blowing raspberries now.

To make things even more sucktacular, Moron tried calling me again last night, and once more this morning. Duh, if he didn’t get the hint, I don’t want to talk.

Mom and Dad left already. Guess they wanted out so they don’t have to see me pouting. I’m a big old nut basket, because I head straight for Dad’s restaurant and sit in the same booth I always do, staring at the empty seats around me.

I pick at the calamari and scroll through all the apps on my phone. Maybe there’s a therapist or someone on here who will listen to me.

“Miss Pinkins? Is there something wrong with your appetizer?”

I shake my head and plaster on a smile. “No. It’s delicious, thank you.”

Tiffany, hostess of the month, squeezes my shoulder. She’s fresh out of college and treats me like I’m ten, even though we’re only five years apart. But the gesture is comforting since it’s the only sincere thing someone’s done for me in the past week.

“There’s someone who says he knows you. He’s waiting up front. Should I let him back?”

Probably Alex. We should go over all the deets for tonight.

“Sure, that’s fine.”

I already have my outfit picked out, and I went over the past few dates we were supposedly on. A tiny chuckle comes out as I remember the sliced penis convo. Probably shouldn’t bring that up with his ’rents.

A sigh filters out my mouth. His parents pay attention. Well, enough to invite me over for dinner. They care about their son and want to get to know his friends. My parents don’t even know I’ve “been with him” for like, a month now.

My lip juts out, and I twirl my straw around my glass.


Oh no.

He slips into the booth across from me, sliding off his black jacket, revealing those veiny, bony arms sneaking out of his black T-shirt. His eyebrow is cocked, and he rubs the stubble on his chin, shaking his head. “Sadie said you needed someone to talk to. Didn’t think she was serious.”

Too much info colliding in my brain. “Huh?”

The corners of Chase’s mouth quirk up, and he says like I’m slow, “Sadie. Called. Me.” He puts his elbows on the table and talks with his hands. “She. Said. You. Needed. To. Talk.”

My brow goes down, nose wrinkles up, and I fold my arms. “Not to you.”

His fingers interlock as he sets them on the table. “Come on, Stinky. Sometimes you just gotta let it out.”

“Not. To. You.” And he thinks I’m the one who doesn’t listen.

He shrugs, pops some calamari in his mouth, and takes my water. We sit there, me glaring, him acting all blasé and cool about the whole thing. I almost reach for my phone and give Sades a giant piece of my mind, but Tiffany interrupts.

“Are you ready to order, sweetie?”

An evil idea invades my brain, and suddenly, getting back at Moron for dumping me in the pool makes me excited he’s here. Distraction is what I need.

“Yes, I think I want my dad’s favorite.” I look at Moron. “Anything for you?”

His eyebrow goes up, probably trying to figure out my angle. I don’t blame him. But his mouth splits open in that stupid smile and he says, “I’ll have the same.”

Ballsy. He doesn’t even know what it is, but like I predicted, he thought it was safe since I ordered it.


Tiffany winks, rubs my shoulder again, and leaves. She comes back like two seconds later with water for Chase. I’m waiting for him to hit on her, but he doesn’t. Maybe he likes younger girls.

“You really gonna keep it all in?” he says after forever of silence. I ignore him, but he keeps pushing. “I bet if we were on our headsets, you’d spill. Maybe tonight I’ll get it out of ya.”

That makes my tongue start working. “Even if I was going to be home, I wouldn’t waste my time talking to you.”

“What? Taking the night off?”

“No. I’m going out.”

“With who?”

Why does he care? He’s leaning forward and getting all red in the face. Where’s the big jerky bad boy?


His face goes back to its normal color as he throws me the cocky smirk. Ah, there he is.

“You don’t have to lie to me, Stinky. I know your secret.”

“I’m not lying.” And because I can’t care less right now, I tell him the rest, even though it’s none of his business. He sits there, his expression growing less and less nasty perv and more and more concerned semi-stranger.

“So, you’re going to be his fake girlfriend for the night?”

I shrug. “I’ve been playing the role for a while now.”


Oh, I know what that sound means. It’s called the I-have-an-opinion-but-I’ll-keep-my-mouth-shut-till-you-ask-for-it. Well, he can keep that opinion and shove it right up his—

“Here you are,” Tiffany says, placing the two platters on the table. “Does everything look to your liking?”

Instead of gazing at my food, which I’m sure is just fine, since I’m the owner’s daughter, and Dad’ll fire anyone’s can if I’m not satisfied, I grin at Moron, expecting the sickly green face that comes from normal people when they realize they’re about to eat an octopus.

But he’s good. Too good. He claps his hands together in anticipation, his eyes wide and excited as he looks at the buttery tentacles. “Delicious,” he says, laying on that yucky “charm.” “Thank you.”

Well played. Let’s see if he can choke it down.

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Friday Night Alibi 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## This book is geared for a much younger audience than me. It was humorous for sure. The witty inner dialogue was cute as well. However, high school kids are a tad (ok, a little more than a tad) too young for me. Maybe a little too rich as well. Anyone who throws away $400 jeans because they had to hide under an air hockey table on a dirty floor for a few minutes, has way too much money. How about washing them? Anyway, it was ok but I won't be reading it again.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
I could not believe... this book caught me by surprise.  I laughed, I cried.... and I was in total shocked that such a simple, step by step love story sucked me in.   Kelli is such a fun character.  She helps others hang on to their trust fund money by making herself available and giving up her own possible plans for Friday nights.     Chase meets her in such silly and unexpected circumstances.  She is out on a Friday night...and they click and clash.  He surprises her by being the guy who is continually saying and doing the unexpected.  The unusual.     The chemistry is strong.  They become frenemies.  Then, stronger friends and maybe something more?   What I loved about this book the most....was the slow burn.  The story builds.  The honesty becomes routine.  Kelli and Chase are meant to be together and with each page you feel the build and the uncertainty.  The end is soooooo worth it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good writer,but dorky plot! Very teenage romance!
Gina04 More than 1 year ago
A sweet, funny, romantic and fun read. It had me laughing out loud at some of the things I read.
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Cute fast read
nova66 More than 1 year ago
A very fine depiction of the coming of age of a feisty and clever young woman. Both funny and sad but well balanced.
ysar More than 1 year ago
Kelli's used to being the girl everyone says they're with when they're really out with someone else. She's the girl with the good reputation that keeps them from getting in trouble with their parents — and she's fine with that. After all, she's making plenty of money to just sit at home and not be seen while they're off doing whatever their parents wouldn't approve of. But then she meets Chase. Chase is obnoxious and funny and rather easy on the eyes. She knows he's older, but she's not sure how much. But he's the one person she can count on to always be around, even when she's not expecting him. From mercilessly teasing her to worrying about her when she's upset, he's quickly becoming someone she can call a friend. And he's not a bad kisser either. But... As much fun as this book is, Kelli's a bit to naive to really be believable. I mean, even the most sheltered girls aren't immune to crushes when they're eighteen years old. And while I have no trouble believing she's a good, church-going girl who hasn't had a boyfriend, it just seems so unlikely that a girl whose filthy-rich parents leave her alone constantly wouldn't find some kind of trouble. That's not to say I didn't like her, just that she remained more fictional to me than the characters I normally meet in books. The Verdict: After reading Switched, I was thrilled to get my hands on another book by Cassie Mae. That book made me so ridiculously happy that I just knew this one was going to blow me away. Granted, Friday Night Alibi was really sweet and often laugh-out-loud funny, but it didn't quite rank up there where Switched did. At least not with me. Though I should probably know better than to go into any book with such uncommonly high hopes. But once I sort of separate the two, I can better judge this one. Friday Night Alibi is a really sweet, very romantic, rather innocent look at first love. While Chase has been through something absolutely heartbreaking, the story doesn't lean heavily on angst. It's more a look at a true friendship that develops into something more between two characters who weren't necessarily looking for a relationship. It's also entirely appropriate for younger teens who probably shouldn't be reading about sexual awakenings the way most teen romances tend to play things out. Kelli and Chase are so sweet together, all while being utterly hilarious, and while it deals with some family issues, it stays away from some of the grittier content I've read lately. If you're looking for a feel-good book that doesn't cross any adults-only lines, here it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty dull. But good ethics
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Loved it!
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Walks in
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
221pgs. Enjoyed the story and the humor. I would recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
***4 Stars*** What a cute clean read for a 16+ year old (some major kissing & some young adult language) I liked the book & was a good break from Alpha males for a day!! The ending was ok, but I wanted more. **200+ pages**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked reading it. A great book for young n old about love without smutt..
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Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I love it! Quick, funny, warm hearted read. Loved all the characters. You could feel their hearts in their actions, even if certain characters tried to hide it. The characters were funny and that helps make Friday Night Alibi a really cute book. I'd call this book PG-13, it was wholesome, in a good way. I highly recommend it! If you need a quick, cute read definitely read Friday Night Alibi by Cassie Mae!
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
Well, this is one plot l I never, ever would have come up with. It's been awhile since I was in High School. This was really crazy! Kelli had one amazing imagination. It's hard with only one friend and working with people who don't care about you and even parents who blow you off. Then she meets Chase. He plays and teases her and she has this way of pranking him back. They get close and she refuses to admit that she really cares for him. You have to read this book to see how everything works out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this YA book and would recommend. Keeps you reading and hard to put down.
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
Quirky and Fun! A Sweet and Enjoyable YA Romance for Everyone! Friday Night Alibi is a YA Contemporary Romance written by Cassie Mae. The Review: I really enjoyed Friday Night Alibi. It was a light romance that was incredibly sweet, often hilarious and simply charming. The characters were interesting and their antics left me in stitches or grinning well after the scene was over. The story was well written, endearing and made me nostalgic. I wish it could have gone on for another hundred pages! Characters/Story... The town of Sundale and its affluent members of the community hold themselves and those they associate with in upscale company. Those that aren't of the same caliber are hardly acknowledged other than to fuel town gossip. So if the younger generation of Sundale find romance outside their circle, trust funds are threatened and the social ladder is questioned as a parent holds the family money over their heads to guide them in their foreseen direction. Kelli Pinkins has just finished high school and is preparing for college. She doesn't have a lot of friends, mostly because she's shut herself off emotionally from others. Though wealthy and privileged, she decided long ago that solitude, being a good girl and never committing to relationships was better than rejection. But realizing a necessity within her group of peers and still having the desire to be needed, even wanted, she comes up with a solution. To provide a service that will make her unique.. and needed among others. She'll be everyone's Friday Night Alibi. Kelli was a complicated character. I liked her adaptability and her shy confidence. Her story was enduring and a bit sad but she was also a bit overbearing and unreasonable at times. It however, didn't take away from her overall likability. She was fun and had her own distinct personality. She was challenging, gave as good as she got and tough. But she was lonely and that shone through in everything she did. She spent her Friday nights hiding away in her bedroom while being an alibi for other people to go out and actually live their lives. She thinks she's ok with this because at least this way, she can stay emotionally cut off yet still feel needed. Quote Spotlight... Friday nights are usually spent locked in my room playing online video games, headset and all. Don't call me a nerd or a loser or anything, because while I'm exploding fictional heads off and trash talking to strangers, keep in mind I got paid two hundred bucks tonight to do exactly this. So I'm blowing raspberries at anyone who judges me. One night, while on a rare night out, she bumps into Chase, who immediately gets on her bad side with his corny pickup lines and cocky attitude. She instantly rebuffs he's flirtiness and sticks in him her "ignore at all costs" column. Chase Moroney is arrogant and brash. He comes on like a swaggering wise guy, but its all an act. He's carrying around a painful past that he's trying to overcome. He wears all black and likes to be alone but there's something about Kelli that pulls him out of the shadows and into the light. The moment he sees her, he knows she's something special and he has to get to know her. The only problem? He botched their first meeting and now she wants nothing to do with him. But he's not one to give up easily and soon, sparks fly and challenges are set! Quote Spotlight... "No one knows me." ... "...You know how to fight dirty and know how to have fun, but you're afraid to. You worry too much about being perfect. You wish you had friends. You wish you weren't invisible to your parents. You want to be needed. You like feeling needed. Which is why you're the alibi, because it allows you to fill the emptiness."... "You're stubborn. You're frustrating. You're challenging."..."You're beautiful. You're fun. You're... everything." I loved Chase. He was a beautiful person, inside and out and he never gives up on Kelli. These two challenge each other and they like to play pranks on one another. Silly, laugh out loud pranks that kept me laughing so hard, I just had to keep reading, even well past my bedtime. Whenever these two are in a scene together, you know something wild and crazy is about to happen. I loved watching these two come together and when we finally learn Chase's secret, my heart completely broke. The Wrap Up: I won't forget these characters any time soon. They nestled their way into my heart and left me feeling content and exhilarated all at the same time. This is my first book by this author but it absolutely won't be my last. If her other books are anything like this one, I'm in for a real treat! Note: I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review by Random House Publishing Group - Flirt through NetGalley.
BookFanatic132 More than 1 year ago
The premise of this story interested me. It had been something I hadn’t heard before. A girl who people hire to be their alibi so they do whatever else they want—things that aren’t necessarily “Sundale approved.”—like go out on a date with a girl that the ‘rents wouldn’t approve of. Kelli lives in Sundale, a generally small community of rich people where things have to be approved by their parents and if the things they do or the people they date aren’t “Sundale approved,” they might lose their trust funds. Since most of the people we meet in this story are super-rich who live off their trust funds, they can’t lose it. That’s where Kelli comes in. People buy packets of Friday Night Alibis, and they memorize what they did, pay her, and then bam! Families are happy, they are happy. Everybody wins. Sort of. Until, of course, Kelli meets someone who makes her want to actually go do actual things on Friday nights. And that’s where Chase comes in. Chase isn’t like other guys—though Kelli tries to treat him like them. But Chase keeps breaking through the walls that Kelli didn’t even know she had, and when Kelli realizes it, she has a hard choice to make. Kelli has built walls around herself to keep herself from getting close to people. Her parents don’t care, and that’s affected her in more ways than one. To stop herself from going through that pain again, she doesn’t let herself get close to people. And she doesn’t even realize it. Chase has a background that I sort of saw coming. There were hints here and there but not much else, so when Chase revealed it I wasn’t so surprised, but it was still sad to hear his story. But Chase is sweet and he is patient—and he truly loves Kelli’s company, even after the many pranks they’ve pulled on each other. Kelli and Chase fit together so perfectly, that sometimes I wondered if this book is a bit too cheesy in that aspect. There are points where Chase just knows what to do—like when making out, he just happens to pretty much read her mind and knows what she wants—that it was a bit unbelievable. I mean, Chase hasn’t kissed more than three women and all of a sudden he’s a kissing expert? No, thank you. It was fun to read their relationship grow and develop into a serious relationship (though Kelli might deny it at first) and the ending was a very sweet and happy one. When Kelli finally realized what was more important—her security and being “safe” or being truly happy and with someone she deeply cares about—I felt like it was about time! Poor Chase! This book was a cute, light read with a slightly predictable ending that will leave you with a smile on your face. There were quirks—like the oranges!—and there were parts that were cute to read about. I recommend this book if you want something light and happy that has a guaranteed happy ending.