Release Date: July 29, 2013
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Rising star Cassie Mae introduces New Adult readers to a practical soon-to-be college freshman who seems to have everything—until a special guy shows her what she’s been missing.
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.
Yeah, me neither.
But if you know someone who is looking for something like that, you can recommend Friday Night Alibi to them!
Ok, the premise is actually really weird. Like, Syfy channel weird.
Sundale is a community filled to the brim with the super-wealthy. That's not the weird part, by the way...
The weird part is that all of these people are heavily involved in the local church. Even their country club is called the Christian County Club. Very religious. As in, their kids don't get their trust funds if they fool around before marriage and/or date heathens.
Because the rich have always been the benchmark for morality in America, right?
Um, right. Now, if you're going to get any enjoyment out of this book, you're just gonna have to roll with it, and pretend that this kind of place could be real...outside of the state of Utah.
So, like the blurb says, Kelli is a good girl who runs a business for trust fund babies that enables them to date people who their parents would consider unsavory. Nudists, atheists, hippies, etc.. It's not that Kelli needs the money. Oh, no. She's a trust fund baby, too. Her own parents, although morally upright, are emotionally distant and often absent. She's your classic Poor Little Rich Girl.
Her life is bumping along at boring pace until she meet Chase. Chase and Kelli's courtship, especially in the beginning, is very antagonistic. Their interactions really are pretty cute and funny, and they're the main reason for the highish rating. Also, you have to admire any girl who sets a guy up for an impromptu butt-waxing. Very nice.
They were a fun couple read about, though, and I found myself rooting for them to make it.
Alright, I feel it's only fair to warn you that they do a lot of kissing. A lot. And that's all they do. He does attempt to touch her boob at one point, but she doesn't feel like she's ready to move that fast. He's such a good guy, that he immediately hops off of her and apologizes for trying to get to second base...with his 18 year old girlfriend. After the tittie-touch incident, they decide that they should never make out on a bed again, because the temptation to squeeze each other's naughty bits inappropriately is just too great. It's not a big deal to him, though. I mean, he's never gotten his hands on a girl's hooters before anyway. Yes, you read that sentence correctly. There is an explanation for his bizarre lack of experience with women, but I couldn't swallow it. Then again, not much could convince me that a 21 year old guy who wasn't socially inept had zero sexual experience.
Sure, they're both stunningly attractive young people with charming personalities. And, of course, there's been no parental supervision in their lives. Logic dictates that these two would, naturally, both be virgins. Seems reasonable to me!
*Theme to Twilight Zone playing*
Look, we all can suspend disbelief to get into stories about zombies, superheroes, and vampires. Is is such a stretch to use that same mental muscle to believe that this scenario is possible, too?
That's a decision that only you can make.
As for me, I'm immediately buying this, and then adding it to my daughters' bookshelves when when they get older.
"Boys are yucky! Don't let them touch you!"
Yeah, I know. I'm a hypocrite. Sue me.