Cross My Heart

Cross My Heart

by Katie Klein


True love can blossom in unexpected places. This is Jaden pretending not to notice. . . .
Jaden McEntyre and Parker Whalen are a wrong fit from the start. Jaden is driven and focused, Harvard Med School within reach. Parker has a past-a reputation-and the rumors about his mysterious habits abound. So there’s no reason why, when they’re assigned to work together on a project in English, they should discover they have anything in common, or even like each other, and they definitely shouldn’t be falling in love.
As they bond over Edith Wharton’s tragic novella, Ethan Frome, the “bad boy” vibe Parker plays begins to dissipate. Soon, Jaden finds herself shedding her own “good girl” image: sneaking around to be with him, confiding in him, and ultimately falling hard for this leather-wearing, motorcycle-driving loner who plays into the rebel stereotype.
Still, Jaden can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to Parker than he’s letting on. He’s hiding something from her, and discovering the truth means reconciling the Parker she’s grown to love with the person he really is. Because it’s possible that his life inside the classroom-everything Jaden knows-is one, massive lie.

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“Maybe. But you know, when you love someone you love them. And every day you sit back pretending that you don’t is one less day you have with him.”

I think “cute” is the right word for this.
I like it when a book takes me by surprise, and this one did quite a good job at it.

I still feel the need to warn you that it felt terribly cliché in the first half (dark boy, popular girl, jealous boyfriend, English project – ringing a bell? because I hear a whole carol in my head), but it got impressively surprising by the middle (I liked the “acceptance letter” and the dark boy’s secret), with quite a nice ending, and bonus points for the family involvement and the good friendship moral values – so I guess that 3 stars it’s a good average between my at-times-2-vs-4-stars battle.
Nice & quick summer book anyways.

Favorite quotes:

“I’m all for getting trashed,” I confess.
“I’m sure you are, except I’ll clue you in on a little something: when it’s over, your problems still exist.” (~Parker)

“No. I mean, med school is THE greatest challenge, right? I want to see if I can make it.”
“This isn’t about a challenge” he says, a flash of anger in this eyes.” “This is about finding what you love to do: doing something that makes you happy.” (~Parker)

“That’s stupid. Everyone lies.”
“Yeah, well, it’s a waste of time. The more lies you tell the more stories you have to remember. Believe me: it’s easier to just be honest.” (~Parker)

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