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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 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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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 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.

30 review for Cross My Heart

  1. 4 out of 5

    ~Tina~

    Awwwww! This book is freaken so sweet! I've always been a complete sucker for really adorable romances and this is one of those books that makes you feel all warm and gushy inside. Cross My Heart stars the very focused-save the world-control freak-good girl Jaden McEntryre who gets partnered up for the English project with no other then Parker Whalen, aka; the motorcycle driving-leather jacket wearing-bad boy loner with a bad rep. As soon as they meet up their defense goes on high. He thinks she' Awwwww! This book is freaken so sweet! I've always been a complete sucker for really adorable romances and this is one of those books that makes you feel all warm and gushy inside. Cross My Heart stars the very focused-save the world-control freak-good girl Jaden McEntryre who gets partnered up for the English project with no other then Parker Whalen, aka; the motorcycle driving-leather jacket wearing-bad boy loner with a bad rep. As soon as they meet up their defense goes on high. He thinks she's Miss Perfect in her perfect Harvard-bound life and she thinks he doesn't care about anything in general. Soon they discover that there is so much more and develop a free-spirited friendship they never saw coming. I know, I know. The concept isn't anything you haven't read before. But! This book and these characters really makes it feel like something entire new and fresh. You just have to meet Parker and Jaden, they have such a force around them that makes the chemistry spark in a way that didn't need hot sex and smoldering kisses (even though one scene was pretty hawt) It just felt incredibly...natural somehow. I loved their dialog. It was feisty but firm and when they argued, they argued, which funny enough I loved even more. I've always been annoyed with books that have arguing in it, cause almost every.single.time, it never gets finished, one or the other walks away and they never just say what needs to be said. However, in this book when Parker and Jaden argue, they finish it and that's something I really appreciated. Yes, I know I'm strange. But there it is. They push and pull and test one another and it's so utterly heartwarming to see it all unfold. Oh...and the zoo? How precious was that? As for the ending, I'm not going to say much, but I will say that I wasn't prepared for it. Totally, totally unpredictable and I was just as floored as Jaden. I thought it was a genius move on Katie Klein part and even though others might not think it's to realistic, I think it's plausible and that's good enough for me;) All in all I loved this book. The writing is well done, the story line was so absorbing I read this in ten hours and the sweet-as-sin romance is heart-pounding and breathtaking. Anyone who wants a feel good read should definitely check this one out. It really was the sweetest thing. Cross my heart;) November Rain by Guns N' Roses

  2. 4 out of 5

    Roos

    It wasn't bad but I wasn't satisfied either. The author said in an interview she decided later what would be Parker's secret and it shows. The ending is underdeveloped and it doesn't make any sense. It kinda ruined the rest of the story for me, which was sweet if what cliche. Props to the writer for taking a classic book I didn't know yet, instead of Romeo and Juliet, The Scarlet Letter or Wuthering Heights which are usually used. What bothered me for example was (view spoiler)[ Parker who was su It wasn't bad but I wasn't satisfied either. The author said in an interview she decided later what would be Parker's secret and it shows. The ending is underdeveloped and it doesn't make any sense. It kinda ruined the rest of the story for me, which was sweet if what cliche. Props to the writer for taking a classic book I didn't know yet, instead of Romeo and Juliet, The Scarlet Letter or Wuthering Heights which are usually used. What bothered me for example was (view spoiler)[ Parker who was supposed to be an undercover cop who scouts high school for drugs. So how does he go about that? Does he try to mingle with the students? He doesn't. He acts like an arrogant and unsocial bastard. He doesn't socialize and just sits there for a year and does nothing besides getting good grades. Just because he rides a motorcycle and is wearing a leather jacket doesn't mean the drug dealers will come running to him!!! (hide spoiler)] It just didn't make any sense and it pissed me off. I understand it's fiction but that doesn't mean rational thought and common sense are excluded. As far as self-published books go, this one wasn't bad and if you can't care if stories are logical, you're in for a good read. If you want to read a great Bad Boy/Good Girl story I'd recommend Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. This review is also published on Books Are Better Than Pants: Book Blog

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vinaya

    Dear Katie Klein, Can I edit your book? Please? Surprisingly, I loved Cross My Heart. Not that it didn't have it's faults - oh boy, did it! But. It somehow still managed to be a fun, entertaining love story that left you feeling warm and fuzzy. So. The bad first. This is a self-pubbed book, and it shows . The writing is very, very... busy. There's no other way to describe it. Every sentence has multiple things happening, every emotion is exaggerated. "I'm not in a comfort zone." Anger stirs in Dear Katie Klein, Can I edit your book? Please? Surprisingly, I loved Cross My Heart. Not that it didn't have it's faults - oh boy, did it! But. It somehow still managed to be a fun, entertaining love story that left you feeling warm and fuzzy. So. The bad first. This is a self-pubbed book, and it shows . The writing is very, very... busy. There's no other way to describe it. Every sentence has multiple things happening, every emotion is exaggerated. "I'm not in a comfort zone." Anger stirs in my hollow gut, and I feel the weight of his stare. There's nothing left to rouse me to my senses. A low wind sweeps through. I shiver as he smiles wickedly. "Prove it." I turn on my heel, open my car door, and shut off the engine. I lock the doors, cram my keys into my purse, then snatch the helmet from him, frowning. No, no and a thousand times no. And then there's the big Plot Twist. It appears completely, totally, randomly out of the left field. One minute you're walking along enjoying the sunset on the beach and then wham! you're in the middle of a jungle. It reminded me of Ultraviolet, a little, in that you think the story is headed in one direction and it suddenly changes directions on you, leaving you bewildered, and just a little cheated. I actually think the direction the story took would have been pretty interesting, if only it didn't feel like the author just pulled the plotline out her ass at the last minute, and was too lazy to go back and integrate it properly into the earlier part of the book. This story was like several small episodes of deja vu. For example, the whole popular girl falls for quiet outcast whom her friends/boyfriend hate reminded me very much of Nevermore. And the first half of the book had a very Perfect Chemistry feel to it. It's not so much that Klein plagiarized these books; it's more that it felt like a much-loved story being told again. And there's more of the good. Jaden, the main character, was okay. More or less vanilla girl who wants to break free. Parker, on the other hand, was pretty awesome. The author says at the end of the book that she has a crush on Parker, and you can totally see it. His character is drawn with a loving and perceptive hand. I would jump at a chance to make him real, to be honest. He's smart, he's sensitive, he's erudite even. What's not to like?! He dances on the edge of stereotypical, but somehow avoids the trap every time. A YA hero who blushes? Be still, my heart! And I love the way the romance develops, slowly, slowly baby steps forward and lots of tension. I don't condone cheaters in general, but, like with Bloom (again with the book references!!) I found that it didn't annoy me as much as it usually does, because you understand and sympathize with the situation and the characters. I liked a lot of the secondary characters as well. I would have loved to have seen more interaction between Jaden and her family. A lot of the family dynamics are told not shown. I feel like the book would have acquired more life, and a good kind of quirkiness if Jaden's relationship with her father and brothers had been explored in more depth. I could go on for several more paragraphs about the possible characterisations and plotlines in this book, but here's why it's special. Unlike Betrayal, which was an unholy mess with no redeeming factors, Cross My Heart is almost throbbing with potential. With some stiff editing and a couple more rewrites, this book could go from interesting to amazing. All in all, very unexpectedly, I found this book to be a sweet, heart-warming read that I would definitely recommend for YA romance readers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I wouldn't have picked up this book if Jess and Tina hadn't been so OMFGTHISISAWESOME about it, because I usually don't like to read books about romance without a supernatural theme. I don't know why, to be honest, because it's basically the same, only with real-life situations. Nothing about this book was original, as many people have stated before me, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the hell out of it. I wasn't expecting to like it, because I'm in a state where I'm fairly sure real and de I wouldn't have picked up this book if Jess and Tina hadn't been so OMFGTHISISAWESOME about it, because I usually don't like to read books about romance without a supernatural theme. I don't know why, to be honest, because it's basically the same, only with real-life situations. Nothing about this book was original, as many people have stated before me, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the hell out of it. I wasn't expecting to like it, because I'm in a state where I'm fairly sure real and deep rooted love is something I'll never get to experience in my own life. I know this sounds terribly depressing, but I can't help it. However... -squeals- I loved this. I know the American school system is very different from ours here in Belgium, and I have no idea what it means to be Little Miss Perfect, but I can imagine the amount of pressure it brings along. The odd part is that Jaden only seemed to suffer from pressure and stress when she wasn't being perfect. It was fun watching her let go. And Parker, now well... I won't act as if the leather jacket and the bike didn't play a part in why I like him so much, but the main reason for wanting him to push me up against the wall is because he's so smart and insightful, and above all, interesting. -dreamy eyes- I really like interesting guys. When the plot unravels itself and we finally find out what's going on, I couldn't help but think about (I'm putting this next bit in a spoiler tag because if you read the books I'm about to mention, but not this book, then I can promise you I'll ruin the story entirely for you) (view spoiler)[the Dream Catcher series by Lisa McMann (hide spoiler)] . The plot is slightly similar. Anyways, if you are looking for something sweet and nice, then look no further and pick this up.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    REREAD 2014 READ FIRST IN August 2011 SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! Ok, I think we have established that I love good girl/ bad boy stories and so it doesn’t come as a surprise that I wasn’t bothered by the fact that the way our two main characters get to know each other is one of the biggest clichés ever. (They get paired off for a school project). I know, the blurb makes it sound like just another one of those stories and to a certain extent it is, yes, but there are a few things that made "Cross My REREAD 2014 READ FIRST IN August 2011 SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! Ok, I think we have established that I love good girl/ bad boy stories and so it doesn’t come as a surprise that I wasn’t bothered by the fact that the way our two main characters get to know each other is one of the biggest clichés ever. (They get paired off for a school project). I know, the blurb makes it sound like just another one of those stories and to a certain extent it is, yes, but there are a few things that made "Cross My Heart" special to me. The sizzling, sweet and heart-warming romance, for one. It’s the kind of romance that makes your pulse speed up, your stomach fluttery and makes you grin like a fool. There aren’t any explicit sex or make-out scenes and "Cross My Heart" certainly doesn’t need this to create a tangible chemistry between the two main characters. The feeling of being freshly in love is conveyed perfectly, IMO. Then there’s the ending, which came as a total surprise to me as well. I don’t know how realistic it is but at least it's different. (Not saying more here) So, altogether I can say that "Cross My Heart" leaves me pleasantly surprised, with a satisfied feeling and tears welling in my eyes. I got exactly what I was looking for. Lots and lots of sawoooon. :-) I think those of my friends who got this as a recommendation from me should definitely check it out. I think you guys might like it. :) *Sigh* And now I'm sad that it's already over...I think I need to go read my favorite passages again :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tink Magoo is bad at reviews

    4.5 Stars I expected to hate this book. You're stuck inside the head of a seemingly perfect high school princess, now if that doesn't hint at disaster I don't know what does. But a miracle has occurred people because I actually loved this book. The writing was so good that even if the heroine had been a twat (she wasn't) I think I would have loved her because she was developed so well. And I know a lot of people didn't like the 'reveal' but it worked for me. Would just have been nice to get a longe 4.5 Stars I expected to hate this book. You're stuck inside the head of a seemingly perfect high school princess, now if that doesn't hint at disaster I don't know what does. But a miracle has occurred people because I actually loved this book. The writing was so good that even if the heroine had been a twat (she wasn't) I think I would have loved her because she was developed so well. And I know a lot of people didn't like the 'reveal' but it worked for me. Would just have been nice to get a longer epilogue, further ahead in their lives.

  7. 5 out of 5

    k

    3.5 Expect the Unexpected Stars! “I think you fall in love with someone when you least expect to. When it’s the last thing you want. That’s what’s so great about it.” Not only am I a liar . . . I’m selfish. Selfish enough to want it all. And I know if I don’t have you . . . I don’t have anything. and I’m not going to give up . . . until I can prove to you . . . that you are the only thing that matters. So keep sending me away . . . but I’ll just keep coming back to you. Cross My Heart, was a pleasant su 3.5 Expect the Unexpected Stars! “I think you fall in love with someone when you least expect to. When it’s the last thing you want. That’s what’s so great about it.” Not only am I a liar . . . I’m selfish. Selfish enough to want it all. And I know if I don’t have you . . . I don’t have anything. and I’m not going to give up . . . until I can prove to you . . . that you are the only thing that matters. So keep sending me away . . . but I’ll just keep coming back to you. Cross My Heart, was a pleasant surprise! While there were some things that I would change,(everything happened really fast in the 2nd half, didn't like lack of reaction after plot twist) there was also a lot that I liked about it as well. It was shocking, sweet, romantic, mysterious, and beautifully written. While this wasn't a novel that I broke down crying while reading, it's still a worthy story to read, and I'd recommend it to anyone that isn't bothered by the YA romance genre. "I could get in so much trouble,” I practically mouth. He grins easily—that signature, lop-sided, Parker smile, and I melt. “I won’t get you in trouble,” he promises. “Cross my heart.” He draws an X across his chest with his finger." Cross My Heart was the story of a girl named Jaden McEntyre. Daughter of a general contractor. Cheerleader. Human rights activist. Best friend of Savannah Wainright. Girlfriend of Blake Hanson. She volunteers for Cancer Walks. Gives blood. Raises money for the poverty stricken children of Bangladesh. Gets straight A’s. Is Ivy League bound. In short, Jaden McEntyre is looked at by many to be the safest, most boring person at her school..until she meets Parker Whalen...People don't even recognize that Jaden. When Jaden and Parker Whalen get partnered in English class to do a report on the tragic book Ethan Frome together, people think they're a wrong fit from the start. Especially because of Parker. Parker has a mysterious past--one that causes rumors to abound, mainly the rumor that Parker is a drug addict who was kicked out of his last school. The whole town knows of him...and avoids him. He drives his motorcycle and remains by himself never venturing into Jaden's inner circle. But these two opposites are about to be put together under normal circumstances, and will come out of a simple English project changed forever... The entire world goes weightless, his arms wrapping protectively around me as I face this irrational and crazed longing to keep him close to me forever. Because there is no one else. There is nothing. There is no Harvard. No Blake. No Ethan or Mattie or parents. There’s only Parker . . . and me. A wave of satisfaction washes over me. And suddenly my world is dizzy with promise, with the only dream that matters: us. Parker turns Jaden's life upside down. Jaden finds herself doing and saying things that she normally never would. She's taking risks, enjoying life, making mistakes, and falling in love with a boy she shouldn't be falling in love with. He's all wrong for her. At least, she thinks he is. She doesn't know much about him...are they meant to be? Or is Parker's past much more troubled than she realized? "That whole thing about timing? You were right: there is no such thing as perfect timing. And this is the worst timing ever, actually, because you’re going to go on, you’re going to graduate and leave. And that’s fine, but I’m telling you, right now, at this moment, I think . . . I think I love you.” My voice breaks, cracking as I say the words. “I love you more than I’ve ever loved . . . anything. And you have been on my mind for weeks. And being late that day—you being my partner —is the best thing that ever happened to me. And forgive me if I thought that maybe you felt the same way... Again, I'm not going to keep rambling on about this one, since there is a MAJOR plot twist towards the end of the novel, and I don't want to spoil anything for anyone. I think you'll be surprised. by it, and while I liked it, I felt the ending was a little rushed, and another 50 pages should have been spread throughout. I know that a sequel was just written from Parker's POV, so I'm gonna go pick that one up now! Some Quotes I Like: “Are you saying you’re clueless? Because I don’t want an idiot for a partner.” "You have to feel bad for a guy who wanted so much for himself and ended up with ...nothing.” "To me, the story is tragic because nothing ever comes of their feelings for each other. To Parker, the story is tragic because Ethan has potential he never lived up to. Same story. Two entirely different interpretations." “Thanks for letting me borrow your heater,” he says, grinning at me. I crack a small smile. “Thanks for stalking me,” I return. Parker pushes the door open and climbs out. Cold air rushes inside. I shiver. He bends down, leaning his arm against my roof, peering in. “Maybe I can stalk you again sometime.” “Absolutely.” “I was thinking of stalking you Monday afternoon around three." "I trace an invisible X across my chest, crossing my heart. He eyes me carefully for a moment, his expression softening—hurt registering in his features. And so I wait, silent, as he climbs down that huge, black oak tree, then watch as he hurries away,disappearing into the smoky fog.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ivana18

    Oh, wow....this is a really nice book. It's not spectacular, but it's really nice, good actually. Jaden McEntyre is a girl with a plan: 1. graduate as a salutatorian (in the United States and Canada, the title of salutatorian is given to the second-highest graduate of the entire graduating class of an educational institution), 2. get into Harvard, 3. then Harvard Medical school, 4. then save the world.... One day, thanks to her busy schedule, she's late to class and she misses an opportunity to ch Oh, wow....this is a really nice book. It's not spectacular, but it's really nice, good actually. Jaden McEntyre is a girl with a plan: 1. graduate as a salutatorian (in the United States and Canada, the title of salutatorian is given to the second-highest graduate of the entire graduating class of an educational institution), 2. get into Harvard, 3. then Harvard Medical school, 4. then save the world.... One day, thanks to her busy schedule, she's late to class and she misses an opportunity to choose her partner for the English project so she's paired up with the mysterious new guy. Parker Whalen is: 1. quiet, 2. enigmatic, 3. smart, 4. sexy 5. has a bad boy reputation 6. and he drives a bike (yum!!!!). They choose a book to do the project on, and while analyzing the symbolism, the theme and the characters of Ethan Frome, they analyze each other....and of course they fall in love. But, after a while Jaden realizes that Parker is hiding something, and it's driving her crazy....she needs to know what it is, she needs to find out. Oh, well, she finds out all right....we all do. And that there is one of the most ridiculous twists in the history of YA fiction , but somehow it actually works. (view spoiler)[Parker is an undercover cop, which in it self wouldn't be unbelievable if he wasn't just 21 years old, which kind of makes him a bit too young to be working undercover. It probably took him a year to get his badge, and he said this is the second undercover assignment he had, so he must of started working undercover as a 20 year old (it's just seem a bit young to me)....but on the other side it makes perfect sense, because you can't really send a 30 year old to pretend to be a high school student. (hide spoiler)] Once I decided to stop over analyzing everything and just enjoy it, the twist didn't ruin the book for me. Actually what it did was make Parker even more appealing (view spoiler)[not only is he a sexy, mysterious, smart guy with a bad boy vibe....but he's actually an undercover cop....a good guy....with a uniform....and cuffs (hide spoiler)] ....and then I'm officially a puddle of goo at his feet.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner

    Cross My Heart was perfect! I was a little skeptic at first because it has this 4.42 rating. I was like-Come on! It can't be that good. But it was. If Simone Elkeles and Jennifer Echols had a baby it would definitely be Katie Klein. I have to admit,after reading about 10% of the book I thought it was a Nevermore rip-off. But it wasn't. In fact there are no paranormal shenanigans around. This is (just) a normal YA romance. Well,not normal but extraordinary. I don't want to reveal anything about t Cross My Heart was perfect! I was a little skeptic at first because it has this 4.42 rating. I was like-Come on! It can't be that good. But it was. If Simone Elkeles and Jennifer Echols had a baby it would definitely be Katie Klein. I have to admit,after reading about 10% of the book I thought it was a Nevermore rip-off. But it wasn't. In fact there are no paranormal shenanigans around. This is (just) a normal YA romance. Well,not normal but extraordinary. I don't want to reveal anything about the story,you will just have to trust my word and read it. Definitely one of my favorite books.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    I went into this book for a quick, light read and it was perfect for curing my reading slump. I enjoyed the story. It was good and entertaining, even if somewhat unrealistic. We don't always read books for the reality of them though, do we? This was sweet, funny, and a somewhat dramatic, angsty guilty pleasure that I devoured in less than a day. It also introduced to a classic literary work I haven't heard of before, so I think I'll check that out soon. I love books that recommend other books. I I went into this book for a quick, light read and it was perfect for curing my reading slump. I enjoyed the story. It was good and entertaining, even if somewhat unrealistic. We don't always read books for the reality of them though, do we? This was sweet, funny, and a somewhat dramatic, angsty guilty pleasure that I devoured in less than a day. It also introduced to a classic literary work I haven't heard of before, so I think I'll check that out soon. I love books that recommend other books. I went into this with no expectations, so I was pleased with what the story could offer. This is your typical bod boy/ good girl story, but with a slight twist. 3 stars!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Keertana

    You know that feeling when you pick up a book just because you feel like reading and then it ends up being a truly spectacular novel that you thoroughly love and enjoy? That was what Cross My Heart felt like to me. When I first read the synopsis, it seemed like your usual cliche love story: boy meets girl, girl is a goody-two-shoes, boy has a bad reputation, boy and girl get paired up on a school assignment, boy changes girls life, girl changes boys life, boy falls in love with girl, girl falls You know that feeling when you pick up a book just because you feel like reading and then it ends up being a truly spectacular novel that you thoroughly love and enjoy? That was what Cross My Heart felt like to me. When I first read the synopsis, it seemed like your usual cliche love story: boy meets girl, girl is a goody-two-shoes, boy has a bad reputation, boy and girl get paired up on a school assignment, boy changes girls life, girl changes boys life, boy falls in love with girl, girl falls in love with boy, the end. However, Katie Klein writes Cross My Heart with such poise and elegance, that I fell in love with the story. Jaden is your typical goody-two-shoes highschooler - cheerleader, raises money for fundraisers, 4.0 GPA. When she walks in late to English one day, she is paired up with Parker Whalen, the new kid who has a terrible reputation. Surprisingly though, Jaden finds that Parker is smart, intelligent, witty, and knows exactly what to say to get her riled up. Just as she begins to fall for Parker, Jaden finds out that Parker may not be the person she thought she knew. Cross My Heart truly seems like the typical high school romance, but its so much more. For one, there is a huge twist at the end which completely changes the story, making it utterly original and brilliant. Furthermore, the witty banter between Parker and Jaden is refreshing. It isn't left half complete, it isn't secretly them flirting, it's actual arguing. To add to that, Parker and Jaden are both smart. Yes, I know, YA characters with brains - its amazing! I loved the way their relationship evolved from class mates, to friendship, and then so much more. I loved how they truly understood each other and took the time to get to know each other. All the more, I love that Jaden didn't hate Parker simply because of his reputation - she gave him a chance. Most YA protagonists these days simply proceed to hate their love interest and then go all steamy romance on them. Cross My Heart was utterly new in this aspect and the romance melted my heart. If you are looking for something original, cute, fun to read, and that will keep you on your toes, Cross My Heart is the book for you. I absolutely loved it and will definitely be reading more of Katie Klein in the future. (:

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jana

    Also posted on: http://jana-thebookgoddess.blogspot.com/ The plot was nothing special. Good girl meets bad boy. Good girl starts falling in love. Everyone hates bad boy for his reputation. Yeah yeah, we know what happens. You think Cross My Heart will be just like any other YA contemporary romance girl-meets-boy story? Well. You are SO wrong. Cross My Heart is a fantastic, coming-of-age story with relatable characters and a super smart plot twist that I definitely did not see coming. First. Let's Also posted on: http://jana-thebookgoddess.blogspot.com/ The plot was nothing special. Good girl meets bad boy. Good girl starts falling in love. Everyone hates bad boy for his reputation. Yeah yeah, we know what happens. You think Cross My Heart will be just like any other YA contemporary romance girl-meets-boy story? Well. You are SO wrong. Cross My Heart is a fantastic, coming-of-age story with relatable characters and a super smart plot twist that I definitely did not see coming. First. Let's talk about characters. I could totally relate to Jaden. She's very focused, perfectionist and is "safe and boring". She doesn't do stuff that would make her parents shaker their heads at her, or her brothers scolding her. She's got big dreams for the future. And she's perfect - got perfect grades, perfect friends, even the perfect boyfriend. She was clearly contented with her life. Until. She got paired with Parker Whalen for a school English project. Let me say that I really like Jaden, and her interactions with her family, especially with her two slightly older brothers, are spot on. Her problems and emotions were real, and as you read, you can see that she's got many insecurities and flaws that maker her the perfect female character. Parker Whalen was exactly what every other YA angsty boy should be. He is mysterious, smart and secretive. I really don't want to say this but he was just okay. I was expecting a bit more - more of him, more of their chemistry, more of sexual tension. And I did feel like their romance was a little bit rushed, which as you know, is a MAJOR book pet peeve of mine. Argh. Anyway, moving on. Can we talk about THAT plot twist? Nuh uh. Totally not expecting that AT ALL. I did know that there was going to be this 'massive' plot twist and my brain was busy guessing (wrong) stuff. And never in a million years, I would have thought about that. It's not amazing or anything, just predictable. The more I think about it, the more it actually makes sense. And now I'm wondering why I never thought of that. Overall, if you enjoy reading contemporary romance, then I would recommend Cross My Heart.

  13. 5 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    4.5 Stars I love stories where opposites are thrown together. Situations where people who wouldn’t even register on one another’s radar are forced to work together. Of course it’s even better when they fall for each other. A good example of this is Perfect Chemistry (loved that book!) This story is not as intense as Perfect Chemistry, I’d say it’s more on the fun side, but it’s still really good! Jaden McEntyre is your typical over-achiever: Harvard bound, cheerleader, perfect attendance, save-the 4.5 Stars I love stories where opposites are thrown together. Situations where people who wouldn’t even register on one another’s radar are forced to work together. Of course it’s even better when they fall for each other. A good example of this is Perfect Chemistry (loved that book!) This story is not as intense as Perfect Chemistry, I’d say it’s more on the fun side, but it’s still really good! Jaden McEntyre is your typical over-achiever: Harvard bound, cheerleader, perfect attendance, save-the-world causes, and jock-boyfriend, you get the picture. Parker Whalen is the opposite, bad boy reputation, leather jacket, rides a motor-cycle, no plans for college, broken family and rumors of a past arrest. When Jaden is late one day to her English class she finds that all have been partnered up for an assignment. No one picked bad boy Parker so the teacher, of course, pairs them together and the sparks begin to fly. There is the typical push and pull between Jaden and Parker, which is a lot of fun, but there is also discovery and growth, especially on Jaden’s side. Slowly she starts seeing that her “perfect” life may not be so “perfect “and keeping up appearances is no longer so important to her. However, when Jaden starts falling for Parker, he pulls away. We start to discover that appearances on Parker’s side aren’t all what they seem to be either. Have no fear, this story wraps up nicely. There is a twist you don’t see coming that takes care of everything! I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t elaborate. I loved this story! Yes, the concept has been done before but this one is really good. The romance is a slow build between Jaden and Parker *swoon-sigh-swoon again*. There are plenty of ahwww,very sweet moments as well as one steamy scene! As a side note, I just typed this review (or something close) and poof, it was gone! Ghrrrrr!! I had to rant, sorry!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sofija

    *repeatedly smash my head into the wall* Lab partners???!!! Really? Again? Well, okay, they are not exactly lab partners. They are English project partners, which is the same to me. It’s like there is some government conspiracy that forbid authors to write any other ways for teenagers to fall in love. Maybe they try to stop kids from ditching school? They must start produce banners like: “Didn’t go to physics today? Now you will die a spinster!”. Or: “Still live with your mother at 45? Serves you *repeatedly smash my head into the wall* Lab partners???!!! Really? Again? Well, okay, they are not exactly lab partners. They are English project partners, which is the same to me. It’s like there is some government conspiracy that forbid authors to write any other ways for teenagers to fall in love. Maybe they try to stop kids from ditching school? They must start produce banners like: “Didn’t go to physics today? Now you will die a spinster!”. Or: “Still live with your mother at 45? Serves you right! Should have written that essay in eight grade!” Dear authors, there are so many other ways for characters to meet! 1)She can ran over his cat by a car and now they must go to vet together 2)They both can fall into the same open sewer hatch and get to know each other while waiting for rescue 3)They can meet in the prison for driving drunk 4)And so on….. So many choices. So why is it always lab partners? That’s it. It’s official. Lab work is declared to be an aphrodisiac. Advertising: Have problem with you love live? Forget about Viagra, chocolate, and shrimps! Lab work – that’s what you need. Find your true love in romantic settings between reagents! And as if it’s not enough already, the boy is not just her project partner, but he is also new in school, and he is dark, lonely, mysterious introvert… *smash my head a few times again* Fine, I admit that sometimes books even with these stereotypes can be interesting. But this one didn’t hook me up. I’ve read that there is some unexpected turn in the end, but I am not interested to suffer for so long to find out what it is. Sorry, Katie Klein, but your book goes to my “couldn’t finish” shelf

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ari

    "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 "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)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tee loves Kyle Jacobson

    First I have to say that this book is PHENOMENAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I want to say thank you to Jen for buddy reading this book with me. Lord I had so much fun texting back and forth about this book and the different things that were happening I could not put the book down and read it in one night. Jaden is a straight A student who does not get into trouble at home or school. She spends her time raising money for different causes. She has a great boyfriend whom she has been with for a while an First I have to say that this book is PHENOMENAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I want to say thank you to Jen for buddy reading this book with me. Lord I had so much fun texting back and forth about this book and the different things that were happening I could not put the book down and read it in one night. Jaden is a straight A student who does not get into trouble at home or school. She spends her time raising money for different causes. She has a great boyfriend whom she has been with for a while and a great best friend Savannah. Then Senior year is and all she can think about is getting accepted into Harvard college. So on the first day of school when she is in english class and paired with Parker Whalen she is devestated because Parker is the school resident bad boy and no one talks to him and he talks to no one. Now she is going to be forced to do a project with him and she is not happy about that one bit. Parker whalen the resident bad boy who no one knows but everyone talks about and spreads rumors because he is a loner. Parker is not happy either about being partnered with the schools pearly white angel. Jaden in everyone's eyes is perfect and they want to be like her. So Parker is less than thrilled about being partnered with her. As Jaden and Parker start working together they realize that they really don't know the true person that everyone sees on the outside. Parker is a great guy and has a sense of humor and is HAWT and Jaden is just now realizing that Parker is a good catch but she already has a boyfriend. Parker is finally seeing that Jaden does have cracks in her interior and for some reason she has decided she will share them with him. So he helps her see who she really is and helps her makes decisions in her life she would not have thought about ever. This story grabed me right from the begining and kept me on the edge of my seat. There are so many turns in this story with Parker and Jaden and all her friends and family that I DO NOT want to spoil it for anyone. This is a must read about love and loss and finding your true inner self and living life to the fullest. Jaden will discover her true self and make decisions for herself that will shock everyone around her. Parker will have to face something he thought would never happen to him and fight his way through it. In the end LOVE conquors all! Also check out this play list for the book because it has some great music: "Fix You" (Coldplay) "Never Say Never" (The Fray) "Possibility" (Lykke Li) "Half-Life" (Duncan Shiek) "Sideways" (Citizen Cope) "Long Time Coming" (Oliver James) "Secrets" (One Republic) "Mystified" (Rocco Deluca and The Burden) "Untitled" (Simple Plan) "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (George Michael feat. Elton John) "They'll Never Know" (Ross Copperman) "Almost Lover" (A Fine Frenzy) "Gone Away" (Lucy Schwartz) "Slow Motion" (David Gray) "Fly Away" (Ross Copperman) "All We Are" (One Republic) "Someone to Save You" (One Republic) "Bed of Roses" (Bon Jovi) "Make You Feel My Love" (Adele) "This Year's Love" (David Gray) There's actually a lot of Parker in these songs. I think this is partly because I spent most of my time trying to figure out what his deal was. Or maybe it's because I developed a massive crush on him while I was writing. Yeah, it happens. Klein, Katie (2011-03-14). Cross My Heart (Kindle Locations 11374-11397). Kindle Edition. My favorite quote from the book is: What happened is that . . . I fell in love with you, Parker. That whole thing about timing? You were right: there is no such thing as perfect timing. And this is the worst timing ever, actually, because you’re going to go on, you’re going to graduate and leave. And that’s fine, but I’m telling you, right now, at this moment, I think . . . I think I love you.” My voice breaks, cracking as I say the words. “I love you more than I’ve ever loved . . . anything. And you have been on my mind for weeks. And being late that day—you being my partner—is the best thing that ever happened to me. And forgive me if I thought that maybe you felt the same way. Was I wrong thinking that?” Klein, Katie (2011-03-14). Cross My Heart (Kindle Locations 8554-8569). Kindle Edition.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    This book was super sweet. Fast read, too. I really loved how Jaden came into her own, learning about life and love just through spending several weeks working on a project with Parker. I thought the author did a great job of making Jaden really relatable - at least, to me. I know this girl...she is a lot like me - striving for perfection, gravitating towards the 'safe' and 'dependable' route in life. I wonder how I would have turned out differently if I had met a guy like Parker? Jaden's pain, wh This book was super sweet. Fast read, too. I really loved how Jaden came into her own, learning about life and love just through spending several weeks working on a project with Parker. I thought the author did a great job of making Jaden really relatable - at least, to me. I know this girl...she is a lot like me - striving for perfection, gravitating towards the 'safe' and 'dependable' route in life. I wonder how I would have turned out differently if I had met a guy like Parker? Jaden's pain, while superficial teenaged drivel on the surface, felt really REAL. It was gut-wrenching. In one day, her 'bad' day, she loses a lot, while not losing anything at all (when all is said and done!). I am being cryptic so I don't spoil anything. There is no steamy, rated R stuff in this book (only kissing), but that doesn't mean their connection isn't intense and there isn't intense passion in the book...there IS! You know when the romance is good when a look, a touch, or a kiss can drive you into the relationship. I knew about the 'twist' - but didn't know what is was, exactly. I guessed it just before it was revealed, but honestly didn't guess before that...despite the fact that all the signs were there! Very well hidden by the author, despite the obviousness of it all (in hindsight!). I loved the ending of the book...very well-handled. I also enjoyed the Q&A with the author at the end of the book. I am always curious about writers and their 'playlists'! I guess music is inspirational. All the writers I read like my favorite band, too (One Republic) which must be saying something!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle [Helen Geek]

    4.5 Stars I was looking for something simple, but good [highly recommended] to read, and I found it. This was a heartwarming story. Now, some would be put off by it being targeted at a young adult audience, but I've found, if these stories are done really well, they can appeal to adults of any age. This would be one of those well put together stories. I think we all can identify with the simple life learned fact, we don't really pick who we love, who we truly connect with. This story is about this 4.5 Stars I was looking for something simple, but good [highly recommended] to read, and I found it. This was a heartwarming story. Now, some would be put off by it being targeted at a young adult audience, but I've found, if these stories are done really well, they can appeal to adults of any age. This would be one of those well put together stories. I think we all can identify with the simple life learned fact, we don't really pick who we love, who we truly connect with. This story is about this lesson. No matter how much you think you control you life or you really don't control who you are attracted to. Another lesson within this story, is the age old lesson of "you can't tell a book by its cover". If you take Parker at face value, you may discount him. Jaden sure did. She didn't give him much credit for intelligence or accountability, until she got to know him. They were assigned to the same book project by their teacher and the story goes from here. Is it a bit predictable? Yes, but it is so well done, you really don't care. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and can't imagine anyone not, and you won't know until you try. Happy Reading!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Say

    when i came across this book, i told myself, hmmmm....another story of the good girl falling in love with the bad guy. and i was right, but katie klein wrote it beautifully, if not with the busy schedule i had i would have read this in one sitting. honestly speaking this is one of the best books i've read under this category. the characters jaden and parker, oh but i love them. i cannot hate jaden though she's one hell of a perfectionist, but i felt sorry for her. a lot was expected from her whi when i came across this book, i told myself, hmmmm....another story of the good girl falling in love with the bad guy. and i was right, but katie klein wrote it beautifully, if not with the busy schedule i had i would have read this in one sitting. honestly speaking this is one of the best books i've read under this category. the characters jaden and parker, oh but i love them. i cannot hate jaden though she's one hell of a perfectionist, but i felt sorry for her. a lot was expected from her which in turn made her life monotonous and she's missing out on one important thing....having a life and enjoying it. then comes parker, the mysterious and silent guy with a bad background which totally changes jaden's life into a more livable one. i love how the characters where written, how the story progressed and with it the reality of life, family and friends and of course of love. it is a must read!!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Williams

    An amazing read with interesting, multi-dimensional characters and plenty of surprises to keep you reading late into the night. I finished this one in two days and I'm still thinking about the characters days later. Those who are Sarah Dessen fans will enjoy Cross My Heart! An amazing read with interesting, multi-dimensional characters and plenty of surprises to keep you reading late into the night. I finished this one in two days and I'm still thinking about the characters days later. Those who are Sarah Dessen fans will enjoy Cross My Heart!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    Rating Clarification: 4.5 stars (I would totally read this book again after knowing the plot twist. I figured it out early on however, I was still surprised I was right when I read the twist. Knowing what I know now, I would love to go back and look at all the little hints the author dropped through out the book. I think reading it again, a bit slower this time, might I add, that I will enjoy it even more the second time around.) Jaden is an all around, save the planet/people, must get in to Harv Rating Clarification: 4.5 stars (I would totally read this book again after knowing the plot twist. I figured it out early on however, I was still surprised I was right when I read the twist. Knowing what I know now, I would love to go back and look at all the little hints the author dropped through out the book. I think reading it again, a bit slower this time, might I add, that I will enjoy it even more the second time around.) Jaden is an all around, save the planet/people, must get in to Harvard, good student and play it safe girlfriend. Almost like a Pollyanna. Everyone expects so much from her that she probably isn't really living her own life the way she would want. But how would she know that? No one's ever pushed her or tested her limits to go a different route in life. She is the best "play it safe" girl I've ever met in a book. Until Parker hits the scene. Parker is supposed to be this "bad boy" new guy to Jaden's high school. No one talks to him ...he's just mysterious and no one really knows him. But they sure do like to spread gossip and rumors. He's just laying low and getting by until Jaden enters his world and they end up as partners in English on a book report. Did I forget to mention that Parker is a smart guy who wears a leather jacket and drives a motorcycle?? ;o) Jaden has a couple of good gal friends,her boyfriend Blake and his friend Tony that she hangs out with. Blake and Tony are on the basketball team together and just seem a bit off at times to me. Like they are up to something. Blake is a jealous type, or so it seems. Especially when Jaden and Parker even speak to each other. Parker turns Jaden's life upside down. He definitely has chemistry with Jaden that they both try to not give in to. But there are reasons why they can't, or at least why they shouldn't, but then maybe they do. ;o) I like that her friends stay true to her and they don't have all that teenage high school drama thing going on. I also loved her brothers and Sarah, her soon to be sister-in-law. Parker makes it a bit hard for Jaden to get to know him, but he has his good reasons. She doesn't know why but she can't stay away from him and she finds herself sharing more info about her life to him than with anyone else, EVER. (Including Blake..who I swear doesn't always pay attention to what she says). Is Jaden's world to perfect and safe? Is Parker that super bad boy coming in to mess up her life? Can her family even trust her decisions any more? Does she even know who she really is and what she really wants out of life? Does she need to save Parker from his "bad ways" or does she really need saving ...and by Parker? I think you will be pleasantly surprised with this book. I loved the twist the author throws in, I liked the characters and I loved how it ended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Asmaa

    Rating: 4.75/5 Again, I'm wondering: why do I always push reading the best books? I've been having this book sitting on my TBR shelf for God knows how long, only to discover after an intense five-hours session of reading that it was my kind of story: a pure swoon-material. I need to make a WHY DIDN'T READ THIS SOONER shelf just in case. Seriously though, I LOVED this one, it was engrossing and hard to put down, it kept flowing and leading me to think that it'll follow the path of every high school Rating: 4.75/5 Again, I'm wondering: why do I always push reading the best books? I've been having this book sitting on my TBR shelf for God knows how long, only to discover after an intense five-hours session of reading that it was my kind of story: a pure swoon-material. I need to make a WHY DIDN'T READ THIS SOONER shelf just in case. Seriously though, I LOVED this one, it was engrossing and hard to put down, it kept flowing and leading me to think that it'll follow the path of every high school romance book, but when I the least expected it: BAM! plot twist! (the good kind) one that changed everything I thought about the story, about Parker, his motives and left me questioning everything he said prior to that. I was going with a 3.5-4 rating but then Parker the twist changed my mind and made me love the book even more for being something new and great. I'm so behind in my reviews, I should probably stop reading for while and get on with writing some... but I caaaan't stop reading ;__;

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Goodness! I didn't expect that from this book. I don't know what to say... A friend brought this book to my attention then decided that she wasn't interested in reading it after all. I still kept it on my TBR list and recently decided to just jump in. I loved Parker and he really made Jade come alive. I really identified with Jade on the college issue. But I don't know what's worse, not getting in to your dream college or getting in but not being able to go because the financial aid fell through. Goodness! I didn't expect that from this book. I don't know what to say... A friend brought this book to my attention then decided that she wasn't interested in reading it after all. I still kept it on my TBR list and recently decided to just jump in. I loved Parker and he really made Jade come alive. I really identified with Jade on the college issue. But I don't know what's worse, not getting in to your dream college or getting in but not being able to go because the financial aid fell through. My heart broke for her when she finally found out the decision. I honestly didn't expect the twist, but I loved it. The book was already filled with emotion and angst (for me) but that was just the icing on the cake and the cherry on top. I have no complaints about this book. Parker:

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jules

    Holy zebra.. this book is the reason for the dark circles under my eyes. I, in all honesty, stayed up till 5 in the morning finishing this book. Yes, it was on a school night. I wake up at 6. Yes, if this Katie Klein wasn't such a fantastic writer, I'd wish to strangle her for my lack of sleep. But, no, I don't regret it. I teared up at least 4 times, which is definitely saying something. for that whole night, as I was about to put the book down, I thought "Just one more page". every time. Cross My Heart Holy zebra.. this book is the reason for the dark circles under my eyes. I, in all honesty, stayed up till 5 in the morning finishing this book. Yes, it was on a school night. I wake up at 6. Yes, if this Katie Klein wasn't such a fantastic writer, I'd wish to strangle her for my lack of sleep. But, no, I don't regret it. I teared up at least 4 times, which is definitely saying something. for that whole night, as I was about to put the book down, I thought "Just one more page". every time. Cross My Heart is such a beautiful book, and I most definitely recommend it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Fuck it. How many times did i stop just to say "fuck", or digest the moment, or to smile, to cry? Countless. I was surprised how good the story was. Not expecting a lot really, but wow. Just the exact book i was looking for at the moment. Not just another love story. This will teach you more in life, about decisions, regrets, how it is ok to make mistakes, while making you fall in love and bring back your inner giggly girly self. I hate you Katie Klein! This book is awesome! Am i allowed i say it's Fuck it. How many times did i stop just to say "fuck", or digest the moment, or to smile, to cry? Countless. I was surprised how good the story was. Not expecting a lot really, but wow. Just the exact book i was looking for at the moment. Not just another love story. This will teach you more in life, about decisions, regrets, how it is ok to make mistakes, while making you fall in love and bring back your inner giggly girly self. I hate you Katie Klein! This book is awesome! Am i allowed i say it's better than Sarah Dessen?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Filipe

    Really cute. What a surprise ending. Some of the story was dragged out a bit, but I love the way he tried to avoid her and she was not having it. I love the friendship they formed and I love the romance that builds. It was realistic and I have a nice headache this morning from staying up until 3:30am reading the book last night. It was worth it!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    J

    3.5 stars that I rounded up to 4. I enjoyed this YA book. I usually don't like high school settings but this one reminded me so much of "Crush" by Lacey Weatherford that it brought back fond memories of when I started reading vociferously (after FSOG). I think "Crush" was a little better as some of the scenes in this book seemed a little unbelievable but I still liked it. There is another book with the male MC's POV that I am also going to read. 3.5 stars that I rounded up to 4. I enjoyed this YA book. I usually don't like high school settings but this one reminded me so much of "Crush" by Lacey Weatherford that it brought back fond memories of when I started reading vociferously (after FSOG). I think "Crush" was a little better as some of the scenes in this book seemed a little unbelievable but I still liked it. There is another book with the male MC's POV that I am also going to read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sita

    I bought this book without even looking to see what it was about. I just went and bought it and boy am I glad I did. This book was one of those HOLY SHAZAMM!! books you sometimes read about. It was amazing and I loved it. I really, really, really, really loved it. Really. It is easily going down as one of the best books I have read all year. So enough of my rambling and onto my actual review of the book. Cross My Heart is about Jaden (she is a control freak bent on going to Harvard, everyone love I bought this book without even looking to see what it was about. I just went and bought it and boy am I glad I did. This book was one of those HOLY SHAZAMM!! books you sometimes read about. It was amazing and I loved it. I really, really, really, really loved it. Really. It is easily going down as one of the best books I have read all year. So enough of my rambling and onto my actual review of the book. Cross My Heart is about Jaden (she is a control freak bent on going to Harvard, everyone loves her, she is really kind and selfless) and Parker (Parker is the talk of the town, he rides a motorbike and is the town bad boy even though inside he’s super smart and caring and generally a good person that has a hidden past. I also kinda fall in love with him. He’s just that awesome….and loveable). Jaden comes late to class one day when they are picking partners for an assignment and because of it she is stuck with Parker, they soon become friends and he soon has her questioning everything she’s worked for. They are together for the highs and lows of life and soon they start to fall in love. So many amazing things happen to them and this book is easily re-readable (I’m gonna read it again tonight ;) But you should read it once first even though it may not sound totally original the way the author does it kinda makes it). I loved the plot, you think you know what is gonna happen then BAM! It all changes. There are just the right amount of twists and turns, the book moves at the most perfect pace ever. Everything in there needs to be in there, the author is not adding un-necessary parts. But most of all it’s real. The book is about as real (and amazing) as it gets. If I could I would give this book a gazillion-trillion-thousand out of five. It was just that amazing. Loved the writing. I thought it was written perfectly, the words used and the emotions brought up by the writing, amazing. I had no idea why I picked up this book, but by the time I was about 20 pages in I could not put it down and for a book to be like that for me it has to have some amazing writing and boy did this book have some pretty amazing writing. Onto the characters. Boy I could go on for forever about the characters, the two main character; Jaden and Parker were both such strong characters, and I loved them both. I loved watching Jaden change, I think this book has got to have some of the best character development I have read in a book in ages. Parker has got to be one of the most intricate and beautiful and loveable male leads I have read about in ages. He was absolutely amazing and when his secret comes out at the end HOLY SHIT! I was left speechless, I read over and over that part so many times (it was a little ridiculous) before I got the full force of what had just happened. Together they have got to be one of the best fictional couples I have read about in ages because it was love and it developed over time it wasn’t a full on lust at first sight, they actually fell in love over time and all the bumps and troubles that come with it were there and overall the characters and their relationship was just so real and I loved watching it develop over time. It was an amazing book and I recommend it to YA lovers, book lovers, and the general population as a whole. It was a great book and right now I am tempted to go up to people on the street holding this book going “you have got to read this book! It was amazing! Easily one of my favorites!!! Read it!!!! Or I will hunt you down and force you to in your sleep!! You’ll never know what hit you *evil laugh*” Yeah…right now I would seriously do that. This book was just dead drop amazing. Message you should come away with after reading this review: READ THE BOOK!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Holy crap! This book was so much more than I expected. Not only was it brilliant, but it had a plot twist I wouldn't have guessed in a million years. Fabulous book!! ------------- Review: This book simply blew me away! That's probably why it was featured in so many of my Top 10 of 2011 posts. It is incredible, brilliant, intense, shocking, and all other appraising words you can throw at it. I simply went browsing amazon one day and bumped into it. I was looking for a light, cute read. I got so mu Holy crap! This book was so much more than I expected. Not only was it brilliant, but it had a plot twist I wouldn't have guessed in a million years. Fabulous book!! ------------- Review: This book simply blew me away! That's probably why it was featured in so many of my Top 10 of 2011 posts. It is incredible, brilliant, intense, shocking, and all other appraising words you can throw at it. I simply went browsing amazon one day and bumped into it. I was looking for a light, cute read. I got so much more than I bargained for. Cross My Heart is from Jaden's point of view. Jaden is an amazing student. She has her sights set on Harvard and nothing can break her focus, until Parker comes along. Parker is quiet and already has a bad reputation. There are rumors swirling about his past and his current activities. Then, to Jaden's horror, she gets paired with him for an assignment. Jaden just wants to push through and get it over with. She is a bit blown away when Parker seems to care about his grade and is much more intelligent than he first seemed. Slowly throughout the novel Parker's walls come down. He talks more with Jaden and helps her realize a lot about herself. Even though Jaden has the "perfect" boyfriend and everything in a nice place in her life, Parker helps her see the flaws in being perfect. In turn, Jaden helps Parker see kindness. Someone now cares for him and looks past the outside image. They are the perfect-dysfunctional pair. Jaden was hilarious. Her interactions with Parker could not have been portrayed any better than they were. They didn't have "insta-love" or a relationship that was fake or forced. They slowly built a connection that grew into affection and, later, into love. But love isn't the only factor in this book. There is a twist I wouldn't have seen coming if I had 10,000 chances to guess it. I'm not sure if a book has ever shocked me as much as this one. I think I've only shared quotes from a book a few times in my reviews but I need to for this one! Prepare to swoon.... (Sets scene) Parker is on Jaden's roof with a notebook in his hands. “He turns another page, and I read: I'M NOT ETHAN. . . . . .AND I'M NOT GOING TO GIVE UP. . . . . .UNTIL I CAN PROVE TO YOU. . . . . .THAT YOU ARE THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS. He flips to the next page. SO KEEP SENDING ME AWAY. . . . . .BUT I'LL JUST KEEP COMING BACK TO YOU. AGAIN. . . He flips to the next page. . . .AND AGAIN. . . And the next: . . .AND AGAIN. Goose bumps rise to the surface of my skin. I shiver, hugging myself tightly. AND IF YOU CAN EVER FIND IT IN YOUR ❤ TO FORGIVE ME. . . . . .I WILL DO EVERYTHING IT TAKES TO MAKE IT UP TO YOU. . . He closes the notebook and tosses it beside him. It lands on the roof with a dull thwack. Then, lifting his index finger, he draws an X across his chest. Cross my heart.” Ahhhh! But could anything be better than a guy doing that for you? FOR REAL! Reading this just makes me want to re-read the book! Do you ever read a book and then want to erase it from your mind so you can read it again without knowing what happens?? Am I the only crazy person who does that? It's rare, but it happened to me with this book. If I could tell people about 1 book from last year that was the most unexpected for me, it would be this book. Katie Klein's writing is not just incredible, but she was able to bring characters to life. I honestly cannot praise this book enough (as you can tell from this review). Recommended: If you like a good romance at all, you have to get this book! Or, if you want something that will really shock you!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nance

    Yeah! A book that can stand on its own! It just seems that there are so many young adult books written nowadays that are part of a series. And, it was also clean – only one little scene that got mildly steamy, which was nice for a young adult book. Well with that being said, this was a refreshing novel about a young love so new and unexpected. After being thrown together to work on an English project, Jaden McEntyre – a superior academic student trying to save the world, and Parker Whelan – the Yeah! A book that can stand on its own! It just seems that there are so many young adult books written nowadays that are part of a series. And, it was also clean – only one little scene that got mildly steamy, which was nice for a young adult book. Well with that being said, this was a refreshing novel about a young love so new and unexpected. After being thrown together to work on an English project, Jaden McEntyre – a superior academic student trying to save the world, and Parker Whelan – the epitomy of a motorcycle badboy with that brooding sexual confidence, become friends. Jaden already has a boyfriend, and is not looking for a relationship with the mysterious Parker, but she just can’t help herself. After two months of working on their English project together, there’s something between the pair. Jaden’s main plan after high school is to get into the college of her dreams, Harvard. As time goes by while still working with Parker on their English project, which includes reading and interpreting the literature classic Ethan Frome written by Edith Wharton, their relationship takes on a whole new dimension, and her life’s plan might not be in her future. Her friends just don’t understand her interest in him. He’s a loner – sitting outside eating his lunch and not bothering with anyone else in school. Jaden insists, though, that she’s just hanging out with him because of their English project. But as their time together increases, she finds herself sneaking around to be with Parker - wanting more privacy, and, making up all kinds of excuses not to be with her boyfriend, Blake. The discussions between the two concerning Ethan Frome, become more intimate – more personal. Jaden just doesn’t know what it is about Parker that she’s so attracted to, but she does know that she can’t stop thinking about him. He just smells soooo goood! And he has such an amazing smile – that is, when he decides to smile. And whenever she thinks about the guy she gets all warm and cozy with butterflys in her stomach! What will she do as her feelings for him intensify? And, does he feel the same way about her? This novel kept my attention the whole time – wanting to find out what happens in the end. Does the heroine end up with the good boy (Blake) or the bad boy (Parker)? In fact, I was totally blind-sided when I read the ending. Did not see that coming at all! So, it’s totally different than what you think is going to happen; at least for me it was. Applause for Ms. Klein for pulling that off!!! I really enjoyed the two young adults. Jaden is so confident about what she wants and is always willing to help – the stellar student, everybody’s best friend. Parker is the dark guy in the distance – watching everybody intensely, secretly listening. This was a sweet and tender romance concentrating on two young adults trying to find the path to their future, while stumbling upon a love so rarely possible at such a young age. Definitely worth a look!

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