Friday Night Alibi by Cassie Mae {Whitley’s Review}

Today I’m pleased to welcome Whitley back to the blog! She usually blogs over at Whitley Reads, but she’s here to review the New Adult contemporary novel Friday Night Alibi by Cassie Mae. I’m really enjoying her reviews, with their mix of snark and humor. Be sure to check out the reviews on her site.

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Publisher: Random House Flirt
Series: N/A
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Summary:
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.

A galley copy was provided free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My first reaction to this novel was that it wasn’t a New Adult novel. Nothing about it fit the idea of a “new” adult or the problems that people of that age group go through. Kelli lived at home, she wasn’t planning to move out at any point or think about her future plans, she didn’t deal with college or college prep or issues of independence, and the main conflict (outside of the romance) was that her parents weren’t paying enough attention to her. All told, it struck me as being a very teenager book, with the kinds of problems faced by high school students living at home. Which isn’t a bad thing, unless you pick up the book expecting something else.

The narration in this book didn’t help the “teenager-y” vibe. It’s narrated in a very conversational tone, with the main character giving us plenty of slang and Buffy-speak . Much of the story feels like we’re sitting around, chatting with Kelli, listening to her ramble on about events. Which, while not my favorite style, is fine, except the narrator kept assuming my thoughts. There were many points of “I know, you think that’s so terrible” or “Don’t judge me, but” or “I know what you’re thinking, but”. Kelli, no. You don’t know what I’m thinking. Every time you said that, you were wrong. Stop it.

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Chase, the love interest, was pretty charming…in the second half. He followed the trope of being a “cool jerk” at the start of the novel, but I always got the impression that he was being a jerk just for the sake of fulfilling the trope. It never felt organic to his character, and he wasn’t truly a Bad Boy. He was an average nice guy (not Nice Guy, though) who was honestly pretty great, but for some reason he didn’t open the book that way. The only excuse we got for his behavior was that old “boys pick on you when they like you” excuse. Honestly, at 21, I think that excuse should be invalid. If you’re old enough to drink but can’t flirt by being nice to a girl, you need to stop and reevaluate some things.

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A big part of what made it feel forced, however, was that all his bad antics just…stopped as soon as they weren’t needed. He simply dropped them, out of the blue. The same for the banter/pranks between Kelli and Chase. As soon as the kissing started, everything else stopped.

This was, in the end, a very light book in which showed relatively clean relationships. I didn’t get many red flags from Kelli/Chase (only two spring to mind: sexual harassment being brushed off as “he’s just a jerk,” and Chase breaking into her room) and once it got going, their relationship was cute and consensual. Her relationship with her parents had easy-to-read problems that got (mostly) fixed by the end. Her relationship with her friend was well-portrayed. The book’s only major downfall was that it tried to stick to a formula it was unsuited for, which produced some jarring disconnects. Just about everything I had issue with, except the narration style, can be attributed to cliché’s that got shoved into the wrong sort of book. Other than that, it was a sweet read.

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