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Don't Hate the Player...Hate the Game

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,117 Ratings  ·  536 Reviews
For Noah Sullivan being the best friend to a douchebag and player like Jake Nelson has never been easy. It's been a rocky road since kindergarten when Jake duct taped Noah to his chair before recess. With just six weeks to high school graduation, Jake accidentally blows his drunken ass up on his grandfather's tractor, and Noah finds himself immersed not only in a whirlwind ...more
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Katie Ashley Productions (first published April 29th 2013)
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Michelle Valentine
Dec 12, 2012 Michelle Valentine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bad-boys, hot, ya
I read this novel a while back and I LOOOOOVED it so much! Noah stole my heart in this book! I can't wait until the rest of the world gets to experience this story! You do not want to miss this AWESOME YA novel by Krista Ashe/Katie Ashely (NY TIMES Best Selling author of The Proposal)! It's one of my top reads. Very memorable! It hasn't left me after two years of reading it.
4-4.5 Stars!

“Sometimes we just have two sides to us, Noah. One that we’re willing to let the world see, and then the other that we hide deep within ourselves.”

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Noah is a typical high school senior. It’s his first day back from spring break when everything changes. He finds out Jake, the guy that has been his best friend since Jake duck taped Noah to a chair in kindergarden, died in a freak accident. Jake was one of the most popular guys in school. A jock, a player... ‘that guy’.
Jake Nelson
Farah *Professor Dean's Beauty*

Let's put it this way, this wasn't my fav book of the year!

The story itself wasn't bad but I was just so...

Noah Sullivan is 17years old and his best friend ever is Jake.
Best friends since age 5 but Jake is the ladies man of the duo.
When he comes back from Spring Break he gets news that Jake has been killed in an accident.

Noah's world is shattered and when he goes to Jakes house, he accompanies Jakes dad to his room to gather some sentimentals for the funeral.

They find a black box wi
Jennifer Kyle
May 02, 2013 Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it
4 1/2 Player Stars


”You’ve been my beacon of light in my storm of grief, and I don’t know if I could live without you.”

Don’t Hate the Player Hate the Game is a well told YA story. It is told in an all male pov of our main character, Noah Sullivan. The manner in which Katie Ashley presented this story through the eyes of a seventeen year old boy was not only believable but also captivating.

The story starts with the heart breaking news that Noah’s best friend since kindergarten has died in an acc
Katie Ashley
Jun 05, 2013 Katie Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Yeah, yeah, I gave it 5 stars, and it's my own book. Gotta love yourself!!
Kim Person
May 08, 2013 Kim Person rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
When I first read the synopsis of Don't Hate the Player...Hate the Game I didn't realize how emotionally invested I would become in the story of Noah and Maddie and especially Jake. This was one book that I spent a good amount of time..........................................

Noah had just lost his best friend Jake ~ his friend he knew for years and always had by his side. A friend he knew through and through or did he? Was Jake really what he seemed to be? Was he the playboy, athlete that could
Sep 05, 2013 Maggie rated it it was ok
Please don't let my star rating discourage you from reading this story.
The premise was good, the writing was also good, but I was just bored...

I didn't connect with any of the characters. And to be honest, I don't think I was in the right mindset when I started, I might have enjoyed it more if I had been told that this was going to a Christian YA novel. I went in expecting an angst filled story but what I got was a story filled with references to the bible. I really wished that I liked this mor
May 03, 2013 Jenn rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jenn by: Buddy Read w/Bethany
Updated: 5/3/2013. Updated a few parts of my review.

4 1/2 GRIEVING Stars

**(Mature YA read)**

Noah is a typical 17-year-old guy with sex and partying on the brain. He's a senior in high school and best friends with the biggest player on campus. This story takes him on a journey that will put him through hell and back and change his life completely as he knows it.

Come take a roller-coaster of a ride with Noah as he learns that not everyone, including himself, is who they really think they are. Jou
May 03, 2013 Bethany rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bethany by: Buddy read with Jenn
4.5 Stars

I loved Don’t Hate the Player...Hate the Game. It wasn’t what I was expecting after reading Katie Ashley’s Music of the Heart. This was an emotional rollercoaster for me. It had me laughing one moment, then sobbing my eyes the next. There were so many twists and turns I couldn’t put the book down. I was so happy with how everything turned out for the characters but yet sad at the same time. (view spoiler)
May 01, 2013 Shannon rated it it was amazing
The basis of the this novel is Noah's best friend Jake dies tragically. Noah and Jake's father find an engagement ring in Jake's room. Shocking because Jake is pretty much the definition of a player. Noah is asked to find out who the ring belongs to and thus our journey begins. This book is about so much more than just finding out who the "ring girl" is. It's about finding yourself. As someone who has lost someone close to them, like most people have, I found this story incredibly touching. Kati ...more
Apr 30, 2013 Steff rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. I loved the emotions that it inspired in me. It was inspiring to see how something so hard as unexpected death could enable so many great things to happen.

I loved Noah's growth during the book - he started as a normal teenager, with some issues, and throughout the book we could see how he confronted them and in the end, he could overcome them.

This is, hands down, one of the best stories I've read this year.
Kayla at MyBookMuse
May 10, 2013 Kayla at MyBookMuse rated it really liked it
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*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

This book produced so many feels my eyes hurt....but I mean that is the greatest way possible!

When Noah's best friend Jake dies is a freak accident, Noah is left in utter turmoil. All his life, Noah is used to losing the ones he loves. His grandfather, his best friend, etc. And under the unbearable weight of grief, Noah is used to shoving it deep in the recesses of his heart. He is constantly trying to be the 'mach
Love N. Books
May 16, 2013 Love N. Books rated it it was amazing
Oh how I love Katie’s books. Those of you looking for the panty-changer-books… this is not it. Those of you looking for an awesome, sweet, emotionally-charged love story…. this IS it.

I am such a sucker for the first-love YA reads. Seriously. I mean, give me a spanking, hot, erotic read too… but these always just MELT me.

The story of Noah’s growth through tragedy is UNBELIEVABLE. I mean, totally believable, as in realistic. Unbelievable on Katie’s writing of this story. I absolutely fell in love
The summary of this book will not mislead you to expect something else. Like it was written in pure black and white. While the death of Jake triggered things in Noah’s life, I still find myself fascinated that him being gone still moved huge things in his life. He found his issues sorted because of the girl Jake was supposed to ask to marry.

What I loved about Ms. Ashley’s book that it just written in my right formula. I don’t have to be in super deep thoughts. Not that this book is shallow or an
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
May 04, 2013 Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
Touching would best describe this book. Every word, action and scenario told is straight to the heart - from the grief, anger, love and denial every emotion written on this book feels so raw. It feels like its clawing its way on me. The first chapters are all so emotionally gripping, it’s hard to explain but what happened to Jake really did take quite an impact. I know before hand that something unfortunate would happen to Jake but I was surprised by the powerful way it was told.

When it comes t
Jacqueline's Reads
May 09, 2013 Jacqueline's Reads marked it as considering
Okay, I'll be frank with you, I didn't know this was written by Katie Ashley, so that kind of changes things for me.

First off... I LOVED The Proposition, so when I heard Katie Ashley was coming to Texas next week, I HAD to pick up her other reads.

And.. I was not so much a fan of Music of the Heart :(

I debated if I should give Net and Lies a go.

BUT, now I hear good things on Don't Hate the Player... Hate the Game so... I am very interested now and will give it a go :)

For Noah Sullivan being the
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May 08, 2013 Sara rated it liked it
Noah is a senior in high school. Upon returning to school from spring break, he learns that his best friend Jake was killed in a horrible accident. Jake and Noah have been thick as thieves since they were 5 years old. This friendship began after Jake duct taped Noah to his chair!! At freaking 5 years old! Jake was Mr.Popular< player with the ladies< and a jock..

While going through his room with Jakes dad to gather things for the funeral, they find a black box with an engagement ring and s
May 08, 2013 StacyHgg rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-drcs
Don’t Hate the Player…Hate the Game by Katie Ashley
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: April 29, 2013
Print Length: 266 pages
Format: PDF - Nook
Source: DRC
Review Date: May 5, 2013
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Sensuality Rating: Mild (YA)
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I have been in a New Adult (NA) book craze lately so I was unsure of how I was going to like this one. But I was definitely pleasantly surprised. It is like a cross between YA and NA. I say this because the storyline w
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―Así que es un poco como "no odies al jugador, odia al juego" ¿verdad?

Joe me dio una mirada confusa. ―¿Qué?

―Como si fueras un producto de lo que la sociedad quería que fueras por un tiempo, incluso aunque no fuera eso quien realmente eras muy en el fondo. ―los latidos de mi corazón se aceleraron cuando me di cuenta que lo que Joe estaba diciendo es lo que Jake había estado sintiendo.

Para Noah, ser el mejor el mejor amigo de un idiota, mujeriego y jugador como Jake Nelson, nunca fue fácil. Per
Lydia H
May 01, 2013 Lydia H rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Ok, once again I read a book without fully reading the Synopsis so a lot of things were a shock for me. For instance, how Jake died. I knew going into the book that he'd die, but I just imagined a car accident or something. NOT at all what really happened..

at 3% my heart literally sunk..
at 4% I was teary-eyed..
and at 5% I was full on crying..!!!!!

This was a great book!!!
Beautifully written!!
Props to Katie Ashley!

I found myself crying most of the book.. so it goes without saying.. yes, this is a
May 05, 2013 Anarabacca rated it really liked it
so, i never doubt that this is another great story by katie ashley i just never expected to be soooo emotional reading this. i love the humour and my gosh the characters i love them :)

lets start with Noah, i seriously wish there's a guy like him when i was in high school i mean you can actually feel his character he is really sweet but the side of just being a "17" year old teenager just pops and makes him more adorable! i mean I'm really in love with him :) i felt heartbroken with him when the
May 01, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, faves
The world I'd known had shattered around me in an instant, and now everything seemed so surreal. People went on doing exactly what they'd done before while I tip-toed through this new reality.

I was immediately drawn into this story told in Noah's point of view in present time and flash backs. Noah is a typical, popular seventeen year old young man who has good friends and a stable life despite being raised in a single parent home. But in one terrible moment, his life is changed forever.

His best
May 01, 2013 Paige rated it it was amazing

Katie Ashley did it AGAIN!!! This book was so good! I loved the characters. I loved Noah, Jake & Maddie & I could really empathize with each one of their characters. This book was a journey. I loved getting to know Jake through Noah & Maddie's eyes. I felt sorry for him that he never felt that he could just be the person that he wanted to be. Instead he felt that he had to live up to the impression of what others thought he should be. I definitely empat
Reading is my Time Out
May 11, 2013 Reading is my Time Out rated it really liked it
I loved this book!!! This story tugged on my heart, had me crying after chapter 1, laughing out loud, and made my heart break and smile at the same time!! Kudos to Katie Ashley for writing a book that touches a reader's heart, mind, and soul all at once!

Jake and Noah are best friends to the core! They party together, get in trouble together, chase girls together, and are planning on going away to college and rooming together. What they don't plan on is Jake dying during their senior year in high
May 07, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
This is the first book of Katie Ashley's that I have read, and I am happy to say I was not in the least bit disappointed. When I saw she was releasing a young adult book, and from the boy's point of view... I knew I had to buy it as soon as it was released. I absolutely adore a love story when told from the male perspective, and I can easily say I have fallen in love with Noah.

“The world I'd known had shattered around me in an instant, and now everything seemed so surreal. People went on doing
May 05, 2013 Musing rated it it was amazing
Do you like to sink your teeth into a sweet, funny yet sad, thought provoking YA book? If so, do not go past talented author, Katie Ashley's latest YA romance, Don't Hate the Player .

This book will make you cry. It will make you laugh. It will also break your heart, as you read the world according to seventeen year old, Noah Sullivan. His world, as he knew it, had changed - dramatically. In fact, understandably, as he faced many abnormal challenges, he was forced to enter adulthood earlier tha
Brandy Lynn
May 09, 2013 Brandy Lynn rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was one intense emotional read. I am a HUGE fan of Katie Ashley – this woman can write some amazing stories that suck you in as a reader. I was enthralled with Don’t Hate the Player…Hate the Game! It kept me emotionally engaged and I was left with moments of happiness and sadness. This is so much more than a love story. It’s about hope, love, grief, sadness, and a journey of self-exploration to find out who you really are. I think Katie Ashley did a fantastic job on this novel.

So what’
Blushing Reader
May 10, 2013 Blushing Reader rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-books-read
Star Rating: 4 out of 5
Heat Rating: Mild to Simmering (These are teenagers, so think about what you were like)

When I first saw this book I paused, surprised that Katie Ashley was writing a YA novel. I have read Katie's Proposition Series and LOVED her passionate and hot stories full of drama and characters that were very real. Typically, I don't read YA but since it was Katie I assumed I would get a great story and I was not disappointed! This story was so incredible that you don't miss the grap
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