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Ruining Me (Ruining #1)

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Eighteen year old Jay Stevenson is living a horrible nightmare.

Two years ago, she had the world in the palm of her hand, but in one moment, it was ruined. Secrets, lies, and the worst imaginable betrayal haunt her new reality. Burying her problems under a cold façade seems to be the only way to cope until it all catches up with her. Soon, she loses control of the lonely wo
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Nook, 2, 149 pages
Published September 26th 2012
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Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
4 HEART BREAKING STARS

OMG!!!! WTF just happened???

My thoughts are so jumbled after this book! Gut wrenching, angsty and tragic.

HOLY MOLY.... WHYYYYYYYYYYYY! I'm completely devastated.

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I can't believe it ended like that :o I'm SPEECHLESS.

**Deep Breath** I'm going to try to collect my thoughts for my review. Honestly I'm blown away. The writing in this book was not great but the plot was terrific. If I had to rate my review on the writing, I would give it 3.5 sta
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Tough Critic Book Reviews
Oct 12, 2012 Tough Critic Book Reviews rated it really liked it
WHAT THE HELL!!! Wait, let me start over...what the hell!! This book was...I...it was...I think...maybe...I DON'T KNOW!! I almost didn't rate this book because I've decided that everyone needs to go through what I just went through! Everything I just went through. It's only fair. Hate it, love it...I don't care. Go through it!

The writing of this book was far from perfect, it could have definitely been better, but my experience was perfect. This book has gotten in my head, imperfections and all,
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Farah *Professor Dean's Beauty*
How can a book end like this????

I am so broken right now!!



This is a story about a girl... A girl who was happy, popular and had her whole future ahead of her....



Then something terrible happens to her... Something that breaks her.... Something that turns her from a stunning happy girl, to a sad girl who sees death as her only end...
The pain consumes her...



She pushes everyone close to her away including her quarterback sweet boyfriend. The man she loved most of her life... JT



Then she meets Kane...
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Ash Wednesday
Feb 09, 2013 Ash Wednesday rated it did not like it
I don't have anything to start this review off with so I'm just gonna dive in and say it straight...

That applause in the cafeteria (and somewhere else because apparently once is not enough) while everyone looked on as they kiss. Rhye's song. JT's pre-game speech. But mostly it was the applause scenes... good grief, so much cheese to work off my system.



This is the story of Jay, former high school sweetheart, recent skank about town-- or so it seems. Because Jay carries a terrible secret... until
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Alexis *Reality Bites*
Spoiler Free Review -Mature content reader discretion advised.
4.5 STARS out of 5
Genre: New Adult Romance

I FELT UTTER DEVASTATION WHEN I FINISHED THIS BOOK...

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By the time you finish this book... You will be Ruined...

'He's smart. The notes are typed. There is no way to trace their origin even if I wanted to. Ripping it up and tossing it to the ground, I get in my car and drive away.' ~Inner monologue of Jay


'Satan wasn’t ugly. I had always been taught in church that he was the most beautiful angel,
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Jennifer Kyle
Sep 05, 2014 Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cry-baby-books
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Nicole Reed this is your 5th Star for this book and I am holding it hostage!!!! You may receive this star if you change the current ending and/or have a certain someone be recovering in the hospital in the upcoming sequel to this book, Ruining You. Yes, I was angry and sad by the ending and am now resorting to blackmail.

I was completely captivated by this book I read it one sitting. I loved all of the characters and their support and devotion to James Stevenson, the main character. For the past
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Karen
Oct 28, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just inhaled Ruining Me in one afternoon and now I am sitting here drowning in the emotional wreckage left behind. Wow, wow, wow...I feel speechless and confused about how I feel about it. I was sucked into this world within the first few pages and couldn't be bothered to come up for air. Now a few hours have passed since I finished this book and my heart is still feeling heavy, but I KNOW I really, really liked it. I might love it but can’t decide until the story stops swirling in my head (h ...more
Kellie Maddox-Ward

RUINING ME!!!!
RUINING ME
DAMN STRAIGHT THIS BOOK RUINED ME!!

Damn you Nicole Reed!!

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Just joking your awesome! I even told you so!

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SOME SPOILERS in here! Be warned!

This is the story of James. She is a girl born with a guys name. Her friends call her Jay.
Problem is she doesn’t have many friends.

She has pushed them all away.

2 years ago her life changed.
She broke up with the love of her life, J.T
She turned her best friend Molly and Reed against her.

And basically stopped talking to everyone she
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Patty ❤️❤️ Belongs To ❤️Kellan❤️Jesse❤️Lautner❤️Miller❤️Garrett❤️Dean and Archer❤️❤️
(BR with My Bestie Dee)

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Jay is a High School senior who went through something horribly tragic two years ago. She broke up with her long time boyfriend, J.T., and pushed away her two best-friends, Reed and Molly. Everyone thinks she just turned into a huge stuck up bitch who started whoring around town. But something awful happened to her. So awful that she has never told a soul and she is plagued by nightmares every night.

It was pretty obvious what happened to her and who was the evil doer. Dee
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Alexis *Reality Bites*
Spoiler Free Review -Mature content reader discretion advised.
4.5 STARS out of 5
Genre: New Adult Romance

I FELT UTTER DEVASTATION WHEN I FINISHED THIS BOOK...

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By the time you finish this book... You will be Ruined...

'He's smart. The notes are typed. There is no way to trace their origin even if I wanted to. Ripping it up and tossing it to the ground, I get in my car and drive away.' ~Inner monologue of Jay


'Satan wasn’t ugly. I had always been taught in church that he was the most beautiful angel,
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kristina
Feb 03, 2013 kristina rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary

I have to stop reading heartbreaking books!!
Everytime I promise myself not to cry but I cant help ending up like this.


Jay used to be the girl everyone loved and admired.
She had a successful life , a boyfriend and best fiends.
During her sophomore year something terrible happened and she decided to push all those people who cared about her away.


Now at her senior year she is meeting a new hot tattoed guy Kane but her past wont leave her to live her future .

“Yes, you made me want my future again. T
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Nicole Reed
Oct 12, 2012 Nicole Reed rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
What do you expect...it's my baby..lol
Dee Montoya
Sep 07, 2014 Dee Montoya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-for-me, br
*1.5 Everybody is in love with Jay stars**

I'm a very sensitive and emotional person, so from time to time I like to indulge myself in a book that will make me cry. Everyone has been recommending this book for a while saying this was "The Tear-jerker", so my bestie and I decided to grab our chocolate and partake in a little cry fest together. Unfortunately this book was a big disappointment for me, not only didn't I shed one tear, but the female character made me so mad that I had to go and dump
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Christy
Speechless... To say this book was intense is an understatement...

I was honestly not sure how to review or rate this book... I don’t know how to feel after reading it. I feel very strongly, just not sure what those feelings are right now. Any book that can make me that much of an emotional wreck gets 5 stars from me!

Jay’s story is heartbreaking. If you are looking for a fluff book, this is not for you. I read it all in one sitting because I had to know what was going to happen. I’m still not
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Chris- Bookaddict
Oct 24, 2012 Chris- Bookaddict rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
OMG , I have so many mixed emotions about this book . I am going to try to put my feelings and what I feel about this book here , BUT bare with me as this is a tough subject area for me with feelings .


"" since it seems your marking your territory , why don't you go ahead and pee on her while you're at it ? <<< that statement right there is truly the only time I laughed during this whole book .

When I started this book I knew there was something Jay that was going to bring out alot of e
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Lise *friends don't flag*
For me- this is one of those books that I was not expecting much out of and I thought I had most of it figured out but I really did not and then I was so caught up in the ride that I could not put it down. I would like to give a shout out to the author for making me feel so much and I will be stalking her for more books.

I am also going to give a shout out and share a review from Tough Critic Book Reviews's as she captures the essence of how I feel about this book:
Read her review

Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~


Well, I feel pretty conflicted about this one. There was just SO much drama and angst. Some I understood the point of, and the rest just felt gratuitous. I was going to complain about the love triangle (I know this is a very popular plot device right now, but I'm not a fan.) because up until the very last part of the book, I didn't understand its purpose, but now I get it,

I wish I had realized that this wasn't the end of Jay's story. I really really hate cliffhangers. Overall, it was a good boo
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Melissa ***BITCH, I'M READING!***



OMG I'm in total shock right now..that did not just happen..how? why? please tell me it's a mistake, that someone jumped to conclusions and everything's going to be alright?..book 2 please fix this!!(view spoiler)
A. Bookzilla.
I am a bad, bad, bad person.
At the ending I thought: (view spoiler)

I know, I know! I picked a side right away, and that's never a good thing!

This was such a good book, and with a little more editing it could have been perfect. But I'll get to that later.

First I want to say that I loved all the characters. They could have been a bit more developed but since it's such a short read I didn't expect them even this good.

Jay is su
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Lucy
Oct 14, 2012 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this...Although I think when 'a certain moment' happened I was probably supposed to have a stronger reaction. Usually if something like this happens in a book I would be utterly devastated, but I just never built a strong enough connection with that character. I loved the other guy, don't want to give any names away as it may spoil it but those who've read it know who I mean. So even though I was upset for Jay and thinking about her pain and what could have been, I just didn't cry b ...more
Brittni
Dec 10, 2012 Brittni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nooooo it can't end like that!!!! Wow did that really just happen?!?!?!



Wow this book literally broke my heart into millions of pieces. Jay is a very broken girl who had some really horrible things happen to her. I felt so sorry for her. The whole time I was reading this book, I just wanted to reach through my kindle just to give her a hug and tell her not to give up. Man this poor girl couldn't get a break. I was just starting to think things were going to turn out great for her and then "BAM!!!
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Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer*


So, it's 2:00am and I have just finished this book,...there will probably be run on sentences as that is how I am feeling right now. Everytime I tried to put this book down I found myself needing to read more. I literally laid down tonight starting this and have not stopped until I was done.

OMG, I don't k ow how I feel at this moment, speechless, overwhelmed, sad, frustrated, blown away. I need this next book like yesterday. OMG!! This book was a freaking roller coaster. Triangles and bartende
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Jess-i-ca ~The Gif Witch~
HOLY SHIT!!!! What a great/sad/awful/moving book...Bless you people who read it before Book 2 came out....Wow...

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J *I did it all for the nookie.The book nookie*
OMG! That was absolutely NOT what I was expecting! Damn! I'm kind of at a loss for words. Was the writing great? Not exactly. Was the story/plot? Um...YES! I'm speechless regarding the ending. I'm not sure what I was expecting but I can tell you it wasn't that. I'm kind of crushed....I'm not going to lie. And a little bit in shock still. My heart broke for Jay. And just when I thought maybe things would be okay for her....BAM! *sigh* All I can say is thank goodness there's going to be another bo ...more
Jen
May 01, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Umm...yeah...I didn't expect that. Not sure what I was expecting actually, but not that. This was a very good book, but it touched on a very dark topic. This book was very well written and ends with a cliffhanger. I NEED to know what happens to Jay next.....Off to read book 2.
Deanna
Rating: 0.25 / 5 stars

This book is just an insult to people with depression. This book has an unrealistic portrayal of... everything.
Almost wanted to "DNF" this right from the very start.

Would not recommend.
Sofia Lazaridou
Nov 10, 2012 Sofia Lazaridou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two years ago I learned the hard way how every moment of our lives define everything we are and everything we will be.These moments either bind us deeply with reality or severs us from all the ties that bind us to it and in those precious seconds we decide which path we will choose.The path of life or the path of death.

Ruining Me is not your usual book.I am sure that anyone who has read it has gone through many emotions.I know I did and thought about it days after I finished it.I tried to think
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Airah ♔
WOW! Okay, I was more like, what!!! This book was really good! This had been a combination of recently hyped books DONE RIGHT. Thank goodness!

Our heroine, James -- nicknamed Jay (which is a weird name for a girl IMO) -- was a bit slutty. Well, NOT really. Though she used to favor one-night stands. Nice change from the goody two-shoes heroines I've been reading lately.

She's torn among three guys:
- JT, the highschool quarterback and her first ex-boyfriend
- Rhye, the average highschool bad boy and
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Nicole Reed is the New York Times Bestselling Author of Ruining You. She is a true Southern girl, enjoying life with her husband and three children in the peachy state of Georgia. As a child, she discovered another world between the pages of a book. In 2012, she self-published her first book Ruining Me, and then followed it with Ruining You, Cake, and Wasted Heart. Her books have also been listed ...more
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“Since it seems your marking your territory , why don't you go ahead and pee on her while you're at it ? " ~ Cal” 58 likes
“Yes, you made me want my future again. The only problem is, he was my future first." ~ Jay” 49 likes
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