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The Perfect Game

(The Perfect Game #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  57,061 ratings  ·  3,190 reviews
He's a game she never intended to play.
And she's the game changer he never knew he needed.

The Perfect Game tells the story of college juniors, Cassie Andrews & Jack Carter. When Cassie meets rising baseball hopeful Jack, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind... like getting Cassie to give him the time
Kindle Edition, 379 pages
Published October 11th 2012 (first published October 1st 2012)
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"That's All" Ash
Mar 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horrible, that-bad


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Why, you ask?

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#1. Jack is a JERK!
#2. Cassie is a MORON!


Look, all this book is… is Jack and Cassie going back and forth completely destroying each other. I mean, he cheats on her with someone who he ends up getting pregnant.

Then he LEAVES Cassie to marry Miss Pregnant Lady.

And then he comes BACK to Cassie, and not only does she take him back.

Ooooh no. You want to know what she does?

She apologizes


it would be 1 star (didn't like) but the way jack apologized in the fucking end, IN THE END, actually saved the book. i mean i was so frustrated with them! this review will contain lots of spoilers so please don't tell me you haven't been warned, because i ain't hiding them!


it was like reading soft version of "beautiful disaster";

all the time he called her kitten and all the time i tried to remember why is that so fucking familiar to me too, together wi
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I absolutely adore the feeling you get when you've found an incredibly fan-f*cking-tastic book. A book that takes you from happy, to thrilled, to anxious, to sad, to gutted, to depressed, to on top of the freaking world. An amazing book to me, is a book that I will remember almost every moment once I've read it. It's a book that devours my heart, soul and mind. It sticks with me and when it ends I want to cry because I'm so attached to each of the characters, that the thoug
Dec 21, 2012 rated it did not like it

I have decided to petition the author to rename this book: The Perfect Lobotomy, due to all the brain cells that were destroyed during its reading.

This book was an epic...
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That's right. Fail.

Never. NEVER before have I encountered two characters I actively wished death upon. I not only wished death on these characters, I wished for it to be slow and painful, preferrably consisting of some kind of flesh eating disease that rotted off body part
★★★ 2.5 messed up, emotional and infuriating stars!

I mean, really…

This book... Well, this book… I can't say that I really hated it, but I also know that I didn't love it either. So, that leaves me somewhere in the middle… I guess.


The main reason that this book infuriated me were the two main characters and their immature behavior. Particularly that of: Jack Carter.

What. A. Jackass.


See, in the beginning of the story, Jack is a the typi

Tough Critic Book Reviews
Sometimes I feel exactly like Julia Roberts, except my hair is a very unique shade of red (called brown), my lips are in proportion to my body and I would never ever teach Richard Gere how to drive a stick. So why birth this randomness?? Because every time I start a review, I kind of feel like Julia Roberts at the beginning of My Best Friend's Wedding. She slowly takes a bite, pauses, then says..."I'm writing this up as inventive...and confident." Well, a few days ago I took a rather big bite ou ...more

I'll start by saying overall this book was a good, easy, contemporary read.. I usually love the ones centered around people in college etc.
I absolutely loved the characters in the beginning, with Jack's protective, overbearing, loving, passionate and cocky attitude and Cassies "kittens" tough, beautiful and strong personality.

The storyline was going so well.. and then BAM, the cheating incident occurred. I'll admit the way it happened seemed pretty believable to me, and I can unders
4 Stars (Originally Read 12/14/2013)

DNF @ 34% (Re-Read 11/2/2019)

Another one bites the dust 🤦🏻‍♀️

I'm not quite sure what I was thinking the first time I read this....but I couldn't stand the h! She was playing stupid games of "I hate you even though I'm intrigued by you", she was a b, she was super insecure, and I really hated her "woe is me" attitude!

I know my attitude toward books has changed drastically since I first started reading romance, but I still hate it when this happens!

Oh well, on
Duchess Crystal
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-sterling
The Perfect Game


1 cup of trust issues
1 cup of abandonment issues
1/2 cup of heartache love
1/2 cup of betrayal
a pinch of laughter
a pinch of an awesome bff
a pinch of sexy time
1/4 cup of slutiness
1 can of whoop ass
1 handful of tissues
2 boxes of "CUE FUCKING TEARS!!!"

Mix all these up and you have The Perfect Read!

Cassie Andrews and Jack "Fucking" Carter are both juniors at college.

Cassie is warned to stay away from Jack b/c he is like the BIGGEST manwhore on campus. He never...EVER..
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Spoiler Free Review -Quick Review
4 STARS out of 5
Genre: New Adult/College Romance
WARNING: This book contains cheating if you do not like that in your read please move on.

Everybody's like, 'He's no item. Please don't like him.
He don't wife 'em, he one nights 'em!' ~Lyrics Jay-Z

After reading this you will never be able to look at a quarter the same way again. AND YES I am referring to currency that totals twenty-five cents.

"Your my game changer, you know that?"
"Game changer?"
I shook my head unsu
Oct 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Kellie Maddox-Ward

*opens mouth*
*closes mouth*
*opens mouth*
*closes mouth*

Umm.. so...eeehh....*deep breath innnnn and release*

OK Ok... where the FUCK DO I START!

This is the story of Jack Fucking Carter and Cassie "Kitten" Andrews.

Cassie is new to the college, so when she catches the eye of the infamous bad boy manw
Jillian Dodd
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I greatly enjoyed this book. I fell hard for Jack Carter. Yes, he came off as an arrogant jerk, but you could tell there was something more underneath. And there was. Jack isn't perfect. Cassie isn't perfect. They have issues. While you can pitch the perfect game, there is no such thing as the perfect relationship. Something happens in the book that is gut wrenching. You are so mad at Jack for what he does. Then because of his issues, he compounds the betrayal by making an even dumber decision. ...more
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This book almost killed me dead! Sterling - you are a rock star! This book was a roller coaster of a ride that made me smile, sigh, cry, yell and then do it all over again. Job well done my friend!
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*Slight Spoilers*

Cassie meet hero, manwhore, heartbreaker

Jack meet Cassie...your game changer

1%--Body Temperature 98.6, thinking to myself, ok. let's see how this story goes...

12%--*snickers* Love their bantering...

15%--50 cents a touch...cute...

28%--Body Temp 99.9, Ruh Roh...there's pictures out there...

33%--First fight...communication important...

43%--Body Temp 98.6, Something bout to happen...but not what I expected...

63%--Body Temp 101.5, Jackass emerges...

66%--Body Temp 103.
Aug 18, 2012 rated it liked it
totally undecided on this book..there where things i liked and things i didn't! (view spoiler) There were some very cute moments and I loved Jack and Cass as a couple and once they where ...more
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to my review of THE PERFECT GAME

There is a few things I want to say about the author of this book before I get started .
This is J.sterlings 3rd book . She wrote 2 other books in the YA genre .
In Dreams & Chance Encounters. Both are great books
I make no secret of the fact that I call Jenn AKA J.Sterling a friend . She is an amazing person with a larger than life personality, a sense of humour that calls to my funny bone lol & a huge heart that makes me love her. I can also be completel
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
After the best book of the year, let me introduce you my worst book of the year. Warning : This review is basically a big spoiler. So if you want to read the book, just don't read this.

Even the jerks need their ad, don't they? Or not really, okay. But I wanted to translate this "review" so here we go. Because this Jack Carter here? He could be the perfect fit for a chapter named "what-kind-of-boy-I-don't-want-my-daughter/friend/sister-date-like-ever"

Or 'what-kind-of-heroe-you-don't-want-to-recom
Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ bookwormthoughts
Four almost Perfect Stars ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Hmmmmm so, for me, if I'm 100% honest this book wasn't perfect. It wasn't until the latter part of the book, probably from around the 60% mark when I finally started to warm to the characters.


Let me get my moans out of the way:

I found the dialogue a little clichéd and too telling in places, it wasn't subtle enough, if that makes sense? Sometimes less is more and actions speak a thousand words.

Also Cassie's character, to start with, was all over the p
It's just me Shelly B
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: angst, ya-na
Jack and Cassie

Girl meets boy......and of course they fall in love!!

They meet at a frat party and even though Scarlett has been warned of his "player status." She eventually falls head over heels in love with the star pitcher of the baseball team.

“He was beautiful. And he was charming. And a man-whoring pig. God, what is wrong with me?”

Oh yeah and he looked good in that tight baseball uniform....WHEW!!

“It’s irritating how good he looks in his uniform, right?” 
I jerked my head back toward her. “S
This book is wrong in so many levels. I am not going to write a review now because I don't have anything respectful to say. Later maybe.


I chose to read this book when I heard it was somehow similar to Beautiful Disaster since they both had bad tempered main characters and everything. I generally don't mind bad [fictional] boys. They are hot and since I enjoyed Beautiful Disaster so much, I was so excited to start this book. Boy, never have I ever been so disappointed! Everything about
Nov 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-is-dead
Jack Carter is a cheating piece of shit and it makes me sad that even after everything he did, this book still has high reviews and girls swooning over him. I knew before reading this that there was cheating in it, but I wanted to see how it was done. God, I wish I never read this awful book. Jack Carter is no book boyfriend/hero.

The actual sex with the OW isn’t detailed, but we did get to read his thoughts before it happened. He wasn’t drunk enough to forget he had a girlfriend.

I spotted Chrys
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
3-3.5 ★'s

“Don’t lie, don’t cheat, don’t say things you don’t mean, and don’t make promises you can’t keep.”

Another book from my cheating list that I finally got to and sadly, I was a little disappointed. Maybe I've read too many New Adult books because even though these characters are in college, they felt like high schoolers and they were sooo immature. It was definitely a turn off.

Jack and Cassie meet when she transfers to his college. He's the hot baseball player and can...and does get any
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 Fast Ball Stars

College love can be intense and earth shattering and also the place where you meet "The One". The one that changes everything for the good and the bad. This is a story of that kind of love.

Meet Jack fucking Carter he's a college baseball superstar- He doesn't date. He just sleeps with girls and all their friends. He was beautiful. And he was charming. And a man-whoring pig.
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Meet Cassie aka Kitten- She's sassy, she's tough and says plays hard to get with Jack. But she has trus
Aug 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
*spoiler alert*

★ ! I actually really enjoyed this book, for starters. The characters were great. Cassie was easy to like and i fell in love with Jake Carter from moment one. He reminded me a lot of Jude Ryder from CRASH by Nicole Williams, who i totally and completely love.

Jake is the school's biggest player, and no girl can resist him. Except for Cassie. I loved reading how he got her to finally date him and how sweet they were together. (view spoiler)
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

I love romance and I love baseball, so when you put the two together, I’m all over it. So with that said, I can’t believe that I balked at reading this!

I was hooked from page one. I couldn’t put it down. I even read it while watching game 7 of the NLCS between the San Francisco Giants & the St. Louis Cardinals…which made for an interesting soundtrack to the book.

(view spoiler)
Ilaria 🌸
Apr 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Sláinte Wanderlust
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: baby-mama-drama
Cover & title - 3 out of 5
Favorite line - "My heart belongs to you. And I'm not asking for it back, even if you don't want it anymore. I'm just asking for a chance to have yours again. I promise I'll be more careful with it this time."

I almost cannot believe i am saying this but girlies, this book did not rock my world. I was seriously angry throughout a lot of this book, i found this at times really trying. I do not know if i just was not in the right mind set for an mature YA or if maybe i jus
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Is been more then a year since I read this book and I never actually wrote a review for it, so I decided to write one today, and is going to be straight to the point of why I didn't like this book.

The first 30% was great, there were a slow-burn romance and I was thinking that I was going to love it, but then Cassie just started to get repetitive and Jack’s a jerk (not the nice good one to read about).
To be honest, both MC were full on idiots and made such stupid terrible decisions that I’m surpr
Yesi ~ LLL
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
After thinking about it for a couple of days my rating has been bumped up. ~ The first half of the book was good although I thought Jack and Cassie got together too quickly. The second half of the book, about 60% in, made me so sick that I wanted to jump in my iPad and punch Jack! What he did, and he knew exactly what he was doing, was just so awful my heart broke. Seriously my heart was racing the entire time and then it was shattered. The way he handled the situation...EVEN WORSE! I hated him ...more
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J. (jenn) Sterling is a New York Times and USA Today best selling author of multiple contemporary romances. She lives in California with her only son, Blake. If you can't find her sitting behind a computer screen writing new stories, then there's a good chance she's sitting in the bleachers of a baseball stadium watching him play.

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