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Choosing You

(Jade #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  6,686 ratings  ·  332 reviews
When Jade is given a scholarship to an elite private college in Connecticut, she sees it as a chance to finally escape her painful past and get a fresh start. She’s determined to succeed and that means keeping her focus on school and not guys. But her plan falls apart her first day on campus when Garret, a rich prep school boy with swimmer abs and a perfect smile, offers t ...more
Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published September 21st 2013 by Waltham Publishing (first published September 1st 2013)
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Jennifer Kyle
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 ~ 4.5 Stars

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I really, really like Jade and Garret! To be honest, there are several grammatical errors but nothing that I thought took away from the story. This story does indeed end with a cliffhanger. The next book is scheduled to be released on November 2. I for one will have my one-click finger ready.

Jade Taylor is the Kensington Scholarship winner. She sets off to Moorhust College to begin her freshman year. She struggles with trust and friendships. She is against parties and
Sarah Elizabeth

This was an okay story, but I have to say that the main character irritated me a bit.

Jade was a girl who wasn’t afraid to speak up about her opinions, and boy did she come across as rude at times! Just because someone’s toddler is having a tantrum in a diner, it doesn’t give you the right to shout and be rude to them about it! I mean really?! And ‘Jasmine’ is a bad name because it’s the name of a cartoon princess? What a bitch!

The storyline in this was about Jade starting college, and meeting a
DNF @ 15%

The heroine was extremely unlikeable. She was a bitch AND a mean girl...made fun of OW because her name was Jasmine (said she had to be a drama queen and a rich preppy girl because her name was Jasmine...she had one conversation with the girl and based everything off of it) AND while at a restaurant told parents of a child that was crying to shut "it" up.
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
(no big story summary here, just my impression)

This is one of the very few books in the NA genre section that deserves credit for:

- an original story line (NO instant fake chemistry where heroine and hero want to undress themselves right on the spot)

- characters that are truly compatible and likable (no bitchy heroine and empty headed immature college guys who loves to indulge in every imaginable shit but will suddenly change just for the sake of the bitchy heroine)

the story line develops gradua
Oct 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Negative stars if I could. No seriously I don't think I have ever ever come across a more annoying character as Jade. She's about as cuddly as a porcupine and as loveable as a rock. She's just a bitch. I hate her and I'm only 30% in the sample! So the old same story "I have a past so I can be a complete bitch" "I want one thing but tell him another, or nothing at all" "don't touch me but kiss me again" I can't read another page
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was cute and a bit different because of the political mystery aspect. Jade has had a loveless life. Raised by her alcoholic/drug addict mom who constantly berated her. She never knew motherly love. After her mother died at 15 she was raised by neighbor and friend Frank, and his son Ryan. She gets a scholarship to college. Her first day she meets Garret.
Garret is the son of a wealthy man. He's very sweet and has taken a liking to Jade. She's not used to having friends or someone wanting to
Jeannine Allison
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars...

I'm really confused by all the negative reviews I read about this novel, and I'm really glad that I ignored them. The most noted flaw was in the heroine, Jade. Almost every negative review said she was a bitch and I really don't see it. Did she have bitchy moments? Sure. Does her horrible childhood make these moments excusable? Of course not. But I really don't see how anyone can flat out think she's a "bitch", especially when we're in her head and she's just as confused about her
Apr 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Actual rating - 2.5

I didn't get on with the main character at all. She was rude.

I felt bored for most of this unfortunately. Not much was happening and none of the characters were likable enough to save it.
When the story did get a little bit more interesting, it ended! Really annoying.
Allie Everhart
Oct 02, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Knowing You, (The Jade Series #2) is NOW AVAILABLE at Amazon.

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Melissa (Ever So Mela)
Maybe it's just me...
Lately I find myself at an impassive with most of the NA genre. I feel like I nitpick at everything in a book... or it could really just be the books.

I couldn't bring myself to like this book when the heroine is the most annoying thing in the world of characters. I was having whiplash throughout the ENTIRE book. I'm not even being over-dramatic.
Here's an example:

“Maybe she doesn't want to get to know you.”
As in referring to herself in the third person. I mean this was like
Summer Yaxley
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm sorry but I feel the story was way too repetitive, I really did try to get into the story but it just didn't seem to happen. :(
I really hated Jade too, I felt she just constantly felt because she had a past she was able to be a bitch all the time, I don't see how Garrett could put up with that. If I were him I'd tell her to fuck off right away!
Olivia Chanel's Galaxy of Books
Choosing You is a book I didn't expect to love but immensely did . It has been in my kindle library for quite some time now and I finally decided to give it a try, something I'm now so happy about.

Choosing You is a book filled with wit, banter, romance, wealthy families and suspense. In my eyes there are so many things this book is doing right. In a lot of ways this is a typical rich boy meets poor girl story but the story is so much more than that. It's complex, with a proper relationship buil
Oct 29, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Choosing You is the first book in the Jade Series by Allie Everhart. I have to say that this was a great book to start the series. This is my first book by this author, but it won't be my last. Being that this book ended with a cliffhanger….I am definitely continuing on with the series. I have to see where Jade and Garret's journey goes. I really enjoyed this book. I thou
Terri Walk
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-faves
I won't spoil anything for you, but I will tell you- with this book not all is as it seems! I figured this was just a regular contemporary romance read, I loved the plot, and was pretty happy with where things were headed and then about 85% through, BAM, the whole story takes a turn I totally didn't expect! I was genuinely surprised and excited.

If you've read any other reviews, or taken the time to check out the authors page you will notice that this is book 1 of 4, and yes, it is a cliffy! Big
Dani Behring
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
What I liked:
Jade and her awesome sarcasm
The building friendship between Jade and Garret
The journal piece - reminded me of my 10th grade English class, and I thought it was cute
Hug practice
The unique twist to the typical NA romance (Interested in learning more!)
It was very realistic - nothing that I was like "Really??" or "That would never happen!"

What I didn't like:
There's just something about Garret... more below in "Characters"

Book Stats:
Genre: NA Romance Series. I would also say a
Shayna Varadeaux
A really good NA, Contemporary Romance!!

I was pleasantly captivated by Jade's story. It was one of those can't put it down reads for sure. And I was all like, "What, no!" When I came to the end of the story! Aaah! I so need the next book! I am definitely going to see the series through. It has a good amount of mystery and intrigue to it. I like the writing and I love the plot. I like the interaction between Jade and Garrett, alot. The world that Garrett lives in is a complicated one alright.

Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
An okay story, with a very Romeo and Juliet feel, only with a very unworthy Juliet.

Gosh, Jade was annoying. I couldn't like her. (view spoiler)

Garret mad
Gabbie (Rampant Readers)
Favorite Quotes
“Over the tears, I’ve learned that people really don’t like the truth. The truth is ugly and painful. It’s uncomfortable. It makes you question things. It creates uncertainty. People don’t want that. They want to hear a version of the truth that meets the expectations they’ve already conjured up in their own head.”
“‘Trusting is just a nicer word for stupid or naïve. And I’m neither one of those things.’”
Why I Picked It Up

I’ve always had my eye on this novel, so when I got the blog
Martha Lueck
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I thought this was a cute story with a lot of emotion and great character development. A lot of people dislike the main character because of how rude she is, but given the circumstances of her past, I'd say her behavior and attitude were pretty realistic. The author did a great job describing the mental health effects of abuse and loss.

The only thing that bothered me a little bit was some of the cheesy dialogue. But overall, this story is a good example of someone working through her troubled p
Lustful Literature
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it

"Over the years, I've learned that people really don't like the truth. The truth is ugly and painful. It's uncomfortable. It makes you question things. It creates uncertainty. People don't want that. They want to hear a version of the truth that meets the expectations they've already conjured up in their own head."

Jade has overcome a lifetime of adversity. Growing up with a mom who took pills and was drunk most of the time wasn't easy on her. Her mom yelled and screamed and
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic new adult read. I hadn’t heard of this series before and I absolutely love it. After reading Choosing You I couldn’t get the characters out of my head and picked up book two shortly after. Allie Everhart has a fantastic prose and the premise was unique and fun. Ms Everhart is certainly added to my buy now list and favourites.

Jade Taylor is an 18 year old that had a terribly upsetting childhood. Hiding from her feelings and not dealing with the death of her mother, Jade doesn’t m
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Review: Jo

"Choosing You" was my first Allie Everhart read and I know it will not be my last. I completely fell in love with the story of Jade and Garret.

I immediately liked Jade (the female lead in the story). She was a girl who had had a heartbreaking start in life but despite this, had shown a real strength and determination by becoming her high school's valedictorian and gaining a place at a prestigious college. From the moment she set foot on college grounds, her life was changed, even more
Margie   'CSR' Fite
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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absolutely LOVED this series "The Jade Series" this is book one of the series..
You get introduced to Jade, she has had a very hard life, her mother treated her horrible and drank, drugs and eventually died. She moves in with family friend and his son who she considers a father and brother... they are not rich and have money issues and she strives very hard to accomplish a scholarship and is accepted into one of the elite private colleges in Connecticut.
While she is moving in, she happens to me
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So umm.... WHAT!???

Holy Crap! I absolutely love Jade & Garret.

Jade has had a hard life, she doesn't trust. She doesn't let people in. She isn't a social butterfly. She can't stand drinking or going to parties. The moment she arrived at campus this young man was there and helping her. He was nice. But people are only nice for a reason right!? From her experiences at least. While away at college she gets a letter in a birthday box. This letter opens up a crap ton of drama.

Garret. OMG OMG OMG. S
Jennifer Shiels
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jade leaves Iowa behind to attend a private college in Connecticut that a majority of the students are from rich families. She received a scholarship and she didn't even know about the school or apply to it. Jade had a drunk and drugged out mother, who died when she was about 10ish. She moved in with Frank and Ryan and they were her new family. Jade doesn't really trust many people and has a hard time just letting go. She meets Garret on the first day there when she's moving in. He's from a rich ...more
Sadly, Choosing You did not work for me.

This novel had its ups and downs. At times, I liked a few of the scenes between Garret and Jade, and even found the two cute together. Other times, I wanted to either throw the book against the wall or just walk away from it.

I had a hard time connecting with Jade. And Garret's character was not consistent. He claims he is tired of following his family's rules, he's nothing like the rest of his peers, etc. Then on the next page he goes on again about how
Samantha Lawson
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 awesome stars. This book is the beginning of a wonderful series. I love Jade and how selfless she is. Growing up pretty much motherless and definitely fatherless. She has been through hell and it only makes her stronger. Downside she is very reserved and doesn't get attached too easily. She is also pretty badass in the insults department! Anyways, she gets a scholarship to a private college. Her brother like figure (Ryan) takes her to help her unpack. Insert Garret the hot typical rich boy, so ...more
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is book 1 of Jade and Garret's story and I definitely want to read more. There is more to the story than I expected. I like Jade. She may be a little confused, but she is feisty and gives Garret a run for his money. She can be prickly, but she has her reasons. Garret is great. He is sweet, even though he acts like a jerk sometimes. It's not really his fault because he has a lot of outside pressure. There is a cliffhanger ending, but I feel like we get some closure. There are some issues lef ...more
Kasie Sullivan
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
4-4.5 stars loved this, a nice sweet romantic sorry with a bit of a mystery twist, I loved Garret SWOON, i can't believe he liked Jade even after how she treated him at the beginning she annoyed me in some parts of this book just wanted to smack her round the head haha, but with her upbringing and past I do understand why she is like that and Garret didn't help himself in parts. This was left on a cliffhanger so I can't wait to see what happens next :) hurry up November....
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Allie Everhart is the author of the bestselling Jade Series and Kensington Series. Allie tells stories about love, often with a twist of mystery and suspense. She loves writing for hours on end, reading in the wee hours of the morning, drinking strong coffee, sipping bourbon, and sitting outside on a sunny day coming up with story ideas.

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“Jade, you’re doing the exact same thing you did after the pool that night. Don’t you know how to do this?”
“Do what?”
“Give a person a hug.”
“I’m not much of a hugger.”
“Well, you need one, so don’t just stand there. Put your damn arms around me.”
“Jade, you know I’m not safe out there.” He says it as if he’s really in danger. “Did you see all those girls running around in towels and robes?”

I roll my eyes. “I swear. The insults are coming, my friend. So tell your ego to get ready.”
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