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Happiness In Jersey

(The Prototype #1)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  651 ratings  ·  147 reviews
The only thing in Jersey Kincaid’s world that she has time for are keeping her grades up so that she doesn’t lose her scholarship to South Texas University, playing the bass in her band, The Prototype, and satisfying her coffee addiction. Oh, and the occasional random hook-up she indulges in to pass the time.

Love? Eh, not so much. Save that crap for a Katherine Heigl or N
Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published August 29th 2014
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Happiness in Jersey by Jacinta Howard is one of those books that your heart just wasn’t prepared for. It just grabs you and doesn’t let go. For me, the tell-tale sign is that when I wake up in the morning, my first thoughts are about the main character in the book, Jersey. I was worried about her. How is she? What’s going to happen next? Yes, in other words, I was obsessed.

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Jersey Kinkaid doesn’t believe in love. The only thing inevitable in life is death, she believes. She tries to make pe
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Sweet angsty college romance about two black musicians with a lot of intense feelings for each other that our narrator Jersey is scared to explore. Jersey and Zay were so cute together. Although Jersey was a great narrator, Zay was the star of the show for me. He was sweet, honest, caring and he made me swoon more than a few times. I loved Jersey’s emotional growth and character development over the
Delaney Diamond
So, Jacinta Howard is two for two. I love her writing voice. She’s skilled at sucking you into a story, and after this one I’m looking forward to whatever else she writes. Despite the fact that these are young people, they’re very mature because of their life’s experiences, and I actually enjoyed Happiness in Jersey more than I did her first book – Better Than Okay. I didn’t even think that was possible.

This is another story about young love (Jacinta has me being all cougar-ish, falling in love
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is blues and love, the song of Zay and Jersey's relationship was like a well written song. The first time Zay lays eyes on Jersey I knew their story would be powerful and I was not disappointed. I was emotionally connected to these characters I cared and rooted for them even when they did not act as I wanted them to. They shared music and I could hear the music as the played on stage. The very first time Zay had a performance I was there too the author showed me and I loved the way he ...more
Christina Jones
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was my first read from Jacinta,and will definitely not be the last! Jersey and Zay's story took. Me. Through. It! (it =emotional gauntlet. Jeez!) Jersey was funny without trying, and sympathetic without coming off as whiny. She was also tiresome,but understandably so. Her hard shell was formed to deal with some effed up things (that daddy of hers makes me stabby), but it was really sweet to watch Zay break through alladat to get down to the real Jersey. That boy had AWWWWWWW the patience in ...more
I can't settle on a rating for this one just yet, but overall it was okay.

Happiness is Jersey felt like a slice of life story featuring a romance. And while there were some parts that I enjoyed, a large portion of the book left me confused as to what the *point* of the story was. There wasn't one central conflict or purpose that drove the plot, so a lot of time I was left aimlessly reading and waiting for something to happen. I don't mind stories that are more character driven, but since I didn
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed this music-based new adult romance by this new-to-me author and found it both gorgeous in its discussion of grief and loss and fear and hurt through music and lyrics and in its capacity to capture the emotions of two young hurting people. I usually actively avoid New Adult romances but when I saw someone in Instagram mention this, I knew I wanted to check it out.

The premise of this first book in The Prototype series is that Jersey is a college student and founding membe
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Read this book! Really! So beautifully written and gripping. Review to come...

Here's my full review of Happiness in Jersey

Happiness in Jersey is the opposite of wack. In fact, it's anti-wack! Okay, I'm gonna stop with the "wack" references for now (there are a few very cute scenes where this word comes up - I couldn't help myself!), and I'm going to get to my review. I want to say upfront that I hate YA books. Okay hate might be a tad strong, but they aren't my favorite. That said, I loved Happi
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With Jersey Kinkaid and Isaiah “Zay” Broussard you see love meet and love unfold. Jersey is protective of Jersey, she’s guarded and portrays a “don’t care” attitude. It is what got her this far in life. It is what helped her survive the suicide of her mother and being raised by a “fault Jersey” drunkard as a father. It is what helped her with relationships, which she doesn’t do.

In steps Zay, and he sees her with new eyes. You feel that no one was ever meant to see her that way, no one other than
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another hit from Jacinta!!

I received an ARC for my honest opinion. Three words: I LOVED IT!!

Like her other book, I felt connected to the characters, which I liked. Jersey is in a band with her friends Devin, Travis and Bam. Travis' cousin Isaiah (Zay) comes over while they are practicing and he is instantly drawn to her.(calling her Kitten)..She tried to convince him and everyone else that she was not interested in him, but as time goes on, that changes.

Jersey is a strong young woman and she has
Ciarra Hodges
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So I finished the book. It was great just as I knew it would be! I think I feel I love with Zay a little lol. But seriously, it was great. It was a reminder of the power of love. It took me back too... To a time when possibilities were endless & I thought I was grown lol. So although the target audience is the younger crowd, I'm sure the older crowd would enjoy it as well because it has the power to bring you back to teenage years.

It's very refreshing. It also takes you away from life. When I'm
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an APB Perspective Review.. Well I am finally done... and the notation from the author at the back helped me understand my difficulty initially with the book. With that said. ..I have again fallen in love with Jacinta's writing. HIJ is a layered read. She took us on a journey through the many layers that made Jersey the girl I grew to Love. I was a Zay fan out the gate and Jersey needed a strong Male character to help counter act that NO good SOAB called her dad. The emotional growth was ...more
Jerrika Rhone
.............unpopular opinion. The whole Outcast cover band is corny. IJS.

40% DONE: Jersey is painfully unlikeable, trauma and all.

This book was difficult for me, maybe because some topics were triggering. Because of that I was mad for the majority of the read. Still downloaded part 2 tho :)
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Such a deep and profound love story between Zay and Jersey. I really enjoyed it.
Lustful Literature
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing

This quite possibly be the hardest review I’ve had to write. Why? Well, because my words won’t come close to how awesomely awesome this book is. I’ve highlighted my butt off and I want to add so many quotes or simple lines because I’ll never be able to tell you how I feel when I read it. I will try though.

I just came off a stellar 3-book series and I probably was an idiot to start a book the next day because I thought I’d be in a book hang-over. But, I guess wh
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Finding that one person in life who makes you a better person is never easy. Love takes time and patience. It also takes two people willing to make it work. But when your soul has been trampled on and beaten down to the point that you don't feel as if you deserve the happiness they can give you, it makes for a tough and rocky relationship, even if you know that relationship can be everything you want it to be. Such is the story of Jersey and Zay.

Emotionally broken and carrying around a ton of b
Beyond the Pages
Oct 10, 2014 rated it liked it
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I really liked this book. Originally I got it from Netgalley as an eARC but shortly found out that the book they gave me free was only the first 4 chapters and I gave in and bought the whole book because I needed to know what happened with Zay and Jersey. So yeah, ended up getting scammed it seems like but I liked the novel so it wasn't a total dud.

I liked Jersey. She stuck to what she wanted and didn't let anyone change her mind. She was actually more like a guy than guys were - didn't want co
--karen Green-berry
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another Great Read- BRAB Online Book Club

Jersey Kincaid has had a tough childhood, never actually knowing her mother and living with an emotionally abusive father; resulted in some very bad choices. Her saving grace was playing bass in a band with her best friend Devin, while attending college.

Isaiah "Zay" Broussard, was a young man who experienced a very tragic event when he lost his brother and sister in an accident. As part of his healing process, he left New Orleans for a fresh start. The fi
Tina Young
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This story was very Intriguing and very Deep. It pulls at the heart and soul. I laughed and I cried because I felt as if I were there living Jersey's life. Character Chemistry was on point as in each Jacinta Howard book I've read. I would love to read more from Jersey, Zay, Devin, Willow, Travis, and Bam. Learning to Trust and Love when you're not used to having either is very difficult and can sometimes cause you to give up on ever obtaining it. This is an absolute must read story that's
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At first I thought that I was too old to read books about college students, but I think that this is a beautifully written story for all ages. It's not just a great love story, it's a story about pain, loss, moving on, not letting your past define you, the therapeutic effect of music, and realizing that love is worth the risk. Loved it! Now if I could only find my own Zay... :) ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Happiness In Jersey (The Prototype Book 1)

This novel is about Zay Broussard and Jersey Kincaid's life and 💘 story. I read these books in the opposite order and it worked for me. It's all 💘 though, right?
Bernadette Mercado
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Being my first Jacinta book, Happiness in Jersey is an amazing listen! It just hooks you in from the start. There are times when I was annoyed with Jersey and how she was, but remember that she went through hardships growing up and had to be guarded. I'm glad she gave Zay a chance and applaud Zay for having so much patience for her. I love their chemistry and the bond they share. The way Jacinta described their appearance and features...they must be the most beautiful couple! Now for narration, ...more
Monique D.
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story of a young woman (Jersey) who was struggling with emotional deficiencies and not feeling like she was enough for anyone or anything except her music. Enters a handsome young man (Zay) who despite his own pain knew she was the one for him. Zay recognized Jersey's constant back and forth with him was her coping mechanisms and was holding her back from a life of happiness. Despite all of this, he chose to fight for her and their love - he loved her just that much. I believe these tw ...more
Sep 05, 2016 rated it liked it

Three stars is being very generous...more like 2 1/2 stars. This author is about angst, angst and more angst. This author did a good job on the H character....a great book boyfriend, the only saving grace in this book. Let's talk about the h. Through 80 percent of the book, I thought the character was boorish, obnoxious, pretentious and so unlikable. Oh, I guess the fact that she was pretty and a talented musician made her behavior acceptable? My bad. All those confrontations with men that
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak


Jersey wasn’t easily likable because of her baggage and issues in life – but she’ll win you over. She puts on the tough-girl persona, but deep inside she’s a little girl who’s desperate to feel that she belonged. No thanks to her father who drinks and calls her to berate her . She didn’t believe in love, you can’t blame her for it. I was watching her cover-up and ran away from each possible emotion. She had no one except for her best f
Alex Kinley
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it

ARC kindly provided for honest review

The first page hooked me so hard I couldn’t put the book back down after I began.

Jersey is a no-nonsense college student/bass player who doesn’t exactly come off as chipper. She’s brash but interesting. There’s a lot below the surface that I’m dying to find out about who Jersey is but more so WHY Jersey is. Why does she have that hard facade? When sexy, gray-eyed Zay shows up at his cousin and Jersey’s bandmate’s house, Jersey is stunned but also put off by
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love & Happiness

Happiness in Jersey (The Prototype #1) is about bass player/ second vocalist of the Prototype Jersey Kincaid and guitarist Isaiah “Zay” Broussard. From the opening chapter you know Jersey is a little rough around the edges but it’s expected when you lose your mother as a newborn and your emotionally abusive drunk of a father blames you. She hooks up with dudes trying to feel some kind of pleasure but recently it’s left her feeling empty. Zay is the cousin of her bandmate Travis.
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Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved Jersey and her story. As a person who has difficulty dealing with her feelings she was so relatable. Her college experience will sound familiar to many women.

The way Jacinta builds the relationships between her characters is so natural and beautiful. Jersey doesn't want to date and she doesn't aspire to love for her future. She kind of keeps everyone (including her friends) at arm’s length or in a box. Her friends were one of my favorite things in the story. They all support and allow h
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Confession: When I first started reading this book, and realized that Jersey was 19, I almost stopped reading. My kids are 24 and 26, and I hear enough of their young love angst, that I didn't think I would be interested in reading about someone even younger. But, a couple of my book buddies had read the book and recommended it highly, so I kept on reading. I'm so glad I did! This was such a good story! And it had me all in my feelings - had me in tears at my desk and on the train, lol.

Jersey i
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A longtime culture and music journalist and lifelong music lover, Jacinta Howard lives in the Atlanta area. For years, she's worked as a writer and editor, covering entertainment, art, and pop culture, and the experiences she gained writing about artists, musicians and cultural trends naturally seep their way into her stories. She is the author of new adult, women's fiction, and contemporary roman ...more

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