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Perfectly Ernest

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  18 reviews
From a distance, Ernie’s life seems perfect—he’s a star college baseball player adored by the student body and coveted by professional teams. Up close, he is a disaster. Since the death of his mother, he’s been trapped by a promise he made and forced to live her dream instead of his own. He reaches his breaking point in the biggest game of his young career and sets off a c ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2014 (first published August 5th 2014)
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Alex Cavanaugh
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
EJ's tale of a college baseball star and the demons he fights is powerful and captivating. Once you're involved in Ernest's world, you are invested for the ride. Dealing mental illness (although not in a really heavy way), the story is one of hope as the characters all come together. And it's those characters that make the story shine.
This is not a genre I read (New Adult Contemporary) but the writing is so compelling and the characters so strong that I really enjoyed it. Fans of this genre will
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen-young-adult
The wonderful thing about picking up a new author early in his career is watching the growth and change from book to book. This is what I have been able to do with E. J. Wesley. His newest release, Perfectly Ernest, stretches his style and technique in new and interesting ways. There is one thing, however, that is perfectly E.J. He never bothers to politely set the scene, introduce characters or develop background.

No. He grabs his reader by the eyeballs and forces us to focus immediately on the
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Perfectly Ernest is a new adult contemporary novel about a college baseball player who finds himself at a crossing in life. Like most college students, Ernest is trying to find himself, all while battling a mental illness that ends up bringing him to new friends, new love, and eventually a new life.

It is an inspirational, heartwarming story in which any reader is likely to get lost. The author’s remarkable use of imagery and timeless poetry creates a feeling of actually being present in Ernest’
L.K. Lewis
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book!

Ernie is a college baseball player struggling to find his place and future in life while dealing with the guilt of breaking promises he's made in the past. We see him go through a roller coaster of trials, tribulations, successes and failures as he finds his way and I loved how I felt like I was a part of his journey as I read!

This book is a quick read, and I highly recommend it to everyone!
Morgan Shamy
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love E.J. Wesley's work. His urban fantasy is fabulous, and his contemporary is just as polished. Fabulous story. Loved Ernie very much. Great cast of characters. Lots of fun humor. Romance. Win! Definitely recommend! ...more
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
EJ Wesley has written a modern day Breakfast Club. The story centers around Ernest, the troubled college baseball star who should have everything going his way. But mental illness causes him to sabotage himself over and over. Eventually, with the help of an unexpectedly loveable counseling group, and a budding romance with a new girl, he's able to realize that he's not doomed to repeat the mistakes of his past and move forward.

Far and away, my favorite part of this book was the rainbow of charac
Jen Greyson
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
Oh my gosh! So so so good from the get go. I was really hoping Ernie wasn't going to be a giant jock jerk but he was the perfect hero. This story made me laugh and cry and it was so great to read something sweet and awesome from a guy. The author did a great job of telling this from Ernie's POV (though yeah I wouldn't have minded a little more detail and drawn out love scenes... But I think we all know I tend toward the super steamy! However, these were still great sweet love scenes that fit the ...more
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asbo
I have to admit something...I have never EVER been a lover of book series. I enjoy them, and I'm glad to see the story keep going. But it just always felt so time consuming. Not including Harry Potter...cause nothing is like Harry Potter. However, this is the first time I have wished that a book was a series. I didn't want to leave Ernie. I wanted to know how everyone ended up. I felt like WITH Ernie, I had made a new group of friends myself.

Initially I was annoyed with him because I felt like
Robyn Jones
(author provided ARC for honest review)

5 STARS for Perfectly Ernest by E.J. Wesley. Have you ever made such a big mistake you can never take it back, you can never make up for what you did? Ernie's entire life is about to change. He's on the verge of pitching a perfect game that will take his college team to the championships. Maybe some players experience nerves, but not Ernie. He wishes for nerves, instead he drowns in nothingness, in resolve and surrender.

One moment, one choice and he's off t
S.J. Pajonas
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
PERFECTLY ERNEST captured my heart from page one. I'll be the first person to admit that I don't like baseball, unless my husband has box seats at Yankees Stadium and there's free booze and food available. So don't let the baseball theme throw you off. This book had characters so real, I could be friends with all of them, even Sing, the do-not-touch-me-or-I-will-have-to-Purell-everything group therapy cohort.

What I really loved was reading a college experience so like my own from the male point
Angela Brown
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
***I was provided an ARC in return for my honest review.***

This is really a 4.5 star rating but I admit I'm not the best when it comes to picking these ratings. Stars have their purpose in the rating scheme of things so there that is.

However, it's the story that truly matters to me. When it first started, Ernie and I were having issues with each other. But each paragraph and page pulled me forward so I couldn't help reading on and on to discover there was SOOO much more to Ernie, so much more to
R J Ezzell
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes life throws you curve balls... Sometimes you throw the curve balls.

Perfectly Ernest is a story about finding oneself and realizing that sometimes you can't do that alone.

Ernie is a college baseball player with issues stemming from his past, And he's finally trying to sort those out. The author takes you on the journey with him giving you a glimpse into the world of the mentally ill and keeping you connected through quick whit, humor, and a real emotional connection.

For those familia
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I started this book a tiny bit unwillingly because I'm not usually into sports books, and I especially couldn't care less about baseball. But...this book isn't about baseball. It's about a guy who has lost his way and doesn't know how to find himself. Anyone can relate to that.

During his journey to find his way again, he meets a bunch of quirky new friends and the woman of his dreams. The romance is sweet and believable and left me wanting more. This is ultimately a book of relationships - betw
D.A. Botta
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"This man deserved an honest answer from me, as I was pretty sure he’d saved my life, or at least made me live it."

E J Wesley creates a powerful story of the struggle between self-destruction and the search for purpose. It's an emotional ride through New Adult psychology, wrapped in a romantic love story. E J masterfully propels a storyline that is believable, beautiful & profound by illustrating Ernest's delicate internal tug-of-war between desperate introversion, oddball comradery, and romanti
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a great story! E.J. Wesley has definitely taken a leap with this novel, and he has really shown the breadth of his writing ability. The main character, Ernie, is dealing with some heavy stuff in his life, but the story truly uplifting. Many of the characters are suffering from mental illness, but the book is not about mental illness. It is about humans, life, friendship, and love. This is not so much a "coming of age" story, as it is a "coming of self." I loved reading it, and continue to l ...more
J.Michael Simko
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Catharsis is a rare thing for me. The first chapter of Perfectly Ernest made me feel guilty for things I didn't do. It's wonderful when a story's voice is so strong as to drag you into someone's head so it feels natural.
I devoured Perfectly Ernest. Very well written, very quick read with vivid characters.
I loved this story and hope there is more to come.
Lynda Ezzell
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfectly Ernest is earnestly perfect, loved it from cover to cover; This book has something for everyone and will be loved by a wide range of readers. I now understand, in a deeper way, that everyone needs to feel they 'fit in' and this book touched me, I will no longer look at other people the same way; everyone is different and those differences should be embraced by everyone, not turned away from; when they leave your presence they should ' feel they fit in' and belong. BECAUSE they do. They ...more
Erin Ezzell
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
I recommend Perfectly Ernest to anybody who's ever had true friends (the kind that save your life), fallen head over heals in love, or been directly confronted by the demons of past & present at the same time. EJ uses his ironic humor to tell a story about a college baseball player who sabotages his team & himself without truly understanding why. He faces his skeletons & mental illness with a cast of characters you fall in love with (and probably know). Despite the seriousness of what Ernie (mai ...more
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Growing up in small town Oklahoma, there were limits on the amount and types of entertainment at my disposal. Perhaps that’s why I set my imagination free. After collecting degrees in psychology and counseling, life brought me to Missouri, Texas, and Northern California—where I currently read, write, and live. I fill my spare time playing video games, watching movies, planning for the zombie apoca ...more

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