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The Mason List

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  8,753 ratings  ·  1,288 reviews
2015 Goodreads Choice Award Semi-Finalist: Best Debut Author for The Mason List

An epic love. An epic hate. An epic story that would last a lifetime.

Today, 8:15 p.m.
I hurt. I hurt so deeply, I felt the pain searing in my bones and jabbing like a hot poker into my heart. I knew nothing would make it better as the memories pulled from the crevices of my mind, detail
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published January 10th 2015 by S.D. Hendrickson
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Darisha The fact that she had to rely on other people to do everything for her made her feel worthless, useless and not in control of her own life. I may be w…moreThe fact that she had to rely on other people to do everything for her made her feel worthless, useless and not in control of her own life. I may be wrong but that's my opinion of understanding her feelings.(less)

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Aestas Book Blog
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing

WOW WOW WOW!!! This book was just breathtaking!! I loved the writing, I felt the story, and the intensity of this childhood friends-to-lovers romance kept my heart racing the whole way through. Truly, an epic love story.

It began with a heart-wrenching scene set in present day. While we didn't know exactly what had happened, it was clear that the heroine had just been through some kind of trauma. And in order to explain what was happening to her,
Jennifer Kyle
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

”You believe in miracles. I believe in retribution.”

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My experience with this story seems to be different from the reviews listed so far. Tears were shed in the beginning at Alex’s heartbreaking tale. Sadly once I reached the middle I was completely Present Perfect frustrated with her till almost the very end of the story.


Truthfully she made me insane, while someone needs to recommend Jessup Mason for Sainthood in Rome.

This story is told with glimpses in the present w
4 Forever Stars.

At eight years old Alex lost everything. Her mother, her house, all her possessions. She was living with her father in the car, when Dr. Mason decided to help them. He opened them their home in Sprayberry Ranch and have them means to start a new life. In that day Alex also gained a best-friend, Jess, the Mason’s only son. But for Alex that help was something she could never repay, and slowly she started resenting them for making her owe them so much, (at least in her head) so sh
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We’ve got somethin’ that people look for their whole lives.We just found it when we were eight.

If you want to read something light and funny,then this isn't a book for you.If you're looking for a cute fluffy story full with lollipops and candycanes,this isn't a book for you.But if you're searching for something meaningful and bittersweet,something dramatic and devastating and soul-consuming,if you're looking for a heroine guided by hatred and pride who breaks her best friend's heart
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, contemporary
2.5 - 3 stars
Dora Koutsoukou
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
3,5 💔💔❤️🌟🌟🌟s❣️

I have so many mixed feelings for this emotional and heartbreaking story.
This was the journey of Jess and Alex, since they were 8 y.o., told entirely by Alex’s pov.

Alex was a very difficult person to connect with and furthermore grow fond of.
She went through a lot, bad and harsh, that a child should never go through, and her reaction towards the events that followed in her life was full of negativity. She rarely laughed and was surrounded by anger, shame, and complete lack of hope
It's past 3am here and I just finished The Mason List. I could not put this book down. I desperately needed to find out what happened. This story ripped me to shreds, caused me to stress eat, made me sob until I couldn't breathe, and flooded me with so many emotions that I thought I would drown in them. Those of you who know me, know that I thrive on angst, gut-wrenching heartache, and drama. This book though, about did me in. I have to say that this is one of the most emotional journeys I've ev ...more
Anne OK
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Anne OK by: Aestas Book Blog
Shelves: 2015-reads
5 “I’d cry for you, Jess” Stars

This new author lives in my town! I’m so excited to find such a surprising treat (Thanks, Aestas Book Blog!), and she’s an Oklahoma State University graduate and Cowboy fan, too! Plus, her debut book is an epic standalone that encompasses twenty-years of friendship and love between a boy and a girl, Jess Mason and Alex Tanner –one who has almost everything and the other only charity and resentment. Those are my favorites - ones where you get all the emotions and "
What with all the rave reviews and people calling this an epic love story, I certainly expected better. For starters, I thought the entire book was just horribly depressing. Alex was such an ungrateful, selfish brat and Jess was way too good for her. I guess it’s my own fault for not listening to what the blurb tried to tell me. This is the story of a girl whose mom dies when she’s 8 and who ends up being homeless along with her devastated dad and when a family, the Masons, literally picks them ...more
3.5 stars

I have such mixed feelings about this one. I absolutely loved the last 10-15%. It gave me so many feels and even brought me to tears a few times. But the bulk of the book was so dang frustrating. The heroine was unbearable and honestly, I love a good slow burn, but what I don’t love is this constant push and pull and ignoring of feelings etc. I’m sure a lot of people will love this one, but I struggled to even give it a full 3 until that ending that I loved so much.

Audio book sour
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Best book over read in 2015 thus far!!!
Jessica~loves to hate a cliffy~
Oh Lordy Lordy, this book was so exhausting!

Jess was the greatest friend/love interest a girl could ask for

And, Alex...Ugh she was an exasperating petulant girl

Bookworm ♥
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Michelle Finkle
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I hated everything about this book, yet I couldn't put it down. That's because I needed to ease my pain. But my pain never went away and then it turned into uncontrollable laughter at the absurdity of what I just read. I don't even know what to think right now. There are stories that take you through a journey and that journey is important and relevant. The journey takes you to a place that has meaning and fulfillment. This journey was a torture chamber that ended in crap. That crap w ...more
Akanksha❤ Søren♰
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
A beautiful story, a must read. The Mason List makes you laugh, cry and fall in love.

4.5 Stars!

This book is so wonderfully written, with such a great ending to the whole Mason List fiasco.
The story had so much depth, you could relate to Alex, see where she is coming from.. feel what she is feeling and at the same time, your heart would keep breaking for Jess..

This book was had a wonderful story line, they was it gradually progresses.. slowly finding a snug place in your heart.
Well developed cha
Linda ❤️ Sassy, Classy && a Little Bit of Nasty
4.5 "Promise?" Stars


It took a while for me to compose my thoughts on this one. I truly LOVED the story. I've been looking for a book that was out the the current "norm" - and this one hit the nail right on the head for me. It shoved me right out of the funk I fell into. I felt like I was literally pulled into the core of the story. It's a friends-to-lovers that just tugs at the strings of your heart. The story is told in the heroine, Alex's point of view. It takes you through the hero and he
Alexis *Reality Bites*
This book is rated ‘G’ for Good!
3 STARS out of 5
Genre: YA Romance that transitions into NA Romance

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The story goes from past to present day where readers quickly get the feeling something is happening we just have no clue exactly what. Present day moves at a slow pace giving us tiny glimpses as we zoom through the past to catch up. Now when I say zoom I do not mean that it was rushed in any way. In fact the author takes time and care with the story allowing readers to connect with both Alex and Je
Kristen Ollie
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*****5 cowboy stars*****

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An epic love story that began when they were eight.

The Mason List is a coming of age, lovers to friends, debut novel by S.D. Hendrickson. The story starts with a heart crushing chapter where the MC Alex is experiencing a traumatic event and is covered in blood and dirt. We don't find out the details and the outcome of this event until the end of the story. The Mason List is written in the present tense with flashback chapters. S.D. Hendrickson's writing is flawless, h
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it

This was such a beautiful coming of age story!

The Mason List spans the life of Alex Tanner and Jess Mason, who meet when they are 8 years old under dire circumstances. I don't want to say too much, but Jess's family take Alex and her father under their wing in their time of need. From that moment on, Jess and Alex become inseparable, forming a bond that was SO unbelievably sweet and unbreakable.


The books alternates between past and present. The past shows the life these two have lived, how the
Bookphenomena (Micky)
Deep breath as I try to do justice to the effect this book had on my emotions, my love of the characters, the hurt, pain, fun and love of all the words inside THE MASON LIST. I've had this book on my kindle since release a few years ago and I got an audio copy. I am literally kicking myself that I didn't read or listen to this sooner because this isn't just a good read, this is an unforgettable read.

THE MASON LIST, to me, was a book revolving around friendship, friendship deep and true, built on
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
I absolutely loved this story, I cried so much throughout. I could really relate to Alex, some of the things that she goes through resonated deep within me and really got me tied up in knots. At times I could have also battered her, but she was going through a lot and you have to be mindful of that while reading. The chapters in the past were heart breaking and yet heart warming but the chapters in the present were a total mind fuck. The way the story was put together was fantastic, I loved the ...more
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow!!! I really loved this story!!!

This is a wonderful friends-to-lovers story.

Alexandra was 6 when she had the perfect life any little girl could ask for. She was 8 when her whole life changed. Her mother got sick and her father who was caring for her lost his job and they lost everything. They were forced to live in their car outside of Hospice when Dr. Mason notices them. The next day Mrs. Mason brought not only food and goodwill and charity but her son along with her. It’s at Alex’s lowest p
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5-3 Underwhelming Stars

Three words to the heroine, Alex:


The Mason List was a difficult read for me. For starters, because it was super slow. I don't like super-slow. I don't appreciate the fact the author kept me guessing what the hell is going on in the present, and that good chunks of the book, were spent with Alex sulking in the hospital without us knowing what the hell happened or how did she get there.

2. Alex. I said it before and I'll say it again - why can't authors wri
3.5 stars

This was a really good book, but it didn't quite get there for me. I kept waiting to get emotional, and I just didn't. I loved the growth of the characters and their relationship. It was nicely paced. However, the ending was a bit rushed. I would definitely read another book by this author because the writing was beautiful.
Donna B
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can’t even. Snot and tears. One of the best books that I’ve ever read!!! 😭😭😭❤️
We're only 24 days into 2015, but I've already found what I know is going to be one of my favorites of the year. Reading this felt like rereading aspects from a whole bunch of my all-time favorites. Let's list them first and get it out of the way: Beautiful Broken Rules Present Perfect Bully and More Than Forever.

Let's get to the story now. I literally had no idea what I was getting into when I read the first chapter, and I wanted to DNF it then and there because I didn't sign up to read about a
I am buying a paperback copy at some point. this is one of my favorite books this year hands down. this book was a roller coaster of emotions and I haven't been this affected by a book since Ugly Love (even though I just read it like a month ago). this book was pefect! I had a couple predictions to how this would end and neither options came close to what really happened and I had pretty good predictions (at least I think I did). this book was so beyond perfect! I recommend it to everyone (at le ...more
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 ★'s
"Sometimes all we have is faith and hope and you just have to trust it "

The story begins when Alex is eight years old and her mother is dying. It takes you through the journey of what that disease did to her family and where her and her father ended up...and where she met Jess.

But that's just the very beginning...oh no, the journey doesn't end there. Jess is a little hellion and Alex is right there with him every step of the way. I can't believe how much trouble these two got
Amber’s reading
I absolutely love it when an author starts a book off with something bad happening or the illusion of something bad happening and then going back to the past to tell us how it started!!!!!! Pulling it off is hard, but S.D. Hendrickson executed it brilliantly. It stressed me out and made taking a break from reading impossible.

This multilayered story unfolded beautifully. The story is told from Alex’s POV and starts in the present day after an accident happens. We don’t know what happened and who
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SD Hendrickson received a Bachelor's of Science in Journalism from Oklahoma State University.T he Mason List was her first novel and it was a 2015 Goodreads Choice Award Semi-Finalist for Best Debut Author.

S.D. Hendrickson lives in Tulsa with her husband and their two schnauzers. She loves chocolate, romance books, Oklahoma State Cowboys, music, Lost, chocolate, beaches, coffee, cooking, beautiful

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