WHY I READ IT
I absolutely loved Jack and Cassie’s story and I would read anything pertaining to them.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
From NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author J. Sterling, we dive headfirst back into the epic love story that started it all, The Perfect Game, but this time from Dean Carter’s point of view.
Freshman Dean Carter is the younger brother of campus hotshot Jack. Abandoned by their parents when they were young, Dean and Jack have a bond that most brothers only wish for. As Jack follows his dream of becoming a professional baseball player, he falls in love along the way with aspiring photographer Cassie Andrews. We see Jack get the girl—then lose the girl—and we follow his painful journey through it all via the eyes of his adoring younger brother, Dean.
With never-before-seen scenes and fresh new dialogue, Dean’s point of view is an emotional journey through relationships and the trials that test them. This isn’t the same old love story…but you will still fall. Let the gang steal your heart all over again in The Other Game.
I knew from the very beginning of this book that it was not Melissa and Dean’s story. That it was a retelling of the first book. I more or less pounded into my head that a retelling is what I should expect even though that is not what I had wanted as a reader. It was hard. I contemplated reading it at all for quite some time. I am glad I did.
I would be lying if I said I was never frustrated with the book. However, I am often frustrated with books or at least I am with the characters in the books so really it is natural. My main feelings for the first little chunk of this book consisted of frustration and just wanting to put down the book and go read the original of Jack and Cassie’s story. But I could never give up on this author or series.
I finally hit a groove about a third of the way in. I set the urge of reading the original aside and just let the words take me. It was interesting to see inside of Dean’s brain. I enjoyed really hearing about his anguish with the unexpected pregnancy. I got to see what he was up to in general…and yes sometimes that meant he was with Melissa, but like she said, it is not their story.
Was it interesting seeing the story through new eyes? Sure it was. This was the first time I have ever read a re-telling of a book through a new person’s perspective.
Can I honestly say that I would do it again? I am unsure. Especially if it is not one of the main two characters. Although impeccably written, I do not think I would have tried it if it had been a different author. I knew she could make me love Dean’s perspective and leave me happy in the end. And I am happy to say that she has me thinking of trying other re-tellings.
Truly, the best part of the book was the epilogue. It is what solidified its four stars. It made it worth it just a bit more.