I love a book that can make me laugh and cry and with this book I did both.
Anne Eliot tackles a very tough subject matter with 'Almost' but she does it with class. She has such wonderful writing and creates such beautiful true to life characters that the plot will grab hold of the reader right from the first word and not let go until well beyond the last. 'Almost' is a story about the strength required to not only face a devastating event but to also survive and heal from it.
Jess Jordan is a senior who was almost raped three years ago when she was just fourteen. The fact that she was just ALMOST raped is the hardest part for her to deal with because she doesn't think she has the right to be still suffering from Rape Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Yet she still can't sleep at night because that's when the nightmares happen, so she naps when she can at school on her lunch hour or during her spares. She has no appetite and has to force herself to eat. She prefers to be known as the 'Ice Queen' so she can avoid getting close with anyone. Unfortunately, Jess has to become more "normal" or her parents won't allow her to go off to college.
Jess' plan to appear more normal includes getting a summer internship and a boyfriend. She realizes she can accomplish both when it comes down to her and just one other applicant Gray Porter vying for the internship. She talks the handsome green-eyed Gray into sharing the internship with her with the deal that she will give him all of the money made as long as he agrees to be her pretend boyfriend for the summer. What Jess doesn't know is that Gray has a secret that is eating away at him and he has his own reasons for agreeing to her crazy plan.
Even with the serious topic, this story is very funny and Eliot writes such an incredible love story between the two main characters that it will leave you tingling with warm fuzzies all over :o)