Sway by Kat Spears
Sway is going to be my new go to book for boys who only read because they have to for class. Jesse can get you anything you need, a paper, a date, the school bully off your back, for a price. When he is approached by Ken, to get a date with Bridgette, it’s just a financial transaction for Jesse, until he realizes that Bridgette is the real thing, and not someone to throw away. The things that Jesse does to secure his investments, and make his own money are truly impressive. His ability to read people and situations, turn them to his advantage make Jesse the force to be reckoned with in his town.
I loved so much about this book. The relationships Jesse has, that he sees as business arrangements, are more than he realizes. He’s closed himself off emotionally, after the death of his mother, but others have not given up on him. The way he gets himself tangled into the life of an old man from the nursing home, cracks me up. His Cyrano de Bergerac actions that bring him so much grief, even as he realizes that is what is happening, made me sigh. I’d have been disappointed if it had ended any other way than it did.