Against The Wall

Adult
Rated 4.43/5 based on 7 reviews
Shelly Gelson had it all...a job teaching English at Carver High, her best friend Mel working by her side, and she's engaged to her high school sweetheart Chase Marino. That is until Chase breaks her heart and leaves her for another teacher at the school. Now Shel is left broken hearted and trying to figure out what she wants while watching Chase and the home wrecker make moon eyes at each other More
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Price: Free! USD

Words: 63,100
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452412368
About Julie Prestsater

Julie is a high school reading intervention teacher who prides herself on matching her students with great books to encourage them to become life-long readers. She enjoys writing stories that even the most reluctant of readers will not want to put down.

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Review by: Fic Central on June 25, 2014 :
It’s been three months since Chase broke their engagement and broke Shelly’s heart, and as much as she wishes she could just get over him, seeing him every day at work makes that nearly impossible. And it certainly doesn’t help that his new girlfriend is also a teacher, the one all their high school students are probably fantasizing about.

With her friends Mel and Matty, Shelly does her best to at least look like she’s unaffected, but after living with Chase, dating him for a decade of her life, moving on isn’t so easy. Of course, it would be a hell of a lot easier if she had a clue where to go to meet men, or if the few men she did meet didn’t have “deal-breaker” written all over their mugs full of weak beer. In fact, the only guy who seems to meet all her standards is Matty, but they’re such good friends that she doesn’t want to risk it. But Matty’s not letting her get away so easily…

The Verdict: I expected this book to be a fun read — romances between best friends usually are. I just didn’t expect it to be so incredibly awesome that I’d want to snatch up every other book in the series! I’m pretty sure I was smiling from the very first word till the last.

Shel and her best friend Mel are absolutely hilarious. Their constant banter, not to mention Shel’s never-ending stream of silent commentary, was just priceless. Their friendship was deeper than crazy comments and laughing out loud, though — I don’t think I’ve read about a sweeter moment between friends than when Shel sat uncomfortably holding Mel’s hand while she slept. If only everyone had a friend like that.

Shel’s situation was so true to life, too. Okay, so not every woman has the perfect best male friend to fall in love with after a break-up, but anyone who’s ever lost a long-term relationship can absolutely identify. As much as I wanted her to snap her fingers and instantly see that Chase was an ass undeserving of her time, much less her heart, her lingering feelings for him were so understandable. I mean, even when relationships end in the worst way, there’s a part of you that just wants it all fixed, so things can go back to the way they were.

And Matty was simply to die for. He was drop dead gorgeous, silly, sweet, and so incredibly patient with Shel that I wanted to snatch him up for myself. Normally, I’d think a guy who put up with Shel’s indecision the way he did was a complete doormat, but he managed to pull it off in a way that was just so damned endearing — he was confident without being cocky, and omg the way he loved her! If she hadn’t come to her senses and made a go of things with him, I would have just crawled into the book and taken him for myself.

Against the Wall is a funny, sweet, wonderful story about good friends, crazy family, and finding something better when everything you thought you wanted slips away. I loved every single word of it!
(review of free book)

Review by: Luciana Erwin on Jan. 27, 2014 :
I love this book. I love the story between friends that become more than that. I will be reading more from Julie Prestsater.
(review of free book)

Review by: hrhsophia on Nov. 19, 2013 :
I liked this story for the most part. The most annoying thing was when two teachers tried to talk as if they were teenagers. Matty sounds perfect.
(review of free book)

Review by: Margaret Croce on Oct. 14, 2013 :
I loved this book! It was romantic, sexy and absolutely hilarious. My husband thought I was crazy because I kept laughing while I was reading. I will be starting the next book in the series tonight..... when I should be getting some sleep. Too bad Shelly and Mel are fictional characters. I would love to have them as friends.

Lynn C.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jodi A. on Aug. 22, 2013 :
Over all, this was a fairly good story. The characters are well written and have a lot of depth to them. There are many scenes that had me laughing and other parts where I wanted to also rip out someones hair. At first I was kind of annoyed at how Shelly was still hung up on Chase. However, as I continued to read through the story, I gained a better understanding of what Shelly was attempting to do, she wanted to know for sure if her feelings for Matt were because he was a "rebound" guy, or were they genuine. Matt was a pretty strong guy for not giving up and sticking in for the long haul. Most guys would have been done with that kind of BS within a few weeks.

My only problem with this book was the language of Shelly and her friend Mel. I didn't have any issues with the profanity at all, but the high-school slang being used by a pair of high school teachers in their early 30's just felt like they were trying desperately to hang onto their own youth and rebelliousness. I understand that Shelly and Mel had been friends for quite a long time and this was showing how close a relationship they have. However there were several times when I thought I was reading about a pair of 16 year old girls, instead of a pair adult women.

I would rate this book 3 1/2 out of 5 stars for realistic, likable characters and good plot line.
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Review by: Shannon Patel on March 28, 2013 :
I love great dialogue. If characters have snappy wit and sassy dialogue to back it up, I'm all over it. So imagine my surprise when I started reading AGAINST THE WALL and found Shelly. She embodied snappy wit and had some of the best lines of dialogue (even if they were her inner monologues).

The story starts with the beginning of the school year and Shelly still nursing a broken heart after her long time boyfriend/fiance and fellow teacher dumps her for the new, shiny science teacher. With the help of her best friend, Mel, Shelly is determined to find her Mr. Right...just not at her workplace. Too bad all too hot teacher Matt Fuller didn't get that message. As Shelly and Matt try the "we're not really together" thing, Shelly needs to figure out if what she wants is still out there or the man right beside her.

I really enjoyed the characters in this story. Matt was almost too good to be true in his bid to prove the Shelly that they belonged together. He gave her the space to figure things out. He gave their relationship time to develop without all the normal relationship "pressures" in hope that Shelly would understand what they had was so much more (that's the almost too good to be true part), Besides, who wouldn't love a guy that loved you enough to take you against the wall.

I felt like Shelly was one of my girls. I got her and I loved her. I'm not sure I could even convey, in words, just what it was that made me like her so much. This is going to be one of those time where I just have to say...read the book to see what I mean.

This was a really quick read for me, but one that gave me some great moment of laughter. Definitely one of those book that will leave you with a smile on your face.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lynx Mynx on April 21, 2012 :
Pretty good story......didn't put it down until I finished it!
(review of free book)

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