Chart-topping singer Jesse McCartney released his solo debut, Beautiful Soul, in 2004. An infectious mix of rock, pop and R&B, the album was an international hit, earning McCartney an American Music Award nomination for Best New Artist, an MTV Award nomination for Best Pop Video and three Teen Choice Awards. The singer began his career at an early age, making his Broadway debut in The King and I when he was only 10 and later singing in the Grammy-nominated kids group Sugar Beats and the platinum-selling band Dream Street. In summer 2006, McCartney released Right Where You Want Me, the highly anticipated follow-up to Beautiful Soul. The album, co-written by McCartney, ranges from soulful R&B ("Just Go") to high-energy rock ("Blow Your Mind"). McCartney has also had a successful acting career, appearing on the hit TV shows Summerland and All My Children and the forthcoming film Keith.
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"It's really a very simple story. What happened was this: I met this girl and did a very stupid thing. I fell in love. Hard. I know that to some people that makes me an idiot and a loser. What can I say? They're right. I did some extremely foolish things; I'm the first to say it. And they've left me in jail and alone."
So begins one of the most compelling, emotionally charged, and affecting novels you are likely to read this year. It is the summer of 1968 and a young man takes a job at a camp in upstate New York before starting his first semester at Columbia University. There, he meets Rachel Price, a fellow counselor who is as beautiful as she is haunted. Their romance will burn with a passion neither of them has ever known before...a passion with the power to destroy. In the tradition of Endless Love and Gone Girl, What it was Like is an intimate, raw, and revealing journey through the landscape of all-consuming love. It announces the debut of a remarkable storyteller. (Story Plant)