Just Friends by Monica Murphy
Release Date: September 13th, 2016
Genre: Mature YA/NA Romance
It’s the end of summer. Just before I start senior year with my two best friends in the whole world. Dustin and Emily are everything to me. We’ve been inseparable since middle school, and when we’re together, nothing can go wrong.
But things aren’t always what they seem. Em’s turned into a drunken mess who parties too much. Dustin and I have hooked up a few times―and now he’s ready to take our relationship to the next level. Yet I’m not sure I want things to change. I’m scared if I take it any further with Dustin, our friendship will be ruined forever. Then there’s Ryan. The new guy. He’s hot. He flirts way too much. And Em has totally set her sights on him.
So when my best friend betrays me in the worst possible way, guess who’s there to help me pick up the pieces of my broken heart? Ryan. But he’s so confusing. Annoying. Sweet. Sexy. I want to trust him, yet he makes it so hard. What I really want is for everything to go back to the way it was before.
Before I found out that best friends make the worst kind of enemies.
*** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***
Just Friends is the first in Monica Murphy’s Mature YA series Friends. I don’t usually I don’t read YA simply because the characters all seem to frustrate me, but as a fan of Monica and liking the blurb, I decided to give it ago.
So did the characters frustrate me?? Oh wow yes, they did! It’s safe to say there was a lot of eye rolling on my part due to their actions and choices. Don’t get me wrong; I like the storyline, as it was slightly addictive. Olivia was sweet, but I felt a little naïve at times. And as for the boys, I still don’t know whom she should choose. I think I’m as confused as she is over how I feel about Dustin and Ryan. The back and forth antics going on between these three and their friend had my head spinning as if I was watching a tennis match.
”We’re all messing around with each other. And it’s a freaking disaster waiting to happen.”
The ending was such that I’m going to read the next book in the series Best Friends as I have questions that need answers, and I need to know how it all plays out between Olivia, Dustin, Ryan and their friends.
“You need to make up your mind who you want, Olivia. You can’t have us both.”
Overall Just Friends has what every Mature Young Adult book needs, friendship, young love, hot boys, gossip, and bitchiness, best friends, jealous, mean girl, and drama. Simply putting it with this book Monica and her amazing writing skills has captured high school antics and teen turbulences at its best.
Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.
She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.