Series: Just Friends #1
Genres: Young Adult
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.
This book was absolutely and completely ridiculous. And I’m not even sure if I mean that in a good way? I vacillated between DNF and binging on it pretty much the entire time. The characters were bratty, selfish, and pretentious and I didn’t like any of them. The plot is really thin, moves at hyper speed, and there’s zero character growth. These kinds of books usually drive me crazy. I don’t read them, I don’t even have them on my radar. BUT I HAVE NO REGRETS. None. The drama roped me in and I couldn’t put it down.
But, why? Well, I’m pretty sure it’s a case of the dangling carrot. Monica Murphy successfully interwove a charming and alluring storyline with some secondary characters that really carried me through to the end. I am 100% invested in their story and HEA and I can’t wait to see what comes next for them…in the next book.
The. Next. Book. Ugh. What a let down. Just when the drama was starting to level off and the story was really starting to have some weight to it. Nope. The end. Y’all come back, now.
Was it addictive? Yes. Frustrating? Yup. Worth it? Maybe. I’ll let you know after I finish the follow up. I’d recommend it to readers who like fast paced, plot centered, drama filled teen stories.