Series: Friends #2
Published by Self-Published on 11/14/2016
Genres: Young Adult
He's not perfect, but he's all I want...
I’m your average girl at your average high school, trying to figure out my place in life. After catching my now ex-boyfriend messing around with my now ex-best friend, I’ve made some big changes. No more band, no more backstabbing friends and no more boring old life. Now I have new friends, a new job and new interests.
But there’s a certain someone who’s interested in me, and I don’t get it. Jordan Tuttle could have anyone he wants. He’s the most popular boy in school. Rich, gorgeous, smart and the star quarterback, he’s perfect. Yet he acts like he wants no one else but…me.
So despite my fears and doubt, I let him get close. Probably too close. I discover that he’s not so perfect after all, but it doesn’t matter. I’m falling for him, even though he runs so hot and cold. I know someday he’s going to break my heart.
And I’m going to let him.
Well, isn’t this becoming quite the little series. YA is not usually my cuppa, but I’m really enjoying this series. The first book frustrated the hell out of me. The characters were vapid AF and the drama was a bit OTT, yet two characters were screaming for their own book and I anxiously waited for it. Enter – More Than Friends.
Even if there is a lot on my Why I Like This Book So Much list, I really just want to talk about Jordan. He is a YA hero darling. He’s just this side of messed up, yet carries himself with confidence while being successful on the football field and in the classroom. I might even argue that while he wears that alpha armor, he is indeed a wonderful beta hero – my favorite kind. His cockiness, bossy and demanding nature is juxtaposed by the innocence of his childhood crush on Amanda, the sweet reverence in his words and actions and his shining intellect. Sounds pretty great, right? Sigh
Equally matched, we have our heroine Amanda. She is a conscientious teen who has others best interests at heart. She is a bit of a Debbie Downer in the self-confidence department, but really what teenage girl isn’t? And that’s probably my favorite part about her. She is not so enchanted by the fact that she has the school’s most popular boy chasing after her; she’s still Amanda the funny band nerd who doesn’t take herself too seriously and never misses Sunday dinners with her family.
I really enjoyed the development of Amanda and Jordan’s relationship. Young adult love stories always feel a bit more exciting to me as they seem to progress with a tentative eagerness. There is a bit of push and pull between them in their progression but their honesty in all of it is what makes it feel sincere and had me rooting for them.
Howeverrrrr, because I am SO invested in Amanda and Jordan and SO eager for their HEA, I cannot say that I was thrilled with that ending. Talk about frustrating. Even after reading the author note, I still don’t see the need for…
Well, you should read it and them come commiserate with me. I’ll just be over here waiting…