September 15, 2016

Review - Just Friends by Monica Murphy

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Just Friends by Monica Murphy

Release Date: September 13th, 2016 Genre: New Adult Romance


My Review 

<b>4.5 Stars</b>

I have legit struggled with this rating and review. Mainly because I have not stopped thinking about these characters all day. I have wondered what’s going to happen next and second guessed all these moments. I started this book at 11:00 PM and planned to read until I fell asleep. Next thing you know it’s 2:30 AM and I am on the last page wanting more. 

The story is told from Olivia’s point of view. Olivia is the daughter of a single mother and lives in a wealthy subdivision, but they are not wealthy. Her mother works as a nurse and Olivia has to rely on friends or her bike to get around. She has two best friends, Em and Dustin. I am not sure I would consider these two ‘friends’ but she does. 

When the story begins summer is almost over and Olivia is back from visiting her dad. She is surprised at how much everyone has changed since she has been gone, but feels it will be a matter of time before things go back to normal. Her first day back she meets Ryan. Ryan is the new guy, star football player, sexy as sin and cocky as can be. She isn’t a fan of Ryan despite her attraction to him. When they meet Ryan is actually hooking up with Em. 

From here, holy hell, where do I even begin. Things just escalate so quickly out of control and at times I had no clue what was coming next. I legit struggled with these guys. As an adult, I want to scream at them to make better choices. I wanted so much from this story. I wanted to get to know our characters more and understand their motives. I am seriously hoping the conclusion will give me all my answers and enlighten me some. 

So here’s my struggle. This book is addictive. I read it in one sitting and while some of the antics drove me crazy, it kept me turning the page like a crack addict. I also have thought about these guys all day. I have discussed it on two or three occasions with my bestie just today. However, I wanted to like and understand Olivia more. Regardless, I can't wait to read the conclusion. I can’t wait to know the truths and see how things play out. 

This book is YA, but it’s also pretty dirty. These kids are into way more stuff than I was at that age. They are drinking, doing drugs, and having random hookups. So while it takes place in high school, it’s very mature. 

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. 




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Synopsis:

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.

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About the Author:

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.

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