Just Friends by Monica Murphy
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 13, 2016
Format: I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review from YA Book Bound Tour.
You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Just-Friends-Monica-Murphy-ebook/dp/B01KSHL0BM/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1475634847&sr=1-2&keywords=Just+Friends
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.
When I first got the book, I was excited because I’ve read a few of Monica Murphy’s other books and I’ve loved them all so I had hopes for this book. I was really surprised by this book, I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, because all the other books that I’ve read by Monica Murphy have been super good and fun.
So Olivia has two best friends, Emily and Dustin, and when she’s back from visiting her father in California with his new family. Naturally, when she get’s back, she assumes that everything would be the same as how she left. Instead, Emily has run wild without her parents’ supervision all of summer, and hooked up with Ryan, the new kid in their neighborhood. But, Ryan suddenly hits on Olivia and given the history behind Olivia and Dustin, things turn crazy. Olivia and Dustin are the best of friends, but a couple things happen and it turns out that they may be more than ‘Just Friends’.
There was a lot of times in the book where I just wanted to put the book down and give up because I kept telling myself that the ending much surprise me and be good but I decided not to, but I kind of regret that decision because the ending wasn’t much better.
There were a lot of unlikable characters, and a lot of the book was just one crazy scene, then followed by another, and then another. There were absolutely no breaks and just kept going and going and going. I’m going to put this bluntly, the characters were annoying af. It’s like, just figure out which of the two guys you want to stay with and JUST STAY WITH HIM!! It’s not that hard and it would make your life and my life as the reader soooo much easier. There was also those few interactions between Olivia and her mother’s boyfriend, which I found to be highly inappropriate. Actually, let’s be honest, most of the book was inappropriate.
Overall, I give the book a 4/10 (2/5 stars). I really did not enjoy this book at all. There was not a scene that I liked. The book seemed very fast paced, yet was still able to drag on forever. I do not think that this book was YA. It was just absolutely gross.
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