REVIEW: Just Friends by Monica Murphy
"I feel like my life has turned into one big game, and I need to stay ahead to in order not to get burned"
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.
It's been a while since I've read a really good YA book that's sucked me in from the first page. That's given me that angsty teenage feeling that has you confused and throws your emotions all over the place.
It's also been a while since I was at High School, but after the first few chapters I felt like I was right back there! For some High School is the best time of your life, For others it's the absolute worst.
YA has always been a favourite genre of mine, there's something about being thrown back in time to being an angsty teenager with no idea what you want to do with your life to throw a little perspective at you. YA always seems to hit me where it hurts a little more than any New Adult or Adult books I read. Your teenage years are some of the absolute hardest and being one of those people who struggled being a teenager I think it's why it always hits me that much harder. YA makes me feel more then almost every other book I read. I was thoroughly impressed with how well Monica Murphy captured that angsty teenage feeling that some authors struggle to capture. The storyline was original and a bit out of the box yet you could most definitely picture this happening to any teenager at high school. I loved the way she captured each of the characters personalities so well and especially how she captured everything Livvy was struggling with.
Olivia to her Mum, Dad and Dustin, Liv to her Best Friend Emily and Livvy to the confusing boy who gives her heart palpitations. No matter what you call her, she's every teenage girl stuck at high school just trying to get through each day until she can escape to collage. Livvy was all of us at some point in time, whether we went through similar situations or not it was what she was feeling that brought so many past emotions and memories back for me.
"Everything Ryan says is laden with sexual innuendo. And for one breathless, shivery moment, I wanted him to talk to me like that again. Touch me again.”
Just Friends was a story of discovery and angst. There were confronting issues that every day teenagers deal with and I think this is the type of story that any teenager would benefit from reading. It made you realise that you’re not the only one who struggles with life decisions. You’re not the only one who deals with angst and crazy friends, and jealous boyfriends. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves YA and anyone with a teenage daughter! Knowing you’re not alone is the most important thing when you’re that age.
There were so many secondary characters in Just Friends that really added to the story and i cant wait to read the next instalment of Just Friends! You get a sneaky preview at the very end of this one and it’s going to be good!
"He stops so he’s standing right next to me, his head bent, his mouth close to my ear. “You and me.” His lips brush my temple, and then like a ghost… Ryan’s gone. .... I just scrub my hands harder, but no matter how much I try, I can’t wash away his touch. His words. His everything.”
Buy Links: Amazon US
To read the Prequel to Just Friends 'One Night' buy it here: Amazon US
Meet The Author: Monica Murphy
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 a traditionally published author with Bantam/Random House and Harper Collins/Avon, as well as an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is also USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson.
She is a wife and a mother of three who lives with her family 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 many angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.