Book 1, Friends
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"Drama, drama, drama - you know you love it! And Monica brings it in this super sexy and refreshing, un-put-down-able YA!!" - #1 NYT bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken
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 is a fantastic YA read! It's a great look at how much can change in that last year of high school. Long time friends become different and distant, enemies become friends, new people enter your world. Knowing that the decisions you make now will have a huge impact on how your friendships move forward makes things doubly hard. Why can't things stay as they were....for just one more year at least. That's all Olivia wanted but it just wasn't to be. Navigating new friendships and new relationships are sometimes difficult. Knowing the impact it will have on others can make you questions yourself but Olivia finds herself in exactly that situation.
This is a wonderful story and very well done but it's not the whole story! Olivia, Ryan, Emily, & Dustin's story will continue in the next book. You've been warned!! Even knowing that, you don't want to miss this one! I highly recommend it.
High School Drama!
“Just Friends” is author Monica Murphy’s newest young adult book, and I am left torn after completing this book. You see, this book has all of the qualities that I consistently love about Monica’s books: it is well-written, engaging, and hard to put down; the characters are developed and multi-faceted; and the storyline provides twists and turns. This story explores the complexity of teenagers on the brink of adulthood, navigating friendships and first loves. The characters’ moments of utter joy turn to sheer heartache and then back again in a moment, and all of those overwhelming emotions that I remember feeling as a teenager came back vividly to me as well. But, why am I torn…because by the end of the book I am left wanting, or more accurately needing, to know more. Thank goodness Monica is planning to write additional books about these characters and their friends.
*I was given an advanced copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
Best friends make the worst enemies...
OMG!! Monica, what have you done- a cliffhanger?! I'm totally was not expecting this so now I'm left wondering what will happen next!? I couldn't put this book down -the first night I read 82% and stayed up till 4 AM and ended up getting only 2 1/2 hours of sleep! This Book is filled with teenage drama! I felt like I was back in time in high school! Teenage girls are so catty!! I wanna claw their eyes out lol!
After Olivia has been deceived by Emily and Dustin, she ends spending a lot of time with new football player Ryan (who Em used to date). Yeah, there is so much partner swapping in this book! Dustin states multiple times how sorry he is for what happened and I wonder if maybe she shouldn't give him a chance since they were claiming they were only "just friends"… And I can't figure out if Ryan's legitimately into Olivia or if he's just totally playing her... I'm thinking player! And as for Em, she's such a conniving little Witch with a capital B!! I would totally kick her to the curb! So I'm totally left wondering who will end up with who?! Can't wait for the next installment!! I was given a copy in exchange for my honest review.