Review: Just Friends


Just Friends by Monica Murphy

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

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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.

My Review:

Olivia has been gone for the summer and is fixing to be reunited with her two best friends Em and Dustin. Before she left she had secretly been hooking up with Dustin.  When she comes home Em has been partying a little too hard and has been hooking up with the new guy in town Ryan. Em is attracted to Ryan right off the bat, and he has all sorts of crazy words that he says to her that makes her hate him and like him more. When she finds out that her best friends betrayed her over the summer Ryan is there to pick up the pieces or will he shatter them more?

This book was very addicting, and I finished it in one day.  I just could not put it down, and I really liked the story itself and need to have book two in my life.

Now let us get to the ugly. The characters! Oh lord the characters! I am not sure if I was supposed to like them?  I have never hated a character as much as I hated Olivia. She was annoying, selfish, immature, and her actions were ridiculous. Em was crazyyyyyyyyy. I don’t know what her deal is, but she needs help. Ryan was an idiot, and he reminded me of the jock version of Jordan Catalano from My So-Called Life. He is obviously pretty, but I still don’t know what his intentions are. What is the deal with Finch? What a weirdo!

There was still a love triangle thing sort of going on, but I don’t even know.  I am Team Dustin, and I think Dustin needs to run far far from Olivia. I can see why he did what he did with all of her flaky and indecisiveness going on.

Now two characters totally have my heart in this story and it was Amanda and Jordan. I am praying right now with my hands together that book 2 will have a lot of them in it because I need it in my life. I loved Amanda’s character and would love to read from her point of view.

Even though I couldn’t stand most of the characters because pretty much all of the time they were just getting drunk I still recommend to read this book because there was a lot of stuff going on, and I didn’t know who was lying or what people’s real intentions were. In fact I still have no idea and need to find out and get my answers!

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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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5 thoughts on “Review: Just Friends

  1. Pingback: Review: Just Friends — Literary Dust | Author Echo Shea

    • I gave it a 3 on Goodreads… I mainly liked this for some of the side characters. If I had liked Olivia I would have rated it higher. She just made too many decisions without thinking. Book 2 is supposed to be from Amanda’s POV instead, so I am excited about that.

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