Review: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill

Posted June 28, 2015 by Quinn in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie CahillWhen Joss Met Matt: A Novel by Ellie Cahill, Liz Czukas
Published by Ballantine Books on February 24th 2015
Pages: 352

Ellie Cahill is poised to coin the term “sorbet sex” with her charming twist on the age-old ‘friends-with-benefits’ story.
Dating can be fun, but it can leave a nasty taste in your mouth. For Joss, ever since her longtime boyfriend cheated on her, she doesn’t want her last memory of a guy to be that jerk. Enter her college friend, Matt. They come up with a theory: after a bad break-up, a person needs to cleanse the palate with a little sorbet sex. Lovers for a night, but always back to being friends in the morning. The two can handle it because they have a contract: rules they wrote, rules they follow and rules they can sometimes bend. The arrangement works: everyone needs a little sorbet now and again … until it starts to be the only thing you want. And then Joss breaks the one rule they never wrote down: don’t fall in love.


I quite enjoyed this book! More than I think I was expecting when I first started. It was so refreshing to have the writing and dialogue feel true. The thoughts and actions from the characters seem completely genuine for freshman in college, and as they age, they mature, but the personality and quirks are the same – I love it!

This was a light, fun book, a new twist on a friends with benefits situation. I think the plot was handled well, and I loved how most of the story was told in one night, with Joss and Matt looking back on their past. The relationship problems and woes were absolutely hilarious, and at times I just felt so bad for laughing at Joss’ struggles.

I enjoyed the growth between the characters in the last few chapters of the book, as their story progressed into the present day. Matt was far from your typical swoon worthy, panty dropping hero, but he never felt lacking. The perfect best friend, guy next door vibe.

I think this story worked, and am overall happy with how this book turned out! I enjoyed the premise, and how it twisted an already known and (generally) flawed concept.








The only thing that kept me from giving it a 5 star rating was that it just took a little to long to get to the real meat of the story. I would really enjoy seeing this book turn into a film and I don’t think that I have ever thought that with any other book that I have read. Super cute RomCom!! I loved the whole concept! This is definitely a go-to re-read!



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