Series: Friends #1
Published by EM Publishing on September 13, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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 review is going to be a bit different than any (or all, basically) of my others, and here’s why: When I finished Just Friends, I had a multitude of thoughts swirling around in my head that just wouldn’t stop, so I made a quick point form list of these to later expand upon. Instead of diving in the deep end with this review, I’m simply going to take those unedited, immediate thoughts that I had and touch on those. They were my true initial reactions, so that’s what I’m going to share. This review many not always have a positive connotation, but know that this comes from a good place because I generally enjoy Monica’s work. Just Friends is addicting, will leave you reeling, and is 100% unputdownable.
1. I hated all of the MCs.
I honestly can’t think of any redeeming qualities amongst the four main characters. Maybe Dustin, but that’s a real slight maybe. I honestly didn’t care for any of them! So vain, egotistical, idiotic and ignorant! Every one of them. They made stupid, ridiculous, decisions and then even worse ones, then got mad when the world didn’t magically become better. They’re rude, have an air of self importance and are in need a serious slice of humble pie.
2. I’m feeling slightly stabby.
You know what it’s like when your just so frustrated that you need to hit something or scream? Yeah, that’s me (I’m no actually going to stab someone, no need to fret). I was so hooked on this book but was getting progressively more aggravated the farther and farther I read. By the last chapter, I was practically irate.
3. Do you like OTT drama? How about OTT drama with more drama piled on top? Here you go. I’ve also slapped on a side of drama.
Um. Yeah… I’ve seen some people comment that a reader can’t be upset over this drama because the book revolves around teenagers and high school and that’s how things are these days. My question: WHAT KIND OF SCHOOL DID YOU GO TO?! It isn’t this aggressive! I’m only 5 years out of high school, I still have a pretty good grasp of how it went down, and I guarantee it was nothing like this. This story is so drama filled and over the top, I thought my eyes might get stuck from rolling in my head.
*I like teen drama when it’s not asinine and ridiculous.*
4. My head hurts.
See the ending of #3. Lots of eye rolling, lots of scoffing, lots of ‘Oh, you’ve got to be kidding me’, seems to equal a headache.
I think I heard somewhere early on that this book ends in a cliffhanger and you know what my thought was? COOL! I love cliffhangers! I seem to be one of the 1% of people who do. I love not knowing what to expect and being left hanging, but the ending of Just Friends didn’t seem to do that for me. Sure it’s an open ending, but within about 5 seconds I already came up with a fairly plausible explanation/solution, so…. Yeah. I’m not exactly losing my mind over here waiting to find out.
6. I don’t want to admit it but I will read the next book, I want to know how that ending plays out. Even though I want to sucker punch 67% of the cast.
*le sigh* Completely ignoring Liv, Em, Dustin and Ryan because I went over my dislike for them. I did actually enjoy and was intrigued with the entire Amanda and Jordan storyline. With this being said, I’d be interested to read the next book in the series and see what’s going on with them, as well as how that ending plays out in relation to these two.
7. Lower end of the 3 star spectrum, because I kind of hated it? But it was so unbelievable I couldn’t stop.
The only thing I can think to relate this to is a Britney Spears song. Probably one of the newer ones though, cause her old stuff was awesome. It’s catchy, it’s addicting, and even though you don’t like it and will deny it to all your friends, you sing along in the car when your alone. That’s kind of how I feel about this book.
8. One of my friends referred to it as being like a car accident: it’s bad but you can’t look away. This is exactly how I feel. I couldn’t look away.
Yeah, I think that about sums it up.
“I see Em off in the farthest corner of the quad with a new squad of girls. I’m sure that’s what she calls them too, her squad. She always did have Taylor Swift aspirations.”
*An ARC was received from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.