Source: Publisher (Raincoast Books)
Read: August 2017
A new spin on the classic smart-girl-and-bad-boy setup, this witty contemporary romance shows how easily a friendship – even one built on an elaborate lie – can become so much more.
Jenny meets Chance for the very first time when she is assigned as his partner in their Junior Oral Communications class. But after they rescue a doomed assignment with one clever lie, the whole school is suddenly convinced that Little-Miss-Really-Likes-Having-A’s and the most scandalous heartbreaker in school have been best friends forever. It’s amazing how quickly a lie can grow―especially when you really, really want it to be the truth.
With Jenny, Chance can live the normal life he’s always kind of wanted. And with Chance, Jenny can have the exciting teen experiences that TV shows and movies have always promised. Through it all, they hold on to the fact that they are “just friends.” But that might be the biggest lie of all.
Debut author Tiffany Pitcock delivers a spot-on depiction of first love and the high school rumor mill in Just Friends, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads.
Thank you to Raincoast Books for a review copy of this book!
I always love getting contemporary romance books for review. I’m kind of over the dystopian, post-apocalyptic books right now, but a good contemporary book I can always devour.
This book started out just how I love my books – quirky and fun, with adorable characters who have great chemistry. I loved the relationship between Jenny and Chance but while it was cute in the beginning, it seemed to get pretty serious crazy fast. And this isn’t romance that I’m talking about! Can insta-friendship be a thing? Like, one moment you didn’t know this person and the next they’re your best friend the only person you would do anything for. It just wasn’t believable.
I also thought that this book could have done well enough on its own with two people falling in love (not totally a spoiler, since it’s in the synopsis), but there was way too much drama thrown in, especially parental drama. The parents weren’t realistic at all to me. I also kind of despised the romantic drama in the book and I felt like a lot of it gave the wrong message to young readers.
I did like that this book was told in alternating POVs, something I love reading, and it’s nice to get into both of the main characters’ heads in a story. Ultimately, though, that wasn’t enough for me to really enjoy the story the way I wanted to – there were just too many flaws. I did enjoy reading it and especially loved the first half, but it’s probably not a book I’d recommend.