Just Friends by Monica Murphy
Release Date: September 13th, 2016
Genre: New Adult Romance
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.
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Just Friends by Monica Murphy is definitely a winner in the mature Young Adult genre. This book is like reading Beverly Hills 90210, but on drama steroids. These teens are a wild bunch, and I love every single one of them.
Murphy gives readers the whole smorgasbord of teenagers drama with gossip, betrayal, backstabbing, the mean girl, the good girls, cheaters, players, bad boys, good boys—and these boys are all hot, gorgeous jocks, simply yummy. The characters are Olivia, Emily, Amanda, Dustin, Tuttle, Cannon and Ryan. I'm racking my brain, trying to figure out how to write this review with all the hot drama mess that's going on between these teens. Olivia, Dustin and Emily have been best friends since middle school, but now they’re seventeen, and their relationship is starting to change between the three.
Emily has started drinking, becoming promiscuous with guys, and she’s the mean girl that's always up to something and it's never good. Olivia and Dustin hooked-up before Olivia left to spend the summer with her dad. When Olivia returns she discovers that Dustin cheated on her with Emily over the summer. Now Olivia has broken off her friendship with her two best friends because of their betrayal. But new guy Ryan sees Dustin's betrayal as his chance with Olivia after Dustin breaks her heart and he takes it. But I got to tell you, I'm not sure about this Ryan guy, yeah he's got a sexy body and his looks are to die for, but he's definitely a bad boy; it’s written all over him. And lets just say Dustin not giving up on Olivia, he's still crazy over her and knows he screwed things up between them, but Dustin still holding on to the hope that he can win Olivia back. And then there's Tuttle and Amanda. These two have me hanging on the edge with their romance. Tuttle is the star quarterback for the football team and he's the kind of guy you hate to love, but boy oh boy, you do love him, and Amanda is the sweet geek girl; she's trying to be smart when it comes to Tuttle, but her brain is losing to her heart, even though her brain tells her not to trust Tuttle, the player. Yes, these teen's hot romance and emotional drama sucked me in, had me biting my nails, and I wanted to scream with the cliffhanger ending, but you better believe I am waiting on the next book, begging on my knees that Monica Murphy has fast writing fingers. Just Friends is a must, must read.
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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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