Review: Just Friends by Monica Murphy

Just Friends 

By Monica Murphy

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.

I don’t know what is it that made me like this book. I admit I wasn’t really into Livvy and her friends Dustin and Em because I thought they were jerks and manipulative, but as the pages wore on, I found myself getting engrossed and seemingly not content with just a chapter. I had this urge to finish the story no matter how irritated I felt towards the characters.

Three hours into this book and my emotions were high and livid. I hated Emily with passion; I really don’t know what Livvy ever liked in her. Em’s a real pain, not worthy to be called a friend. I’ve got a love and hate relationship with Dustin, I couldn’t seem to read him. I know I want to believe in him, but something was keeping me from rooting for him. Ryan, on the other hand, is the quintessential bad boy, the life of the party, the envy of many, the one person you’d love to get mad at forever. Did I like him? Not really, but I could still be swayed if he keep up with his good life on the next book.

And now Livvy… She’s hot and cold. I pity her most of the time, I hate that she’s so indecisive yet so trusting just the same. She’s easily fooled yet she’s trying so hard to make everything right. Booze, drugs, parties – those were definitely gonna be the death of me if I were in her shoes. Sadly, teens these days rely too much in them, and this book has managed to thread on this topic on point. Awesomely executed in my opinion.

That ending made me gag though. Like what the fudge was going on? I gotta read the next book ASAP or I’m gonna be a mess. I’m not content on being Just Friends!





3 thoughts on “Review: Just Friends by Monica Murphy

  1. I’m glad you made it to the end of the book, this was a dnf for me. I found literally everything cringe-worthy in this book. Anyway, hope you enjoy the next book as well.

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