Review: 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.


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Monica Murphy seamlessly transitions from New Adult and Adult author to Young Adult. This book has everything I wanted in a Young Adult drama…minus the epic cliffhanger ending. There was drama, complicated relationships, gossip, backstabbing, I would say it pulls from shows like Gossip Girl. These are not your typical teenagers, there are parties, booze, and hooking up, and the drama that follows all these things.

Olivia was kind of a hot mess, she was very fickle and indecisive. This at times drove me absolutely mad but totally necessary for the plot to flow. There is an amply of amount of lust and angst, and plenty of motivation to keep the pages turning. The only killers for me were the love-triangle that was going on because we all know I loathe a love triangle and the cliffhanger. Ugh, be still my heart…there is another book to come.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:monica-murphy

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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