Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: Eh, not a fan. A little eye catching but there isn’t really anything about this that makes me jump to read it.
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.
I hate to say that I’m not going to have much to say about this book.
This story is about two completely opposite people. Jenny the stay-at-home book nerd who has built her reputation on getting A’s and can’t/won’t settle for anything less. Jenny doesn’t live, she goes through the emotions but never had any desire to do anything or try anything such as kiss a boy or date one.
Then there is Chance who thrives on his reputation as a “playboy” who doesn’t DO relationships or anything serious. He’s always about using his charm to get his way and just slide his way through school, not at all serious about it.
However, when Jenny and Chance are forced to work on a school assignment, the created a situation like none I’ve ever read before. The assignment was to get to know the other person and what they had done over the summer but since Jenny was boring and Chance was not school appropriate, so they decide to completely make up a false story about their lives together on the spot, and it works!
Afterward, they decide to just keep up the charade that they’ve known each other most of their lives and have been best friends! Well, things progress so where they have a difficult time remaining just friends.
Although the story is quite cute and fun I had some issues. Everything came on too fast it was unbelievable. They’ve been aware of each other for years but just over ONE silly assignment they decide to be best friends and literally hang out all the time and share very personal information and all that? Yeah, I don’t think so. Feeling and emotions call so easily and so fast for them. Here we have two VERY different people who had NOTHING to do with each other and somehow super quickly were able to trust and come together? nah, it didn’t work for me.
Overall it was a fun cute story something that would be cute if it were turned into a movie.
Sexual Content: moderate