Saturday, January 2, 2016

Review- The Girlfriend Request by Jodie Andrefski

Publisher- Entangled Crush
Pub. Date- January 11, 2015
Genre- YA Contemporary Romance 
Source- E-ARC
Rating- 2.5 Stars

Updating best friend to girlfriend is more than a change of status…

Emma has been best friends with Eli since she moved to his neighborhood ten years ago. Tired of being cast in the role of the girl next door, Emma creates a fake Facebook profile in the hopes of starting an online friendship with Eli, which would hopefully lead to more. Like...way more. From friend request to In a Relationship--it all seemed so completely logical when she'd planned it.

Eli can't figure out what Emma is up to. He’s pretty sure she's the one behind the Facebook profile, but then again, why would she do something so drastic instead of just admitting she wants to be more than friends? And who the heck is this new guy he saw her with? Eli starts to think that just maybe...he missed his chance with the girl next door.

Two best friends, one outlandish ruse. Their status is about to become way more than It’s Complicated…

This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one fake Facebook profile, two best friends who secretly crave each other, and a dreaded sex talk with parents…boy crush in the room included. Pushing a relationship beyond the friend zone has never been so crazy…

"My best friend Sarah thought I was nuts."

These were my exact thoughts too when first starting the book. Like wth, dude? This book depicts the perfect reason why teenagers are stupid. Even me, well when I was a teenager anyway. But that's beside the point. My main point is that Emma is an idiot. Like a huge fucking idiot. 'Scuse me for the "F" bomb but I really wanted to get my point across about her. I can't possibly imagine ever doing something so embarrassing as Emma did by making a fake profile. 

On one hand I enjoyed the book but on the other hand I'm thinking that it's actually quite dumb. Something that I've already reiterated several times already. The gist? A girl sets up a fake Facebook page because she's too scared to tell her best friend that she loves him. And has been in love with him since she first met him. I LOVE best friends to lovers storylines. But I can't help but think that the execution of cat-fishing someone is the stupidest idea one can do. Like for real it's STUPID!!!

Redeeming qualities were her level headed best friend who constantly tells Emma what a horrible idea everything is. And the cherry on top? Eli pretty much a knows right away that Emma is the mysterious "Kelli". Get this. He started seeing Emma in a new light all of a sudden. Please. How convenient is that? I know my review is bordering on anger but I can promise you I felt no anger while reading.

It's only now as I write my review that I'm getting mad. I know exactly what I was to be getting when I first read the synopsis. But here I am...mad. Mad that the heroine of the story was so blind and whiny throughout the book. Take out the Facebook factor and I think I would have liked it so much better. I have no idea what she thought she would accomplish by setting up a Fakebook. 

One point in the story, Emma goes and tells Eli they should have a double date. So Emma goes and gets a fake boyfriend that gives her great advice. "Why not just tell him you like him?" It would have saved her and Eli so much trouble. 

Aside from those problems and a few others not worth mentioning, the story is cute. Some of the dialogue is cheesy, while others were bordering on smokin. You could definitely feel the chemistry at times. Emma's family and the people in her life were great. I liked how supportive and fun her parents were and I already mentioned how much I liked her other best friend, Sarah. 

Overall, this is fast, easy read and it's okay that it's not realistic. It's obvious certain parts of the storyline aren't my cup of tea. If you're looking for a book to pass the time, by all means, don't let my review stop you. 
*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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About the Author:
I've been passionate about reading since I was a little girl, which lead to a love of writing. I write YA--especially if it involves at least some kissing.

I have my B.S. in Secondary Education-English from Penn State University, and am also pursuing my M.S. in Mental Health Counseling.

I live in a small town in Pennsylvania with my teenage daughter.

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