New Release Review! THE GIRLFRIEND REQUEST by Jodie Andrefski

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The Girlfriend Request
by Jodie Andrefski

Synopsis:

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…

Review:

A cute and sweet best-friends-to-BF/GF story (I hesitate to say “lovers” because thankfully, they don’t go that far yet-these two are definitely not ready to take that step!) by a new-to-me author who I’ll definitely be reading more from in the future.

I really enjoyed Emma and Eli together–they had a cute relationship. even when it was strictly a best friends one. Emma was the first to want more (isn’t that always the way? Teenage boys…) but instead of risking what they have by just coming out and telling him so, she decides to create a fake FB profile and “friend” him, hoping that he’ll figure out that it’s her and decide that he wants to upgrade her from friend to girlfriend.

Not really a terribly well-thought out plan. So many ways it could go very, very wrong! Her other best friend tries to talk her out of it, but Emma’s convinced that this is the way to go, and sets her plan into motion.

Naturally Emma gets herself into more and more trouble as the book continues–including some pretty funny parts–and almost loses Eli altogether before the end. But they do get to their happy ending at last.

Though I loved Eli, he’s actually what kept my rating from being higher. He picked up on the Kellie-is-actually-Emma idea far faster than I would have thought (really, I didn’t think that part of her plan would have succeeded at all!) though when he explains why he did it does make some sense. What was a bit harder to believe is how fast he went from “she’s my best friend” to “wow, I’m in love with her”. Shouldn’t he have been more resistant to the idea at first? It didn’t seem like he struggled with that part as much as he realistically should have.

Still, it was an enjoyable read. I’m definitely putting Ms. Andrefski on my list of authors to be on the lookout for.

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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