by Monica Murphy
Publication Date: November 6, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush
Eden: Josh Evans and I have been best friends forever. He knows all my secrets, and I know all of his. So when he randomly asks me to help him lose his virginity, I sort of flip out. That’s a question that sends your mind to places you’ve seriously never considered before. Like, you know. Having sex. With your best friend. Except Josh doesn’t want to have sex with me—he wants me to help him find a girl. A nice girl who’s funny and smart and cute. Except he already knows a girl just like that…
Josh: Eden Sumner is my best friend. So of course she’d be the person to help me find my perfect match, so I can drop my V card before I head off to college. Except the more we search, the more I realize that maybe the right girl has been by my side all along. I don’t need Eden’s help in finding me a girl to love. I’m pretty sure I’m already in love with Eden. But now she thinks I’m only after one thing…with anyone but her.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book is what happens when American Pie meets Friends with Benefits. It contains two best friends, plenty of angst, and lots and lots of sex talk. Reading this might have you looking at your best friend in a different light!
Saving It is a cute and sweet best-friends-to-lovers YA romance. I liked the slow-ish, natural progression of their “we’re just friends” attitudes to something more and how they were both so worried that even though they were starting to have feelings, acting on them would ruin their friendship forever. It made the story feel very real and natural. And the over-the-top grand gesture was absolutely perfect–I’m not 100% convinced that any teenaged boy anywhere would do that for real, but it was a lot of fun to read anyway 🙂
There were times when the story dragged a bit–odd stretches of time where not much was happening or slightly repetitive parts (partly because we’d get chunks of the same scene from two POVs, I think) and the BFFs as matchmakers was a teensy bit of a stretch (Molly the matchmaker is a bit more believable than Abraham, IMO) but still, it was cute and not totally out of the realm of reality. I totally got the whole everyone-knowing-everyone and limited dating options when you’ve known everyone in your class since elementary school, though–that part was totally accurate!
Even though Saving It is about finding the right person to “lose it” with, all of the hot and heavy action happens off of the page, making it a sweet and feel good young adult romance. Josh and Eden are seniors, but their story is eminently readable for younger high school-aged readers as well.
Rating: 4 stars / B+
About the author:
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 a traditionally published author with Bantam/Random House and Harper Collins/Avon, as well as an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is also USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson. She is a wife and a mother of three who lives with her family 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 many angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.