Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Review: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill

Ellie Cahill is poised to coin the term “sorbet sex” with her charming twist on the age-old ‘friends-with-benefits’ story.

Dating can be fun, but it can leave a nasty taste in your mouth. For Joss, ever since her longtime boyfriend cheated on her, she doesn’t want her last memory of a guy to be that jerk. Enter her college friend, Matt. They come up with a theory: after a bad break-up, a person needs to cleanse the palate with a little sorbet sex. Lovers for a night, but always back to being friends in the morning. The two can handle it because they have a contract: rules they wrote, rules they follow and rules they can sometimes bend. The arrangement works: everyone needs a little sorbet now and again … until it starts to be the only thing you want. And then Joss breaks the one rule they never wrote down: don’t fall in love.

Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Expected publication: February 24th 2015 by Ballantine Books 
Genre: New Adult

Kristine's Thoughts:

I received an advanced readers copy from Ballantine Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

When I think about this book and everything that happens in it I really should have hated it. The moral half of my brain should have been shaking my head at it. The mother in me should have been using it as a teaching moment with my kids. The truth is that new adult is my guilty pleasure genre and I kind of really liked it.

The idea of friends with benefits is not a new one and the outcome was totally predictable but what was different with this book was the "sorbet sex." It was so out there and the concept was so ridiculous that it kind of made sense in a young, hormone driven, college kid kind of way. I have to give Cahill kudos for coming up with the concept. It made a not so original story line completely original.

The book is filled with humorous moments and dating mishaps. Both Joss and Matt were challenged in the dating game and I found myself giggling at a number of the situations they got themselves into. Of course, as the reader, it was easy to see why they had such bad luck but it was fun (and frustrating) to follow them in their oblivion as they slowly figured it out.

This book was pure entertainment from beginning to end and I was able to get through it quickly. I'm not sure if I can look at sorbet the same again but it definitely put a new twist on an old story. I'm glad that I got the opportunity to read it and look forward to more work from this author.

About the Author
ELLIE CAHILL is a freelance writer and also writes books for young adults under Liz Czukas. She lives outside Milwaukee, WI with her husband, son and the world’s loudest cat.

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