Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Review: The Girlfriend Request by Jodie Andrefski

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…

Expected publication: January 11th 2016 by Entangled: Crush
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary
Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from Entangled: Crush via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

Let me start off by saying that I really like a friends first storyline so I was hopeful that this book would give me the fix I was looking for. I wasn't sure how the whole social media aspect would play out, it sounded quite manipulative, but interesting all the same.

The fake facebook profile and therefore the title of the book were misleading and almost a non starter. Somehow Eli knew from the very beginning that it was Emma behind the profile and the fake profile was only very briefly a major part of the story. From there it snowballed to a fake boyfriend that Emma may or may not have kind of liked even though she had been in love with her best friend for years. In other words, it really went downhill. I think I could handle her trying to make Eli jealous but the fact that she got all confused with her feelings after the "fake" date lost me. Everything she was doing was suppose to be because of her feelings for Eli but the rabbit trails made me less than sympathetic and gave her an annoying and immature quality that I wasn't a fan of.

Even though there were all kinds of wrong in this story there were a few cute moments to be found too. Younger fans of this genre would probably enjoy it more than I did. After all, there was crushing, kissing, social media and all kinds of drama to be found. I just couldn't get past the manipulation and immaturity to fully enjoy it. I think if the fake boyfriend and confusion it caused Emma in the story were omitted, the story would have been a whole lot better. That is where it lost me and I just couldn't find my way back.


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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  1. I really liked the idea of the story but it was too bad that the book did not deliver. I do feel that my taste in romance novels has gravitated towards books with more maturity and depth. Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. I have to agree. There needs to be a level of maturity for me to fully appreciate a story.