February 28, 2016

Book Review: THE GIRLFRIEND REQUEST by Jodie Andrefski

Book:  The Girlfriend Request
Author:  Jodie Andrefski
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing LLC
Genre:  Romance, Teens & YA

Blurb via NetGalley:

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 Review:

So….another teen story of best friends falling for each other….. what sets this apart from others is the use of a fake identity via facebook.  Other than that….none.

It is your typical young adult story that’s clean, meaning no graphic sex scenes or nudity, and sweet (oh to be young and in love).  What I didn’t like were the unnecessary factors like that College guy Jake who Emma was supposedly just using to get Eli’s attention, yet after just one date he oh so suddenly LIKES her and she him.  And Eli’s abrupt and total turnaround of looking at Emma as nothing more than a friend to being totally In love with his best friend.  This lacked believability.  Instead of being pulled into the story, I just kept asking “what the hell happened” to myself. 

Still, it is a nice read if you have nothing else to do and just want to waste time on a book from which you will have no takeaway.  It is a no brainer story with no need for analysis.  Just take the book at face value, read and recycle.  End of story.