Saturday, December 19, 2015

Review of Young Adult Romance The Girlfriend Request


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…



THE GIRLFRIEND REQUEST by Jodie Andrefski was a super cute teen read. We start off with Emma and Eli who have been best friends since childhood. Emma, who has harbored a crush on Eli forever decides to take the cowards way out and create a fake Facebook profile to talk to Eli, in the hopes she can get him to fall for the fake persona, then spring the news on him that it was really her. However, Eli is no fool and pretty much figures out immediately that the "fake" girl is really Emma. This story was sort of a cat and mouse game where both characters had feelings for each other, but neither had the guts to come right out and say it, waiting on the other to make the first move. At first, I started to get a bit annoyed because Emma's actions were so juvenile and it was both characters liking each other but just being too chicken to say it. It was just them going round and round, while being a bit blind to each other's feelings. The story, however, was cute enough and the character likable enough that I got past that and did really enjoy the story. And, after all, they are teenagers and this is a teen read, so can we really expect the them to be super mature? Their actions were probably very realistic. I would much rather have characters acting their age than ones that act way beyond their years, which I think we sometimes see in YA (and really annoys me). This was a wonderful read for a younger YA crowd and teens alike. I think adults will enjoy it, as well, as long as you're being realistic about these being teen characters. I would definitely try another book by this author.

4 stars!

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