Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC on January 11th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Love & Romance, Romance, Young Adult
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...
The Girlfriend Request interested me because it was the typical girl next-door story with a little twist. Emma had been in love with Eli for as long as she could remember but had finally decided to do something about it. While the idea of creating a fake profile to attract a boy seems trite and slightly banal, it fit Emma’s personality. For someone as shy as her, not being able to face her crush head on, albeit he was her best friend, strengthened her characterization. No, she wasn’t the strong, resilient type, but not everyone—not just girls—can be.
As those who know what I like to read, if I’m looking for a quick getaway or a book to pull me out of a despondent place, I look no further than Entangled Teen. I know I can count on these books to entertain me, so I jump at the chance to read them. Apparently I enjoy reading dual perspective more than even I realized, because this is the second book this week that I’ve read in this format, only to go onto another book written with the same idea. I like being able to hear more than one side of the story, knowing how one person sees it and how the other interprets it. The Girlfriend Request, while told by both Eli and Emma, didn’t switch chapter-to-chapter and focused more on Emma. Eli was integral to the development of the story because knowing what he thought added suspense.
Towards the beginning of the story I discovered that Eli had been thinking about Emma as more than just the girl next door for longer than she or he realized. While I had originally thought that the book would be about Eli finding out that she had created a fake profile, Emma trying to keep the secret, and all ending the way that I wanted, it wasn’t what I expected. The fake Facebook idea didn’t last throughout the book, and it was more about the two finding their way to each other, against all odds.
I kept on expecting something big to happen or for Emma or Eli to do something that would lead to that big thing happening later in the story. However, this book was extremely realistic, as in nothing major happened to keep the couple apart, other than their own ideas on what they deserved.
The Girlfriend Request was about a girl getting that guy that she had been in love with since she moved in next door, a typical girl meets boy story that focused on the everyday issues of this particular teenager. While it’s good to have a bang at the climax of the story, having the incredibly realistic aspect of the book was refreshing and unique, in a strange way.
This is a refreshing tale about a shy girl going for the guy of her dreams, even if he’s only a few footsteps away.