More Than Friends by Monica Murphy
(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Series: Friends, http://bit.ly/2dFqLse
Published by EverAfter Romance on November 14th 2016
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Dating & Relationships, Dating & Sex, Friendship, Love & Romance, Romance, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
He's not perfect, but he's all I want...
I’m your average girl at your average high school, trying to figure out my place in life. After catching my now ex-boyfriend messing around with my now ex-best friend, I’ve made some big changes. No more band, no more backstabbing friends and no more boring old life. Now I have new friends, a new job and new interests.
But there’s a certain someone who’s interested in me, and I don’t get it. Jordan Tuttle could have anyone he wants. He’s the most popular boy in school. Rich, gorgeous, smart and the star quarterback, he’s perfect. Yet he acts like he wants no one else but…me.
So despite my fears and doubt, I let him get close. Probably too close. I discover that he’s not so perfect after all, but it doesn’t matter. I’m falling for him, even though he runs so hot and cold. I know someday he’s going to break my heart.
And I’m going to let him.
Give me Jordan Tuttle or give me death! Okay, that is way dramatic, but it is Jordan we’re talking about here. At least give me Tuttle or give me Dustin because those are my picks. Jordan got my attention before he was the focus of the book, before Amanda told her story, and when Livvy held the reigns in Just Friends. Their connection intrigued me, and I needed to—no, had to know where their story would lead.
Amanda Winters: ex-band geek, best friends with Olivia, and the girl of Jordan Tuttle’s affection. I loved Amanda telling the story. She was honest and real, and while there were moments when Livvy’s “woe is me” spirit got the best of her, Amanda didn’t allow herself to get caught up in her own melodrama. Yes, this book is dramatic—it’s what made it so addictive and unputdownable—but Amanda noticed the world around her and how it kept turning, even when Jordan was being an idiot.
Jordan, Jordan, Jordan…I almost feel guilty if I think of him as Tuttle. Maybe I just wish I were Amanda and had the right to be the only one to call him Jordan; nonetheless, I loved him. Well, I loved him when he wasn’t being a complete idiot. Jordan had a tendency to get caught up in his own problems so much that he forgot that he had a support system and a confidant in Amanda. He didn’t trust anyone, and while he might have been the guy that waited for her to make it to her car after work, he was also the one that pushed her away when things got dicey. It added to his characterization, and there was no denying who was telling the story when it switched to his point of view. I swooned over Jordan Tuttle, but I also wanted to smack him over the head.
I said it when I read Just Friends: Livvy got on my everlasting nerve. She whined and complained and thought the entire world continued to spin because she was on it. However, seeing her through Amanda’s eyes had me defending her. Every time Amanda would think she just wished that Em and Livvy would make up, I thought, “But Em is terrible! Liv’s refusable to make up is merited!” It’s weird, but reading Just Friends first made me connect to Livvy enough so that I understood her in More Than Friends and why she did what she did, even if I didn’t agree with it. However, I would have liked more of the love triangle between Livvy, Ryan, and Dustin to have been explored. I’m wholeheartedly #TeamDustin, and he didn’t even make an appearance. I felt sorry for Ryan at the end of Just Friends but didn’t like him again in this book. Livvy’s drama was swept under the rug and ignored, and Livvy being Livvy would have broadcasted it for the entire world to experience, or at least I thought. I’m interested to see if the love triangle will progress in the next book, even though I still want Amanda’s voice.
More Than Friends should be on your TBR. If you snarled your nose and shook you head so hard you thought it might pop off when reading Just Friends, book two ties it all together. You’ll be able to say, “Everything makes sense now,” after starting the book. Finishing it, though, your world will be as confusing as ever. Monica Murphy, why!? That ending hurt! When is the next book coming out? I need it like I need air! Read More Than Friends—just read it because you need it in your life.
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I drop my hand, gaping up at him. “So you’re saying you want – me?”
“Yes.” He dips his head, his mouth hovering above mine. “I do.”