4 Hearts · YA Contemporary

The Girlfriend Request by Jodie Andrefski

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 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…

 

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        I received an ARC from the publisher at Netgalley for an Honest Review.  


I really enjoy many of the Entangled Teen Crush books. They have sweet stories and are kept moderately clean. There isn’t anything really vulgar or crude. You get your typical token guy friend that has to say some stupid crudeness just because that is how teenage boys are, but the overall book is endearing.

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Emma

Emma and Eli have been best friends since the first grade. They have grown up neighbors and have always done everything together. She has loved him forever and is terrified to tell him because of the possibility of losing him all together. So she creates a fake facebook page of a different girl to try to have him fall for her. Pretty much she is doing a ‘catfish.’

The constant going back and forth with ‘I can’t tell if he likes me or likes-me-likes-me’ was your typical teen girl. Society puts all these stipulation on girls which makes them have low self-esteems. Emma had that in the bucket loads. She didn’t think she was pretty or attractive until it was validated by a guy. I wish girls thought that they were cute/pretty/beautiful, and not cocky about it, without having to have a guy validates it for them. Emma didn’t think she was pretty until Jake told her how beautiful she looked.

Eli is clever and could read Emma like a book on many levels, except regarding how she felt about him. It seems that both Emma and Eli were oblivious to any type of chemistry or romantic interest the other one had for them. Typical guy doesn’t know what he had until he loses it. Shame, shame.

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Eli

It is your typical plot of best friends falling in love with each other. There is some growing, but not very much. The only amount of growth or evolving into a stronger individual was when Emma stood up to the girl that was bullying her. I wanted to clap my hands and say, Bravo, Bravo! If there was a second book in this series regarding Eli and Emma heading to college and such I would totally read it. It would be interesting to see how a different environment and new people would alter their perspiration of each other and their relationship.

A spoiler: 
Out of the whole story, Jake was the one I felt bad for. Emma used him to get to Eli, and then left him high-and-dry. It wasn’t cool. I wondered what motivated Jake to send the flowers to Emma? Was it all part of the plan to get Eli’s attention, or was he really interested in her? Was there more to their story? Is there going to be a book about Jake? We find out about how his dad is not around and his mom left when he was young. I would love to know more about him. Hint Hint…. Jodie Andrefski

So if you like your quick read, with your happy ending,
this is perfect for you.
I read it within a day and enjoyed it.
I hope you all do to. 

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Parental Info: Moderate to active swearing; Kissing, making-out, parents have the “sex talk.” 

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