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    A train wreck that you can't look away from!

    Actual Rating 3.5 stars Well, I said it before, but this was a train wreck that I just couldn't turn away from. There is A LOT of drama and aggravating behavior in this book. I wanted to slap, shake, and just scream at almost every character. The things that these "friends" do to and with each other was confusing and surprising, yet still plausible and believable. It's been a while since I was a teenager in high school, but I think it's a testament to the author's writing that she could create this chaotic and infuriating world, but still keep the reader interested and invested in these characters. The story itself though didn't really progress much, and seemed to just relive the same drama over and over again, without much forward movement. We do come to a cross roads at the end, but it ended so quickly that I thought I was missing pages! Ugh! I'm not a fan of cliffhangers! The cast of characters. Where to begin? I found almost everyone to be unlikeable at one point or another. It was hard being in Olivia's (Livvy) head. She does some truly frustrating things and I often wanted to scream at her to just be honest! So much of the drama and confusion could have been avoided if she just stopped playing games. Speaking of playing games, what the heck is going on the Emily (Em)? She is all over the place and is the actual plane crashing and burning in this book. She was the least likeable of all characters (and that's saying a lot, because there are some really terrible characters!) and I found nothing about her redeeming. I didn't really believe her friendship with Livvy at all. How could they be best friends? They were more like passive aggressive frenemies, only happy if they were better than the other. Dustin. Oh, Dustin. I wanted to like him since he's the only one who eventually was honest about the entire messed up situation and seemed to grow as a character through the book, but it was hard to not feel betrayed on behalf of Livvy. I guess I will never understand the teenage boy. Adding to the confusion is Ryan. I'm still not sure if he's just a total sleeze ball, or actually the only one being honest. All the relationships just seem so incestuous - everyone being with everyone, without regard to anyone else's feelings, or hiding their true feelings. The only character I liked was Amanda. She is still a typical teenage girl, with her own share of drama and angst, but she seems to be the most grounded of the bunch. I'm interested to see where things go with her and Tuttle (who also came across as a sleeze, but may actually be a good guy at heart?). We will have to see in book 2. Just a note: there is a lot of sex/sexual activity in this book. I guess I'm a little prudish, but this seemed to push the limits of being YA. I guess it was because the characters are teens, but I feel like this would have been better categorized as NA. Again though, the situations were plausible and I'm sure things like that do actually happen, which makes me terrified as a parent and happy I'm no longer a teenager! Overall, Just Friends was a compelling enough story to keep me interested, but the ending was too abrupt. I know I'm a glutton for punishment though and will be back for the next book when it comes out!
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    Fantastic

    This is a fantastic YA read! It's a great look at how much can change in that last year of high school. Long time friends become different and distant, enemies become friends, new people enter your world. Knowing that the decisions you make now will have a huge impact on how your friendships move forward makes things doubly hard. Why can't things stay as they were....for just one more year at least. That's all Olivia wanted but it just wasn't to be. Navigating new friendships and new relationships are sometimes difficult. Knowing the impact it will have on others can make you questions yourself but Olivia finds herself in exactly that situation. This is a wonderful story and very well done but it's not the whole story! Olivia, Ryan, Emily, & Dustin's story will continue in the next book. You've been warned!! Even knowing that, you don't want to miss this one! I highly recommend it.
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    Just Friends

    It was amazing so much good stuff not going to tell you figer it out all by yourself+)
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    Just friends

    I cant beileive what hapoens in this book. It is out rageous. what some people did is horrible because I thought they felt good about each other.
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    So Worth It!!

    This is the first book I've read by Monica Murphy and OMG!! The drama, the romance, the teenage angst was all worth the reading. I hated and loved the characters which made this read even more intriguing to me and the cliffhanger left me completrely floored. If it hadn't been for other books I had to review I would have finished this read in one single sitting. I am looking forward to the next!!!! {I received an ARC when I signed up to host the tour. I made no guarantee of a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are unbiased and my own.}
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