New Title: Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock

Hi All!  It’s Becky again.  I received this new YA romance through Netgalley and I have to thank Swoon Reads for sharing the book.

25876985Summary: Everyone knows that Jenny and Chance have been friends since childhood…except they haven’t.  Jenny and Chance actually meet on the first day of their Oral Communication class.  They are assigned to interview each other about their summer experiences and then tell their story to class.  Instead of a boring “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” presentation they decide to make up a whole life together…and everyone believes it.  As the two keep spending time together their fake friendship becomes very real just as their feeling for each other deepen they may not be able to stay “just friends”.

Review: This is one of those romance book that’s just super cute.  The whole story is the slow journey of Jenny and Chance realizing that they should be more than “just friends” (if this is a spoiler I am sorry however if this surprises you then you really are not familiar with this genre).  Jenny and Chance are likable and had all the makings of a perfect romance pairing.  He was all damaged with his bad reputation and even worse home life while she is the smartest girl in school just trying to learn how to live her life outside of academia.  Sounds super cute, right?  And it totally is but there was just something that didn’t quite work for me.  I enjoyed the book but it just didn’t quite get to awesome for me and I think my issues all start with the pop culture references.  The book is filled with references to “Sixteen Candles”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, and “Clueless” which wouldn’t normally be a problem but the sheer amount of them made the book feel dated even though it was based in the present. Plus, even though Jenny and Chance are adorable I never really felt like I completely connected with the characters beyond them being generally amusing.  The whole book ended up feeling like one of those 90s romcoms that I never really seek out but whenever I stumble across them on cable I lose the next two hours watching them.

Bottomline: This is a fast fluffy read that will appeal to fans of YA romantic fiction.

Final Rating: 3 out of 5


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