Friday, November 11, 2016

REVIEW - More than Friends by Monica Murphy

TITLE - More than Friends (Friends #2)
AUTHOR - Monica Murphy

(Releases November 28th)


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.


More than Friends is the follow-up to Just Friends by Monica Murphy. I was a little worried to read this book because Just Friends was a little angsty for me. At points I wanted to strangle the main character. This book was much better than the first. More than Friends is in the same series, but follows a different main character. This is what prompted me to go ahead and read it and I was happy with the result.

The plot of More than Friends is to follow up from the first book. This book follows Amanda and Tuttle/Jordan and their interactions with each other. While we still get updates from the main characters in the first book, this book really dives into Amanda and her dysfunctional relationship with Jordan. I liked being able to see things from her point of view. I already liked her as a secondary character in this first book, but I feel this book really let her shine and made me love her even more.

The characters are developed wonderfully. I loved getting inside Amanda’s head. She is a character I can really see myself being friends with. I love her no nonsense attitude and her feisty side. I also love that she really calls people out and tells the truth. 

Then we have Jordan. I want to love Jordan, but he was really getting on my nerves in this book. I wanted to smack him a couple of times for being so stupid. Jordan is developed as well in this book. He has his own stuff going on so I can see why he is so temperamental with Amanda. I am really glad she didn’t let him walk all over her though. I loved reading about these two.

The writing style in this book is pretty good. This book is told from dual point of views. I will admit I was surprised by the thoughts Amanda had. She puts out such a strong and independent woman vibe that I didn’t realize she had so many insecurities. It was eye opening to think that some people keep their negative thoughts hidden inside. Jordan was surprising as well. Since we were reading from his point of view we got to know him a bit better. I love being able to see how he felt about Amanda and how his parents actions really affected him.

I cannot forget to mention the heat. While this story follows teenagers, there is no lack of heat in this book. This book did an amazing job of slowly introducing these characters into more intimate situations. I loved that while these character had a lot of intimate moments, it did not feel like these moments overshadowed the whole book. It really felt realistic.

In conclusion, this was a really good book. This book did end on a cliffhanger, but I didn’t mind. I was gobbling this book up and cannot wait to read how Amanda and Jordan’s story ends. I would recommend this book to a friend. Amazing read.

“My boobs are really, really small.”

“I don’t care, Amanda. I don’t like you for your boobs. I like you for your legs.” 
- Amanda and Jordan, More than Friends.

Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

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