The Girlfriend Request by Jodie Andrefski

Posted January 3, 2016 | 26 Comments

The Girlfriend Request by Jodie AndrefskiThe Girlfriend Request
Author: Jodie Andrefski
Published by: Entangled Crush
Publication Date: January 11, 2016
Format: eARC
Pages: 216
Source: Publisher
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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...

Okay, so here’s the thing. The Girlfriend Request is a book I need to step back from and look at objectively.

I love the fact that Emma and Eli were best friends since first grade, and now at the age of sixteen, they realize their feelings for each other have grown into something more. I was expecting something on the more fun side and full of crazy shenanigans. More comedic and cute, I guess. Ay ay ay, but is it ever a bumpy, drama-filled road they have to navigate in order to reach their HEA. There are some cute moments, great friendships, and involved parents, but the teen angst is very much present.

With that being said.

I think this is the type of YA that many adults won’t necessarily enjoy. This truly is a ‘teen book’ that is geared towards them. So while I personally thought it was just okay, I feel there are a lot in the target audience who would love it. In fact, I have a couple girls in mind I plan to recommend The Girlfriend Request to.

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26 responses to “The Girlfriend Request by Jodie Andrefski

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    I think some youthful shenanigans just seem too unlikely to us once we’re adults, even if we’re good at remembering our teen-years. And I’m not one for drama, especially if it feels as if it was created just for drama’s sake.
    Great review, Christy 🙂
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  2. I read a similar book yesterday, The Year We Fall Apart, and dear lord, the drama and the angst before the kids got together had me bashing my head against the wall. I’m too old for these kinds of books now I think. And most of the drama and angst was so stupid and unnecessary – like the kids made them out to be a much much bigger deal than they were. But I get it though. These aren’t books aimed at me.
    Looks like this is one I’m going to stay away from even though the book did have some cute moments.
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  3. Nice review. I agree there are those YA books that are definitely aimed at the YA audience and I don’t tend to enjoy those as much. I’m curious about this one though despite the angst. And since I have 2 teen daughters, maybe I’ll get it for them…and then I can read it. 🙂

  4. Lots of teen angst? Not the book for me then Christy! I really appreciate your thoughts on this one though, I do tend to struggle with the books that read a little younger, but as you said, I’m not the target age group so this will likely appeal way more to those who are:)
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  5. I can see why you had a few issues with this one Christy, it sounds like a cute, fluffy friends to lovers contemporary, but the drama and angst would turn me off too. There’s really no need for it other than to bulk up a storyline. I like the fluffy romances, but the drama gets too much for my adult brain to handle. Thanks for the objective review and hopefully your next read is much, much better <3
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  6. I understand what you mean by ‘adults probably not enjoying this one’ but still believing the target audience for it would absolutely love it. I’ve come across many of those types of books lately. I do love the fact that this one deals with a friendship turned romance. i’m a sucker for those types of books and i know tons of younger girls who would love a plot like this one.

    By the way! This is my first time visiting the blog since your update! I love the new background design! <3
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