Author: Jodie Andrefski
Published by: Entangled Crush
Publication Date: January 11, 2016
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.