Title: The Girlfriend Request
Author: Jodie Andrefski
Publication: January 11th 2016 by Entangled: Crush
Format: Advance Reading Copy
Source: Provided by the publisher via NetGalley
Updating best friend to girlfriend is more than a change of status…
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…
I received a digital ARC of this book from Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
The Girlfriend Request‘s premise has a familiar setting of a best friends turned lovers story. Having said that, I kind of already knew what to expect in this book. Emma and Eli are next door neighbors and are best friends since they were little. As they grew older, they started having some feelings for each other. But, they won’t let each other know that. Sounds familiar, right? But what makes The Girlfriend Request a bit different among others is that there was Catfishing involved.
When Emma came up with a plan to Catfish her best friend and make him fall in love with the person she invented, it was pretty obvious that it wouldn’t work. It was a ridiculous plan.
It all seemed so completely logical when I’d planned it out over the past couple of weeks, although I was starting to question that logic right about now.
But the fact that Eli knew that Emma was behind the fake Facebook profile added more entertainment to the whole plot. But one thing I noticed is that the plot was quite unsteady with the whole Catfishing thing. It was entertaining up until the Catfishing was cut right off and became the typical storyline with a lot more drama and complications.
The push and pull between Emma and Eli is pure torture. It’s a pain to see these 2 characters suffer from something that could have been avoided in the first place. There were times where I just want to hit them both in the head. Especially Emma and her stupid, stupid plans. They lived in assumptions, maybe this, maybe that… but even so, it’s what got me hooked.
I really love being inside Emma’s head. Her narration is witty, clever and funny but there were times that I just hated her, or rather, her decisions. But nonetheless, her narration made this book and easy read if it wasn’t already.
Skipping to the ending, I thought it was pure cheese. It was predictable and a little over the top. But honestly, I saw that one coming.
All in all, The Girlfriend Request is an okay book. I had a difficult time rating it actually. I keep on changing mine from 3 to 3.5. Maybe because I was thinking it could have been better (just like my book reviews *ouch*). But I guess it depends and since I’m one of those who loves fluff, I’ll give it 3.5 stars and a recommendation for those who are looking for an entertaining (less drama not guaranteed) read. 😉
Dual POV – The POVs show more of Emma’s perspective but I love that the book get to show some of Eli’s as well. The narration did a good job on making Emma and Eli’s differences stand out. I’m glad that they didn’t sound the same and you can tell them apart by their voices in the book.
Entertaining – Even if it seem typical and all that, I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a quick and light read but entertaining as well. I had a good laugh in some scenes, and wanted to hurt someone in others. LOL.
Emma’s parents – YES TO EXISTING PARENTS. And it’s not only the fact that they exist in the book but how they are more added entertainment to the whole book. One of my favorite scenes was “the talk” scene with Emma’s parents and whenever Emma’s dad tries to be the cool dad. HI-LA-RI-OUS.
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