Title: The Girlfriend Request
Author: Jodie Andrefski
Release Date: January 11
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Source: Entangled Publishing, LLC on NetGalley (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)
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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… (Source: Goodreads)
Emma decides that the best way to woo her best friend is to create a fake Facebook profile, seduce him as someone else and then reveal that it was her all along. It turns out that he also likes her though, and knows it’s her profile. So she starts dating someone else to try and get him to fall for her.
I just…I don’t know what to say about this book. This plot was a mess, twisting in ways that made no sense and totally wandered away from the original premise. The characters were not particularly well formed, and didn’t really read as realistic individuals. I didn’t buy into the romance or care about any of their nonsensical drama.
The premise of this book is that Emma is going to get Eli by making a fake Facebook profile. That’s pretty much all done with after about 30 pages, and then we get some strange plot where she fake dates a guy, who she falls for and he becomes weirdly obsessed with her, and then all of a sudden we’re back to Eli and Emma being together. Oh, and there’s a tacked on prom drama story on the end for no reason. To sum it up: the plot was messy with no cause and effect or follow through. I could not follow how we were going from one line to the next.
To make things worse I just didn’t care about Emma or Eli. The book alternates between their 2 perspectives, neither one is distinct from the other, they’re identically whiny and fake teenager-y. Neither of these characters seems realistic, believable, or even half formed. Emma is obsessed with Eli to the point of letting her grades slip. Eli is just blank, there’s nothing to him at all as far as I can tell. They don’t make for a likeable couple, they certainly don’t have any chemistry. Emma has parents that we do actually see but their characterization is messy and inconsistent, starting out over protective and quickly change to being loosey goosey overly supportive Mom and Dad-pals. There’s a few other characters that are basically nothing, including Emma’s fake boyfriend.
I would not recommend this book at all.
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