Just Friends by TiffanyPitcock
Published by Swoon Reads
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Rating: 3.5 Stars
A new spin on the classic smart-girl-and-bad-boy setup, this witty contemporary romance shows how easily a friendship – even one built on an elaborate lie – can become so much more.
Jenny meets Chance for the very first time when she is assigned as his partner in their Junior Oral Communications class. But after they rescue a doomed assignment with one clever lie, the whole school is suddenly convinced that Little-Miss-Really-Likes-Having-A’s and the most scandalous heartbreaker in school have been best friends forever. It’s amazing how quickly a lie can grow―especially when you really, really want it to be the truth.
With Jenny, Chance can live the normal life he’s always kind of wanted. And with Chance, Jenny can have the exciting teen experiences that TV shows and movies have always promised. Through it all, they hold on to the fact that they are “just friends.” But that might be the biggest lie of all.
Debut author Tiffany Pitcock delivers a spot-on depiction of first love and the high school rumor mill in Just Friends, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of Just Friends for an honest review.
When I started out reading Just Friends I did not know what it would be about other than a guy and a girl being just friends. As the story went on I realized how much I liked the story enough to finish the story, but it was not my favorite contemporary book that I’ve read (and I’ve read a lot of them).
Just Friends starts out with Chance and Jenny meeting for the first time in a Public Speaking class and they pretend to be childhood best friends. Surprisingly, they have amazing chemistry and keep pretending to be best friends. They have an unlikely friendship and they actually learn that they need each other more than they realize.
I related to Jenny a lot because she is very introverted. She keeps to herself and sticks to her routine. She comes out of her shell and meets new people in her school after she becomes friends with Chance. Chance brought more experiences that she seemed to miss out on before he was in her life. Jenny’s home life and dynamic is really interesting because she takes care of her siblings.
The way Jenny’s family was written wasn’t my favorite because she takes care of her siblings, but she spends so much time with Chance that isn’t at the house. She has a toddler little sister too, so who takes care of her? I do not think that the 12/13-year-old could take care of a toddler. These things are minor details, but I pay attention to things like that.
I was quite confused about Chance’s reputation because it seemed that he was the guy that would sleep with a lot of girls in the school, but meeting Jenny suddenly changed that. They hadn’t known each other that long and he right away decided to change his dating life despite just meeting. Whether it was an unconscious or conscious decision it was just out of nowhere. Chance’s family life was an interesting story because his parents were pretty much nonexistent.
As the story went on, my opinion of the story changed. I originally thought that it would have been an interesting story if they made up their whole backstory so I thought that that was where the story was headed. I think that making up their whole friendship story was bound to burn in their faces, but as the story went on their real friendship kept building up.
Overall I probably would not read this book again. I enjoyed it enough to finish it, but it was not my favorite book. I really did enjoy Jenny’s role in Chance’s life and how she was able to change his life just upon meeting and being there for him. I liked how their friendship formed based on a lies, but the story was not what I expected it to be.
I would rate this book a 3.5 out of 5.
Tiffany Pitcock is a young writer from Benton, Ar. She studied English at Henderson State University, but has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. Besides reading, she is a fan of cats, staying indoors, and tv dramas.