Then Addison pressures Gemma to join the date with one of Max’s friends. But the more time they all spend together, the harder Gemma falls for Max. She can’t help thinking that Max likes her back—it’s just too bad he’s already dating Addison. How can Gemma get the guy she wants without going after her best friend’s boyfriend?
Jennifer Echols is firmly on my "must read" list. If she has a new book coming out, it's never a question of if I'm going to read it, it's just a matter of when. She really gets the romantic comedy formula and she brings the swoony scenes like no one else. I really love her books.
I've read a lot of "I'm in love with my best friend's boyfriend" books, and it seems like the only way to make this work is to make the best friend a bitch. I get this. I do. (Although I would LOVE to read a book where the bff isn't a bitch and the author is still able to pull this off!) But the problem I have with that is always...why is the main character friends with this horrible girl in the first place?
Well, I loved the way Echols handled this issue. She goes into the history of the dysfunctional friendship between Gemma and Addison, and it just makes sense to me why they have stayed friends and why Gemma puts up with her when she is so awful. And because of this, it makes this story about more than just a guy. It's really about Gemma's development as a person with herself, her friends, and with guys.
And while we are on the subject of guys, can I just give Jennifer Echols a BIG HIGH FIVE for a hot, football playing love interest who is also Asian. I throw a big party every time a main character in a YA book is not white...and I have a soft spot in my heart for hot Asian guys. Max is a totally crushable love interest, and the fact that he is a buff Japanese-American guy makes him even better. Yay for hot Asian guys in books! Let's get more of them, people!
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