He’s not perfect, but he’s all I want… I’m your average girl at your average high school, trying to figure out my place in life. After catching my now ex-boyfriend messing around with my now ex-best friend, I’ve made some big changes. No more band, no more backstabbing friends and no more boring old life. Now I have new friends, a new job and new interests. But there’s a certain someone who’s interested in me, and I don’t get it. Jordan Tuttle could have anyone he wants. He’s the most popular boy in school. Rich, gorgeous, smart and the star quarterback, he’s perfect. Yet he acts like he wants no one else but…me. So despite my fears and doubt, I let him get close. Probably too close. I discover that he’s not so perfect after all, but it doesn’t matter. I’m falling for him, even though he runs so hot and cold. I know someday he’s going to break my heart. And I’m going to let him.
I have been enjoying the Friends Series immensely! So much drama, teen angst, and page turning plot lines!!! More than Friends is my favorite book in the series so far, and there is a huge reason for that... Amanda and Jordan!!! I love both of these characters so much. They were my favorite characters even when they were secondary in Just Friends. After reading the prequel, One Night, I have been impatiently waiting to get my hands on their story.
More than Friends is primarily told from Amanda's point of view, with a few excerpts from Jordan's perspective. Amanda use to be a clarinet player in the high school band, best friends with Tara, and had a great boyfriend in Thad. However, her life was turned upside down when she caught her best friend and boyfriend sleeping together. Since then, she quit band, has found a new best friend in Livvy, and can't understand why the most popular and gorgeous guy in high school, football quarterback, Jordan Tuttle, is interested in her. She tries her best to push him away, but Jordan is determined to get what he wants, and soon Amanda can't resist no matter how hard she tries....
I LOVED More than Friends! Amanda was such a likeable character. She had a huge heart, was a loyal friend, and was very mature and down-to-earth. She had a lot of self-respect, was intelligent, a hard worker, and compassionate. So many wonderful qualities made me love being inside of her head. She didn't know what Jordan saw in her, as he was so good looking, popular, and wealthy. She came from a middle class family, wasn't a part of the popular crowd, and knew he could get any girl in school. Why would he want her?
Jordan has liked Amanda for many years. They are in all of the most advanced classes together, and he has admired her from a distance. He thinks she's very pretty, but that there is so much more to her than that. He loves her intelligence, and how she can get him to smile and laugh like no one else. However, he doesn't think that he deserves her. Coming from a cold dysfunctional family, he has a lot of anger inside of him. Jordan doesn't let anyone get close to him, because he has trouble trusting others. Can Amanda break through the wall that he has built around his heart?
I loved the chemistry and connection between Amanda and Jordan. Their story was very sweet, romantic, and swoon-worthy. Their deep feelings for one another shone through the pages brightly. The cliffhanger ending just about killed me! I hope that these two get a happy ending, and begin to let go of self-doubt, and trust in one another!
I give, More than Friends, by Monica Murphy, 4.5 Romeo and Juliet, Star Crossed Lovers, Romance Filled Stars!!! I recommend this story for fans of mature young adult contemporary romance.
Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.
She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.