More than Friends by Monica Murphy
Release Date: November 14th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Romance
5 YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY KILLING ME CROWNS
Monica Murphy has completely scored with More than Friends, but let’s be honest, I was pulled in by Amanda and Tuttle from book one. Something about him just drew me in, and like Amanda, it is hard to resist. Just be prepared that this story will hurt, but in the best absolute way in which an author can hurt a reader.
Amanda and Tuttle make this entire story, and I love them both equally. For a teenager living among drama, and there is a lot of drama from her friends, Amanda is very levelheaded, sometimes maybe too safe, but she plans and is careful. She desperately tries to stay away from people and acts that will hurt her and others, but as Monica Murphy shows readers, sometimes it just can’t be helped. Her soul is also so kind, constantly assessing others’ feelings and trying to heal or make amends, even when she isn’t responsible. Her ownership of her mistakes is also another attribute that I just adore about her. There are so many times when she does something “wrong,” which isn’t surprising as she is a teenager, but I never hold it against her because she takes ownership and tries to rectify the error, as it often weighs heavily on her conscience. This desire to do the right thing is not adult driven but completely intrinsically motivated. My respect and admiration of Amanda as a character only serves to amp up the emotional investment and, ultimately, reaction of readers as this story unfolds.
Tuttle is just a complex boy. There are so many layers to him, and I feel as though Monica Murphy really only touched on the surface layers of who he really is. On the very top surface, readers see Tuttle, the insanely popular, good-looking, yet aloof hero. He often runs hot and cold, but the chase, really his chase of Amanda, just starts the reader’s process of becoming enamored with him. Then, the author throws in his sweet talking, and the lines Monica Murphy wrote him had me outright sighing, freaking SIGHING (She has seriously set the bar high for high school boys all over the world). His passion for the things he loves and his respect of Amanda in and out of the bedroom is only one more reason to LOVE Jordan. What will ultimately make readers’ hearts ache with each twist and turn is the brokenness of Jordan Tuttle, and the author only scratches the surface of the story of his isolation. The little bit that readers see is enough to adequately explain his behavior and his aversion to relationships and even love, and make the reader’s heart break not only for Jordan but for Mandy as well. This complex boy will own readers’ hearts and leave them aching for more, even though they know the journey will be so rocky.
This plot is DRAMA, complete and utter drama, but it is also YA and takes place in high school so it’s expected. They often react without thought, basing decisions mainly on how they feel in the moment, so the interactions among the peers, their concerns over trivial acts, their focus on popularity are incredibly authentic. The arbitrary nature of their decisions and subsequent actions expectantly results in drama from the main characters as well as the secondary characters. Even with the all the drama in the story, I never felt as though it was over the top. Every part seemed necessary to either develop the relationship between Jordan and Mandy or to push the secondary plot line along for Blake, Kyla, Em, Livvy, Ryan, Dustin, and the other secondary characters. he drama of this group of friends has completely enthralled me from page one of this book, and I absolutely devoured this story in a few short hours. The ending of this story left me with conflicted feelings. On the one hand, I wanted to be so proud of this character for the decision and resolve to stick with the decision, and on the other hand I wanted to yell and scream “What are you doing?”, and in the end I came to the conclusion that I am more proud than angry. It needed to happen, and I cannot wait to see where she takes these two characters next.
Monica Murphy has absolutely done it again! This story has angst, drama, romance, and so much more, This tale of two lovers from opposites sides of the world of high school fighting to be together should absolutely be sitting in your bookshelf. Her words, this story, and these characters will absolutely capture your heart!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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About the Author:
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.
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