Book Review – Just Friends by Dyan Sheldon




Published September 3rd 2015 by Walker (first published August 20th 2015)

Genre(s):  Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Paperback, 288 pages


From the writer of Confessions of A Teenage Drama Queen and My Worst Best Friend comes this hugely entertaining teen read about falling for the wrong person. The first time Josh sets eyes on Jena he’s hooked. He can’t stop thinking about her; looking for her wherever he is; hoping to turn a corner and find her there. The problem is she’s completely out of his league as his friends never tire of telling him, so Josh decides he will settle on simply being Jena’s friend. But the more time he spends with her the more infatuated he becomes, despite the fact Jena only turns to him when she’s had a fight with her on-again off-again boyfriend. Finally realizing he can’t go on pretending he only wants to be her friend, Josh vows to tell Jena how he feels on Valentine’s Day.





 Light and Easy to Read, but Disappointingly Lackluster


I love cutesy rom-coms and Just Friends by Dyan Sheldon seemed like something I would enjoy. Unfortunately, it was a disappointingly lackluster read. The concept seemed really intriguing, but it just didn’t work for me.

I took such a long time to read this cause I didn’t expect to get approved for so many books on Netgalley. Well, I hate to say this but maybe I should have just left it unread. I wasn’t really a fan of the writing style. It was easy to read, but just felt like it kept going and going and never getting anywhere. While some parts were kind of amusing and witty, the plot just wasn’t that interesting to me. The characters were also annoyingly stereotypical and unlikable. Josh and his friends were somewhat okay sometimes, but Jena and her clique – totally did not like them. I couldn’t figure out what Josh saw in Jena, but she was a big NOPE for me. The ending for me was just mehhh. I didn’t hate it, but it was rushed and just not that believable. I guess it could happen, but it needed more build-up and to play out.

This book was sadly not for me. I actually speed read through about 75% of the book and I rarely do that. There were so just many things I didn’t like and maybe that distracted me. At least I didn’t DNF and still gave it a chance.

I really hate writing bad reviews, but just because I didn’t like this book, doesn’t mean it was horrible. There were a few fun moments and I liked some of the friendships. Ramona was pretty awesome and the one part about this book I did enjoy.

I can’t say I recommend this book, but if you feel like reading a light, easy, and somewhat fun unrequited love story, then give it a go.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Have you read this book? Did you like it or not? Let me know in the comments. Love to hear what you think.

As always, thanks for stopping by and reading. Have a fantastic day everyone!!!


3 thoughts on “Book Review – Just Friends by Dyan Sheldon

  1. Haha thanks! I really don’t like writing reviews for books I don’t like. I always have a difficult time finding something positive to say. It also makes me feel so bad cause I know the author tried their best. But it happens…. just sucks haha


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