The Girlfriend Request

Jodie Andrefski
The Girlfriend Request
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Entangled Publishing
Release Date
January 2016
Contemporary Romance, Young Adult Romance

Updating best friend to girlfriend is more than a change of status...

Emma has been best friends with Eli since she moved to his neighborhood ten years ago. Tired of being cast in the role of the girl next door, Emma creates a fake Facebook profile in the hopes of starting an online friendship with Eli, which would hopefully lead to more. Like...way more. From friend request to In a Relationship--it all seemed so completely logical when she'd planned it.

Eli can't figure out what Emma is up to. He's pretty sure she's the one behind the Facebook profile, but then again, why would she do something so drastic instead of just admitting she wants to be more than friends? And who the heck is this new guy he saw her with? Eli starts to think that just maybe...he missed his chance with the girl next door.

Two best friends, one outlandish ruse. Their status is about to become way more than It's Complicated...

This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one fake Facebook profile, two best friends who secretly crave each other, and a dreaded sex talk with parents...boy crush in the room included. Pushing a relationship beyond the friend zone has never been so crazy...

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Dec 22, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
84 people found the following review helpful
THE GIRLFRIEND REQUEST is a fun, laugh out loud and sweet young adult romance of best friends becoming lovers, with a comedy of errors worthy of Shakespeare. Though Eli and Emma probably wouldn't call it comedy in their mutual misery.

Emma had long been in love with her best friend/boy next door Eli Perry. But now, she wants to move them up one level higher to being Eli's girlfriend. But how to make Eli aware of her as girlfriend potential? Why, friend him on Facebook as Kelli and show him how much they click.

It backfired, of course, because Eli kinda guessed Kelli is her, not that he let her know. He thought it was a new game she made up, and he played along, until he realized that he had feelings for Emma. Dare he hope she had the same feelings for him? But when he decided to ask her, everything turned out wrong and snowballed from there...

What an enjoyable story! First of all, I think it's very realistic, the way events as they are could be twisted and distorted into something else. Then, there's the way they wouldn't come out and say what it is they wanted to say. That's very believable too, and also the first time they were together and Emma was very nervous. I like that Eli was reassuring her when she was that way, saying, "It's just me." There were moments when I can't help but laugh out loud, providing comic relief in contrast to moments of angst and conflict and utter misery. And Eli's grand gesture is just splendid! I was bowled over, just as Em was.

The story is told in alternating first person point of view, but there's more from Emma's POV than Eli. I normally don't like to read the 1st POV, but it works very well in this story. Each narrator's voice is engaging, and the story flows well. If you like the friends to lovers trope, this is one not to be missed!
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