Title: Saving It
Author: Monica Murphy
Genre: YA Romance
Rating: 3.75 Stars
Release Date: November 6th, 2017
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Eden: Josh Evans and I have been best friends forever. He knows all my secrets, and I know all of his. So when he randomly asks me to help him lose his virginity, I sort of flip out. That’s a question that sends your mind to places you’ve seriously never considered before. Like, you know. Having sex. With your best friend. Except Josh doesn’t want to have sex with me—he wants me to help him find a girl. A nice girl who’s funny and smart and cute. Except he already knows a girl just like that…
Josh: Eden Sumner is my best friend. So of course she’d be the person to help me find my perfect match, so I can drop my V card before I head off to college. Except the more we search, the more I realize that maybe the right girl has been by my side all along. I don’t need Eden’s help in finding me a girl to love. I’m pretty sure I’m already in love with Eden. But now she thinks I’m only after one thing…with anyone but her.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book is what happens when American Pie meets Friends with Benefits. It contains two best friends, plenty of angst, and lots and lots of sex talk. Reading this might have you looking at your best friend in a different light!
Okay, I’m a huge sucker for best-friends to lovers tropes, so I was super excited when I read about this plot. Especially with Monica Murphy being the author. Saving It was sweet, funny, charming and low on the angst. The type of book that makes you smile and gives an insta case of nostalgia.
One of my favorite things about this book was that it was sex positive, which isn’t always the case with books aimed for the YA crowd. I think the way Murphy handled the topic was perfection!
Both Josh and Eden were well-written. The friendship between the two felt authentic and when things start to blossom between the two it was extremely natural. I enjoyed how she portrayed the confusion, nerves and emotions that start to take over them as they discover their feelings for each other. I just wish there was a little more umph to it.
I particularly enjoyed Josh’s POV, as he had a really strong voice and personality to his character. I really feel that Murphy is a genius when it comes to writing from the male point of view.
I also like Eden’s character- she was both beautiful and intelligent, and had more on her mind other than boys- but I felt like something was lacking with her character. I just didn’t connect to her on the same level I did with Josh.
Being a YA book, there were some parts that were a little corny or OTT, but nothing too terribly that it too away from the book. I personally felt the characters were on the more mature side- they really felt like authentic teenagers. Not only in the way they spoke, but the inner dialogue as well.
It was close to a 4 star read, except for at times it felt a little slow and didn’t hold my complete attention. That might not be the case with a younger reader though. 😉 It was pretty predictable, but I didn’t mind as well, as their journey was original.
All in all this was an adorable story of two best-friends who discover they might be a whole lot more than that.
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