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...
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The Girlfriend Request
By Jodie Andrefski, Alethea Spiridon
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2016 Jodie Andrefski
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He had 247 friends.
Now to add one more to the list.
I'd spent the last two weeks of my life carefully mapping out every piece of the plan. Forethought, strategy, research — it all came down to this very moment.
"It'll work. You can do this." I chanted encouragement to myself as the mouse hovered over the photo of a smiling, perky-looking teenage girl. I tried to ignore the small beads of sweat forming at my hairline as I stared at the photo taunting me from the screen of my Dell.
Shiny blond hair flowed over sun-kissed shoulders peeking out of a cutesy white sundress. Who the heck had hair like that unless she's in a hot pink package and distributed by Mattel?
His grinning face in an overlapping profile window caused my pulse to speed up. Like usual.
A quick knock sounded on my bedroom door. I immediately tried to hit the minimize button while swiveling in my seat, just in time to see Dad poke his head in the room.
"Hey, Emma! Your mom and I just got back. How's the project coming along?"
I gulped down my surprise to see him home so soon and casually shifted the laptop's screen. "Ah ... almost done."
About an hour ago I'd begged out of running to the store with my parents, using the excuse of having to finish a big project. I sort of left out the fact it wasn't exactly for school like they'd assumed.
"Do you need any help? I'm pretty good with those types of things if I do say so myself." His wide smile showed pride, and he patted himself on the chest with firm thumps.
"Nope, I'm good, but thanks anyway." I smiled, hoping he'd get the hint and leave so I could finish.
"If you're sure."
He waved and disappeared down the hall.
That was close. I'd die of embarrassment if either of my parents discovered what I was really up to.
As I pulled the laptop back into position, a slight zing of anticipation thrummed through my fingers. I resumed my study of the screen, and nerves caused my stomach to host a swarm of angry moths, making me feel slightly ill.
Before I could talk myself out of it, I hit the "request friendship" button on Eli Perry's profile.
As soon as the page showed a pop-up happily declaring the request sent, the moths went into epileptic fits. What in the world was I thinking? He'd find out. I might as well stick a big "L" on my forehead right now.
Somehow, he'd figure out that the perky Barbie lookalike who just sent him a friend request didn't even exist. I'd made up the entire Facebook profile in the hopes of starting an online friendship with Eli, which would hopefully lead to more. Like ... way more. As in going out, full-on girlfriend more. From friend request to girlfriend — it all seemed so completely logical when I'd planned it out over the past couple of weeks, although I was starting to question that logic right about now.
My best friend Sarah thought I was nuts.
Creating the fake profile had actually been easy. God bless the Internet. The mystery girl originated from the JC Penney website, a site I figured only soccer moms ever frequented. Pretty confident Eli didn't spend much time shopping online in the JCP Juniors department, I'd felt safe swiping the photo from the section advertising the new summer clothing lines.
Aside from a cheerleading bit I'd thrown in (I could barely even do a cartwheel), it pretty much listed things that were actually true about the real me — that would be the key to gaining his interest, and making the entire plan work. "Kelli" had to be someone who liked most of the same things he did. Like, well ... like me.
It made sense that presenting myself in a pretty, blond package instead of the ordinary one I saw in the mirror every day would be what it took to get Eli to finally notice me. Ya know, like an actual girl, complete with boobs and other girl parts, despite the fact that some guys I'd seen at the beach had more up top than I did.
Despite the motivational speeches, my stomach continued to clench like the time Carissa "accidentally" whipped a softball directly at my gut last year in gym class. Because if Eli did figure out that it was me behind the request, he'd know the secret I'd wanted to tell him for so long, and couldn't. That I liked him. I mean, like-liked him.
Out of habit, I smoothed my finger over a strip of photos stuck in the edge of my bulletin board. It came from one of those machines where you slip in a buck and get four small, grainy pictures fed out from the slot a few minutes later. Eli and I had scrunched together in the tiny booth, making dorky faces at the screen for three of them. On the fourth, I'd rested my head on his shoulder while he leaned against mine. His smile was content, happy. It was my favorite of the four.
I sighed, remembering the first time I saw Eli like it was yesterday. I'd been six years old and brand new to the neighborhood. He'd shuffled over, shaggy dark hair poking out from beneath the brim of his dusty Phillies baseball cap.
I'd been moping, sitting on the curb watching my parents unload box after large brown box from the giant moving truck and carrying them into our new colonial style white house. I hadn't cared a bit about the large yard, the good schools, or the pretty burgundy shutters my mom kept going on and on about. All I knew was that I didn't belong in the stupid town.
Then this strange boy reached his hand out toward me, slightly dirty fingers clutching a large yellow box of candy. "Want a Gobstopper?"
At the sound of his voice, I'd turned my head and looked up. The sun behind him made a bright halo around his grinning face, but what I remembered most about the first time I saw Eli was his eyes. They made me stare, because they weren't just one color like all the other people I'd ever known. His were green and blue and gold all swirled together, like when I made sand-art.
He waited patiently, arm outstretched, while I made up my mind. I finally nodded, whispering "Thank you," and held out my own small hand. His infectious grin grew even wider, showing off a dimple in his right cheek. He plopped down on the rounded curb next to me and shook the box, spilling several of the jawbreakers into his palm. Rooting until he found the one he was looking for, his body twisted toward me as he held out the round, cherry-colored candy like a gift. Leaning in a little closer, he whispered a bit shyly, "You can even have a red one. They're the best."
And that's when it happened. That was the moment I'd begun to fall for my new next-door neighbor. From that day on, we were practically inseparable, and we only grew closer through the years. He held my hand as we waited for the bus on my first day in a new school that fall, and unknowingly held my heart for each of the ten years since that hot, summer day.
But now I had a way to make Eli finally look at me as something other than his buddy, a plan to make him fall completely in love with me. Kelli's picture and my personality and words. When the time was right, I'd simply reveal the real person behind the profile, and we'd both laugh about it, and be so happy I was clever enough to bring us together. At least that's how I really, really hoped it would go down. I refused to consider any other outcome.CHAPTER 2
A buzz from the side pocket of my shorts distracted me from worrying about exactly which level of stupidity I'd advanced to thanks to my latest action. I immediately panicked when I saw the name and avatar displayed on the screen of my phone.
Why was he calling? Sundays were always the same. We'd meet at Valenti's later to grab some pizza, and then head back here for our long-standing Sunday movie night.
My temples throbbed. He must have been online, seen the friend request, and somehow knew I'd sent it. The gotta-puke feeling returned.
The buzzing stopped for about ten seconds, only to start right back up again. He wasn't giving up.
Licking my dry lips, I stabbed the answer button and offered a way-too-cheery, "Hey, you! What's up?"
Deafening silence from the other end of the line.
"Eli? You there? You couldn't wait until tonight to hear my voice, right?"
A massive sucking in of breath whipped through space before his voice exploded into my right ear. "What the heck, Emma? "
Before I could say anything, he rushed on.
"Seriously? I can't believe you'd do this to me."
Crap, he did know. "I, uh, I just ..."
My tongue stuck to the roof of my mouth, reminding me of the time I'd almost gagged shoving in a handful of salt-water taffy.
"You promised." His voice burned hot with accusation.
"I know. I just ..." Now wait, what? What promise? I never promised not to create a fake Facebook account.
It hit like a slap to the face. "Omigod, I was supposed to feed Vader this weekend while you were gone," I whispered. Tilting my head back, I closed my eyes and slumped down in my desk chair.
The screaming silence returned. It didn't matter — the hurt accusations still managed to fly through the phone lines loud and clear. Any NSA guys listening in were probably shaking their heads at my monumental screw-up.
"I'm so sorry. I have no idea how I could have forgotten."
Because you were too busy plotting a fake online profile to try to pull one-over on your best friend in the world.
Dead air. He wasn't letting me off the hook that easily.
"Please, Eli, I'm really sorry."
Remembering that his parents had also been away on a business trip made me afraid to ask the next question. "Is he ... is he okay?"
A grunt in response made me feel slightly better. Not much, but some. I was the worst friend in the world.
"Yeah, he's fine, although I can't say the same for the house. He managed to get in the pantry where I keep his dog food, rip the bag open, and eat it all. Along with half of the bag itself." He paused. "And after that, it looks like he decided to throw half of it back up all over the place downstairs. That doesn't even take into account that he made the mud room his personal litterbox."
I winced. Definitely not good. Shoving my free hand through my bangs, I slowly let out a long breath. This really wasn't a good start to my grand plan of winning his heart forever and ever.
"I really am sorry."
"I know." Another grunt. "I just don't get it, Em. I mean, you're the one that offered to do it in the first place when I told you about my trip. I could have boarded him, but you insisted you wanted to do it." Anger finally leaving his voice, he continued on quieter, with concern. "Are you okay? Did something happen?"
Here I almost starved his childhood pet, and he wanted to make sure that I was okay. I was going to burn in hell, no doubt about it.
"What do you mean?"
"Did that bitch on wheels do something at school Friday when I wasn't there?"
He didn't even have to say her name. I knew exactly who he meant. Carissa Kevans, the bane of my high school existence. For whatever reason, she'd made it her mission to embarrass, humiliate, or otherwise antagonize me in every way known to man. We liked to call her Carissa DeVille.
"No, it's nothing like that." Standing up, I rotated my shoulders while walking over to my bed to ease down onto its welcome softness. It felt wonderful after sitting in the hard desk chair for close to an hour.
"Look, I can tell something's going on. I can hear it in your voice, plus you've been acting kind of weird for like a week now." He pressed. "I thought you could tell me anything."
Yeah, except for the tiny little fact that I'm in love with you.
"It's nothing, I'm fine. So tell me about your weekend."
He sighed, but began to tell me stories about the other players and coaches, how they ran him ragged, how the food stank, but he still loved it anyway.
I smiled as I listened, allowing his voice to wash over me. While he talked, I stared across the room toward my bookcase. Mom and Dad had bought it for me a couple of years ago when I started high school and redid my room.
On the top shelf of honor sat several black-framed photographs of Eli and me together through the years. Red-cheeked in bright suspendered snowsuits, dragging a toboggan between us when we were about eight, covered in mud after a particularly messy homemade obstacle race at eleven or so. My favorite was the one where I sat on a swing, head tilted back in laughter. Eli held the swing's chains, looking down at me with his incredible grin, eyes shining. We'd taken it just last summer in the back yard.
"It sounds like you had a great time," I said when he finished.
"Yeah, it was pretty amazing." His voice lowered. "So you really aren't going to tell me what's going on?"
I rubbed my eyes as I tried to think what to say. I obviously couldn't tell him the truth about what had been preoccupying my mind lately, so I wimped out.
"Thanks, but honestly, everything's fine. It's probably the stress of SATs and finals coming up."
I could almost see him flop down in the obnoxious Eagles bean-bag chair in his room, Converse clad feet dangling over the side, probably tapping his fingers against his perfectly muscled leg like he so often did without realizing it. The thought made me swallow.
"So, are we still on for tonight?" I asked.
"Yep. I just have to finish cleaning up here, then get caught up on some email and we can head out. Do you want me to pick you up when I'm done or just meet there?"
"Let's meet." I glanced at my clock. "We're getting ready to head out any minute. I'll text you when I can make an escape."
"That works. Oh! And after this weekend, I get complete decision-making authority for tonight's movie selection."
I couldn't help but laugh. "Fair enough. See you in a couple hours."
"Later!" And he was gone.
Bringing my hand up toward my chest, I laid the phone against my heart, wishing it could magically communicate all the things I was too chicken to say. I closed my eyes, imagining how different life would be once my plan worked and we were a real couple.
My daydreaming came to an abrupt end when my mom poked her head in the room. "Emma! What are you doing? I told you we were leaving at two. Your dad's waiting in the car. Are you ready to go?" She fired questions at me one after the other like an automatic weapon.
She still wore her church clothes — crisp blue linen skirt, button-up blouse, hair neatly tucked into a perfect twist. Mom looked every inch the school guidance counselor she was, complete with a slightly irritated expression.
Swinging my legs over the side of the bed, I sighed. "All right, all right, I'm ready."
Her narrowed eyes held mine as she studied me for a moment. "Is everything okay?"
Standing up, I made sure to tuck my phone back into my pocket. "I'm fine. Sorry, I didn't realize what time it was. I was talking to Eli."
Next came Mom's knowing look, but she said nothing at first. Smoothing a non-existent wrinkle from the side of her skirt, she assumed a nonchalant tone. "How is he? Are you going to be seeing him later?"
My hands stilled from throwing items into a tote bag. "Well, yeah. We always get together on Sunday."
"I know." Stepping into the room, her navy pumps made no noise on the plush, lime carpet — carpet that Mom had tried her best to convince me not to select when redecorating, stating it was an eyesore and in no way conducive to rest and relaxation. Her words, not mine.
I'd won that battle, arguing it was my personal space, and that it went perfectly with the printed bedspread and curtains I'd picked out. At least my room could reflect aspects of my personality I never let come through anywhere else.
At school, I was the invisible girl. There was at least one of us in every grade, the one who silently sat in class and got As on every test but never raised her hand. I wasn't in any extra-curricular clubs, unless you counted the Math League, and no one did. Even I'd admit my clothing choices were safe, bland — and utterly boring.
By now, Mom had crossed over to stand behind me as I sat at my vanity table. She stood silently, watching me in the mirror. I rolled my eyes as I removed my hair tie, and attempted to tug a brush through my long, wild curls, despising them more with every pull. I finally gave up and slammed the brush back down on the dresser, tears threatening. I wasn't even sure what was wrong; I just felt so lost lately, like the kid sitting alone at the playground watching all the other kids play.
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Good book could not stop reafing it
I tried really hard to like “The Girlfriend Request”. I really did. At the heart of the book is a really cute story about falling in love with your best friend. The problem is that the story never quite gets going because it is cluttered with things that add nothing to the book. Many of the chapters and situations were repetitive and gave me the feeling of being stuck in a never-ending “Who’s On First” routine. On top of that, there is a subplot introduced near the end that would have made a good novel on its own, but was instead relegated to the dreaded “let’s solve this in one page and then forget it never happened” pile. Honestly, I believe the book would have made a great short story. The author writes some adorable scenes. I wish that she would have stuck to those. The two main characters were cute and interesting. There was enough character development to give the reader a sense of connection to one or both of them. I didn’t much care for Emma, but I’m not entirely sure that I was supposed to. Their continuing story would actually be interesting if explored in a novella just focusing on the fluffy aspects of the two of them in a relationship. In short, I was looking for a fluffy palate cleanser and was only met with frustration. “The Girlfriend Request” may appeal to the younger ya crowd, but I don’t think it will quite satisfy anyone older. This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The Girlfriend Request is all about best friends Emma and Eli, following their journey through high school and Emma’s mission to make Eli fall in love with her. While I admire Emma guts and determination for going after what she wants, her actual idea/plan isn’t the best. Emma decides to create a fake Facebook profile and obviously this profile is of an attractive girl called ‘Kelli’. Through Kelli, Emma continues to message Eli in the hopes of making Eli realize that they could be more than best friends. I think we all know this is going to end in disaster right? Fake profiles never work out, I mean has anyone seen Catfish? What I didn’t expect was for Emma’s plan to blow up in her face within minutes of creating it. I was expecting a long, drawn out plot that revolved around this fake profile but mere chapters in Eli already has his suspicions and proof that Emma is behind Kelli’s profile and then the plot completely changes. When Emma’s plan doesn’t yield the results she wants, she decides to go on a fake date with a college guy to hopefully make Eli jealous and not only does this work but it also makes Emma doubt her own feelings for Eli? It was during this fake date with Jake that turned out to no be so fake and so many miscommunications between Emma and Eli that I got so confused but mostly annoyed because it was so obvious what everyone was feeling and what was going to happen, so this chaotic jumble of emotions wasn’t necessary. However I always love stories of best friends falling love, it’s so sweet and The Girlfriend Request was no different in that respect, I really enjoyed it and it was hilarious in parts. But yet again I was wishing for something more to happen in the plot or a little more depth in the characters to fully invest in their story. For more reviews visit: http://literary-lyobsessed.blogspot.co.uk
Emma had a serious crush on Eli. She met him when she moved across the street when she was six years old. Now she decided to send him a friend request from a fake profile to get his interest. I loved all that Emma went through before she found true love. The same with Eli. The characters and plot were great. I highly recommend. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
Fun and light young adult book to get me out of my reading slump. I really enjoyed The Girlfriend Request, although I have to admit that at times it felt like they were acting like kids and then I had to remind myself that I was reading about 16 year olds. A friends to more story with a bit of a twist, because Emma our main female character creates a fake Facebook profile to try and talk to her best friend Eli and sort of make him see that they are perfect for each other. The writing was fast and to the point which was greatly appreciated because that way we got to see how the characters were feeling almost right away instead of guessing the entire book, it was super cute, light and really romantic, I don’t know but when I think of it, rainbows and cupcakes come to mind. So if your looking for a fun and cute friends to more story then look no further.
The Girlfriend Request is the story of what going behind someone's back to find out if they like you will do to you. Emma and Eli have been neighbors and best friends since the 1st grade and now that they are teenagers, Emma is totally smitten with Eli but doesn't really want to change their friendship if things go bad. Emma makes a fake profile to bait Eli and Eli takes the bait only for Eli to realize what Emma is doing but doesn't want to say anything to her. Emma's plan takes a turn for the worse when Eli suggests a double date to get Emma to break, as she sets up a date for herself with an older college boy, everything falls apart. With everything out in the open and Eli and Emma finally getting together, the issue of the older college boy comes into play and a ending that was written in the stars for these two youngsters. I loved this book and it's just one of those feel good books that you need to read on a bad day to cheer yourself up. Even though the story line was one that you knew what was gonna happen from the first few pages in the book, it just was the way it was written that made it different than most books out there. I really do hope that there will be more books with Emma and Eli just to see what happens in the future! Thank You to Jodie Andrefski for writing a book that will turn anyone's bad day into a great one!! I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
2.5 stars I was looking forward to reading The Girlfriend Request as I enjoy reading BFF to lovers storylines. Unfortunately I found it hard to connect with the characters and the lack of communication created way too much unnecessary drama.
♥ MY REVIEW: Why is it so hard to tell the truth? They have been friends since Emma had move into their neighborhood eons ago, and some things change. Emma wanted Eli to be more than just her friend. But how can an ordinary girl snatch someone extraordinary as Eli? Well, she makes one of those crazy fake Facebook Profile base on what she thinks Eli’s type of girl. But Eli knew Emma inside out, and he couldn’t understand her. She could have just told him the truth. When he tried to tell her about what he felt – she didn’t let him, instead she makes things more complicated for the both of them. I like these two – but would love them even more if they were open to each other, or allow the other one to really listen before jumping into conclusions. Our boy, Eli – he’s pretty amazing. He knew Emma inside out, and despite the fact that he wouldn’t entertain it at first, he just knew it was her! But it wasn’t when he thought he’d lost her that he finally realize she was the one for her! Would it be too late for the both of them? The beauty of young romance – it’s a clean, sweet, romance that would want you want to scream in frustration at some points, and yet would make you heart warm in the innocence and complications of young love. ♥ MY RATING: 4 STARS
I'd like to thank Entangled Crush for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review. I've really been liking the books put out by Entangled Crush lately. They are sweet romances that touch on so many of the things teens face these days in real life. It's nice to watch them learn and figure out how to adult a bit. I especially like books where there is a friends to lovers theme. So when I read the blurb for this one, I was hooked from the start. And no matter which way it's presented, I'm always interested in seeing how the two come together. Meet Emma, best friends with Eli for as long as she can remember. But Emma has a secret, she's secretly in love with her best friend and is determined to have him see her as more than a friend. So she comes up with a plan to get him to fall for her through a fake Facebook account. Only it doesn't quite work as she planned. I liked Emma. She had this insecure quality about her that I think most teen girls can relate to. She does come up with a crazy plan to try and win Eli over. And I could tell from the start that all the flaws in her plan would probably cause it to backfire. But I will say she had a lot of determination to make it work. But Eli is no dummy. He's smart and curious and knows his best friend better than she thinks. So when he makes a new friend on Facebook, at first he thinks nothing of it. Then things start to kind of pull together in his mind and he's sure that Emma is keeping a big secret. And suddenly he realizes that perhaps his feelings go a bit deeper for Emma than he thought they did. I wasn't 100% convinced on his feelings for her, but I also know this stuff happens, so it wasn't unrealistic. I will say that I didn't see how Emma's plan would work out in her favor. And she hadn't really thought it through enough to see that holding back from Eli might not be the best thing to do. As the story progresses she certainly realizes this. There's a bit of a love triangle in the book, which I'm not a fan of. And I didn't really feel the connection between Emma and Jake like I did between Emma and Eli. But I understood the reasoning behind having it there. Emma needed a dilemma: does she really love Eli or is it that she's always had him around? I felt badly for Jake because he really had no clue what was going on. Overall this was a fast read. Not my favorite of the Entangled Crush line. I was expecting a bit more humor and perhaps for the book to really build on the relationship between Eli and Emma so there was more tension. The fact that Eli knew Emma was hiding her secret and what it was kind of slowed the story down a bit for me. I'm sure fans of this line will enjoy this book for it's sweetness and fast read.
A cute and sweet best-friends-to-BF/GF story (I hesitate to say "lovers" because thankfully, they don't go that far yet-these two are definitely not ready to take that step!) by a new-to-me author who I'll definitely be reading more from in the future. I really enjoyed Emma and Eli together--they had a cute relationship. even when it was strictly a best friends one. Emma was the first to want more (isn't that always the way? Teenage boys...) but instead of risking what they have by just coming out and telling him so, she decides to create a fake FB profile and "friend" him, hoping that he'll figure out that it's her and decide that he wants to upgrade her from friend to girlfriend. Not really a terribly well-thought out plan. So many ways it could go very, very wrong! Her other best friend tries to talk her out of it, but Emma's convinced that this is the way to go, and sets her plan into motion. Naturally Emma gets herself into more and more trouble as the book continues--including some pretty funny parts--and almost loses Eli altogether before the end. But they do get to their happy ending at last. Though I loved Eli, he's actually what kept my rating from being higher. He picked up on the Kellie-is-actually-Emma idea far faster than I would have thought (really, I didn't think that part of her plan would have succeeded at all!) though when he explains why he did it does make some sense. What was a bit harder to believe is how fast he went from "she's my best friend" to "wow, I'm in love with her". Shouldn't he have been more resistant to the idea at first? It didn't seem like he struggled with that part as much as he realistically should have. Still, it was an enjoyable read. I'm definitely putting Ms. Andrefski on my list of authors to be on the lookout for. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
**Thanks so much to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review!** The Girlfriend Request follows Emma, who happens to have a HUGE crush on her best friend Eli, who also happens to be her next-door neighbor. The two of them do almost everything together, though since they've been friends for so long, Emma doesn't want to jeopardize what they have by becoming anything more. However, she is definitely in love with Eli. That's why she decides to create a fake Facebook profile and try to get Eli to fall for her. It's all fun and games until Emma has too many lies surrounding her life in regards to Eli. To make it even better, the reader gets to see the story through Eli's point of view as well, and gets to see that Eli really likes Emma too! I definitely enjoyed this story, especially the romance. I feel like it would make for a perfect beach-vibe sort of read, if you know what I mean. It was just so fun and light-hearted and the reader really begins to fall for the characters. I even found myself rooting for Eli & Emma to get together! I would never ever create a fake Facebook profile if I really liked a guy, though I can see where Emma is coming from. It would be completely scary to make a jump from friends to more than friends after such a long period of time. In a way, Emma was really gutsy, and I almost respect her for that, though it definitely caused her so many problems. I really liked Eli, though I wish he would just come out and tell Emma that he had feelings for her too! He even had a feeling that the girl he was talking to was Emma though he didn't say anything, and I was really hoping he would. I guess Emma was just super good at covering her tracks! After I've finished reading, this book was definitely a fun, quirky read that is really easy to get through.
The Girlfriend Request interested me because it was the typical girl next-door story with a little twist. Emma had been in love with Eli for as long as she could remember but had finally decided to do something about it. While the idea of creating a fake profile to attract a boy seems trite and slightly banal, it fit Emma’s personality. For someone as shy as her, not being able to face her crush head on, albeit he was her best friend, strengthened her characterization. No, she wasn’t the strong, resilient type, but not everyone—not just girls—can be. To read the rest of the review, simply follow the link: http://www.aleisuremoment.com/2016/01/11/book-review-the-girlfriend-request-by-jodie-andrefski/
I thought that this was a cute and quick read. I liked that it was an easy read and that the relationship between Emma and Eli was not too complicated. Made for a fun read. I also really liked how Emma's parents were involved in her life and were always there for her to talk to whenever she needed. I liked that they cared enough about her to check up on her when she was not at the place she was supposed to be too. You don't see that much in stories these days. Jodie Andrefski did an awesome job with this one and made it seem so lifelike and dealt with today's issues with all the new technology that the kids use. I love that this story was a dual POV as well. We get to see both sides of the story at the same time. Emma has a crush on her neighbor, Eli. Emma knows that Eli only thinks of her as the girl next door though. She would never admit to him that she has a crush on him and wants to take their relationship to another level. Emma decides to create a fake profile on Facebook and send Eli a friend request. Emma put her likes and interests on the fake profile so that Eli would like her as much as the fake profile. Emma thought that if she could make Eli like the fake her if she used things she liked, maybe Eli would like the real her just as well. Eli has a strange feeling about the friend request he received and wonders to himself if Emma has something to do with it. Eli also wonders why if Emma has a crush on him, wouldn't she just tell him? Eli doesn't understand why Emma would go to the great lengths of creating a fake profile on Facebook to show him she likes him. I thought that the way Emma's parents have the "sex talk" with her or about her in the book was also something you don't see much in stories anymore these days. Most of the time, young ladies just do what they want and worry about the consequences later, but Emma's parents care about her and are very open to talking about everything with her and Eli. This was a very fun read for me and gave me a break from the normal books I have been reading. I can't wait to see what Jodie has in store for us as readers in the near future. Thanks for the great read!
Rating: 3.5/5 This is an enjoyable, quick read for when you’re not going to want to have to analyse or think too deeply about anything but just getting lost in the story. It tells how the relationship of a couple of teenagers who have been neighbours and best friends for years changes when one of them believes herself to be in love with the other. Emma creates a fake Facebook profile, complete with images, to try to get Eli to take notice of her fake self and ask her out . . . She also tries going out with someone else to make him jealous and there are all kinds of dramatic moments resulting from her deceptions. The story is told from the points of view of Emma and Eli, making it easy to relate to how they are feeling and giving you a good idea of the thoughts behind their actions. There’s plenty of teenage angst and turmoil involved and has the requisite HEA ending. Emma and Eli are great characters and, apart from the cat-fishing, believable ones, too. I really liked Emma’s best friend and voice of reason, Sarah who constantly warns Emma against her actions. If you can suspend your disbelief that a very bright student would want the love of her life to fall for a fake persona she’s created rather than herself, this is a well written and enjoyable read – just don’t think too hard whilst you’re reading it! Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.