I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Just Friends by Holly McCulloch
Published: 11th June 2020
Format: ebook, 304 pages
Synopsis: Bea isn’t happy. Desperate for a change, she looks to her friends for inspiration. Every single one of them is paired off, perhaps that’s what she needs too.
So, she starts dating again. But everywhere she goes – amid the hilarious and scarring dates – there’s Peter. Good old, oddball Peter, her closest friend from university. He’s always been firmly in the friend zone but something’s happened lately – he seems taller, more handsome and suddenly making him smile is Bea’s favourite thing.
But how can Bea possibly risk their friendship? And how do you even go about taking someone out of the friend zone? What if Bea and Peter were only ever meant to be just friends…
I am going to be honest here. I try to get to 20% before I decide to either continue with a book or leave it, and with this one I got to 25%. It had a really compelling blurb, the trope of friends to lovers is to me what catnip is to cats. I love a trope and so I went into this book expecting to enjoy everything about it.
What I hadn’t prepared for was the lack of any excitement whatsoever. It was dead boring, there were scenes that had no weight, the secondary characters seemed more developed than Bea (the protagonist) and I found myself almost shouting at Peter to RUN in any scene where he popped up. Bea was depressing and in a time in the world where there is little warmth and the future uncertain, I just couldn’t get aboard her pity train.
So it is with sadness that I have to give this a lower rating than I was expecting to give. Life is too short to read books that don’t capture my full attention.
You can get your copy here