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
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"Can I ask you something?"
I glance up from my notebook I'm doodling on to see that one of my best friends, my only real male friend, a guy I've known for what feels like forever, Josh Evans is studying me with this intense look on his face. As in, he's being serious.
And one thing Josh rarely is, is serious.
"Sure." It's the Friday afternoon before Thanksgiving break, and we're in study hall, which is a total waste of time. There's nothing to study for. There are no tests, no homework assignments, no nothing. So we're all just talking and hanging out. Messing around on our phones. Making plans for the weekend and for the next week, when we're off from school.
I'm stuck at home with my boring family, since we don't go on glamorous vacations or even regular visiting-grandma-type road trips. We're hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year. Everyone's coming to our house, which means Mom will put me to work, and if I'm not at home, then I'll actually be at work. And that ...
But there are only a few more months until I'm free. I'll go away to college. Be a new person, do new things, learn new things, meet new people.
Like new boys. Excuse me, I mean men.
I can't freaking wait.
"This is serious," he says.
No duh, I want to tell Josh. He leans forward, that intense expression still on his face. He's not smiling. He's not laughing. It's weird. "You can't tell anyone else what I'm about to ask you."
"Not even Molly."
Crap. Molly is my other best friend. The one who knows all my secrets — and Josh's, too, even if he doesn't know it.
All. Of. Them.
I roll my eyes. Sigh heavily. Make a dorky face and cross my eyes in the hopes he'll laugh.
Josh doesn't even crack a smile. I swear, I think he might even be — sweating?
"Fine," I say on a sigh, acting put out. "I won't tell Molly."
"Pinky swear?" He holds his hand out toward me, his pinky finger extended.
I hook my pinky around his and tug, just like he does. "Pinky swear."
"Okay." He blows out a harsh breath. Scoots his desk closer to mine. Mr. Ward, the P.E. teacher who supervises our study hall period, doesn't even lift his head from the book he's reading. And usually he yells at everyone for one lame reason or another. "This isn't easy to say."
Oh boy. Have I mentioned how ... dramatic Josh can be sometimes? And sensitive? Not that he's weak or anything like that. He's very athletic, as in he plays every sport out there. He's smart. He's driven to the point of being annoying.
"Go ahead, Josh. Say it." I scoot my desk closer to his, too, because I think he might be nervous. And he probably doesn't want anyone else to hear what he's about to confess, so it must be major.
"Okay. Here goes," he mutters under his breath before he turns to look at me. "I really need your help, Edes."
Oh. He needs my help? I can do that. "Of course. You know I'll always help you," I say in pure, solemn friend mode. "Whatever you need."
"Cool. Cool." He runs a hand through his golden-brown hair, messing it up. He does the cute boy with messy hair look well. "Ineedyoutohelpmelosemyvirginity."
My mouth drops open, but no sound comes out. Um ...
"What did you just say?"
"You heard me." He doesn't even blink. I'm starting to think he doesn't look serious after all — more like he's terrified.
"No. I don't think I heard you correctly." There is absolutely no way he said what I thought. "Repeat yourself."
"You heard right," he says firmly. "That's exactly what I need your help with."
"But ..." My voice drifts, and I think of all the girls. All the many, many girls he's dated since middle school. Though I know he wasn't trying to sex up any girls until hmm ... ninth grade? Tenth?
"So Leila Montes?" His first serious girlfriend — and when I say serious, I mean the first girl I caught him groping at a party. At my eighth grade graduation pool party, as a matter of fact.
He shakes his head, makes a face. "She was a terrible kisser."
That's right. She was. He told me. Too much tongue, I think the problem was.
"Tati Rodriguez?" She's beautiful. She graduated last year. They went out when we were juniors and she was a senior. Josh strutted around school like he was the king of all studs, bragging about his older girlfriend who taught him so many things.
Ugh. I didn't want to hear about those many, many things she supposedly taught Josh, but he told me anyway.
"She blew me off." His cheeks actually turn ruddy, and I realize there's more to that story, but I'll ask those questions another time.
I'm saving the big one for last. The one girl he keeps going back to over and over.
"What about Kaylie?" My other best friend — fine, yes, I have a lot of best friends — who has gone out officially with Josh off and on since we were in the sixth grade.
The sixth grade.
It makes sense that they'd finally do it together, just to do it, you know? So they're each other's firsts.
He slowly shakes his head. "Never with Kaylie."
"Not even close?" I'm shocked.
Josh shrugs. "Sort of close. We got as far as her letting me —"
I hold my hand up. "Please. I don't want to know any details."
He shrugs, his cheeks still pink. "You're the one who asked."
"Well, I take back my question." God, now my cheeks are going hot. This is an embarrassing conversation, and I can't believe he's asking me this in the middle of study hall. Like we're supposed to casually discuss our sexual status with each other while surrounded by friends. No thanks. "So. Do you want to talk about your — plan later?" Honestly? I so do not want to talk about this plan later.
More like never.
"Maybe. I just need to know first. Are you in? Will you help me?"
"Um." This sounds like a very bad idea.
"Come on, Edes." The nickname is from eighth grade. When we got super close and he became one of my best friends despite everyone telling us it was a bad idea. Girls and guys can't be friends, they said. It won't work. It never works.
Josh and I proved them wrong. We're friends, and that's it. I have zero interest in him. Thinking of kissing him ...
A shiver moves through me.
Ew. It's too weird to comprehend.
"Just say yes."
No way can I agree to this. That he'd even suggest something so outrageous fills me with wariness. The fact that he wants me to readily agree, too, is also wary-making. Josh is crazy. He's always been a little crazy, but that's what I like about him. He pushes my limits. He makes things fun.
Life's a lot more interesting with Josh Evans in it.
"Wait a minute." I sigh and shake my head. "You need to tell me exactly how you want me to help. Then I'll make my decision."
I knew she'd ask me that. Eden has to know the how's and why's of everything. It's why she's so frustrating sometimes.
There are lots of other ways she's frustrating, too, but that's definitely one of them.
"I want you to help me ..." I swallow, still having to force the words out. Doesn't matter how much I practiced saying these exact words to her, it's still difficult. "... lose it."
"Lose your ..." Her voice drops to the barest whisper, and I lean in so I can hear her better. I catch her scent, something light and flowery and familiar. "... virginity?"
Nodding, I remain quiet.
"Are you saying what I think you're saying?" she squeaks.
"Well, yeah." I know, I know. She's shocked. So am I, if you want me to be honest. I thought I would've gotten rid of this a long time ago, but yeah, I'm a seventeen-year-old virgin. Not without trying though, you know what I mean? Every one of those girls she just mentioned, I thought something would happen with them. That we'd finally do the deed or whatever.
But I failed. Miserably.
My virgin status sucks. It sucks bad. None of my guy friends are virgins. No one on the varsity basketball team is a virgin — they've all done it, except me. I need to get rid of my V-card before the end of my senior year. I can't be a virgin college freshman. The humiliation is too much for me to even comprehend.
I'm going to be eighteen in January. I'd love to get rid of it by then, but I don't think I can work that fast.
Well, maybe with Eden's help ...
"So you want us to ..." She wags her index finger between us, like she's implying that I want to lose my virginity with her.
"No. No. It's not what you think, Edes." She's my best friend. How awkward would that be? Oh hey, Eden, let's do it once and then go back to being friends because I want to lose my virginity and I bet you do too because you're still a virgin, right?
I frown. Is she still a virgin? I don't know. She would've told me if something happened. We share everything. I mean, everything. I've told her things I would never tell anyone else. Stuff my guy friends wouldn't understand because ... they're guys. They're jerks. And they take nothing seriously.
Eden actually listens to me and offers good advice. Advice I can use. She listens to me, and she cares, and that ...
If we ever got involved — like boyfriend/girlfriend involved — it would ruin everything. I need Eden as my friend. I like having her in my life.
We take it in a different direction? Forget it. A relationship wouldn't work between us. Even if it could, it would eventually end, because it always ends. Then I'd lose her forever.
I can't risk it.
"So you don't want to lose it with me." She blows out a harsh breath. "Thank God."
The relief in her voice is obvious. I'm vaguely offended. "Have you done it yet?"
"Maybe." She's not quite looking me in the eyes.
I give her a look. She's so full of shit. "You can't answer maybe. It's a yes or no question."
"Maybe I'm going for mysterious." She tilts her nose into the air, swinging her long, dark brown hair over her shoulder.
"That's dumb. I know everything there is to know about you, Sumner." It's true. I know she dated Cole Browning both in the eighth grade and then again for most of our junior year, and only let him get as far as second base. Poor guy had the biggest case of blue balls known to man. I sometimes tease her about it.
Cole also happens to be one of my closest friends, so I give him shit about it, too.
I also like to call her by her last name every once in a while because she hates it. And sometimes it's my job to drive her crazy.
It's a super easy job.
Eden's irritated voice snaps me out of my thoughts.
"You don't know all my secrets, Josh."
"I know a lot of them."
"Not the most secret of the secrets," she replies, her eyebrows up, lips pursed, like she's challenging me.
Another one of her irritating traits. She's always challenging me. Makes me nuts. Can't she just be agreeable? I like agreeable. Agreeable is pleasant.
Until it gets boring.
I shove the niggling thought out of my mind.
"Don't forget. We made a pact," I remind her, because it suddenly hits me. We did make a pact. One I should hold her to.
She frowns, little wrinkles forming between her eyebrows. It's kind of cute. Listen, I'm not dead. I can admit Eden is really cute. Beautiful, even.
Yeah. Okay. She's beautiful. But she's just a friend. Doing anything with her would be like doing it with my sister.
And that's freaking weird.
"What pact?" Her nose wrinkles.
"You don't remember?" I try my best to sound extra offended, because yes, now I really am offended. "Come on, Edes."
"I have no idea what you're talking about."
"Freshman year, our first school dance. I was bummed out. You were bummed out. Kaylie had just dissed me. That one kid you were hot for laughed when you asked him to dance." I remember every detail of that crappy night, yet there is no recognition happening. I can tell from the blank look on Eden's face. I can't believe she doesn't remember.
Then realization dawns, and the frown disappears, replaced quickly by shock. And the slightest hint of panic. "You didn't take that pact seriously. Did you?"
"I did." Not really, not at the time. But hey, it seems like a good idea to bring it up now.
"We were joking!"
"We were frustrated." She's whining. Eden's not a whiner.
"Hell yeah, we were. That's why I took it so seriously." First dance our freshman year and already we were both disappointed in high school in general. Eden had big plans, and she'd convinced me our lives were gonna get so much better when we got into high school.
Didn't happen. Not immediately, at least.
"You just said a few minutes ago you didn't mean your, uh, request that way," she points out.
"I didn't. I still don't. It's just — a backup plan. And I knew if I brought the pact up, you'd freak out." Which is true. Eden loves a good freak-out. But I don't want to lose it with Eden.
I want her to help me find someone to lose it with.
"I would not." She sounds defensive. A little snotty. We've had these types of arguments before. This is usually when I kick in and really start giving her a hard time.
"You would, too." I lean in close, our heads practically touching, silently daring her to look away. And she doesn't. She stares at me, her lips parted, her brows scrunched together ...
"The foreplay act between you two is getting way old," shouts my best friend Abraham Chen. I don't even look at him, because if we make eye contact, he'll just get worse. "Just do her already and get it over with, Evans!"
Eden's cheeks go pink. My heart rate picks up.
Because fine. You want to know the truth? Well, guess what? I'm a guy. And I've thought about ... doing Eden. Who wouldn't, especially if you're me? I've spent a lot of time with this girl. Hanging out with her in class or at lunch, going over to her house on the weekends, texting her, Snapchatting her, whatever. We talk all the time. People think we're a couple. We do act like an old married couple. Even my mom says so.
It's not like that, though. My friendship with Eden means too much to me to screw it up by ... screwing her. We're just friends and that's it.
"Shut up, Abe." Eden glares at him before turning that glare on me. "We were idiots back then. We've changed. You can't hold me to a pact we agreed on three years ago."
My smile is smug. "Watch me."
"What are you saying? If I don't help you find someone you can have sex with for the first time, then you're going to force me to be the one who pops your cherry?" She starts laughing when I scowl.
"Yeah, exactly that. Though I wouldn't force you, Edes. I'm not a rapist." I'm only making this worse, so I need to shut the hell up. "Come on, I need your help. You in?"
"Yeah, right." Eden laughs and shakes her head. "I don't think so, Josh."
"Can I come over after school?"
I shut my locker door with extra force, savoring the loud clang it makes as it slams into home. I keep my back to Josh, because I'm still thinking about what he asked earlier. Like, it's all I can focus on.
Finally, I turn to face him. "Why do you want to come over?"
"So I can convince you to help me?" The hopeful look on his face is cute; I can admit that.
But it's going to take more than cute looks and puppy dog eyes from Josh to convince me that I need to help him find a girl to lose his virginity with.
"Like I have time to help you with your weird plan."
"Fine." He's frowning — those cute puppy dog eyes are long gone. "Maybe you could just help me with my list."
"List?" I play dumb, taking him in, trying to see something different, but I don't. He's just ... Josh. Tall, lanky with good shoulders, thick-haired, blue-eyed Josh. Wearing his usual outfit of dark gray Nike sweatshirt and black shorts, even though it's November and like, fifty degrees outside. "What list are you talking about?"
"I dunno." He shrugs those good shoulders, and my gaze goes to them. I've cried on those shoulders more than a few times. So have plenty of other girls, including the ones he's dumped. "I was hoping you could help me make a list."
I start walking fast, because school is done for the next nine days, and I don't want to waste a single second being here when I don't have to. "A list of what? Girls you want to do?"
He catches up with me, a scowl on his face. "Geez, Eden. Keep your voice down."
"Oh, sorry. Forgot you don't want everyone to know, considering you asked me in the middle of study hall." My sarcasm is heavy this afternoon, but seriously. He did ask me in the middle of study hall, surrounded by all sorts of people we know. Or people who like to eavesdrop.
"No one heard me."
"Abe could've." Abe is Josh's best male friend and so freaking obnoxious he makes me crazy. Plus, he has a big mouth. That also makes me crazy.
Fine. Abe makes me crazy in all the ways.
"He didn't. Like I can tell him anything anyway. He'd blab to everyone." At least Josh knows his friend's weak points.
I stop short just before we reach the double doors that lead to the senior parking lot. "You really want to make a list?"
I love making lists. Josh knows this. I love planning. Organizing. My favorite store is Paper Source. Or Office Depot. My favorite time of year is back to school, which is weird, I know, I know. But all the notebooks, fancy pens, highlighters, and folders make my organized heart sing.
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Oh, the trials and tribulations of high school. Eden and Josh have been best friends for years. When Josh wants help to pick a girl to lose his virginity, well, Eden steps up as the best friend that she is. Of course, what she really wants is for him to pick her. This is a fabulous ‘friends to lovers’ romance with all the angst, drama and doubt … that fear that if you say you want more you will ruin a beautiful friendship. I love how Monica Murphy blends the challenges of growing up, struggling to find where you fit with the added pressure of being in a relationship.
I love me a good freinds-to-lovers story, and I'm a huge fan of Monica Murphy, so this was a must-read for me. Eden and Josh are best friends who acknowledge that they find one another attractive, but are terrified of ruining the friendship with a doomed romance. I get it. I've been there. I found this part of the story to be so relatable. With senior year well underway, Josh doesn't want to graduate a virgin, so he solicits the help of best friend, Eden, to help him find a girl willing to help him out in that department. The more time they spend together talking about sex, though, the more they begin to look at each other as more than just friends. The danger of destroying what they have is still there, but each of them starts to entertain more thoughts about what could be. Plot The story was cute and well plotted, but it was also pretty predictable, without any twists at all. There was also a fair amount of repetition that started to bog it down after a while. I understood their reasoning for not acting on their feelings, but it was explained over and over and over again. There was also a spot where Eden fights with Josh and it didn't come across as authentic. The logic, timing, and even the words spoken didn't seem to flow with the story. I think it was explained well in the end, but at the time, I kept thinking it was too forced. Characters Eden and Josh are beyond adorable and obviously perfect for each other. Everyone can see it except them. Their two other best friends, Molly and Abraham, are the only other main characters in the story. Everyone else is background noise, but that's okay, because it's about Eden and Josh. Both are believable as average, perfectly normal high school kids without a ton of baggage. What I Enjoyed About SAVING IT 1. Friends of the Opposite Sex. This is so common with today's teens, I love seeing it being explored more in young adult fiction. 2. Eden. I love her confidence and self-assuredness. 3. Josh. He's a typical guy without being a player. 4. Oversharing. Some of the best moments were Eden's thoughts on Josh's oversharing of personal information. It added a great dynamic to their friendship. 5. The ending. I love how this wrapped up. It was perfect. Bottom Line A really sweet young adult contemporary romance from one of my favorite authors. Disclaimer I was provided with a copy of this book by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Rating 4.5 Monica Murphy is fantastic writing young adult romance, and she does it again with Saving It! Its a fun best friend romance that is funny and smart, I loved it. Josh and Eden have been best friends forever. So when Josh goes to Eden asking for a big favor she, of course, wants to help. That is until Josh tells Eden that he needs her her help finding a girl and lose his virginity before they graduate. The problem is the more time they spend together in the search for the perfect girl he realizes his feelings are changing and maybe his perfect girl has been standing in front of him all this time. Eden cant believes that Josh game to her with this crazy favor but being best friends she wants to do all she can for Josh. As her feelings start to change and their friends push them together she worries that if they take their relationship to the next level it could ruin their friendship. Can she take the risk? What I love about Ms. Murphy's writing style is she writes her young characters intelligently but they are still young adults. The balance between their friends and family is done well with a great balance since both are so important to her characters. Told in dual POV's we get to see both sides of Josh and Eden's story which I love. The anxiety they go through along with the stress of school, graduating and all that entails was so well written and authentic and that is a testament to Ms. Murphy's writing. Not only are Josh and Eden great their friends and families are an integral part of the story and definitely help to push the story forward. Saving It is a great winter time read that will take you back to high school - in a good way.
Saving It is a cute and sweet best-friends-to-lovers YA romance. I liked the slow-ish, natural progression of their "we're just friends" attitudes to something more and how they were both so worried that even though they were starting to have feelings, acting on them would ruin their friendship forever. It made the story feel very real and natural. And the over-the-top grand gesture was absolutely perfect--I'm not 100% convinced that any teenaged boy anywhere would do that for real, but it was a lot of fun to read anyway :) There were times when the story dragged a bit--odd stretches of time where not much was happening or slightly repetitive parts (partly because we'd get chunks of the same scene from two POVs, I think) and the BFFs as matchmakers was a teensy bit of a stretch (Molly the matchmaker is a bit more believable than Abraham, IMO) but still, it was cute and not totally out of the realm of reality. I totally got the whole everyone-knowing-everyone and limited dating options when you've known everyone in your class since elementary school, though--that part was totally accurate! Even though Saving It is about finding the right person to "lose it" with, all of the hot and heavy action happens off of the page, making it a sweet and feel good young adult romance. Josh and Eden are seniors, but their story is eminently readable for younger high school-aged readers as well. Rating: 4 stars / B+
This was a cute and angsty YA contemporary romance! I'm a huge fan of the friends to lovers trope and there's nothing sweeter than best friends discovering what everyone else seems to have known all along. I am always impressed with how well Monica Murphy writes the teenage mind. She perfectly captures all the drama and insecurities of navigating high school. I enjoyed having both Josh and Eden's points of view and I felt like their voices were true and realistic for their ages. Yes, they're immature. Yes, they overreact. But they also feel passionately and deeply, because didn't we all when we were teenagers? Didn't it feel like the end of the world when our crush didn't notice us or if you didn't feel like you quite fit in? There were some very sweet and funny moments when these best friends start to see each other in a new light. It was predictable with some other boy/girl drama and the inevitable push away, but if you're looking for an easy and cute YA romance, you don't want to miss Saving It! *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
Saving It by Monica Murphy is a standalone contemporary young adult novel about two best-friends who realize they may be more than just friends. A cute and fun friends-to-lovers story that will have you cheering for these two adorable characters. Eden and Josh have been best friends forever. They are there for each other and tell each other everything. No secrets. So when right before Thanksgiving break, Josh asks his best-friend for help losing his V card before going to college, she's of course going to help, right? Umm…no. At least not without convincing. Soon Eden finds herself helping her best-friend Josh search for the perfect person to lose his virginity to, but as they begin talking more about sex and what they are looking for in another person, both begin to realize the one they want is the person right in front of them. Saving It by Monica Murphy is an enjoyable story about love, friendship, and finding what you really want in relationship whether it be a casual hookup or something more meaningful. The build-up of the story was good and how we got see Josh and Eden's relationship grow and change. I liked how strong Eden and Josh's friendship was and how everyone, even their parents and friends, saw the potential of them being together as a couple. There are rocky moments and angst, but that just makes the story. It can't be all roses. Lastly, I liked the supporting characters of Abraham and Molly, who are great friends to both Josh and Eden. They help balance out the story for me and I would have loved to see a little bit more about them. Maybe in a separate book or short story? Overall, Saving It by Monica Murphy was an enjoyable read that I recommend with cute characters in a realistic situation. Its easy to connect with them and root for them. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
“Saving It” is author Monica Murphy’s newest young adult book, and it was fantastic! This book explores the typically complex life of teenagers and friendships generally - how friendships are created, and how they grow and change. The twist in this storyline is that the two main characters, who are best friends, happen to be a boy and a girl. And, this book makes the reader question whether opposite sexes can really be only friends. Josh and Eden take us through their journey, and Monica does a beautiful and delicate job exploring how their relationship evolves. It is a wonderfully sweet story. It brought me back to high school and trying to navigate friendships with the opposite sex. Although I had guy friends in high school, several that remain friends to this day, we never ripped off the friendship seal - but we definitely considered it. I think we all hope to fall in love with our best friend - I did, but years after high school! Another amazing story - keep them coming Monica! *I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this story and am posting an honest review.
I am a long time fan of Monica Murphy. Her book One Week Girlfriend is a go to recommended read from me and one the really got me into New Adult books so I was super excited to read a YA Romance from her. I really liked this book. Josh and Eden were so great. Even though at one point Eden annoyed me I was really rooting for them to get it together. Sometimes the secondary characters in a book can annoy me too but I really loved their friends Abraham and Molly too. They really were great friends to both of them. I have read a lot of YA romances and I can say this one is now up there as one of my favorites. Recommend read from me.
Josh and Eden have been best friends for years. When he decides that he's tired of still carrying his v-card, he asks Eden to help him choose a girl to lose it to. This project shows both of them that there is more to their relationship than purely friendship. I labolsultely love best friends to lovers stories. The basis of the relationship has already been built but there's always the "am I sure I want to take the risk" present. Josh and Eden have an amazing friendship and it would be devastating to both of them to lose it but their other friends have seen what they haven't for a long time: they are *perfect* for each other. This YA take on my favorite trope was an adorable read. I loved these characters and am really hoping that some of the others also get their stories told. *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
josh and eden have been best friends forever, and only just friends. sure they can recognize that the other person is hot. but their friendship is too important for casual exploration. and so they've friend-zoned each other. and it works for them. but as saving it opens josh asks eden for help losing his virginity and everything changes. even though he's only asking her for a list of potential girls for wooing, they suddenly both start seeing each other differently. because of the losing virginity project, they are in each other's company constantly. and this new awareness seeps into all their interactions. i loved how their friendship evolved over the course of the novel. even as their feelings grow what they want is to make sure they still can count on one another. the strength of their friendship really enhances the strength of their romantic feelings in a way that feels believable and meaningful. this isn't to say they don't have some misunderstandings, but i still liked how everything unfolded. and there are some great bachelor references that play into the grand gesture that are just perfect. **saving it will publish november 6, 2017. i recieved an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (entangled: crush) in exchange for my honest review
5 STARS FOR SAVING IT!! OMG, I felt like I was back in high school the story felt so real. This is a best friends to lovers with all the feels to make the perfect story. Eden and Josh's story is the perfect blend of sweetness, teenage drama and love to keep you flipping pages. Monica Murphy know how to create beautiful stories that you never want to end. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.
Sweet & Charming! A fantastic, cute, sweet, fun, and charming YA read. This story dealt with teenagers real life issues, giving you all the feels, sexual exploration, emotions and some light drama. I was captivated and thoroughly enjoyed this story in one sitting. Such a well written story about the lives of some high school seniors that have been best friends since middle school. Monica Murphy has quickly become the Queen of this genre in my opinion. Eden Summer’s best friend Josh and her, have been best friends since middle school. They share everything with each other. I loved the conversations that this small knit group of friends have with each other, not holding anything back, as well as their support they give one another. When Josh decides that he needs to lose his v card before he goes off to college he enlists his best friend Eden’s help to come up with a nice sweet girl. But Eden, although she isn’t sure that she wants to be the one to help Josh with this dilemma, she sure doesn’t like the idea that she isn’t on his list of potential hookup partners. But after a uncomfortable, date at another girls home, Josh leaves to rescue Eden when she is stranded after a dinner date that becomes disastrous. All Josh can think of is Eden and how his feelings for her are getting in the way. If only she could be the one to help him, but that could then be the end of their friendship. And he doesn’t want to ever be without her in his life. But after a searing kiss, how will this complicate their friendship? Will this be the end to a close and long friendship? Or will this bring them closer together.? You will have to read to find out. Loved it! Highly Recommended! I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
This was a good read. Not one of my favorites from Monica but it had its moments.
This book was an unfortunate miss for me. I was excited to start it because the friends stop lovers trope is one of my favorites. One thing I liked about it was that you could feel the friendship and history between Eden and Josh. I liked seeing their relationship evolve and grow into more. Unfortunately, I didn't like the writing style at all. It came across incredibly juvenile for high school seniors and there was the overcast of immaturity. It felt like the characters were dumbed down to their simplest forms. I also found the writing to be repetitive, especially inner dialogue. It felt like filler. Eden and Josh's voices were not very clear in the beginning despite having incredibly different personalities. I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I love friends-to-lovers stories and oh man this one did not disappoint. Being a YA story was amazing too. Made me a bit nostalgic for my high school years. Josh asks his best friend, Eden, to help him find a girl to lose his virginity to. This just leads to all kinds of confusion for the two of them. Jealousy and feelings that they’ve never felt for one another show up and they don’t know what to do with them. I loved Josh and Eden. I truly believe that your significant other should totally be your friend so I was cheering for these two the whole time. And so were all their friends. Every emotion that happened on these pages I felt. Eden’s self-doubt;Josh’s hesitation because he didn’t want to lose Eden in his life. All the teenage angst was palatable, jumping off the pages and I love every minute of it. I received an advanced copy of this book and VOLUNTARILY decided to review it
A fun look at the trials teenagers go through when dealing with the angst and pressure of losing their V card. Eden Sumner and Josh Evans have been best friends forever. When Josh comes to Eden for help she knows she'll help but Eden's shocked when Josh reveals he wants her to help him find the person to lose his virginity to. As the search goes out it becomes clear that not just any girl will do. There's only one choice but convincing Eden may take a little work. A nicely done story that I highly recommend.
Saving It, takes the unconventional route to romance. Ms. Murphy paves her own way with a often explored theme adds a bit of a twist. Love, friendship and virginity are explored through the eyes of teenage angst and adult themed narration. Get out of your head, listen to your heart and take a chance on a true original.