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Just Friends

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,439 Ratings  ·  197 Reviews
Thirtysomethings Freya and Jack have been "just friends" for more than ten years. Of course, they've had their differences. Freya doesn't approve of Jack's taste for student teeny-boppers from Planet Bubblegum, and Jack has problems with Freya's utter scorn for human frailty-especially his own.
So when Freya, dumped by her lawyer boyfriend, moves temporarily into Jack's ap
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Paperback, 393 pages
Published July 30th 2002 by Ballantine Books (first published 2000)
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Best chicklit
151st out of 683 books — 1,025 voters
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Suzie Quint
Sep 26, 2011 Suzie Quint rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
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Katherine 黄爱芬
Terus terang untuk segi cerita sih sebenarnya tidak jelek2 amat namun aetelah episode Jack ML dengan Tash adik tiri Freya....
Langsung ilfil banget-nget ama Jack.. Bayangkan!! Sebagai laki2, sudah ga becus cari duit, juga ga bisa mengontrol selangkangannya... watdepuk!!!
Masalahnya bukan soal Jack ML dgn Tash, tapi inilah yang namanya mengkhianati kepercayaan seorang teman..ilfil banget d ama tipe co ky gini. Sepintas terlihat co baik2 namun ga bisa mengendalikan libido sama aja dengan penjaha
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Shannon Stults
This book covers one of my favorite concepts in romantic literature: the best friend guy. He's like my all-time favorite guy. I had so much hope for this book, which was probably my downfall. Not that the book was bad, but I had such high hopes for it and it turned out to be simply an "ok" book. There were moments I laughed, of course, but I feel like I would have done o few things differently. Not to mention a few particular things that had me wanting to throw the book across the room, some thi ...more
Ririn Miu
Mar 10, 2011 Ririn Miu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love assholes as heroes
Recommended to Ririn by: my stupid self
mari kita pertanyakan dulu tentang cover yg dipilih oleh gpu ini... kayanya yg menyetujui/memilih cover ini ga baca bukunya... karena kedua tokoh utama dalam buku ini berambut pirang -_-;; terlebih lagi, tokoh ceweknya (Freya) potongan rambutnya pendek seperti laki2 -_-;; jadi siapakah 2 org dalam cover inii??

berbulan2 yg lalu, saya membaca novel Perfect Strangers by Robyn Sissman yg lumayan saya suka. tapi sepertinya keputusan untuk membeli buku Just Friends ini adalah suatu kesalahan >_<
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Lindsey
Jul 20, 2007 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Girls who want a fun read
Shelves: funreads
Look at your circle of guy friends. Could the love of your life be standing right in front of you and you don't even know it?

That is what this book is all about. It's a lighthearted novel about a girl with a group of friends and a problem with finding the guy whose right for her. She has two good girlfriends and a best guy friend, all of whom are close.

Througout the book, you'll follow her and her friends as they experience situations that have most likely happened to you or your friends. It i
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Tory
Mar 18, 2010 Tory rated it it was ok
Classic, predictable chick-lit.

What really annoyed me about this book was the mix of English and American phrases. It was about an English girl living in America, and all the Americans in the book spoke like English people.

Understandable if the author was British and hadn't spent much time in America... but she's American. She might live in England now, but surely she isn't so out of touch that she doesn't know how American's speak. And if she is? Then an editor needed to point that out. As an
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Tessia
Jun 03, 2009 Tessia rated it liked it
Shelves: own
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Kristen
Sep 07, 2007 Kristen rated it liked it
Reading the back the book made me think about this movie with Ashley Judd and Hugh Jackman, where they become fighting roommates and then perfect soulmates. The book was better than I expected. There was honest character introspective, which is always nice from a book with a pink dress on the cover.
Kate
Jul 07, 2009 Kate rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, brain-candy
Too many dealbreakers and too much harshness considering the premise is a promise of fluff and a foregone-conclusion happy ending. Could have been a heck of a lot better and a lot more fun.
Elley Murray
Aug 26, 2013 Elley Murray rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed
This is a story about a couple of true misfits: Freya, a career woman in her mid-thirties that just can’t seem to get her act together, and Jack, a best-selling writer who can’t sit down and actually write. Freya keeps trying throughout the book to be some sexy, flirty young thing, at the same time wanting her boyfriend, Michael, to propose and dreading it. She doesn’t know what she wants, and I think that’s something that speaks to every devourer of chick lit. And then there’s Jack – poor, hope ...more
CJ -Doctor can you help me, 'cause somethin' don't feel right
3.5

Not a bad book but a little dry and dusty. I don't know how else to explain it (that's a lie, of course I can explain it I'm just not going to).

Both characters are self-absorbed, isolated selfish people who can be both cruel and gentle. They are flawed to the point where at first you don't know if you like them or just hanging out with them. Sort of like the people you only hang out with at a bar but the minute you are summoned to their house for dinner you hesitate.

Yeah.

Jack is a writer and
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Anastasia Cynthia
May 23, 2012 Anastasia Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-a-copy, chicklit
Menceritakan tentang kisah sepasang sahabat, Freya dan Jake yang mengaku keduanya hanyalah teman biasa. Iya, hanya teman biasa, sampai Freya diusir keluar dari apartemen kekasihnya, Michael--si pengacara ganteng. Dan Jake tak sengaja bertemu gadis itu di jalan. Terlunta-lunta, mencari tempat tinggal, lantaran tempat tinggalnya berada bermil-mil jauhnya di tanah Britania.

Jake dengan serta-merta menawari gagasan itu, agar Freya menumpang di apartemennya dulu, hingga gadis itu berhasil mencari tem
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Amanda
Jul 16, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it
This is the story about Jack and Freya - two people living in New York who have been friends for ten years or thereabouts. The book follows similar themes to When Harry Met Sally e.g. can men and women ever be Just Friends or will something always get in the way?

The characters were surprisingly three dimensional for a chick lit novel. Jack is a playboy who chases after women that he has no need to commit to, but a lot of his actions are driven by trying to win his millionaire father's approval a
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Meredith Y
Jan 28, 2015 Meredith Y rated it liked it
I have to give this book a mixed review. The premise is conventional, but one that I often enjoy - good friends find out that they can be more than friends. The author goes about it in a very roundabout way, however, spending a good 3/4 of the book establishing the characters and their lives. Frankly, the first part of the novel dragged. Finally, when the plot livens up and you are excited to read what happens next, the novel ends! Nevertheless, the characters are believable and likeable, with t ...more
Lies Tangalayuk
This is a typical novel that I will never read for the second time. The male character is just too coward and the female character is too desperate. And Tash? Just don't!
Kathy
Jun 16, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it
Okay, although I am of course a highly cultured intellectual and I drink my tea with my pinky finger crooked, I have been known to wallow in the cotton candy world of chick-lit or romance from time to time.
And I was in need of a quick read and a diversion, since the world is too much with us and all that.
Thus, Just Friends.

It has all the sweet predictable quality of many a book of this genre and it has
1. Great clothes.
2. Excellent food.
3. Bitchy step sister.
4. Artistic people who somehow live we
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Julieta
Okey, le tenía una gran expectativa a este libro. Pero mis iluciones se vieron derrumbadas toda la primera mitad del relato porque me resultó un total bodrio. Tal vez sea que estoy malacostumbrada a las lecturas fáciles, rapidas y simples de los libros juveniles.
Los escenarios son bien detallados al igual que la introducción al contexto en el que viven los personajes; quizás por eso se me hicieron algo pesadas.
Pero luego... todo de repente me entuasiasma más. Me doy cuenta que he dejado de est
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Noe
Mar 16, 2014 Noe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
RESEÑA COMPLETA

Freya es una mujer de treinta y cinco años que vive en Nueva York. Lleva cinco meses viviendo con Michael, un hombre inteligente, pasivo y dado a la rutina, y espera que este le pida por fin matrimonio. Todo se tuerce cuando él decide que no están hechos el uno para el otro y pone fin a su relación. Freya solo tiene dos personas a las que recurrir: Cat,
su mejor y alocada amiga, y Jack, un escritor un par de años menor que ella, el cual solo piensa en vivir la vida y divertirse y e
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Christin Natalia
Chicklit yang satu ini agak berbeda dengan chicklit kebanyakan. Tidak ada romansa cinta ceria yang bikin penasaran atau deg-degan. Tokoh-tokohnya bisa dibilang lebih 'gelap' dalam artian tidak ada kelakuan konyol kekanak-kanakan. Konfliknya sendiri terasa panjang karena yang dikedepankan adalah konflik internal kedua tokoh utama, dengan sudut pandang bergantian antara keduanya. Mereka punya masalah dan perspektif masing-masing.

Freya adalah sosok wanita karir perkotaan yang ingin terlihat bahagi
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Sami
It started out to be a simple chick-lit, but then decided to become clever. Felt like the author was trying too hard, and after all the drama I would have liked to see (view spoiler) actually spend some time together as a couple.

Very 90s, but points for cleverness and wit. Three stars.
Lucia
Sep 28, 2012 Lucia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Horrible,si lo termine de leer fue por que dentro de mi en algún lugar recóndito imagine que podría mejorar ... pero mejor me olvido de eso.
Saja
Jun 04, 2014 Saja rated it liked it
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DeliaC
Jun 24, 2007 DeliaC rated it liked it
hasn't everyone gone through their chick lit phase? this one was better than usual. at least the female character wasn't a total neurotic freak.
Michelle
Mar 08, 2016 Michelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
There were very few parts in this book that I actually got into and truly enjoyed. Overall this book was a disappointment.
Susan Prosser
Jul 16, 2014 Susan Prosser rated it did not like it
Seriousely her SISTER?! And she just forgives that? No way lost me strait away wen that happened
Tammy
Apr 26, 2011 Tammy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I think it only became interesting within the last 100 pages or so.
Kara M.
Aug 17, 2015 Kara M. rated it liked it
The story was well written and had me wanting more until the drama hit the fan. The situations were so cliche and soap opera it made it hard to believe. Which stinks because the book up until London was a hit for me! I enjoyed the characters and there point of views. But I found myself struggling to finish the book and when it ended I was grateful to be finished. I would have love to see a better ending after throwing so much trashy drama at the end. I gave it three starts for keeping my attenti ...more
Andrea
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Mack
Jun 19, 2015 Mack rated it did not like it
A few points:

1. I don't think I ever wanted to burn a book this much before.
2. I would’ve been ok with the whole book if it ended withFreya learning some type of lesson about meaningful relationship or self discovery or something like that
3. The little respect I had gained for Freya and Jack was lost after the incident that followed the drunken fight.
4. Seriously I’m disgusted, reading the scene where (view spoiler) went down made so frustrated to the
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Tmjj33ronataurreviews
May 25, 2015 Tmjj33ronataurreviews rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
ah good freya and Jack. where do I start? I love how they are best friends in the book but I do not like how they are angry at each other towards the Part of where they almost had sex. I did however laugh when they got revenge on each other and the author wasn't kidding when best friends fight like cats and dogs cause they totally do. I can't believe Candace married his dad but I'm glad Jack don't have to be with her anymore, cause to me she is too needy and desperate to bring something to Jack ...more
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