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When a friend urges Stephanie Cohen not to put all her eggs in one bastard, the advice falls on deaf ears. Stephanie's college crush on Craig Hille has been awakened 13 years later as if soaked in a can of Red Bull and she is determined not to let the guy who got away once, get away twice. Stephanie, a 32-year-old paralegal from Washington, D.C., is a 70's and 80's televis...more
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Published September 1st 2010 by Wings ePress, Inc.
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Ashley
While I read a lot of Chick Lit that I like, rarely does a book make me want to grab the heroine, take her out for a few drinks, and help her learn from my mistakes. Reading Meredith Schorr’s Just Friends With Benefits made me want to do just that. Thirteen years after college, Stephanie Cohen’s crush on Craig Hille resurfaces, and Stephanie vows Craig will not be the one who got away… twice. Despite her friend Suzanne’s warning to “not put all her eggs in one bastard”, Stephanie takes on a “fri...more
Samantha Janning
We all have that someone who got away. But when Stephanie Cohen’s college crush, Craig Hille, seems to take an interest in her, she is determined not to let him get away again. She puts all the effort into segueing their friendship into a real relationship, not letting anything get in the way. This means her job, her friend’s advice, and another great guy. Stephanie is convinced Craig is the one for her, and ignores all the warning signs that Craig just may not be that into her.

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Libby Mercer
A sure way to win me over as a reader is to create a main character that I would want to spend time with in real life. Well, in Just Friends With Benefits, Meredith Schorr has created an entire book full of people I know I'd want to hang out with if they were real! Stephanie Cohen was quite complex, and although it was heartbreaking to read those deluded or self-sabatoging moments of hers, they made me care even more about her - perhaps because I've gone through similar moments myself. I'd like...more
Melissa
Even though this was Meredith’s first book, I finally just got around to reading it. I loved her other books and wanted to give her debut a try. I was definitely impressed! While it covers a cliché topic in the world of chick lit, it stays interesting and exciting throughout, with some drama and twists along the way. The interactions between her characters felt natural and genuine. Even when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it and even e-mailing Meredith to tell her if something made me...more
Christina
"Just Friends" with Benefits by Meredith Schorr is a romantic comedy about one singleton’s love, friendship, and her own re-discovery of herself and what’s most important. As a 32 year old paralegal in Washington, DC and with the proverbial biological clock ticking, Stephanie realizes she’s not getting any younger and re-evaluates her friendship with Craig Hille, her secret college crush. "I wondered if Hille was a good kisser. I pictured him with his shirt off. Then I pictured me taking his shi...more
Jennifer Farwell
Schorr's story of Stephanie Cohen, a 30-something paralegal who hasn't had much luck in the long-term love department since breaking up with her college-boyfriend-turned-buddy, is a relatable one. If you've ever had a "what if" moment about the high school or college crush that never turned into something more than simply that, you'll enjoy the twist that 'Just Friends With Benefits' takes when Stephanie goes down that road to act upon the spark she always felt with Hille, her longtime crush who...more
Tracie Banister
Stephanie Cohen, the thirtysomething heroine of Just Friends With Benefits, is sweet, smart, and good at her job (she's a paralegal), but she hasn't had much luck in love. Maybe that's because she's been hung up on Hille, the unattainable hottie who sat in front of her in one of her college law classes, since the mid-'90s? Hille is Steph's ideal, the one who slipped through her fingers, the one who became a friend instead of a boyfriend. No other guy can compare. So, it's a no-brainer when Steph...more
Jennifer Daiker
Stephanie Cohen is one hell of a heroine. The author gives us a character every woman can relate to and from the start you can feel the connection. She has a way to embrace each reader with the quirky personality Stephanie portrays leaving every reader giggling through the story. Making mention to several shows that we can relate to Schorr adds the nostalgia many readers enjoy.

We walk through Stephanie’s life as she searches for the perfect happy ending but heartbreak, embarrassment, and anger c...more
Hilary Grossman
This book had it all and I loved it! At one point, I had a gasp out loud moment. Then I found myself shedding happy, sappy tears. Fast paced and full of action, this book was a hard to put down page turner with awesome and fully developed characters. As I read I really felt like I was hanging out with a bunch of friends. I also loved Stephanie's mother as well as the mother / daughter relationship. It was so relatable!
Michelle
This was one of my favorite books to read this summer! Friends with Benefits is such a hot topic and I love how Meredith Schorr took on the subject. The characters are quirky and fun, the type of people that you would want to know in real life and pal around with. I absolutely love the pop culture references that scatter this book and the premise of those lasting friendships.

Stephanie Cohen is a delightful heroine to root for, carrying on that crush since college on that one guy that just couldn...more
Rachel
Review coming soon. Raised the bar for chick lit for me from here on out!! Realistic with humor done so well; and certainly humor Is a huge part of life!!
Bc I was reading other books for group reads and I'd started this one and wanted to finis I honestly would love to on a lazy Sunday read this one start to finish sans other interruptions so that I could appreciate it even more than 25-50 pages at a time. Had I not had previous commitments I know id have finished this within the day I started...more
Natalie Aaron
"Just Friends with Benefits" is an engaging, realistic portrayal of the insecurities we all face when trying to find "the one." I adore Stephanie Cohen - she's hilarious, vulnerable, a bit of a klutz and most importantly - real. I found myself laughing out loud several times as I read this book - I especially loved all of the pop culture references. Ahhhh George Glass.

The secondary characters were great as well - I enjoyed all of the scenes with her circle of friends (and her mother!) And of cou...more
Samantha Bailey
I knew from the moment I saw the cover and title of Meredith Schorr's "Just Friends With Benefits" that I was going to love this book. And love it I did. The character of Stephanie Cohen was relatable and funny, and I felt like we were friends. Her group of friends, her relationship with her family and Hille kept me up far too late at night wanting to know what would happen next. I wasn't expecting the brilliant twists, and I love that I wasn't sure who Stephanie would end up with.

I don't often...more
Allyson
This was a wonderful book! I went through so many emotions towards Stephanie, at times I found myself laughing outloud, then wanting to give her a hug, then wanting to shake some sense into her!I loved the different personalties of her friends, they made the book so much fun! I can't wait to read more by Meredith!
Lizzy
This book is the third book by Meredith Schorr that I have read which means I've made it through all three of her books she has out. I liked it just as much as the other two books.

In this book, Stephanie Cohen is a thirty-two year old senior paralegal. She was with the same guy for two years, Paul. She met him one night when she decided to attend a frat party that her secret crush was part of. She ended up talking to her crush but he left early and a relationship started between her and Paul. Sh...more
Cathryn Chapman
I liked this book. I have been in bed sick most of the day, and whizzed through this book in a matter of hours.

I didn't predict the ending right from the start, which I usually do with books in this genre.

The characters are all believable, and I think the thing that most stood out for me was the main character's 'voice' and the dialogue. It felt real, like someone was telling me the story, and like people would actually say. As a chick lit writer myself, I often have trouble writing dialogue I...more
Melanie


This was a great chick book about dating and relationships. Had a tough time putting the book down. Felt like I was hanging with my friend while reading. Good one!
Jamie Susskind
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Stephanie (StephTheBookworm)
Just Friends With Benefits follows the dating trials and tribulations of 32 year old paralegal, Stephanie. Back in college, she had a huge crush on Craig Hille, but wound up dating his friend, Paul, instead. Now, ten years later, and still friends with Craig, Paul, and the gang, she realizes she still has feelings for Craig. She attempts to start up a relationship with the infamous “one that got away,” but realizes it may not be enough when Craig describes what they have as just “friends with be...more
Kaley
Originally reviewed at Books Etc.

I've read and loved Meredith Schorr's later novels, A State of Jane (review here) and Blogger Girl (one of my favourites of 2013, review here), but I had somehow never read her first book, Just Friends with Benefits. Since her publisher has recently released all three ebooks in one bundle, I thought it was a fitting time to finally read it. I'm so glad I did because I absolutely loved it!

I think what makes this novel so fun is that it takes the typical 'boy and g...more
Jenn (Booksessed)
I am torn about this book. I really liked the book but for most of the first half of the book, I wanted to smack Stephanie sometimes. She does so many things wrong in her relationships. I wanted to scream at her to stop being such a pushover and to stop obsessing over this guy…it’s been over a decade!! I couldn’t even bring myself to hope that things work out for her and the guy she’s been crushing on all this time. It was kind of that feeling of we’ve all been there and we know better mixed wit...more
Jenny Kabalen
Any single woman will find a fast friend in Stephanie Cohen, debut author Meredith Schorr's heroine, in her novel, "Just Friends With Benefits".

Stephanie, an ambitious and endearing single woman in the city, is on the quest for love and, like many single women in reality, finds herself bumbling and stumbling through the shark infested waters of the dating world. What I found most entertaining and, I must admit, very familiar was Stephanie's circular inner dialogue as she wrestles to make sense...more
Kobby Gyampoh
4.5 stars on my blog: http://chicklitpad.blogspot.com

Was Stephanie amazing, relatable, untwo-dimensional? Of course she was! One thing about Schorr’s books is when you pick them, you know you are reading about her. It’s not all dug up like most authors’. It’s real, it’s her. So saying Stephanie was well-crafted is inhuman. She’s human. You’d find yourself thinking, “What! Stephanie loves Gossip Girl? I love Gossip Girl too!” or “No way! Is Alanis Morissette’s Ironic blaring in the background? O...more
Laura Kay Bolin

Thirty-something year old Stephanie Cohen is looking for the love of her life and she’s afraid she may have already met him. Once upon a college campus, Stephanie had a thing for hottie Craig Hillie, but ended up dating one of his best guy pals for years. Ten years after college and she still carries a torch for him. Stephanie goes on a mission to hook up with Craig. Craig turns hers down and then comes back the next day and they hook up. Stephanie soon believes “Hillie” and her are meant to be....more
Ashlie
This is by far the best of the books by Schorr.

It was well balanced and paced. It delivered exactly what I expect out of a chick lit book without reading like a carbon copy of another story or trying too hard to be like another story and failing.

I easily took to the main character, and rooted for her happiness. There were parts that were laugh out loud hilarious, and my face even got a little damp nearing the end.

The lack of a perfect score is do to some word/descriptive choices that jarred m...more
Tishan
Lovely story

I was able to relate to this story on many levels as I'm also 32, a paralegal, dreamed of being an actress when I was younger and little things here and there about Stephanie which resembles that of my own. It was a great read. It had me cracking up like a maniac at parts. The author was very thorough in detailing scenes and emotions. I swallowed the book while in less than 24 hrs. Inspirational and refreshing. Things happen for a reason and at times things are not what us women make...more
Hillary Fedoroff
I really enjoyed this book...I felt like Stephanie was somebody I could picture being in my group of friends. She was easy to relate to and easy to like...I felt myself really pulling for her in her relationships.
Maria Blanco
I liked it because the characters were so real. Reading Stephanies story was like going out for coffee with a friend and listening to her story while catching up...I like real life stories with a twist
Stephanie
Loved it

this was a good pick me up and funny how I'm Stephanie also my ex was Ryan :) SmAll world
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