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Just Friends

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  2,104 ratings  ·  281 reviews
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Jenny meets Chance for the very first time when she is assigned as his partner in their Junior Oral Communications class. But after they rescue a doomed assignment with one clever lie, the whole school is suddenly convinced that Little-Miss-Really-Likes-Having-A’s and the most scandalous heartbreaker in sc
Paperback, 310 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Swoon Reads
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DNF @pg 150

*throws up*
*whispers:* the......cRINGE

rant to come oh my god, I literally want to die more than I've ever wanted to die before.
alice (arctic books)
You can read this review and others on my blog, arctic books.

JUST FRIENDS had been on my radar for a while, and I thought I was going into a fluffy, fun, and cute contemporary. While there were some aspects of my expectations present within the novel, I found that many details in this book made me very wary.

The plot revolves around Jenny, who, on the first day of school, suddenly becomes project partners with Chase, who suggests that they make up a story to tell the class. They are so in sync th
Jul 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017-releases
Noooooooooooot for me. I'm sure others will love it but this novel is one of the reasons why I typically don't do YA contemporary.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Rating: 1 star
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

A new spin on the classic smart-girl-and-bad-boy setup, this witty contemporary romance shows how easily a friendship – even one built on an elaborate lie – can becom
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
more like 3.5

My Thoughts:
I hate to say that I’m not going to have much to say about this book.

This story is about two completely opposite people. Jenny the stay-at-home book nerd who has built her reputation on getting A’s and can’t/won’t settle for anything less. Jenny doesn’t live, she goes through the emotions but never had any desire to do anything or try anything such as kiss a boy or date one.

Then there is Chance who thrives on his reputation as a “playboy” who doesn’t DO relationships or
Aneta Bak
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Jenny and Chase are hilariously adorable. This is the perfect book about high school relationships.

Jenny is the nice, quiet girl. She doesn’t like opening up to people and would rather stay at home and read her book than socialize. When Chase is assigned as her partner, the two make up a lie that they have been friends for years, in order to get a good grade. As the school starts to believe their lie, Jenny and Chase continue being “fake” friends, until their friendship turns real, and they real
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the synopsis of this one and was quite eager to get to it.

I loved Jenny and Chance. They're so opposite that it works. Their banter and made up stories were perfect. Jenny's friend Kelsea was also fun. She was sarcastic and added a bit of levity.

Plot wise it was perfectly high school: drama and parties and hot boy singers and break ups and rumors and one amazing bake sale and dictionary fight. There was a bit of push and pull, but it worked. My only complaint is I would have liked a bi
Aug 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF AT 15%.

I was really looking forward to this but just by reading the first few chapters I knew it wasn't gonna live up to my expectations. I simply didn't feel like suffering through bland and cringey writing.
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3.5 Stars

Just Friends is a cute and quick read about two teens who fake being friends since childhood after they are brought together because of a school assignment. The opposite personalities of the two main characters are interesting to read about, and both Jenny and Chance visibly transform as the story progresses. I still enjoyed this book, but I found it to be a bit too clichéd for my taste.

This book is so adorable! It tells the story of Jenny and Chance, two
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Their past might be fake, but their future was real. It was theirs to build. It was real, unscripted and unplanned.”

When Jenny and Chance are paired together for an assignment for Oral Communication, they end up winging the whole thing and making up lies about how they have basically been best friends forever. After the class is over, they just go with it, pretending to be best friends. As time goes on, they learn to trust and rely each other like it’s all true. The more real memories they
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, 2017-debuts
Okay, I'm such a sucker for straightforward romances, and since there's a couple kissing on the cover, I was hooked even before I opened the cover and found chapter one. But then, look again at the title - it turns our they really are going to be Just Friends... yeah, right! And, oh my goodness, the agony of Jenny and Chance trying to be Just Friends is so tantalizingly painful, I barely breathed through most of the this book. With such clever plotting and her ability to give our hearts all the ...more
Monica Murphy
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had to read a book that shares the same title as one of my books...LOL

I enjoyed it. Cute YA romance.
Dianna ♡ the belle and the book ♡
DNF at 26%.

YA Contemporaries have always been a favorite of mine. I've read some really great ones in the past and I thought that this book is promising. At least, the first few chapters. The beginning was unique and it got me hooked. I found it entertaining enough to keep me wanting to read more. Which is always a good thing for a story. But come the next chapters, the novel lost its charm. I was expecting it to be a partly fluffy read with all the "just friends" trope but this book does not re
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
the story was alright, the writing was terrible, and i can't believe i actually finished a book for once.

#rose's quick reviews
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I finished this last night and I thought it was super cute! RTC.
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
I really loved the idea of this because I always love a good fake dating trope, but this was just pretty flat to me. I liked them creating a history and deciding to actually become friends, but the entire situation was just a little too unbelievable, beyond my suspension of disbelief. I thought that Drake was an unnecessary hurdle in Jenny and Chance’s relationship. And I also thought that Chance had the worst family ever. So much of the story was just one dimensional and kept me from loving it ...more
DNF @ 13%

4 “Fake Best Friends” Stars

ARC provided by the author

Thank you!!!

Adorable. Abso-freaking-lutely adorable.

I think I first heard of Just Friends last year, and ever since I saw the cover and read the premise, I’ve been dying to get my hands on this book. I’m more than happy to announce it was worth the wait.

Other than enemies to lovers, best friends to lovers is my favorite romance trope ever. Be it in YA, NA or Adult, I’m always intrigued when a book promises that kind of romance. This one was e
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
Ya'll. It's going to take me a while to get over the end of this book. I wanted to live with these characters for (at least) 100 more pages, if not into a new book (here's looking at you, Tiffany! XD). Chance and Jenny have this incredible chemistry and the most hilarious banter that seriously made me laugh out loud. It takes a lot for me to lol mid-read. I know people keep making comments about it being "cliche goodness" but I swear to you that it's NOT! It takes all of the tropes you're expect ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Parts of this book were really charming and funny. Every time Chance and Jenny were making up their past history, I was tickled. So there was some good chemistry there. I probably shouldn't have picked it up - I wouldn't have if the beginning hadn't BEEN so charming. But...lord was this book all over the map.

To start out, the premise of this book is fundamentally ludicrous. I get the impression this isn't that big a big town/school. (Also, random thought, it's set in the South and takes place i
♥️♥️ Lanae ♥️♥️
I really enjoyed this one, which is why I should stop being lazy & write a full review for it. (It's worthy of one, for sure.)

I don't know how Pitcock did it, but somehow she managed to take the MOST ANNOYING trope of all romances I've read (spending half the book with both MC's pining/thinking the other one doesn't want more) and make her book un-put-downable. If you like your romance with an extra helping of best friends slowly falling in love instead of insta-love, I'd reccomend you give Jus
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved reading this a few months ago. It was a great late night read to de-stress and I can't wait for it to be published so I can buy it and read it again! ...more
Hana Bilqisthi
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love it so much! Jenny and Chance is really shippable. I can feel their chemistry and their banter
And I really love smart girl as main chara ✨✨
I read this book way back in August 2017, and can still remember just how swoony it made me feel, and how much I loved Jenny and Chase's relationship. Both had never met each other before, but when they were partnered together in a class, and the first assignment was was to get to know each other. However, they mess around, and when it comes to submitting their assignment, they flub their answer, and act as if they've always known each other, and make up a backstory for everyone else to believe. ...more
Katy Upperman
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tiffany and I share a publisher and a release date, which made me all the more excited to get my hands on an ARC of her forthcoming debut. Just Friends is everything I wanted it to be: cute, angsty, and fun. Main characters Chance and Jenny become friends thanks to the ultimate meet-cute, and they share adorable chemistry. This one’s a romance so the conclusion is expected, but the path we get to travel toward Chance and Jenny’s happily ever after has all sorts of unexpected twists and turns, an ...more
Nada A.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’m not sure why I love this book, to be honest. The story wasn’t anything new but for some reason I just couldn’t put it down. The characters were just too lovable and endearing I guess? It’s a good, easy read! Go for it!
Oct 16, 2015 marked it as to-read
Sounds like cliche goodness. ☺️
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)

Just Friends was a mixed bag for me. At times it was sweet and funny and charming. At other times I couldn't look past the plot holes or the dialogue that felt as if it were straight out of the 1950's. I'm a sucker for a good YA contemporary but this one was too inconsistent to really work for me.

Jenny and Chance's meet-cute while being paired up for a class assignment was cute but also not believable. In a school where it seemed that everyone had grown up together and known each other
Allison Brunskill
Chance and Jenny are thrown together in Oral Communications class the first day of Junior year. They bluff their way through the assignment saying they are long time best friends who spent the summer together. Chance and Jenny quickly become real friends, spending all their time together and opening up in a way the pair hasn't opened up to anyone else. What I loved about this was that I had never read a book about a fake friendship before. I thought the idea was cute and I really liked Chance an ...more
Haniya Qamar
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Original Post:

This cute YA contemporary revolves around a shy girl Jenny & the hot playboy of the school, Chance. When Jenny & Chance both end up lying about their childhood friendship for an assignment, Jenny's life changes. She becomes social but for Chance his ever collapsing problems are becoming more chaotic. Is this fake relationship just fake? Or something's really going on? Will Chance be able to solve his depressing issues?

This review was suppose
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Tiffany Pitcock is a young writer from Benton, Ar. She studied English at Henderson State University, but has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. Besides reading, she is a fan of cats, staying indoors, and tv dramas.

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