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Just Friends

2.95  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  47 reviews
From the writer of Confessions of A Teenage Drama Queen and My Worst Best Friend comes this hugely entertaining teen read about falling for the wrong person. The first time Josh sets eyes on Jena he's hooked. He can't stop thinking about her; looking for her wherever he is; hoping to turn a corner and find her there. The problem is she's completely out of his league as his ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 3rd 2015 by Walker (first published August 20th 2015)
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Flor
Feb 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book via NetGalley, thank you.

Oh dear Jesus what a let down! Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the book, I had several issues with it that I will explain in the following lines.

Plot who? I honestly didn’t even see one, it was just an annoying cycle of “I like her bu we’re just friends”, “she’s asking for me”, “nope, never mind just friends”. It was so repetitive and it felt like going in circles, never reaching the point.

The descriptions, I though they were unnecessarily long, because
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Rebecca
I'm a sucker for unrequited love, so I couldn't resist requesting a copy from NetGalley. Sadly, it fell short of my expectations. The flow of the book is odd; it is like reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Series.

Jena is immensely unlikeable, and I couldn't understand while Josh continues to be her doormat. Furthermore, he treats his life long friends horribly. I adored Romana and the quirky friends that should have been Josh's focus. They are the only enjoyable moments in the book. The endin
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Flor
Feb 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
Oh dear Jesus what a let down! Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the book, I had several issues with it that I will explain in the following lines.

Plot who? I honestly didn’t even see one, it was just an annoying cycle of “I like her bu we’re just friends”, “she’s asking for me”, “nope, never mind just friends”. It was so repetitive and it felt like going in circles, never reaching the point.

The descriptions, I though they were unnecessarily long, because they have almost nothing and I could easily s
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Fafa's Book Corner
Mini review:

DNF

I received this E-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I saw this book on Netgalley and decided to request it. I liked the synopsis. Unfortunately it wasn't for me.

I really didn't like the writing style. How the main character described everything (including people). It seriously turned me off.

As this was a personal thing I still recommend.
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Samantha (WLABB)
This is a book filled with unrequited love. You see, A liked B, but B liked C, however C liked D, and D had no interest in any of them. Yes, broken hearts all around.

What I liked:
• Josh was adorable. Jena had invaded his heart, but he was firmly friend-zoned. Math, music, chess, the kid was interesting, and I liked all these different attributes Sheldon gave him.
• Josh had a pretty great squad. Yes, they were quirky, but they were genuine, which is an adjective I would not attach to Jena and h
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fiction.prescription
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the books The Secret Science of Magic and Life In Outer Space by Melissa Keil
Just Friends is a page-turner. The further into the story, the more compelling it is to reach a satisfying finish. But. The ending was not satisfying. I mean, I appreciate how the author was not following the typical YA contemporary arc, but... I just wanted a cute ending! Is that too much for a shoujo-lover to ask for?
Despite a somewhat disappointing ending (in my opinion), I like how the book is written in the eyes of an observer of Josh's life, it's a different perspective compared to wha
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Laurence R.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: to-review
This book is short and sweet, but it’s also filled with clichés. I’m not even talking about the obvious “are we more than friends?” cliché, which I actually kind of like. I just think that many characters seemed very stereotypical, which made it hard for me to relate to them. The narration is a bit weird, too, because it’s not quite omniscient but it also gives insight on a few of the characters’ thoughts. I would have preferred a more typical type of narration. Overall, this isn’t a bad novel, ...more
Jessica C Writes
Aug 31, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
Oh boy. Where do I start? This book was just so...meaningless? The entire book is basically a cycle of popular girl coming to the nerdy boy for help, but no one really knows they are friends, he has a crush on her, but they aren't in the same league and she only sees him as a friend.

It was so repetitive and the plot was basically nonexistent. There was absolutely no character development, and the ending was wrapped up so quickly that it didn't even make any sense.

I also just didn't care for th
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Jaina Rose
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: blogged
This review is also available on my blog,
I mean, it's one thing to be good friends while keeping the possibility of becoming more someday in the back of your brain; but Josh very explicitly decides that he wants to be romantically tied to Jena, but repeatedly lets her believe otherwise when she brings that very topic up. That's when I think it crosses the line and becomes stupid and unfair.

The characters were fairly well-written, though rather one-dimensional at times (each person basically had
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Suzie Waltner
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I’m all about the friends to more trope in fiction, and initially, this book seemed to fit right into that.
But I found a caveat of the trop I don’t especially care for. The “let’s become friends and hope for something more and ignore my other friends” plot line. Or at least that’s the case with Dyan Sheldon’s newest book.
I didn’t care for the way Jena used Josh or how he was completely oblivious to it—even when his friends pointed it out. And really, I didn’t care for Jena much at all despite th
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Hannah
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Just Friends" is a really good book it keeps u wanting to read more. the best part about it is that it has a spin on a love story. The main character Josh won't end up with who u think he will end up with, and in this story there is like a love chain. One person wants to be more than friends and that person likes someone else and their crush likes someone else and so on. The book also used a lot of imagery so I pictured the whole book into a movie and it was also very descriptive. over all this ...more
Isabel
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I started reading the book Just friends by Dylan Sheldon. I couldn’t find an interesting book and decided to browse through my school’s library when I came across this book. What caught my attention was the cover. When I look for a book I usually find one by looking at the cover. This book looked very intriguing and I decided to give it a read. It’s pretty slow in the beginning, but as you get sucked into it, the book gets very interesting. The characters get more into depth about how they feel ...more
Teenreadsdotcom
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
JUST FRIENDS by Dyan Sheldon is the typical, adorable story of a shy, awkward high school boy meeting the "new" girl at school and immediately falling head over heels for her. While Jena may not be feeling exactly the same right away, they quickly build a friendship --- a friendship that Josh is happy to settle for, because he's so smitten with her that any amount of attention from Jena (no matter how big or small) is worth soaking up. The only downside? That leads to some negative things: becau ...more
Mandi Schneck
I love a good, cute contemporary, which is why Just Friends by Dyan Sheldon caught my attention. Sheldon is the author of Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, which turned into the widely-popular Lindsay Lohan movie, and since I really enjoyed that book I couldn't wait to give this one a try. Just Friends follows Josh Shine, an underdog known for things like attempting to blow up the science lab, as he falls for new girl Jena Capistrano.

Unfortunately, Jena immediately joins the popular crowd,
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Stephanie Tiner
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Josh Shine loves blues music, watching old movies with the guys, and taking his weekly yoga class with his good friend Ramona. He’s not like most of the guys in his high school. He prefers chess to contact sports, he’s a vegetarian, and he is rather short for his age.
None of the girls in his high school have ever really interested Josh. He would much rather spend his time raising awareness for multiple notable causes. That is until the day he sees Jenna Capistrano in his class. Josh quickly fal
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KarenJo Custodio
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
1.5 Stars - Light and Easy to Read, but Disappointingly Lackluster

I love cutesy rom-coms and Just Friends by Dyan Sheldon seemed like something I would enjoy. Unfortunately, it was a disappointingly lackluster read. The concept seemed really intriguing, but it just didn’t work for me.

I took such a long time to read this cause I didn’t expect to get approved for so many books on Netgalley. Well, I hate to say this but maybe I should have just left it unread. I wasn’t really a fan of the writing s
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Mervilyn
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
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○ i have a physical copy
○ read an e-version, will definitely purchase physical book
● read an e-version, a physical book will be appreciated
○ read an e-version, not interested in its physical book
○ a page-turner
● less than 500 pages (although I felt like it has more than a thousand pages)
○ diverse in any way
● something’s lacking
● took me a long time to finish
● an LMAO read
● i laughed more than a few times
○ it’s j u s t awkward
○ gave me goosebumps
○ one of the best books i’ve read
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Kristie
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
JUST FRIENDS by Dyan Sheldon is a sweet YA romantic comedy featuring Josh Shine, a music-loving, ponytailed, chess-playing, short high school student who falls for new girl Jena Capistrano the first time he sees her. By happy coincidence, Jena lives across the street from Josh's long-time friend, Ramona, so Josh actually gets to meet and talk to Jena even though she has been embraced by the popular crowd--a group that wants nothing to do with Josh and his equally geeky friends.

JUST FRIENDS chron
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John Clark
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whether because of self-doubt, or too much awareness of how others at his school view him, Josh is painfully aware he's about as far from the popular crowd as possible. That realization, however, doesn't make much difference when new girl Jena Capistrano moves to town. He's more than smitten and when they start talking and she begins relying on him for friendship and emotional support, it's a dream come true.
However, when you're a teen guy with self-esteem issues and find yourself on the razor'
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Karen Treadwell
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received this book as an ARC even though it's been out for a year or so. (?) I had a hard time getting into this book. In the first chapter Josh sees the object of his affection, Jenevieve, and finds out right away that she is friends with Tilda, the queen bee of mean girls. Josh is short, in to music, not athletic, in other words, not worthy of notice from Tilda or any of Tilda's friends. He pines after Jenevieve until he actually gets to meet her by getting stuck in a tree in her front yard ...more
Christian Fisher
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
overall this book was decent but not that challenging of a read but still good. This book was about a boy named Josh shrine and his group of friends and a new girl named Jena. Josh and his friend mo have been friends for since they could remember. Josh meets Jena because the dog he was watching crawled up into their tree. After a while they become close buddies but josh wants to be more. He starts paying more attention to her than his friends and even blows them off several times. Josh wants to ...more
Gata Leitora / Cat reader
With a somewhat confused narrative, I followed the classic story of the boy who thinks he likes the girl, but clearly she is not the right person for him.

I liked some points of the story but what irritated me was that the writer also don’t created a connection between the reader and the right girl for the protagonist and the ending sincerely left much to be desired. She could have developed more, as the release is planned for next year maybe the writer accepts the suggestion to rewrite some scen
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Gata Leitora / Cat reader
With a somewhat confused narrative, I followed the classic story of the boy who thinks he likes the girl, but clearly she is not the right person for him.

I liked some points of the story but what irritated me was that the writer also don’t created a connection between the reader and the right girl for the protagonist and the ending sincerely left much to be desired. She could have developed more, as the release is planned for next year maybe the writer accepts the suggestion to rewrite some scen
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Min
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5.

Not sure if it was because I'm finally getting over my reading slump, or if I was thoroughly enjoying the book, but I brought it with me to read in the car whenever we stopped at traffic lights.

This story pretty much covers the crush cycle, although I disapprove Josh blowing off his friends so many times just to do the smallest things with/for Jena. The ending reminded me a bit of Our Chemical Hearts - that things don't always work out, and sometimes that's fine. Life goes on, and the person
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Joel Singer
I received an ARC of this book by Dyan Sheldon, who also wrote the popular novel (and hit movie) "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen." Unfortunately I really could not get into it at all and dropped it halfway through. Josh's obsessive pursuit of Jenna is more annoying than cute, and Jenna treats him like dirt most of the time. It's obvious where things will end up with Ramona, who really likes Josh for the quirky guy he his, and Josh's real friends are entirely too forgiving of Josh's absurd ...more
Lorie
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Socially awkward Josh comes to terms with the high school clique rules when he falls for Jena who is miles apart in the social hierarchy. Author Dyan Sheldon has created an empathetic main character in Josh; when he struggles, the reader roots for him to succeed. Josh and his friends seem like real teens, struggling with real issues. I think teens that like realistic fiction novels will enjoy this story. Although set in America, it was published for the British market in 2015. I would recommend ...more
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Brian
Cover Story: Whatever
Drinking Buddy: No
Testosterone Level: None
Talky Talk: No Plot
Bonus Factor: Friend Zone
Bromance Status: Awkward Date

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Auburn
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just friends focuses on what happens when you have so much self doubt and feel invisible. Josh doesn't really believe in himself and knows he isn't good enough for new girl Jena. When they become friends and she relys on him his situation becomes more screwed up. A should he/shouldn't he starts. Add in an old friendship that takes a backseat and it's a lot to read.
For me the inner monologue was just a tad annoying. I felt the ending was suitable but the way it comes around just doesn't feel com
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Loredana
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was captivated by this book when I read the synopsis, but the unfortunate reality is that I wasn't able to finish it. I found Josh to be quirky and awkward - I like awkward - but the present tense third person narration made the story flow slow and choppy. I never was able to get a feel for Ramona or Jena. The inability to connect with neither the characters nor the plot sadly led to the decision to declare DNF.

Because the premise is interesting to me, I may try to pick up the book when I have
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Anne
Josh is definitely not one of the popular crowd. He has a crush on Jena who definitely is. However, when he meets her outside of school, they develop an unlikely friendship. While Josh *likes* Jena, it is unrequited and they remain just friends and Josh is oblivious to how poorly Jena treats him and how he, in turn treats his other friends.
I hated the pandering tone of the author in talking to the reader. I hated how Jena refused to be friends with Josh at school. Ok, maybe this should have been
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Dyan Sheldon is the author of many novels for young adult readers, including the #1 New York Times bestseller CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN, which was made into a major motion picture. American by birth, she lives in North London.

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