What Are Friends For?
FALLING IN LOVE ISN'T COMPLICATED...UNLESS IT'S WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND.
A close, easygoing friendship can all change with just one kiss. Seventeen-year-old Remi Beaufort learns this the hard way when she plays a blindfolded kissing game at a party.
She thinks she’s kissing Jeremy, the totally hot basketball player she’s been crushing on. And the kiss…it’s amazing....more
What Are Friends For? By Sarah Sutton is a refreshing, upbeat, best-friends-to lovers YA Contemporary Romance that really did have me crushing hard; on the author, and her use of prose, description and solid dialogue; on the characters with fresh-to-YA nuances, and the parents who—HALLELUJAH ARE ALIVE AND USEFUL!
I instantly connected with the less-than-graceful Remi and her voice which is used to narrate the story. I found myself ...more
I often talk about this in books I review: If a book can make me cry and feel a certain way EVEN BEFORE the story has ended its already a 5 out of 5 star rating for me. It means I'm emotionally invested in the characters and stories and the story touched my soul where not a lot of "powerhouse" or "well known authors" could. This is the first book (I believe) that kept me crying throughout I swore I must have ended up dehydrated. I'd type a long ...more
Remi and Elijah have been best friends since grade school--absolutely inseparable. One kissing mishap at her crush's party, check! This kiss changes Remi's whole perception of her best friend, sending her down a path of secret pining. She wants him, but doesn't want to lose him if the truth about their kiss comes to light.
Right away, the very first chapter sucked me in immediately. I was already connecting with the characters and ...more
So to summarize y'all, it's basically a closet game gone wrong. But the good kind of wrong.
The cover - Is quirky and hints at the what story may be.
The summary - A close, easygoing friendship can all change with just one kiss. Seventeen-year-old Remi Beaufort learns this the hard way when she plays a blindfolded kissing game at a party.
She thinks she's kissing Jeremy, the totally hot basketball player she's ...more
This was a fun, lighthearted read. Remi's inner struggles remind me so much of that time in my life. The author does a great job of giving each character a unique voice, and she balances conflict perfectly.
Halfway into the novel, I had to choose between reading this and working on an editing project. In honor of Remi, I put off my own project to finish this charming tale. It was definitely worth it.
If you're looking ...more
And honestly? I loved it. I couldn't put this book down from the moment I started it. I dreamed about it at night and woke up excited to continue reading. I fell for every character in the story; I connected with them, felt their pain and happiness, and struggled when they struggled. I'm left wanting to read more and can't wait for the next book to come out.
Sarah Sutton does an amazing job weaving a story. The plot is ...more
Remi and Elijah have been best friends for years. Remi couldn’t imagine falling in love with him, but one accidental kiss changes her entire perspective. In this romantic YA novel, follow Remi as she struggles to come to terms with new feelings and thoughts about her old friend.
Sarah Sutton brings these characters to life with stirring words and excellent prose. The emotions fly off the page and sink deep into your heart, and ...more
I received a copy through a social media giveaway. I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile and I was pleasantly surprised and definitely not let down. Sarah is a brilliant writer and I only ...more
Don’t worry if you think that the blurb gives you a pretty whole image of what is to come. The author knew how to keep things interesting and the reader involved.
The events flow easily one from another whilst different courses are possible. ...more
Best-friends-to-lovers isn’t my ultimate favorite romance trope; but when it’s done right, I actually enjoy it a lot. Which is exactly what happened with Remi and Elijah’s story.
The feels were there. The details were there. The angst was definitelyyyyy there. And even though the main focus was Remi and Elijah’s relationship, I ...more
YA contemporary romances have often use overdone tropes and devices, and I was glad to see more focus on the friendship between Rami and Elijah in this book than just on the underlying romantic feeling between both characters. While the feelings had played great importance in the storyline, the friendship ...more
This book although predictable was told very well. I really enjoyed reading it.
Best friends for ever Elijah and Remi they were inseparable until an accidental kiss neither knew it was the other one.
This turned the friendship upside down as Remi had seen it was him as she ran out the locker at a party being held by her then boyfriend Jeremy she had lusted after him for so long but there were no sparks or butterflies.
Elijah had a girlfriend Savannah and there had been no jealousy ...more
Sutton has crafted a fun romance story with a complex MC that plays with a long-favorite trope of mine. A great friends-to-lovers story is seldom a miss for me, and this one hit many spots I was not expecting, which only added to my delightful experience.
Remi starts out, and at times remains, not the most likable person in truly authentic ways. She has that self-centeredness of the cusp of adulthood which is awkward and frustrating for teens going into that transitional ...more
Sarah is ...more
The plot goes as you can predict, the main characters have been best friends for a long time to the point Elijah helps Remi shop for underwear. Their dynamics change when Elijah gets a girlfriend who, as expected, frowns upon their proximity. But the real change occurs when Remi accidentally kisses Elijah in a dark room, while he thinks it's his girlfriend.
I like that this budding ...more
This was definitely a super cute, adorable read. Remi and Eli’s story is full of sweet angst and based on a beautiful friendship. I was honestly worried for a bit that this would turn bittersweet...but I was not disappointed with the outcome and I may have swooned and cheered when reading the last chapters. I’m not a big YA reader these days, preferring books with a little more steam. But I really enjoyed this sweet love story. The blurb hooked me in and the story didn’t ...more
Though it follows the not-so-new (yet my all-time favourite) trope of best friends to lovers, I found it to be so... FULL. I loved the main characters, the secondary characters, the banter, the tension/angst, everything. The behaviour of the teens was pretty realistic - reflecting growing pains.
I recommend this cute, lovable read.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.
With Valentine’s Day nearly here, I was in the mood for a sweet romance. I recently started following the author online and decided her YA friends-to-lovers story would fit the bill. I was immediately hooked by the characters and their playful dialog. I also really enjoyed the parents in this novel. It’s pleasant to see divorced characters get along.