Just Friends Blog Tour

Hi Everyone! So as you can see, I am participating in Xpresso Blog Tour's tour for the Just Friends. They have supplied me with a copy of this book in order to provide an honest review. Please note that this has not affected my opinion in any way. 

The blog post will have the following format if you are interested!

  • Giveaway information
  • Book Links
  • Book Review
  • About the Author

Giveaway Information:

The following prize is what you could win (US/CAN ONLY)
  • Print copy of Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock
You can use the following link to enter: 
This giveaway ends the 10th August 2017

Book Links:

Title: Just Friends
Author: Tiffany Pitcock
Series: Not Applicable
Publisher:  Swoon Reads
Publication Date: 01 August 2017
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Format: Ebook
Pages: 320
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reading Timeline: 26 July 2017 - 30 July 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 become so much more.

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 school have been best friends forever. It’s amazing how quickly a lie can grow―especially when you really, really want it to be the truth.

With Jenny, Chance can live the normal life he’s always kind of wanted. And with Chance, Jenny can have the exciting teen experiences that TV shows and movies have always promised. Through it all, they hold on to the fact that they are “just friends.” But that might be the biggest lie of all.

Debut author Tiffany Pitcock delivers a spot-on depiction of first love and the high school rumor mill in Just Friends, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads.

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

During July, I decided that I wasn't going to branch out a bit more in terms of what I read and contemporaries are part of that. I never used to enjoy contemporaries, claiming that fantasy was the only way to go. But after I read the most amazing contemporary, I decided that it was time to read more of them. Which brings us here. When I saw that Xpresso Book Tours was hosting a blog tour for this book, I decided to jump onto this boat. I am excited to see what journey this book takes me on.

Thank you so much to Xpresso Book Tours for hosting this opportunity. I cannot want to jump into this book. Just a small little disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. No money on my behalf has been spent in acquiring this book. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

The writing in this book was pretty meh. Nothing really stood out for me and it took me a while to get into. The writing wasn't bad, don't get me wrong, but it just felt like there wasn't anything unique to the author. The author's personal voice, flair or style just wasn't present. 

The dual point of views definitely made this book way better. I really enjoyed how the two main characters chapter's started directly after each other. There was no awkward gabs that just came out of nowhere. 

Plot Thoughts:

The plot was definitely cute. There were so many cute moments and my favourite would have to be when the two main characters talk about their "past". It was one of my favourite things. Unfortunately, it felt like all the interesting things happened in the beginning of the book and then the ending was so anticlimactic because the main event took waaaaaayyyyy to long to happen. There was too much fluff towards the end. I also didn't really understand why a certain event happened when it didn't really have a cause to? It just felt like the author just wanted a little more conflict, which I found was really unnecessary.

Character Thoughts:

Jenny and Chance are super cute. They have so many solid moments together but it also felt like they couldn't be round characters without being attached to someone else. It was as if these two made each other round instead of being substantiated characters on their own. Then there was Kelsey. She was the best friend but we hardly saw here. Even when Jenny was hanging out with her, we never really got to see their bond in full practice. In both good and bad situations. It was as if Kelsey only existed to pick Jenny up when she felt down.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, the book wasn't bad. There were so many cute moments that had me aawww-ing and really getting attached. The story is told from two point of views which I believe really aided the story in letting it move at a steady pace. There was no evidence of the author's voice or personal flair. The plot also ended up disappointing me in the end. It took way too long for things to happen but the beginning was full of action and happenings. I also thought that the characters needed each other to be well rounded and without the one or the other, they just seemed to fall a little flat. Thank you so much to Xpresso Book Tours for hosting this opportunity and for letting me take part!

About the Author:

23. Writer. Reader. Sarcastic.
I was born and raised in Arkansas, which isn’t terribly exciting. I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I used to sit in class and write stories in my notebooks, thinking that everyone did. It turns out, everyone didn’t. I love writing because it means I’m putting my thoughts, feelings, and soul out there for someone else to read – for someone else to feel. The fact that someone can read my words, and empathize with my characters – characters that wouldn’t exist with out me, that I created from my mind – is such a wonderful concept to me. I could happily write for the rest of my life as long as there was one person out there who was affected by my words.


Yours in Reading,

Melleny Smith


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