Review: The Girlfriend Request

The Girlfriend Request by Jodie Andrefski

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Updating best friend to girlfriend is more than a change of status…

Emma has been best friends with Eli since she moved to his neighborhood ten years ago. Tired of being cast in the role of the girl next door, Emma creates a fake Facebook profile in the hopes of starting an online friendship with Eli, which would hopefully lead to more. Like…way more. From friend request to In a Relationship–it all seemed so completely logical when she’d planned it.

Eli can’t figure out what Emma is up to. He’s pretty sure she’s the one behind the Facebook profile, but then again, why would she do something so drastic instead of just admitting she wants to be more than friends? And who the heck is this new guy he saw her with? Eli starts to think that just maybe…he missed his chance with the girl next door.

Two best friends, one outlandish ruse. Their status is about to become way more than It’s Complicated…

This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one fake Facebook profile, two best friends who secretly crave each other, and a dreaded sex talk with parents…boy crush in the room included. Pushing a relationship beyond the friend zone has never been so crazy…

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this E-ARC via Netgalley and Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. When I saw this on Netgalley I didn’t hesitate to request it. It sounded a bit silly and fun. Which is exactly what it is. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this!

This book is written in first person. With Emma and Eli’s point of views. Which made the story interesting because we get to see how both of the characters thought about the situations they were in.

The book begins with Emma explaining that she has created a fake Facebook profile in order to get Eli’s attention. The plan is pretty simple create the fake account, send a friend request, interact with Eli, at some point reveal that it is Emma, and viola they start dating.

When creating ‘Kelli’s’ profile Emma adds interests that she herself has. For example Star Wars. She takes a picture from some clothing company’s model and sets it all up. Then she sends a friend request.

Right after this Eli calls. He is not happy that Emma forgot to take care of his dog while he and his family were away. Realizing that something must have happened he asks her. She lies and says everything is fine and the two make plans to hang out.

Eli knows that there is something up with Emma and he has full intentions of asking her when he sees her. He logs onto Facebook and sees a friend request from ‘Kelli’. He sees her profile and is pleasantly surprised when he sees that she likes Star Wars. Plus she’s really pretty. He confirms the request. He is really happy to have Emma in his life and content with the fact that he doesn’t have to worry about the way he acts around her the way he would if they were dating.

They have a good time together. But Eli still isn’t able to find out what is going on with Emma. When they reach her house to watch a movie, Eli says that he can show Emma some pictures of Soccer Camp. He posted them on Facebook. Just as he is about to take her laptop Emma realizes that she is on Kelli’s profile. She quickly closes the screen nearly hitting Eli’s fingers. When he asks why she did that she claims that she was doing some online bra shopping. Deciding to let it go they continue to watch a movie.

Kelli starts talking to Eli and the next week at school Eli is avoiding Emma. Emma confines in her best friend Sarah. Sarah thinks that Emma’s idea is crazy and that she should just tell him how she feels. Emma can’t bring herself to do so because she thinks it’ll ruin their friendship.

Eli has a feeling that Emma is behind Kelli’s profile. Whenever he talks to Kelli he feels like he’s talking to Emma. But that doesn’t make sense. Why would Emma create Kelli’s profile? What purpose would it serve? He’s not sure how to feel about this. So he’s been avoiding her. When he sees Carissa picking on Emma he stands up for her and the two go back to talking.

A lot of this book was built around miscommunication. When Eli realizes that he would like to be with Emma he asks her out. This didn’t go over very well because Emma thought that he was trying to get her approval on asking Kelli out. He didn’t really phrase it to well. Then Emma claims that they should go on a double date. He gets angry because all of a sudden Emma has another guy in her life that he doesn’t know about.

Emma’s plan was really stupid. I’m not sure why she thought it would be a good idea to create a fake account and then somehow explain Eli that she was the one behind it. It definitely would’ve been easier to tell him seeing as the miss it got her into.

Eli’s feelings for Emma came out of nowhere. One minute he’s saying that he likes the fact that he and Emma are not dating then he switches and says that he would like to be with Emma. The same goes for Emma’s fake boyfriend Jake. He also had this thing for her and it was weird. I understood why Emma liked Jake back because he made her feel special but his feelings for her didn’t make sense.

The dialogue at times was very silly. The amount of times that Emma blurted the most stupid things was something. At first it was amusing but then it got irritating.

I didn’t like how Emma and Eli came to be. I felt that he had forgiven her to fast. And when they were fighting he didn’t even give her time to explain herself. And I don’t really like them together as a couple. I found them to be better as friends.

The characters in this book were very well done! I really liked the friendship between Emma and Eli. Sarah was awesome and it was nice to read about how she tried to talk some sense into Emma. She was also one of Emma’s biggest supports. Emma’s parents also supported her and where there for her. I especially loved reading about Emma standing up to Carissa.

Emma despite being stupid was a realistic character. She was easy to relate to. She had all these insecurities of not being pretty enough and how she wasn’t the type of girl that guys ask out. I loved the conversation she had with Jake. In that moment her character shone.

Eli was so sweet! I really loved how supportive of Emma he was and how nice he was. It was especially fun to read about the times he stood up for Emma. He truly felt bad for taking Emma for granted. And he did make up for his actions.

I love how the author showed the readers that when someone is nervous or scared of something they hide behind the internet because it’s easier. The internet doesn’t involve face-to-face conversations, eye contact, facial expressions, or body language. It’s just simple. All you have to do is type up a conversation and be the end of it. Emma did so when she created the fake account. This is something this generation goes through and I was happy to see it Incorporated in this book.

Overall this was a good book! It was a fast and fluffy read! I recommend it to anyone looking for a fast chick lit.

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2 thoughts on “Review: The Girlfriend Request

  1. Glad you still enjoyed parts of the book despite the issue with the dialogue. Sounds like a sweet and entertaining read nonetheless, which is all I ever ask of a chick lit haha!

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