ARC review: Saving It by Monica Murphy

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Best friends Josh and Eden talk about everything, sex and relationships included.  Still, Eden is taken aback when Josh asks her to help him find someone to lose his virginity with – not because of the request itself, but because it makes her see him in a different light.  Suddenly, she’s thinking of Josh in a distinctly more-than-friends way.  But Josh obviously doesn’t think of her that way, or he wouldn’t have asked for her help… or would he?

So, I couldn’t sleep last night and ended up marathoning this whole book in one sitting.  Honestly, given the subject matter, I was worried that it would have some problematic aspects. Much to my surprise, everything was handled respectfully and fairly and largely without judgment.  The book is super cute and the writing is great.  Everything flows really naturally and the dialogue never sounds forced or fake.

I love these books where best friends suddenly realize that they’re in love.  I could’ve done with a touch less angst, but as someone who actually did fall in love with their best friend, I can 100% confirm that a lot of drama and misunderstandings occur as you convert your relationship from “just friends” to “more than friends” to “are we dating now?” – and I think Murphy captured that really well here. So, yes, while the angst level was a little higher than I might have liked, it was most definitely realistic.

All in all, I was really pleasantly surprised by Saving It and would highly recommend it to YA romance fans.

Final rating: ★★★★☆

I received a free ARC of Saving It from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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