More Than His Best Friend

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More Than His Best Friend
Author(s)
Publisher Name
Dirt Road Press
Age Group
13+
Published Date
November 11, 2018
ISBN Number
B07KDYQX7C
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She’s got a strict rule against dating. Could her best friend be the one exception? Regan can't wait to leave her crummy small town in the dust. She spends her days taking dual-enrollment classes and her nights dreaming about her future out-of-state dorm room. She's certain that romance would only ruin her plans and feed her small town’s ruthless rumor mill. But when Regan's best friend confesses he wants to be something more, she’s torn between following her dreams or following her heart. With time running out before he leaves for college, Regan needs to make up her mind. Can Lane convince Regan to move past her rules or will he cross the line and destroy their friendship in the process? More Than His Best Friend is a heartwarming YA contemporary romance. If you like sweet tales of first love, small Midwestern towns, and spunky dreamers, then you’ll love Sally Henson’s coming-of-age romance.

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1 review
Slow Burn Romance
Overall rating
 
3.8
Writing Style
 
4.0
Plot/Story
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable)
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable)
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality
 
4.0
There are lots of points to love about this book: a slow burn 'friends to lovers" romance and a great friend group. Regan is a likable, albeit emotional, teenage girl whose only focus is her educational future. Boys cannot be part of the equation which is why she's chosen to cast off romance until much later in life.

Enter Lane, her best friend, who confesses his feelings for her just before leaving for college. Now that his feelings are known, Regan must decide what to do with that information.

Beyond Regan's decision of how to move forward with Lane, there's not a lot more to the plot, just a lot of internal struggle. My biggest issue with the book, however, is Regan's belief that if she kisses a boy it will inevitably lead to an unwanted pregnancy. While I understand that Regan is coming from a very sheltered, Christian background, in 2019 I would like to have seen Regan move past this ideology into a more positive understanding of her own sexuality.

Would recommend to fans of Jenny B Jones and Robin Jones Gunn.
Good Points
Cute role reversal of an older teenage guy pining after the younger teenage girl he's about to leave behind.
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