Title: Just Friends
Author: Billy Taylor
Publication: March 11th 2016, Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1530511518 / 9781530511518
August and Ethan have been best friends since the day they met at Ethan’s seventh birthday party. And now, twelve years on, their friendship continues to grow. But after magic, fame, money and an unexplainable miracle in a car accident, August realises maybe she wants to be more than just friends.
“Life would be so much easier if we had the courage to ask the questions we fear the most.”
I decided to read this book since I’ve come across this book so many times on twitter, and I resolved to give it a try. But to be honest, I was just disappointed.
The story is about August and Ethan, best of friends ever since Ethan’s seventh birthday. They grew up knowing each other and their respective families. They were inseparable and they didn’t even let other people be in their circle of friends, well, except for Max. The story continues years after years until they reach their dreams one by one. August becomes an actress while Ethan, a famous magician. Along the way, they got bumps that tested them both and made them realize about what they truly feel for each other.
“And every day since, I contemplated. Do I tell her? How do I tell her? That I’m so madly in love with her. To ask her to be mine.”
The first few chapters of the book was interesting. I got to query myself whether Ethan has a super power, because he was able to do some good magic tricks. But as the story later progresses, it made me think that this wouldn’t be possible without the aid of super powers or magic or whatsoever. The characters, well the main ones, are vibrant and unique. But some of the characters mentioned were irrelevant that I don’t see the point of them being there.
Also, some parts are realistic then in one *poof* it was like it was a fairytale and unreal. Some of the turns are quite predictable (and unbelievable.) The plot is a bit vague and I still have like thousands of questions unanswered. Well, at least Taylor’s writing style is easy to get used to.
Overall, I was hoping that I’d like this book, considering the hype, but nah, I just couldn’t like it. But I have to give credit to the unique personality set by Taylor to his characters though. I guess, it was just fine- not good, just fine.
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