Just Friends by Tiffany PitcockJust Friends by Tiffany Pitcock

Just Friends

byTiffany Pitcock

Paperback | August 1, 2017

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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.

Praise for Just Friends:

"Hits the right notes. . . . a solid, mostly lighthearted offering for fans of the genre." -School Library Journal

"The dialogue was snappy, witty, and most importantly, believable." -C. Thomas, reader on SwoonReads.com

"This book had me feeling every single emotion and I just could not get it enough of it! I wanted more, and more, AND MORE!!" -Twila James, reader on SwoonReads.com

Tiffany Pitcock is a young writer from Benton, Arkansas. She studied English at Henderson State University, but has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. She is a fan of reading, cats, staying indoors, and tv dramas. Being published is a dream come true for the girl who spent her high-school nights scribbling out plot i...
Title:Just FriendsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.18 × 5.51 × 0.94 inPublished:August 1, 2017Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250084059

ISBN - 13:9781250084057


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great summer read! Jenny and Chase are hilariously adorable. This is the perfect book about high school relationships. Jenny is the nice, quiet girl. She doesn’t like opening up to people and would rather stay at home and read her book than socialize. When Chase is assigned as her partner, the two make up a lie that they have been friends for years, in order to get a good grade. As the school starts to believe their lie, Jenny and Chase continue being “fake” friends, until their friendship turns real, and they realize they may have needed one another for a very long time. This book was the perfect romance story. First let me start off by saying, no this book is not insta-love. Yes the two characters meet in the first chapter and they find each other somewhat attractive, but in the beginning they truly didn’t like one another and ended up falling love slowly. The other thing I loved about this romance, is that it was extremely realistic to real high school romances. The two characters meet, they don’t like each other at first but end up falling in love, they’re too afraid to tell each other and then the rumours begin, people talk and things happen that start to cause doubts in you relationship. This is the perfect representation of a high school romance, at least it is for when I was in high school, which was only 3 years ago… I adore both Jenny and Chance so very much. Jenny is such a sweetheart. Watching her character development go from a stay-at-home book nerd to having a social life and dating one of the most popular guys in high school, was absolutely brilliant. She changed so much, but didn’t completely lose herself and become a different person, she definitely changed for the better. Chance is the typicall bad boy with a horrible home life, where you fall in love with him because you feel bad for him. He’s definitely a very strong character for putting up with so much in his home life, and watching his character develop, and him become more open to people and realize that he had no control over what happened to his parents and it wasn’t his fault was really wonderful. Not a lot of children with homes like these are able to make it out and become good people, so it was wonderful to see his story. I found this book so engaging, that I read the whole thing in one sitting. There was definitely some action, but this book is mostly focused on Jenny and the relationships she has made with people. So, if you’re an action fan, you may find this book a tad broing, but if you’re in it for the romance (which btw would make wonderful summer read), then you will definitely love this book, I’ll even bet on it. I definitely recommend this book to anyone in high school, as well as people looking for a cute romantic read or a short and sweet summer read. I guarantee you will fall in love with the wonderful characters, the charming romance and the realistic story.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute YA Contemporary Romance I'm a sucker for friends-to-lovers type romances, so when I heard about Tiffany Pitcock's Just Friends, I immediately knew I had to read it! Just Friends was a cute YA contemporary romance, perfect for some light summertime reading. Friendship. Teen angst. Confused feelings. Yes! Give me all the high school drama. Told in alternating point of views, you'll be rooting for Jenny and Chance to be more than just friends from the very beginning. I loved the easy, effortless banter between Chance and Jenny, how they would make up creative fictional stories about their childhoods and finish each other's sentences. When Chance is with Jenny, he can pretend his life is normal and that his parent's marriage isn't falling apart at home. And for Jenny, hanging out with Chance is a way for her to break out of her usual comfort zone. She's a very sheltered teen, and attending parties and drinking alcohol are first time experiences for her. Chance is described as a major player, a popular boy with a scandalous reputation, but I wasn't entirely convinced that was true. At least, the Chance we see around Jenny isn't like that at all. He's kind, trustworthy, and really nice, but I didn't imagine him as a big flirt around girls. And Chance's parents constantly argue at home, leaving him tense and uncomfortable, but it always seemed to happen off the pages after he'd already escaped to Jenny's house. We never really got a chance to meet his parents at all. There is some miscommunication between Jenny and Chance, which I can find frustrating in a book, but in this case, I accepted it because it occurred naturally. It takes courage to put yourself out there, so I could understand why Jenny and Chance were so hesitant to take a risk and change the dynamics of their very close friendship and admit their true feelings. I could see why they felt the fear of rejection, that their feelings may not be reciprocated. (Also, it's a standard trope in these kind of books, so I wasn't too surprised it happened.) I wasn't struck with all the feels for Just Friends, but it was a very enjoyable read that provided me with a few hours of entertainment! I felt invested in finding out how Jenny and Chance would eventually (finally!) be together. Tiffany Pitcock's debut novel is a very sweet romance story, with two very relatable, utterly ordinary teens experiencing the ups and downs of falling in love in high school. ** I received an ARC from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review. **
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Debut If you don’t already know, Best Friend romances are one of my FAVOURITE Young Adult tropes out there. Or one of my favourite movie/ book/ TV show tropes period. And so, when I saw the gorgeous cover for Tiffany Pitcock’s debut novel and the title that alluded to this book containing my favourite trope, I KNEW that Just Friends was a book I would definitely read. Then, the lovely humans at Macmillan International approved my request and I was absolutely over the moon. My Thoughts: 1. In a nutshell, this book took a little while to get used to. It’s told in Third Person and it switched between the boy (Chance) and the girl (Jenny) and it seems very CHILDISH. Third person doesn’t usually strike me as odd, but something about “Jenny just couldn’t stand it,” and “Chance always screwed everything up,” made the writing slightly strange. 2. After a quarter of the book, I stopped noticing the third person dialogue that much and begin enjoying the book. Jenny and Chance had this way of getting along with one another like they truly had been friends since they were little and I did like most of the dialogue between them. 3. Something thing that annoyed me slightly was the LACK OF ANYTHING PARENTAL. And I mean ANYTHING. Chance’s parents were ALWAYS fighting even though we don’t see them once and don’t hear even a SINGLE ARGUMENT. And Jenny’s mom who was supposed to be around wasn’t ever since she started dating and Jenny and Chance were ALONE ALL THE TIME? I’ve never believed how parents conveniently disappear for the plot to advance because THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE. 4. Jenny was a HORRIBLE best friend to her “only friend before Chance” in the book – Kesley. They’d been friends since middle school, but Jenny was this self-absorbed person who dropped her friend AS SOON AS Chance paid the slightest bit of attention to her. I felt even worse when we actually HEAR from Kesley about how she thought she was a “big joke” to Jenny and well, BEING HORRIBLE TO YOUR BEST FRIEND IS NOT COOL. 5. I pretty much feel like this book had quite a good underlying story, but it was so focused on the ROMANCE it forgot the other EQUALLY important parts like Friendship and Family. I liked the book but not THAT much. It was a good debut which could have been better. 3 stars. #RespectYourFriends.
Date published: 2017-07-31

Editorial Reviews

"Hits the right notes. . . . a solid, mostly lighthearted offering for fans of the genre." -School Library Journal"The story is great. It caught my attention and kept it. In fact, I stayed up all night to finish it!" -KFox, reader on SwoonReads.com"I really loved this book. The characters were lovable and I found myself attached to them almost instantly. The dialogue was snappy, witty, and most importantly, believable." -C. Thomas, reader on SwoonReads.com"What truly in my opinion sets this apart from other best friends turn to lovers plots is that their entire relationship started with a lie and made it work through high school. Definitely something I will read, and read again." -Xanthia Strohl, reader on SwoonReads.com"OMG, I read this book from start to finish non stop! I fell absolutely in love with Chance and Jenny. This book had me feeling every single emotion and I just could not get it enough of it! I wanted more, and more, AND MORE!!" -Twila James, reader on SwoonReads.com