Saving It by Monica Murphy

Saving It

Eden: Josh Evans and I have been best friends forever. He knows all my secrets, and I know all of his. So when he randomly asks me to help him lose his virginity, I sort of flip out. That’s a question that sends your mind to places you’ve seriously never considered before. Like, you know. Having sex. With your best friend. Except Josh doesn’t want to have sex with me—he wa...

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Saving It Reviews

  • Courtney

    Monica has written another sweet YA romance that has you wishing your high school life was theirs. LOL

    The burb pretty much tells you what you to expect in this story. Josh and Eden have been best friends for what seems like forever. And no, there has never been any underlying feelings that either of them have for the other. Until Josh drops the bomb of wanting Eden's helping losing his V card, just not with her.

    This whole situation has Eden and Josh looking at each other in a different light. T

    Monica has written another sweet YA romance that has you wishing your high school life was theirs. LOL

    The burb pretty much tells you what you to expect in this story. Josh and Eden have been best friends for what seems like forever. And no, there has never been any underlying feelings that either of them have for the other. Until Josh drops the bomb of wanting Eden's helping losing his V card, just not with her.

    This whole situation has Eden and Josh looking at each other in a different light. They have always talked about their relationships with each other but have never really gotten into the sexy, hot details of those relationships. And now they are talking about it, they are beginning to view each other differently than just friends.

    What I enjoyed most was watching these two battle themselves with what they were thinking and feeling. Being best friends for so long, it's hard to make that adjustment, especially if you aren't sure that the other is thinking the same thing. Neither want to lose their friendship and tipping the scales to more than friends has the potential to do that.

    Monica wrote a cute story with characters that are relatable for YA readers. If you want a simple story with a bit of YA angst, this is your book.

  • Sarah

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

    “I’m not a pimp. I’m like the girl in charge of The Bachelor. Instead of a rose, he’ll hand over his virgin status as the main prize.”

    This was a YA contemporary romance story, about best friends who developed feelings for each other.

    I liked Eden and Josh in this, and I liked their friendship. It was cute how both of them hid their feelings for the other because they were worried about ruining th

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

    “I’m not a pimp. I’m like the girl in charge of The Bachelor. Instead of a rose, he’ll hand over his virgin status as the main prize.”

    This was a YA contemporary romance story, about best friends who developed feelings for each other.

    I liked Eden and Josh in this, and I liked their friendship. It was cute how both of them hid their feelings for the other because they were worried about ruining their friendship, even if the wait was a little frustrating.

    The storyline in this was about Josh asking his best friend Eden to help him lose his virginity, by picking a girl from school for him to have sex with. The pair then developed feelings for each other, and once they got over the hurdles of admitting their feelings, and transitioning from being friends to being more than friends, they made a cute couple.

    The ending to this was a happily ever after.

    6.5 out of 10

  • Danielle

    Love this book and the author too!

    Joshua and Eden are best friends. They spend most of their time together. They know almost everything about each other. They can read each other's emotions, and are totally in tune. They are constantly telling people they are just friends, but even their closest buddies think there should be more to their relationship.

    Josh needs Eden's help. He wants to lose his virginity before he starts college. He isn't very good at choosing the right girls, so he wants Eden

    Love this book and the author too!

    Joshua and Eden are best friends. They spend most of their time together. They know almost everything about each other. They can read each other's emotions, and are totally in tune. They are constantly telling people they are just friends, but even their closest buddies think there should be more to their relationship.

    Josh needs Eden's help. He wants to lose his virginity before he starts college. He isn't very good at choosing the right girls, so he wants Eden to make him a list of potential girls. Josh has always been the commitment type, but he is desperate to lose it and is willing to try other methods.

    Eden is reluctant to help Joshua. His plan makes her sound like a pimp, but Josh has his ways of persuading her. It's not pimping, it's like being a host of the bachelor. After some persuasion, she agrees to help.

    The list of girls is made and Josh starts to flirt. High school is a confusing time, but now the sex bug has been planted these two begin to look at each other differently. They begin to notice the more than friends part of each other. They both try to avoid anything that could damage their friendship, but their thoughts become less platonic. Eden and Joshua are perfect for each other, but it's not always easy to see what's right in front of you.

    This is a cute romance novel with lots of frustration and a perfect ending. It's funny, sweet and addictive.

    I've read quite a few books by Monica Murphy and I'm a huge fan. Her books tick all the right boxes for me. My favourite being Fair Game. I was so excited to read Saving it and I'm so glad it didn't disappoint. I can't get enough of this author, and I always look forward to what she will come up with next.

    Easy 5-stars out of 5.

    *ARC received in exchange for a fair review*

  • katwiththehat

    Thank you so much to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for allowing me to read and review this cute best friends to lovers book by Monica Murphy! Josh and Eden have been best friends for what feels like forever. So when Josh decides he doesn't want to head off to college in the fall still a virgin, he enlists Eden to help him find a girlfriend. Eden loves "The Bachelor" and Josh secretly watches it as well, and it was cute the way themes from that show were intertwined into the book. Watching E

    Thank you so much to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for allowing me to read and review this cute best friends to lovers book by Monica Murphy! Josh and Eden have been best friends for what feels like forever. So when Josh decides he doesn't want to head off to college in the fall still a virgin, he enlists Eden to help him find a girlfriend. Eden loves "The Bachelor" and Josh secretly watches it as well, and it was cute the way themes from that show were intertwined into the book. Watching Eden and Josh squirm a bit as they navigated the waters of figuring out their feelings and fending off other would-be pursuers while still remaining loyal wingmen was of course half the fun!

    I really enjoyed seeing Josh and Eden finally get together. I think my one wish would have been to see even more of their personalities shine through so we could really see what their outside interests were, their quirks, etc. But this was a cute, fun read that's perfect for someone looking for something light. 3/5 stars.

  • lacy

    I loved this book! You are going to hear me say that a lot during this review. The minute I started it, I knew that I would just adore it. Eden and Josh are easily my favorite POVs and characters. Each of them were so humorous in their own way with their fun personalities. Even when I wanted to smack their heads together at their stubbornness, I still loved them.

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    I loved this book! You are going to hear me say that a lot during this review. The minute I started it, I knew that I would just adore it. Eden and Josh are easily my favorite POVs and characters. Each of them were so humorous in their own way with their fun personalities. Even when I wanted to smack their heads together at their stubbornness, I still loved them.

    I think of the best things about this book was that it felt like I was a teenager while reading. Sometimes, I find that adults have a hard time writing teens. They try too hard and make them sound incredibly stilted. Or try to throw in weird lingo that was cool in the 90s. Monica Murphy knows how to write teenagers. Sometime tells me she probably has teens herself.

    Although I'm confused. Don't teenagers text each other anymore? Or is it all about that Snapchat? Which I honestly still haven't figured out. Gosh, I'm old.

    Another positive to this book was the POV switching back and forth. It switched from Josh to Eden in the middle of chapters. Now normally, that would infuriate me and I'd probably chuck the book at a wall. Not with this. I seriously loved the way the format was. I felt more bonded to the characters because I got to read both sides of their story.

    Honestly, you guys got to check this book out. It's so endearing and heartfelt. I just feel so fuzzy after reading this. I honestly want to go back and re-read it because I loved it that much. I hope we got a Molly and Abraham story! I liked those two. Come November, I'm going to get me a physical copy of this book because I just loved it.

  • Sam Kozbial

    A fun and cute friends-to-more romance, laced with some really wonderful moments and just enough drama to keep it interesting.

    I am a fan of Murphy's NA and adult books, so I was interested to see what she had to offer in the YA realm. I found Saving It to be fun, light, and flirty and I was throughly entertained.

    •Pro: The number one reason why I wanted to read this was because it was a friends-to-more story. I love this type of romance, and I absolutely liked the way Murphy let it evolve.

    •Pro:

    A fun and cute friends-to-more romance, laced with some really wonderful moments and just enough drama to keep it interesting.

    I am a fan of Murphy's NA and adult books, so I was interested to see what she had to offer in the YA realm. I found Saving It to be fun, light, and flirty and I was throughly entertained.

    •Pro: The number one reason why I wanted to read this was because it was a friends-to-more story. I love this type of romance, and I absolutely liked the way Murphy let it evolve.

    •Pro: The friendship between Eden and Josh was very solid. They had known each other for many years, shared a lot of history, and had been besties since 8th grade. They shared a lot of special moments and some TMI moments, and it was a friendship I envied.

    •Pro: I was a fan of both Eden and Josh as well as Eden&Josh. They were both very likable, and super easy to ship.

    •Pro: The Bachelor references were fun, and a grand gesture will always win me over.

    •Pro: This was a fun, light, cute romance, and sometimes that is exactly what you are looking for.

    •Con: I struggled a little with the friends. Eden's other BFF was a little too angsty at times, while Abraham was too much of bro, though at times he was pretty decent.

    •Pro: The ending was the type of ending I love. So, it definitely left me with a happy feeling.

    Overall: A sweet and fun friends-to-more romance, laced with some really touching moments and just enough drama to keep it interesting.

    *I would like to thank the publisher for the review copy of this book.

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  • Rê

    ARC via NetGalley.

    Thank you, Entangled Teen (Crush)!

    As a huge fan of the BFFs falling in love trope, I was eager to read this book from the moment I saw the ARC. It didn't wow me as much as I'd hoped, and I ended up having similar problems with the story as I did with Monica Murphy's other book, but it was an enjoyable read.

    One of the things I liked most about Saving It was how real Eden and Josh's friendship was. I truly felt like they knew each other and had been cl

    ARC via NetGalley.

    Thank you, Entangled Teen (Crush)!

    As a huge fan of the BFFs falling in love trope, I was eager to read this book from the moment I saw the ARC. It didn't wow me as much as I'd hoped, and I ended up having similar problems with the story as I did with Monica Murphy's other book, but it was an enjoyable read.

    One of the things I liked most about Saving It was how real Eden and Josh's friendship was. I truly felt like they knew each other and had been close friends for a long time, which made the scenes between them much more enjoyable.

    As it happened with Daring the Bad Boy (another book by this author I read recently), the male POV worked better than the female for me, but I still liked Eden enough. She was fun and I enjoyed how worried she was about not coming out as a pimp while she helped Josh find the perfect candidate to lose his virginity with.

    Eden and Josh took their time figuring out their feelings for each other, and most of their scenes were super cute. I also liked how realistic the portrayal of first time was here.

    My biggest complain is probably the repetition. Eden and Josh's chapters could get really repetitive, which took me out of the story from time to time. And even though the romance was cute, I still wanted to see more chemistry between the two of them.

    Overall, Saving It is a nice read for fans of the BFFs falling in love trope.

  • Tanya (Girl Plus Books)

    When Josh comes to Eden for help in losing his V card her first response is “No way!” But Josh is persistent and Eden loves a project, so… Eden finds herself making a list of possible girls for Josh to hook up with. She’s giving him advice on initiating contact with the girls, she’s taking him shopping for clothes, and acting as a sounding board as Josh shares his progress. They’ve been best friends for years so why is she suddenly bothered by Josh’s attention to other girls?

    Josh is ti

    When Josh comes to Eden for help in losing his V card her first response is “No way!” But Josh is persistent and Eden loves a project, so… Eden finds herself making a list of possible girls for Josh to hook up with. She’s giving him advice on initiating contact with the girls, she’s taking him shopping for clothes, and acting as a sounding board as Josh shares his progress. They’ve been best friends for years so why is she suddenly bothered by Josh’s attention to other girls?

    Josh is tired of dodging locker room talk with the guys when the subject turns to sex and is determined not to start college a virgin. He just needs to find a girl and get his first time over with. He and Eden talk about everything so what better person to help him, right? But he can’t talk to these girls like he talks to Eden and the closer he gets to what he thought he wanted… the more he can’t get Eden out of his head.

    Saving It was all kinds of sweet and funny, filled with real talk and aww moments. Both Josh and Eden were just so incredibly likable. I loved the alternating points of view and getting both their voices was perfect for this story. And I appreciated the spotlight on a strong girl/boy friendship and their hesitancy to do anything that could damage it. Both Josh and Eden struggled with their feelings for each other, certain that it was one-sided, even as it was obvious to their friends that they belonged together.

    Speaking of their friends, they play a big role and, while Eden’s friend Molly was underutilized, it was Josh’s friend Abraham that almost stole the show. I thought he was a bit obnoxious at first (the loud, jokey and crass best friend) but Abraham totally grew on me and proved himself to be a great friend to both Josh and Eden. Way to go, Abraham!

    While there were times when I felt the guy’s dialogue didn’t ring 100% true (do teenage guys actually notice a girl’s “tiny waist” or ask a girl how she thinks her first time will make her feel?) it didn’t stop me from enjoying Josh and Eden slowly stumbling toward each other. These two just gave me the warm fuzzies – their constant phone calls and Snapchats, their inside jokes and their bickering, and their utter devotion to one another.

    Readers who enjoy a friends-to-more story will fall in love with Eden and Josh.

  • Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog

    by Monica Murphy is a cute young adult romance about a girl helping her best friend find someone to help him lose his virginity but instead finds themselves falling for each other instead.

    Eden Sumner and Joshua Evans are thick as thieves.

    Now that they’re trying to look for the lucky girl to pop Josh’s cherry, they’re both starting to see things the

    by Monica Murphy is a cute young adult romance about a girl helping her best friend find someone to help him lose his virginity but instead finds themselves falling for each other instead.

    Eden Sumner and Joshua Evans are thick as thieves.

    Now that they’re trying to look for the lucky girl to pop Josh’s cherry, they’re both starting to see things they’ve never noticed about the other before. But really, the truth is

    So was Josh and Abraham’s, his other best friend, and Eden and Molly’s, Eden’s other best friend. They annoy each other at times but at the end of the day, they love them anyway.

    Eden and Josh can tell each other

    everything and know they will always have each other’s backs. That’s the reason why they’re so afraid to take the leap. Their friendship is so solid and they’ve been there for each other for so long that if they complicate it with hooking up and being more than friends, they might risk losing each other it all goes south.

    I think since the whole story was focused on their burgeoning romance amidst the whole ‘Josh loses his virginity’ plan, we didn’t see much of who Josh and Eden were as people, only glimpses. I would have liked it more if we saw that, like their families. All I know is Eden is annoyed with her little brother, Josh’s mother has a boyfriend and she’s out a lot.

    The ending was cute though!!! Josh, so adorable with his secret obsession.

    was a quick, fun read with great friendship and a cute romance that young adult readers who enjoy the friends to lovers trope will enjoy.

    Friends to Lovers, Childhood Friends, Wingman

    First Person, Dual POV

    Yes

    *ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

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  • bookbruin

    This was a cute and angsty YA contemporary romance! I'm a huge fan of the friends to lovers trope and there's nothing sweeter than best friends discovering what everyone else seems to have known all along. I am always impressed with how well Monica Murphy writes the teenage mind. She perfectly captures all the drama and insecurities of navigating high school. I enjoyed having both Josh and Eden's points of view and I felt like their voices were true and realistic for their ages. Yes, they're imm

    This was a cute and angsty YA contemporary romance! I'm a huge fan of the friends to lovers trope and there's nothing sweeter than best friends discovering what everyone else seems to have known all along. I am always impressed with how well Monica Murphy writes the teenage mind. She perfectly captures all the drama and insecurities of navigating high school. I enjoyed having both Josh and Eden's points of view and I felt like their voices were true and realistic for their ages. Yes, they're immature. Yes, they overreact. But they also feel passionately and deeply, because didn't we all when we were teenagers? Didn't it feel like the end of the world when our crush didn't notice us or if you didn't feel like you quite fit in? There were some very sweet and funny moments when these best friends start to see each other in a new light. It was predictable with some other boy/girl drama and the inevitable push away, but if you're looking for an easy and cute YA romance, you don't want to miss

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