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Sep 22 2016 3:30pm

Best Friends Forever... Or Not

Just Friends by Monica Murphy

Maintaining childhood friendships into adulthood is a hard task, one that Monica Murphy (Just Friends) is familiar with—aren't we all? She's here today to discuss those troublesome friendships, what goes wrong, and most importantly—was it worth it? Thanks, Monica!

Ah, friendships. They come and go throughout your life, but none seem so important, so fraught with drama, so all encompassing and wonderful and awful all at the same time, as teenage friendships. Those people you bond with in high school. The ones you spend all of your waking hours with, in class, during lunch, after school, on the weekends. Sometimes it even feels like you couldn’t live without these people surrounding you.

By the end of my senior year, I had a lot of friends. I truly believed they were major, lasting relationships that would never die. Boy was I wrong. Once we all went our separate ways (and a lot of us scattered to the wind, leaving my hometown and never coming back, including myself), it was hard to stay in contact. And after a while, those friendships eventually withered up and…yep, you guessed it.

They died.

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This was pre-internet times though (I know! I’m ancient!). Once Facebook came around, it was amazing how many high school peeps I reconnected with. I can now follow their lives, celebrate the ups and downs with all sorts of people virtually. It’s a great thing (thanks Zuckerberg).

Now the Internet and social media is where so much teenage drama happens (and lots of other drama too, but that’s another post for another day). With social media, hiding behind our smart phones, tablets and computers, we’re very bold. And sometimes we’re very mean. Downright vicious. And teens can be pretty vicious without the Internet front, if you know what I mean.

High school is bad enough. It’s a time fraught with insecurities, emotional struggles, the pressure to do well in school in order to ensure your future, and the blossoming of relationships. I’m talking sexual relationships peeps. With those newly formed relationships comes heartbreak and turmoil, exhilarating love and debilitating lows.

I just recently finished reading a YA book that had all of these elements—friendship, bitter enemies, the need to be perfect, infatuation and love…oh, and plenty of hate. The book is called Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, and it is such a great read! One of those I-have-to-read-the-next-chapter-now-to-find-out-what-happens-next type of books. I absolutely could not put it down.

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That’s the thing about high school friendships. They have their ups and downs, and they feel so incredibly important. And they are. Though sometimes, they’re absolutely miserable too.

But I wouldn’t trade those times for anything. I didn’t have the perfect high school existence, but I tried to make the most of it. I had some great friends. I had some bad friends too. Didn’t we all?

I do know this though—I didn’t have the awful friends in high school that Olivia has in my new YA novel Just Friends. It’s the start of her senior year, and Livvy doesn’t know who to trust. She has her best friends Dustin and Emily. Oh, and then there’s the new guy, Ryan, who she thinks likes her, but maybe he’s with Em? And Livvy is sort of with Dustin, even though no one really knows. Talk about a tangled web!

At least, now we can read about it and be thankful we’re not seventeen again, right?

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Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is a traditionally published author with Bantam/Random House and Harper Collins/Avon, as well as an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is also USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives with her family in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere, along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through many angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.


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