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January 17, 2014

Review: Anything to Have You by Paige Harbison - Bestfriends & Boyfriends

Anything to Have You
Title: Anything to Have You
Author: Paige Harbison
Publisher:
 HarlequinTeen
Publication date: January 28, 2014
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary)
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 304
Nothing should come between best friends, not even boys. ESPECIALLY not boys.

Natalie and Brooke have had each other's backs forever. Natalie is the quiet one, college bound and happy to stay home and watch old movies. Brooke is the movie—the life of every party, the girl everyone wants to be.

Then it happens—one crazy night that Natalie can't remember and Brooke's boyfriend, Aiden, can't forget. Suddenly there's a question mark in Natalie and Brooke's friendship that tests everything they thought they knew about each other and has both girls discovering what true friendship really means.
I don't know if this book shows the reality of high school teens nowadays or if it was a bit exaggerated, kinda like watching the teens on Gossip Girl and 90210. Our main protagonist, Natalie has a best friend.. that best friend is awesome.. most of the time. Her name is Brooke… and Brooke got SO much on my nerves, I really really disliked how she behaved and said. She could be a stereotypical sorority girl from the chick flicks we all watch (well, they're my guilty pleasures in life!). 
Brooke has a boyfriend, unfortunately Natalie has liked Aiden, the boyfriend, ever since he moved to their town.. and yes, trouble is on the way. Even though I didn't like Brooke.. I also didn't like Natalie all that much because while Brooke is the typical crazy party girl.. Natalie is the hermit; basically the exact opposite. I did like Aiden however. He was sweet, and seriously seemed to care about both Brooke and Natalie. He was very patient with Brooke, even when she would flirt with every guy in the room and act like an idiot. This book revolves around the events after a party that all three end up going to (hallelujah Natalie! you finally left the house).. unfortunately Natalie gets a bit too drunk to prove a point and blacks out. Next day she finds herself sleeping in the same bed as…. Aiden *GASP!* She doesn't remember anything and when she asks Aiden he tells her that nothing happened, while gazing at her all broodingly. 
I really liked the story. I admit it. It might seem shallow but it was a ton of fun. I especially loved all the lingering feelings between Aiden and Natalie but none of them acting out on it because of Brooke. I couldn't care less about Brooke but still, I don't condone cheating or hurting people, even if you don't care about them. There is a ton of swear words in this novel.. teenagers these days have such foul mouths! But what comes down to it is that this novel was fun, entertaining, and I found myself looking forward to getting back to reading it. I definitely recommend it to older teens who want a fun, fluffy book to read next! 
Other books by Paige Harbison: New Girl

10 comments:

  1. Sometimes a book like this hits just the right spot. Great review!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

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  2. I loved this book. I thought it was soap opera but not in a bad way. I liked how it was high drama but not over the top. I was so unexpectedly sucked in.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

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  3. I have a copy of this sitting on my shelf but I haven't had the time to get around to it yet. I love Gossip Girl so I'm sure this will be something I like. Awesome review! :D

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  4. I truly admire how much you enjoyed this book despite Brooke who sounds utterly annoying. Once upon a time I could stand those annoying things, but nowadays I really cannot. Great review, Juhina :)

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  5. I remember high school being all drama filled, certainly don't miss that. But I do like to read about. I know weird right. :) I think I would like this one. Great review.

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  6. wow that cover is awesome!! Really interested about the story line too, love a good exaggerated bestfriend drama sometimes haha I get angry at the boys in these cases though, I mean they're leading on both -_- I love fun and fluffy though, so definitely adding it to the list, great review Juhina :)

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  7. Ah -- I have this ARC and can't decide if I want to read it. If I go in with an expectation of exaggerated characters and plot I think I might enjoy it.
    Jen @ YA Romantics

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  8. I am glad you enjoyed this one! It sounds like an entertaining story, even if the characters are exaggerated. Good to know! Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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  9. I will definitely hate Brooke. haha! I'm looking for books that are light reads and this sounds fun and entertaining. Might as well read it :D

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  10. Okay, with your description of Brooke, I might pull my hair in frustration with her so thanks for the warning! I usually stay away from high school drama books but your review made this book sound so fun so I'll still read it. Well, I really have to read it soon because I just got it for review. Heh. :D

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